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.
Our Lower School Jewish & Hebrew Studies
The emphasis of Hebrew in the primary grades is on language acquisition. Using the Hebrew language as the vehicle of instruction, the students focus on the customs and celebrations occurring throughout the year according to the Jewish calendar. The goal is to build a solid foundation of oral language leading towards the learning of reading and writing skills.
The Judaic portion of the curriculum includes daily religious practices and observances as an integral part of the program. Time is also devoted to the teaching of Jewish moral and ethical values. A close bond with Israel as a homeland and a nation is created. Parashat Hashavua is studied each week through the Torah Alive program.
As they grow, our students expand their Hebrew fluency and knowledge of language and culture through speaking, reading and writing. They also begin to study the transformations that make up Hebrew grammar. The fourth grade Judaic curriculum focuses on holidays and Israel. Parashat Hashavua is studied each week. These studies are done through the Tal Am program.
The Hebrew language component continues to build on the foundation laid in previous grades. Students use their acquired knowledge and skills to read and translate simple stories in Hebrew. A more significant emphasis is placed on the study of holidays, using Hebrew as the primary vehicle.
The Jewish American Experience is studied in both the secular and Judaic areas of the curriculum.
The Holocaust component covers major events and themes depicting this period. Students will read a Holocaust related novel as part of their integrated language arts curriculum.
The Israel component covers the ancient and modern state of Israel. Such topics as- land of Israel, people, government, religion, culture, economy, archaeology, history and the current politics of peace are studied.
These studies are done through the Ulpan Or program.