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Religious School Culture & Curriculum

In our Religious School, we aim to expand what is taught in supplementary Jewish education to include deep and significant explorations of self and of others through the lens of Character Strengths. Our program marries the values of deepening who we are as human beings with living full and rich Jewish lives. We are creating a new Judaic Studies curriculum that weaves together the worlds of Jewish wisdom, faith, spirituality and positive psychology.

Our goal is to utilize a strengths-based philosophy to build an enduring culture of flourishing, well-being, and confidence through dynamic and meaningful experiences that connect the wisdom of Jewish tradition, the power of community and the best in ourselves to impact the world. Our strengths-based community will nurture the minds and souls of its members through the use of integrated curricula, community engagement opportunities, relationship-building, and personal quests for spiritual well-being. Through an emphasis on flourishing, our model will equip our students and parents with an understanding of themselves and their Judaism that is rooted in strengths

Judaic Studies (K-6th grade)

Students in our Religious School will explore a variety of topics during their educational journey with us including: Torah Stories, Israel, Jewish Values, Spirituality, Tikkun Olam, and Holidays.

Jewish holidays provide an opportunity for our families to explore and celebrate moments in our Jewish calendar. Our High Holiday programming, Sukkot Festival, Simchat Torah Party, Chanukah Shabbat and Purim Carnival each bring our students and their families together to share in the joy of our tradition.

Judaic Studies (5th-6th grade)

Beginning in 2017 we embarked on a journey to create an in-house curriculum that ties together stories from the Torah and Character Strengths. Currently our 5th and 6th graders are working with this new curricula. Each week students explore biblical characters through the lens of their strengths and discover ways in which they can personally grow and develop their own strengths.

Hebrew (2nd-6th grade)

In 2nd grade we begin introducing Hebrew through hands on activities with the alef-bet. In 3rd grade formal Hebrew language learning begins. Students progress from basic alphabet recognition to reading words and sentences. As students become more comfortable decoding Hebrew we transition into decoding prayers. This process allows students to become familiar with our liturgy while encouraging discussion about these sacred texts.

We have created a prayer curriculum that encourages students to explore the meaning behind our sacred liturgy and challenges them to ask and answer questions while they pray. This weekly age appropriate t'filah (prayer) helps to reinforce the curriculum in our Hebrew classrooms. T'filah is also an opportunity for students to connect with the prayer book, prayer space, and clergy. 

Our Religious School meets one day a week. Students in kindergarten to grade 2 attend on Sunday mornings and students in grades 3 to 6 sign up for either Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.

We would love to tell you more about our program and answer any questions you may have. To contact the Religious School office call 973-379-3177 or email religiousschool@tbj.org

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