Dear UJEB Families,
The health and safety of our students, staff and families remains UJEB’s number one priority. The situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop and with some complexity, so we wanted to provide you with this latest update.
Students Returning to School
As you would be aware, the Premier of Victoria recently announced a roadmap to returning to normal. Schools will return in two stages; prep – year 2 (and years 11 and 12) on 12 October (Week 2 of Term 4) and the remainder on 26 October. These dates are subject to review.
UJEB Returning to School
Unfortunately, this does not mean that UJEB programs can resume at schools on those dates. In a recent directive, the Department of Education and Training (DET) made it clear that Community Language Schools (CLSs), of which UJEB is one, will remain closed for face-to-face provision (with the exception of services for VCE students). We are awaiting further advice from DET.
UJEB has been in regular contact with the principals of the schools at which UJEB programs are delivered. The principals will all be following the DET directive.
In the meantime, we will be continuing our Zoom lessons from the beginning of term 4 (5 October) until, at least, 26 October. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with further updates.
BEFORE School Classes
From MONDAY 5 October, ALL UJEB before school Zoom classes (including HIP) will begin at 7:45am and will end at 8:30am.
AFTER School Classes
From MONDAY 5 October, ALL UJEB after school Zoom classes will begin at 4:15pm and will end at 5:15pm.
Please note there will be no lessons on:
Friday 23 Oct 2020 – Grand Final Public Holiday
Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 – Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Enrol for term 4
Enrolments for term 4 will be open from 28 September until 4 October. You will be sent the link later in the holidays.
UJEB is committed to ensuring that no child misses out on the opportunity to engage in Jewish learning. If your financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, and your ability to pay fees has been compromised, your child need not miss out.
The emotional wellbeing of our children is also an ongoing concern. You can follow these tips for talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19). They include how to have a safe and reassuring conversation and links to resources to help you and your family. https://www.education.vic.gov.
Call the COVID-19 Health Information Line if you seek information on COVID-19, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week 1800 020 080
Call the Healthdirect Hotline to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week 1800 022 222
We will continue to provide additional updates if and when any further changes come to hand.
Please don’t hesitate to email us with any concerns regarding this matter.
Shana Tova, wishing you all a sweet new year,
Itzik Sztokman, Executive Principal
Please enjoy this special 2020 Rosh Hashana greeting from some of our UJEB staff, board members, teachers, alumni and of course our students!
A ROSH HASHANA MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
Dear UJEB families, supporters and friends,
This year Rosh Hashana is going to be very different. No shofar in shul, and no extended tables. But if the shofar teaches us anything, it is not to to throw up our hands in despair. The shofar is a call to action! This Rosh Hashana, while shules and schools remain closed, we need to focus on two central questions: Firstly, how can we make this Rosh Hashana meaningful for our family? And secondly, how can we maintain our children’s commitment and connection to Jewish life?
The answer to the first question simple: tradition! Our tradition prescribes beautiful meals with all the symbols to make it special. Add a fancy table setting, and spend the Rosh Hashana meals really focusing on what’s important – family! The answer to the second question is also simple: UJEB. We are continuing all of our programs online, and have plenty of options for both primary and secondary students. Continue with your UJEB program for term 4, or join some of our weekly teen activities and events. If online learning was too tricky up until now, please reconsider and try joining again for term 4. Focus on what is really important, and that is being proud and passionate Jews!
During this very different Rosh Hashana, make it even more special and meaningful for your family. Shana Tova Umetuka!
Itzik Sztokman, Executive Principal
WHAT’S ON OFFER AT UJEB FOR TERM 4?
UJEB PRIMARY: In term 4 we are running over 70 online Jewish Life and Hebrew classes per week at 17 primary schools, 3 Specialist Schools and 3 After-School Centres To find out more or sign up for one of our term 4 programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9523 6844, or click here to enrol via our website.
UJEB HIGH: Exciting weekly online activities and events for teens – to sign up or find out more email email@example.com, visit @ujebhigh on Facebook or Instagram or click here to find out more about our teen engagement programs via our website.
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR ROSH HASHANA APPEAL THIS YEAR
With many families facing financial stress, your support is vital in helping us to provide subsidies to ensure that no Jewish child misses out on a UJEB Jewish educational experience. Donate here, or call or email us at 03 9523 6844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANTI-SEMITISM?
The Department of Education and Training has established a Report Racism Hotline for students and families. Phone: 03 7022 5500 or email report.racism@education.
For more information about speaking to a lawyer regarding anti-semitic incidents in schools or institutions click here.