Every class in the religious school engages with:
Text – Torah
- Jewish bookshelf (Torah, Tanach, Rabbinic literature) stories, and liturgy
- Hebrew decoding, reading texts in Hebrew, Hebrew as an ancient language
Ritual – Avodah
- Holiday and Shabbat observance, mitzvot, prayer, Jewish action, Jewish time
- Hebrew terminology for prayer and ritual, praying in Hebrew, Hebrew as an ancient language
Identity – Zehut
- Global Jewish history, Israel, the arts, food, pluralism, American Judaism, the Jewish self
- Hebrew as a living language of the Jewish people, spoken Hebrew, Hebrew writing
Values – Midot
- Tzedakah, tikkun olam, ethical mitzvot, treating one another with respect, etc
- Immersing in Hebrew terminology for universal values as a way to connect Jewishly to said values
Religious School Terminology To Know:
Kabbalat Kehillah-Community Welcome. The whole school comes together for Kabbalat Kehillah at 9 am on Sundays for songs, blessings, and more.
Yahadut-Judaic Studies. All classes have Yahadut, focused on their class curricular themes.
Ivrit-Hebrew. All classes study Ivrit as both an ancient and modern language.
Tfilah-Prayer. All classes have a short Tfilah session each Sunday morning, using instruments and creative ritual.
Shira-Song Session. Song sessions are periodically incorporated into Kabbalat Kehillah, as well as individual classes.
Omanut-Art. Omanut is periodically incorporated to individual classes’ Yahadut and Ivrit classes.
Parshat Hashavuah-Torah portion of the week. Parshat Hashavuah is incorporated into Kabbalat Kehillah, as well as into select Yahadut classes.
Chugim-Game time. All classes have a short block devoted to Jewish-themed chugim each week.
Hafsakah-Snack break. All classes have a short block for a hafsakah that includes healthy kosher snacks and outdoor play.
For our class schedule and special dates, click here.