Sunday morning begins with the whole school community gathering for tefillah. The classroom study that follows includes Hebrew, Torah, and Jewish culture enhanced by music and art.
We actively involve families in school activities and holiday celebrations. Through their studies and weekly tzedakah, students learn what it means to be a Jew in today’s world. By the time they begin their Bar or Bat Mitzvah preparation under the tutelage of the rabbi they are fully prepared.
The meaning of Shabbat, its importance in Jewish life, and how to recite the Shabbat blessings are a big part of the focus. Hebrew instruction begins and children learn to identify, name, and read the Hebrew letters and vowels. We study Torah, too, beginning, appropriately, with the story of Creation and moving on to the dramatic stories of our the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
Students read Torah and bring it to life through activities like art and Bibliodrama, in which they role play Abraham, Moses, Sarah, Joseph, Miriam, and others in the stories. Children also continue their self-paced study of Hebrew. Most important, by exploring the ethics taught by the prophets, children learn what it means to be a “mensch” — a kind and considerate person.
Older students grapple with all sorts of ethical questions about how to live a meaningful and righteous life – essentially, how to be a good Jew. Together, they discuss the Jewish values found in the Torah, such as social justice and lovingkindness, and consider the relevance these teachings have to their own lives and actions. Careful study of key moments and people in Jewish history provides another avenue to examine the role of Jewish values in shaping modern Judaism. Students continue to develop their Hebrew proficiency.