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Our students find their Jewish voices here; they take ownership of their learning and Jewish identity through remote and in-person learning opportunities.

2020-2021 School Handbook

2020-2021Religious School and Hebrew School Calendar

Religious School and Hebrew School FAQ Sheet

Information for current Religious School families

Consecration

The consecration ceremony marks the happy moment when a child begins formal education in our Religious School program. New students from 4K through 3rd grade are invited to participate in this ceremony.
 

Religious School (4K–7th grade)

Our Religious School for 4K to 7th grade meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. We offer diverse and inclusive programming that engages learners in the Jewish life cycle and values, Torah, social justice, Hebrew, Jewish history, current events, an imaginary trip to Israel, and more.

Each session begins with school-wide Song Circle, a joyous community gathering. Parents and siblings are welcome to participate.

Four times per year, sessions extend until noon. On these days, students and teachers gather for a schoolwide t’filah (prayer service) as part of the Religious School curriculum, designed to familiarize students with the elements and melodies of our services. Parents and families are invited to join us for this joyous, informal worship service.

Each grade leads a Shabbat service or special family program during the school year to reinforce their classroom learning and build community among families. Students in 7th grade, after becoming b’nai mitzvah, remain engaged by collaborating on social action projects in our Mitzvah Core.

Students who are neurodivergent or have learning differences achieve success in our Jewish learning experience. Staff are available to assist, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning needs with our dedicated inclusion specialist. Start here to begin the conversation with our director of lifelong learning.

For more information, please contact director of lifelong learning Nicole A. Jahr, RJE, or the lifelong learning coordinator.
 

Hebrew School (4th–7th grade)

Our Hebrew School meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

The curriculum includes the Hebrew aleph-bet, prayerbook Hebrew, and preparation for b’nai  mitzvah. All sessions end with community time, when the entire student body gathers to share learning experiences and gain insights from fellow students and teachers.
 

B’nai Mitzvah Preparation

B’nai mitzvah preparation is a meaningful journey toward Jewish adulthood. The simcha (joyous event) of b’nai mitzvah gives our students an opportunity to learn more about the meaning of Judaism in their lives, to recall major Jewish experiences, and to project their future Jewish involvement.

Hebrew prayers are taught in Hebrew School and Religious School. Students work with the rabbi, the cantor, their Religious School teacher, and a b’nai mitzvah tutor in the six months before their simcha to study their Torah portion and prepare their d’var Torah or personal prayer. We make personalized adjustments for every b’nai mitzvah student so that they can participate in a service based on their unique abilities and talents.

We also periodically offer an adult b’nai mitzvah class.
 

B’nai Mitzvah Clubs

Our B’nai Mitzvah Clubs are a proven stress-reducer for parents and students (typically 5th–7th graders) preparing for b’nai mitzvah ceremonies.

The B’nai Mitzvah Club for parents consists of three monthly sessions during Café Panim on Sunday mornings, with topics ranging from celebration planning to family dynamics.

The B’nai Mitzvah Club for students is offered as the last three sessions of Hebrew School each year. Multiage learning comes to life as 7th graders tutor younger students in their prayers. Students watch movie clips with b’nai mitzvah themes, write journal entries addressing their concerns and curiosities about becoming b’nai mitzvah, and have time to ask questions of students who have recently completed this milestone.
 

Youth Groups

Our youth groups offer social opportunities and other events for our students and families.
 

Café Panim

Café Panim will resume when it is safe to do so.

If there’s Religious School on a Sunday, there’s Café Panim, run by dedicated volunteers, providing snacks, coffee, and a space for our parents to get to know each other and share advice and experiences. Parents can hook into our Wi-Fi, work on laptops, or go low tech to simply read, knit, or chat.

November 26, 2020 10 Kislev 5781