Each week, we will post a few class update highlights and upcoming programs, as well as some pictures from Religious School here. To see even more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.
Children one year away from Kindergarten have the chance to become acclimated with religious School while starting to learn about Jewish holidays, and also building friendships! Each class includes stories, art projects, music, cooking, an introduction to Hebrew words, and a snack. This year the class will just be for your little ones, no parent participation necessary. The first three sessions take place on September 30, 2018 (Fall Holidays Theme); October 28, 2018 (Shabbat); December 2, 2018 (Chanukah) from 9:00-10:45 a.m. You can see more info about Junior Kindergarten here.
The core of the curriculum for our youngest students centers around the holidays of the Jewish year, and a beginning effort is made to acquaint the children with simple concepts and rituals associated with Jewish life. Our methods are experiential – the children learn through touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, and creating. The Jewish experience is shared through music, drama, dance, art, and literature.
The focus of the curriculum for the first grade is the Jewish home. We focus on the celebration of Shabbat and begin our exploration of Biblical heroes and heroines. Basic, simple prayers are introduced through participation in our children’s services. Consecration, a lovely ceremony marking the true beginning of the children’s education here at Jeremiah, is experienced in the fall, touching the hearts of parents and grandparents as the children are blessed and receive their own personal “Torah.” This year, Consecration will take place on Sunday, September 30th at 5:30 p.m., this is on Simchat Torah before that evening’s festivities.
Second graders will study the synagogue. We want to help them to see the temple as a place to meet, discuss, learn, interact, share, and experience Jewish life. We prepare our students for active participation in our synagogue and they are introduced to the ceremonial objects and symbols in the sanctuary. Please save the date for the Second Grade Family Dinner on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Second Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
In Third Grade we begin to discover what Torah is and to see Judaism from a new historical perspective. From creation to Moses, our children are taken on a fascinating journey through time. The third grade holiday focus is on Chanukah. Please save the date for the Third Grade Family Dinner on Friday, January 18, 2019. And on January 27th for the Kids on the Block program.
Third Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
Israel, Tzedakah, prayer, and God are the major units of study this year. The students begin to understand Tzedakah as much more than dropping a quarter into a can. They will come to understand the impact that our Prophets have had on Tikkun Olam and Social Justice. The holiday focus is on the High Holy Days and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with students now studying from a more personal and historical perspective versus a simpler ritual outlook. This expanded study of holidays continues through Confirmation. Please save the date for the Fourth Grade Family Dinner on Friday, May 15, 2019.
Fourth Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
The Fourth Grade Creative Prayer Service (not to be missed!) will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
The Jewish Life Cycle and understanding the Five Books of Moses are central to our fifth grade. We strive to help our students understand the Jewish view of life and our special way of celebrating our important events from birth until death. The Fifth Grade year teaches children about Lifecycle events: birth and naming ceremonies, Brit Milah/circumcision, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, marriage, family life, aging/death/mourning. One of the most special programs of the year is the Wedding portion of the 5th Grade Lifecycles program. On March 11, 2018 we celebrated when Rabbis Sid and Debbie Helbraun renewed their vows. Students created invitations, the Ketubah, the Chuppah and organized the reception. It was a beautiful event! Please enjoy the photos here.
Fifth Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
The sixth grade school year focuses on the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible, the Land of Israel, and a taste of conversational Hebrew. We strive to instill an interest and love of Eretz Yisrael, past and present, and spend time exploring the pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah year and what that means regarding Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. To keep the students active, we have created a schedule that allows them to move through three rotations, interacting with each teacher.
Sixth Graders will participate in Feed the Hungry on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for more information on Feed the Hungry and what each student should bring to school.
There will be a Sixth Grade parent meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
The 6th Grade class made their very own yads last January! Students were even able to try them out by reading from our Torah scroll, which was completely unrolled across the length of the Slotnick Social Hall. This is always a special program for students and families.
B’nai Mitzvah students will have the opportunity to share their own ideas with their peers in addition to interactive discussions with the Rabbi on Torah and current events. “Moving Traditions” is gender based, nationally recognized program in which students meet in small groups and explore issues important to them, have fun, and are “real” with one another. The annual Holocaust trip will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
In place of meeting every Sunday, our students join us for mini-units, two in the fall and two in the spring. The goal is to help students realize the responsibility and the challenges involved in being an “adult” in the Jewish Community. Experiential field trips, incorporating mitzvot, will also take place. Eighth Grade will begin meeting on Sunday, October 7, 2018. On October 21st 8th Graders will participate in a food collection around the neighborhood. On January 20th we will have our annual Marianos shopping trip event.
Taught by a team of teachers, rabbis, and guest facilitators, our ninth grade focus is on strengthening the students’ Jewish identity, with participants creating new friendships or deepening existing ones, and developing a new connection to temple. Ninth Grade will begin meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Tenth Grade And Confirmation
Confirmation is a sacred and meaningful chapter in a young Jew’s life. It marks a milestone in one’s religious education and comes at a time when it is expected that young people will have some definite feelings about their values and hopes for the future. Guided by the rabbis and the Confirmation teachers, the students enter a year of personal exploration – an exploration of their relationship to their fellow human beings and their relationship to God. Tenth Grade will begin their year at the Challenge Course in Northbrook on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Confirmation will take place on May 19, 2019.
There will be a Confirmation parent meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Save the Dates: Sunday, November 3rd 10th Graders will volunteer with Feed My Starving Children.
Sundays, December 2nd and 9th, parents please join us for the annual Ethical Wills program. This moving activity gives you the opportunity to express your hopes and dreams for your kids and then engage in a meaningful conversation together. Not to be missed!
January 13th we again invite parents for a parent meeting and for the annual yad making activity.
Purim Carnival: Sunday, March 17, 2019!
Feed the Hungry
Here is some helpful information when your class helps out with Feed the Hungry. In an effort to incorporate Tikkun Olam into your children’s lives, we will occasionally be making lunches with them in the Slotnick Social Hall during the first Religious School session (9:00-10:45 a.m.), to be delivered to the church later in the day. They will be given a short, age appropriate explanation of Feed the Hungry before making a small assembly line to make sandwiches and pack lunches.
We are asking for your help in this great effort. Please send your child with enough food for 5 lunches. This includes:
- 1 loaf of bread (for 2 sandwiches per lunch)
- 2 slices of lunch meat for each sandwich (any kind of meat is fine)
- 5 bags of chips
- 5 pieces of fruit (any kind is fine)
- 5 baggies with 2 cookies in each.
Due to common allergies, we request that the cookies be brought already in small baggies. Temple Jeremiah will supply the bags for the sandwiches and the brown bags for the lunches.
Children will be making the sandwiches and bagging the lunches themselves so please send the materials above and do not make the lunches yourself.