Religious School begins at 9:30am on Sundays during the school year. All Jewish children are welcome! For more information, read the September Bulletin, and if you have more questions, call the office or contact Marc Ordower.
Our mission is to instill in our students and their families a love for Judaism and the Jewish way of life, to provide them with the tools for their spiritual journey, and to make meaning of the world around them in a Reform Jewish context.
We encourage our families to connect their daily lives to local and worldwide Jewish communities and to engage in meaningful Jewish acts. We provide an enjoyable religious education that cultivates a lifelong commitment to Jewish learning.
Our Sunday morning curriculum, planned by the principal in consultation with the religious education committee and the faculty, includes:
- Hebrew language education begins at age 6, in a program which teaches Hebrew in the context of the siddur, prepares students at their own paces for b’nai mitvah and adult Jewish lives in the synagogue.
- Music, with a focus on Shabbat and holiday songs.
- A brief morning youth service, which builds on the Hebrew curriculum and often includes the songs from that day’s music instruction.
- Judaica classes on a variety of topics that change from year to year and with the needs of the children. A typical year might have one class of older students studying Jewish ethics, students in the middle grades getting an introduction to Israel, and the youngest students learning Jewish folktales and the values and culture they instill.
We often welcome guest speakers and storytellers, providing our students with a variety of perspectives and stimulating activities and experiences.
The Religious School teaches children as young as three and as old as sixteen, and our seventeen and eighteen-year-olds serve as madrichim – volunteer teacher assistants. Our faculty is multi-generational: parents and their peers, experienced local college students, and grandparent-generation teachers give attention to each child’s needs and abilities.