Like so many members of this community, I owe a debt of appreciation to JET (Jewish Education through Torah). My unique experience of growing up with JET has been a key contributor to the person that I am today.
I was only five years old when the initial idea took off. My parents, Rabbi Zischa and Lauren Shaps, alongside my Grade 2 teacher, Rabbi Yossi Skaist, created a schedule of weekly Torah classes and Hebrew reading courses, offered throughout the week. Over the next few years, the scope and scale of the programming became progressively bigger and better. Shabbatons, holiday gatherings, Shabbat dinners, and a variety of learning opportunities for members of the community of every level were just some of the highlights that JET would come to offer. [Read more…]