We are very excited about our new and innovative religious school schedule. Classes for grades k-7 meet for two hours on Saturday Mornings from 9:00-11:00 from September through May, culminating in a school wide service each week, enabling the students to experience Shabbat together. In addition the 6th grade meets one additional hour one evening each week to allow time for more intensive Hebrew study. Grades 8-10 meet with Rabbi Oler at alternate times that are scheduled together.
Our Religious School, under the direction of our principal, Mary Oler, provides a gentle, nurturing environment in which children can safely express their ideas and feelings -- an environment that encourages critical thinking, love of learning, and the desire for self-improvement. It is a place where children feel good about themselves as Jews and as human beings and are empowered to think for themselves. We seek to give our children a solid, non-dogmatic understanding of Jewish religion and civilization and the tools to assess issues with an open mind.
The pre-kindergarten through 10th grade curriculum, leading to Confirmation, covers Jewish history, culture, literature, holidays, and life-cycle celebrations -- all grounded in Jewish philosophy, values, ethics, and character development. Basic familiarity with Hebrew language and with both traditional and our progressive liturgies is a goal of the curriculum at all levels.
We are affiliated with the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and our teachers are committed to our progressive philosophy and able to teach it from a position of genuine understanding.