Students who come to Gann are choosing a Jewish school. For some, this may be the first time in their lives that they have been a part of a Jewish community where Judaism and Jewish culture are front and center. Others have grown up in Jewish communities, but are unfamiliar with the varieties of Jewish experience. Orthodox, Conservative or Reform—Gann may be their first experience being part of a community where there is so much diversity with respect to Jewish practice.
Jewish culture, traditions, history and practice are part of Gann. It’s in our DNA. It’s who we are as a school and gives us purpose.
We encourage students to think about what being Jewish means to them. How do they think about Jewish observance and culture? Where do they see themselves in relation to a community? Through rituals and traditions, through conversations and discussions, presentations and lectures, prayer or reflections, students take up the challenge of defining for themselves what values they will carry with them as adults.
More formal activities such as those described below are complemented by informal conversations—a chat with an advisor, a sleep-over at a friend’s house, a story shared with a classmate. What we have at Gann is a community that encourages mutual respect as well as curiosity and makes a place for the serious consideration of personal values, community values and life’s meaning and purpose.