Megan leads children on a “trek” through the desert in the search for Torah

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

A group of children trek through the desert in search of Torah artifacts, an adventure that culminates with receiving the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai. No, it’s not a new Hollywood movie. This was Dora and Diego’s Shavout Adventure, held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. The program was developed by Megan Topper, Assistant Director of Youth and Family Education for the congregation and one of Federation’s team of family educators. Megan designed the program as a way of making Jewish education meaningful and relevant to her audience.

This program, like others that Jewish Experiences for Families (J.E.F.F.) facilitates, seeks to reinvent the model of Jewish education by focusing on its relevance to our daily lives. “Our goal as Jewish family educators,” Megan says, “is to provide children and their families with education and experiences that connect them with Judaism on a deep, personal level.”

“We want to offer them skills and knowledge necessary to bring their learning home and create lasting positive memories.” The ultimate goal of Dora’s Adventure, and all of Megan’s work, is to create a profound connection between Judaism, the students and their families. “We want our kids to understand that being Jewish doesn’t just happen on Sundays and Tuesday afternoons. It’s something that’s an essential part of you every day of the week.”

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