About the Program
This program beckons our youngest learners to explore Judaism through all their senses. Sessions are filled with art, dance, song and even Modern Hebrew taught through interactive games. The sessions start with T’filah (prayer) and “God Talk” for the children and their parents, led by a member of our Clergy, every Sunday from 9:30–10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary or the chapel.
Pre-Kindergarten students get acquainted with Judaism through interactive games and enrichments. Jewish holiday observances and customs are integrated throughout our curriculum. Students must be 4 years old before September 1st and toilet trained.
Kindergarten students get acquainted with Jewish symbols seen in the synagogue and their homes. Students learn that Jewish artifacts are more than just decoration or art pieces; they encompass Jewish traditions, rituals and values. Students learn about the Jewish holidays through the different artifacts. Hebrew language is incorporated through games, songs and dance.
First Graders are formally introduced to the concepts of mitzvot and acts of kindness. Throughout the year students will learn to identify ways they can practice some mitzvot and incorporate them into their daily life. First grade students also will enjoy specially selected Torah narratives. Both subjects are taught through engaging stories, interactive games and art projects. Hebrew language is incorporated through games, songs and dance.
In Second Grade, the emphasis is on Hebrew reading readiness, holidays and Jewish values. Students learn to sound each Hebrew letter with the use of a manipulative. By the end of the year, students are able to recognize Hebrew letters and words. Teachers use innovative ways and tools to bring the letters and values to life.