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Religious School (k-7)

An Enjoyable Jewish Education

Our K-7 Religious School program, "Nesiyot: Jewish Journeys," offers a comprehensive experience centered on Jewish life. We help students develop a Jewish identity, build strong bonds with other Jewish children, and learn about Judaism in a welcoming, egalitarian environment. We guide our students towards a love and understanding of Jewish culture, art, spirituality, prayer, and the Hebrew language. 

We Meet One Day a Week: Sundays, 9:00 aM to Noon

Kids today are busy. We make the most of the hours your child is with us by offering a variety of engaging lessons and activities centered around Jewish identity, such as prayer, music, art, cooking, and storytelling.

Religious school mornings are always kicked off with our Bagel Café, where students and parents can enjoy a bagel, a hot beverage, and chit chat before school begins. The bagel café fosters the sense of community and belonging our families feel the moment they walk in the building each Sunday.

Instruction

Classes, which meet once a week on Sunday mornings from 9:00-12:00, are taught by professionals who are well versed in Jewish education. Our teachers use a mix of didactic and experiential methods to create hands-on lessons that keep students' attention and encourage critical thinking.

In addition, each class has high school student helpers. These madrachim (teen instructors) are graduates of our K-7 program who serve as class mentors. They model giving back to their community and remaining engaged in Jewish life after seventh grade. The connection that our students have with their peer leaders is a special bond! 

Torah TECH (Teach Each Child Hebrew)

Torah TECH (a technology-based learning program) is designed to reinforce Hebrew reading skills outside the classroom. Using videoconferencing technology, our students meet with an experienced Hebrew teacher each week for a 30-minute, one-on-one session that has been carefully crafted to reinforce the week's in-class Hebrew lesson, while focusing on the student's individual needs. 

Tzedakah and Mitzvot

Our synagogue emphasizes the important Jewish values of tzedakah (charitable giving) and mitzvot (community service). We conduct tzedakah projects, and at the end of the school year, we select several worthwhile charitable organizations to be the recipients of our contributions. Our children learn that even a small amount of caring can make a difference in the quality of someone's life. 

We also engage our students in community service projects during the school year, and emphasize the importance of social justice and Jewish values in daily life.

Family Involvement

During the year, at least one family education program is offered in each class. These lively workshops are designed as an opportunity for our students and their parents to learn together and to explore what Judaism means to them. The workshops demonstrate that learning is a collaborative process: students learn from their parents or guardians and teach them, too!

Parents are welcome to visit our school at anytime and to sign up to volunteer throughout the year, either in the classroom, in our school’s office, or by helping put together a special event. 

B Mitzvah* Program

The simcha (celebration) of the B Mitzvah* marks the culmination of formal religious school studies and the beginning of one's journey as an adult in the Jewish faith. 

B Mitzvah preparations begin with weekly lessons about eleven months in advance of the ceremony. At that time, students work with the rabbi, an individual tutor, their classmates, and their families to prepare for this important rite of passage.

Learn More!

To learn more about our Religious School, please call the office at 908-359-0420. You may also schedule a time to drop by while school is in session to observe and ask questions! 


*Many Jewish organizations, including CKS, use the inclusive term B Mitzvah along with (or instead of) "bar" or "bat" mitzvah to recognize gender plurality.

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781