Our youngest students will study the holidays of the Jewish year. We 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.
First grade students will study 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.
First Grade Consecration is always a beautiful ceremony! First graders are blessed under our “Chuppah” by our clergy and receive a very special gift.
Second graders study the synagogue. We 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 introduce them to the ceremonial objects and symbols in the sanctuary.
Third grade students will begin to discover what Torah is and to see Judaism from a new historical perspective. From creation to Moses, our curriculum takes children on a fascinating journey through time. The third grade holiday focus is on Chanukah.
Israel, Tzedakah, prayer, and God are major units of study this year. The students begin to understand Tzedakah as much more than dropping money into a can. They learn 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 studying from a more personal and historical perspective versus a simpler ritual outlook.
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 it means regarding Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
Please note all outside foods brought into Temple must be free of nuts. We are sensitive to those with nut allergies. Thank you!