As many of you know, I have long been seeking a name for our amazing Jewish education program, that has grown in excess of 200% per year over the last 5 years. Our curriculum has focused on 5 core areas: Torah, Mitzvot/Ethics, Food/Culture, Prayer/Tefillah, Judaica/Holidays and Traditions. In our program, we cook and experience the fun of being Jewish, we sing and learn through music, learn how to build a relationship with G-d, and overall – celebrate Judaism in a fun environment together.
Five years ago, I began teaching a group of five 5th and 6th graders, in their homes, bi-weekly. We now have reached almost 100 students, and anticipate a possible enrollment next year of 130-150! The growth has been phenomenal, however, it has taken us out of family’s homes and clubhouses, and led us to several Dunkin Donuts locations, with (thankfully) private conference rooms. But even the blessing of private conference rooms has its drawbacks… It’s kind of hard to whip out my guitar and have 13 3rd graders belt out a whopping rendition of Jonah and the Whale!
So, given the challenge of needing a classroom that serves multiple locations in any given week (Weston, Davie, Plantation, Miramar, and Parkland) I kept searching for a solution to a demand that required mobility.
And – that’s where edJEWcation Station™ comes in!
For our first step, we are rebranding our current Jewish education program as edJEWcation Station™! But “further down the road”…
Imagine – a coach bus – that has been converted into a clean, comfortable, and above all, functional mobile classroom – with 10 workstations, a teacher station, air conditioning, generator, and satellite! Yes, that’s right – a mobile classroom Jewish education solution to serving hundreds of students throughout South Florida, WITHOUT the need for real estate and exorbitant building funds! Your future edJEWcation Station™ mobile solution will be pulling into a location near you in the coming year!
Now hang on! There’s still lots of work to do! And while I am in current negotiations on an already converted bus – it’s not quite ready to go yet…
So we have a name, and we will (hopefully soon), have a bus, and what we have most of is lots of ideas! The main goal is that edJEWcation Station™ will continue to serve the unaffiliated Jewish population of South Florida with quality Jewish education programs, observance, and fun/engaging celebrations within our community – without the need for high membership costs. I am hoping that this idea can not only serve the needs of my current population, but that we can also use it for adult education within our community, serving retirement villages with options for adult ed/Torah Study and more.
For this to come to fruition, I would love YOUR ideas: How else can we use the bus? What would you like to see? How can I use this concept to serve you, my community?
Please share, ask questions, (help me write a grant or two), and join me in celebrating the naming of our project at our upcoming Shabbat Service, on February 22nd. We will all say a Shehecheyanu together!
For more information on edJEWcation Station™, contact Lauren DelGandio at 954-646-1326 or me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks! See you on the bus!