Our ECE Jewish & Hebrew Studies
We provide positive experiences in Jewish living through the celebration of Shabbat every Friday and the study and celebration of Jewish holidays through storytelling, music, dance, cooking, role playing, arts and crafts. Our goal is to guide our students to feel, understand, live and love Judaism. This early love of customs and traditions nurtures the child’s values and molds a well-rounded individual.
Every Friday morning we welcome Shabbat with a special Kabbalat Shabbat program in our Temple Sanctuary for the entire early childhood center. Children share the responsibility of “abba” and “imma” (father/mother) throughout the school year.
Each class, on a rotating basis, presents a Shabbat program. Thus, we make our Jewish heritage come alive in a way that our students can feel their Jewishness. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend this special service with their children.
Each child has the opportunity to participate in the opening of the Holy Ark (Aron Kodesh) and recite the blessings. We also stress the importance for children to give to those persons less fortunate by bringing a small amount of change every Friday for Tzedakah.
Our Hebrew language program imparts a basic knowledge of Hebrew that provides a foundation for future study of the language. We develop our children’s ability to communicate in Hebrew by providing many opportunities to use linguistic patterns and vocabulary. Children connect Hebrew to everyday social situations related to their experiences in the home, at school, in encounters with friends and in holiday celebrations. Our program makes Hebrew a source of pleasure for the children. The children learn through interactions with puppets, songs, and rhymes.