Temple B’nai Tikvah’s vibrant Shabbat School meets Shabbat mornings from September to May and provides our children with a community, friends and a strong connection to their Jewish world.
We use the Reform movement’s flagship curriculum, called CHAI, which sees Judaism through the three pillars of Torah, worship and deeds of loving kindness. CHAI takes our children through Jewish learning and texts beginning in kindergarten and adding deepening meaning and difficulty as they get older. We celebrate the major holidays as a school, inviting the children to be active participants in their Jewish learning. Our Hebrew specialist works with children in grades 3-7, while younger children have Hebrew learning integrated into every lesson plan.
Our day begins with an all-school t’fillah, filled with song and stories and co-led by our music teacher and our rabbi. The children are grounded by this fun start and go to their classes ready to learn. There’s a 15-20 minute recess time built in to every class, which we take at the park across the street in all but the most extreme weather, and even when we can’t go out we ensure lots of large muscle play inside. Big movements help little brains!
For information about Temple’s Shabbat School, please contact the office or Jenny Laing, Director of Education.