Upon completing seven years of Hebrew School at Beth Israel what is the profile of our graduate? We strive for our students to complete the program with:
Our goals are to strengthen Jewish identity, perpetuate our traditions through teaching ritual practice and instill a sense of social responsibility based on the ethical values of Judaism.
Our purpose is to teach the various aspects of Judaism through the study of Hebrew, Torah and Navi (Prophets), prayers, holidays, rituals, Jewish law and ethics, mitzvot, Jewish history, art, music, and Israel.
We strive for academic excellence in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.
Depending on the school enrollment, we may choose to combine two grade levels in a single classroom. We consider only developmentally appropriate grade combinations. The decisions on which grades to combine are made anew each year. We strive to keep grades separate whenever the enrollment allows it.
Our curriculum takes into account potential grade combinations and is structured so that it can be presented in 2-year cycles or independently each year.
The curriculum is structured to avoid repetitiveness. Topics that naturally occur every year such as holidays are presented at greater depth and with a different focus reflecting the core ethical values of the grade’s curriculum.
In 2016/2017 we are offering the following classes:
Teaching our students the value and meaning of prayer is a vital component of the curriculum. Each grade level learns specific prayers with their teachers and will be engaged in T’fillah each Sunday for 20 minutes.
Click here to listen to the t'fillot that our students are learning.
During Hebrew School our students will be taught how to read and recite various prayers. We think the best way for our students to master these prayers and to improve their reading is through attending Shabbat morning and Friday night services.
Social Action/Tikkun Olam
We are commanded to be partners with God in repairing our world. We want to provide our students with as many opportunities to help them fulfill this mitzvah. Our students will sing at the Louis Brier Home, collect food for the hungry and collect toys for children who do not have any. It is our goal to have our students participate in one social action project every other month. We will inform you of these projects.