The Hebrew School provides the knowledge and experience necessary for its students to make a commitment to live a Jewish life . It seeks to develop in its students a deep and abiding faith in God, Israel, and Torah; a positive identity as Jews; an understanding of Jewish beliefs, values and ethics, and history and facts as defined in the curriculum. Hebrew school also seeks to motivate students to continue their education after Bar/Bat Mitzvah and to use what they have learned for the benefit of the Jewish community at large.
Five core benefits of Hebrew education:
Jewish Identity Throughout the school year, students experience the joy of being Jewish and celebrating the chaggim (Jewish holidays). Students learn customs and traditions by participating in hands-on activities like cooking sufganiot (Hanukkah donuts), creating arts and crafts, planning booths to run at the Purim carnival, and more. Kids experience havdalah not by watching their teachers do it, but by getting their hands on the candle, the wine, and the spice box.
Love of Israel Zionism is woven into the curriculum at every grade level. Children sing Hatikvah at the end of tfillot, celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day), eat Israeli food, and write personal notes to place in their own Western Wall.
Personal Responsibility Students learn to care for family and community and do the mitzvot required of all Jews.
Community (kehillah) Every year, students participate in Community Day: a time set aside for the entire school to come together outside the classroom. Students help with a special sidewalk sukkah, hold joint Shabbat services with other congregations, and work cooperatively on group projects. In the process, kids learn the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) while having fun with their parents and friends.
Mitzvot (commandments) The Mitzvah Moments program, designed to reinforce that concept, takes many forms. When our young children perform a mitzvah they create cut-paper Mitzvah Hands that are displayed all over our school walls. Older students often interact with younger ones during prayers and help them with siddur skills. High school students come to school early to support each other in preparations for b’nai mitzvah. Kids raise money for the needy through raffles and tzedakah projects, and cook and deliver food for the elderly.
Hebrew High School
The Hebrew High School (8th through 10th grades) covers a range of topics such as Jewish role models (past and present); social action; pirkei avot (ethics of the fathers); mitzvot; stories from the Torah, Jewish holidays, and the Jewish lifecycle.
The students will be challenged throughout the year to think about how they can as a group and individually apply the principle of tikkun olam and “repair the world.