Lower School Grades K-5

Lower School, K-5, Class Offerings 2016-17

“And you shall teach them diligently to your children…”

Deuteronomy 6:7

 

We look forward to partnering with you to provide an enriching and enduring Jewish learning experience for your child, and for you, as well.  

Beginning in Kindergarten, your child will develop a comfortable familiarity with the synagogue, a joyous camaraderie with fellow students, our clergy and educators, and an excitement with their Hebrew and Jewish studies.  Ultimately, their love of Jewish learning will blossom as a life-long pursuit and a foundation for their decisions and practices in the years ahead.  

Enroll early, be in touch with any questions or concerns, and know that we maintain limited class sizes while striving to accommodate each family’s scheduling request.  You will find more information on our website or please contact us at (212) 535-0912 or [email protected]

 

Grades K-2: A JOYFUL INTRODUCTION

Kindergarten – Grade 2 families are offered two program choices:  MASA, our family-based program, as well as our Sunday Religious School classes.  Both programs meet all Religious School requirements for Grades K-2.

MASA

MASA, the Hebrew word for journey, is a program that brings parents and children together to learn and experience Jewish life in a non-classroom setting.  Families develop friendships and a special connection to our sacred community.  We are offering two MASA tracks.  Both tracks include joyful singing, time to share a snack, and a wonderful worship experience at Sunday sessions. 
Sunday 3:00-5:30 pm (as per our calendar) and selected Shabbatot and Jewish holidays. 

Celebrations!: Celebrations! is designed to explore the Jewish calendar together and to reflect on the meaning of our rich holiday traditions for each family. Families will learn, practice and experience rituals focusing on the mitzvot associated with our holidays.  By celebrating together, families will be connected to each other and with the congregation in a significant way.

Israel is Real: Families will encounter Israel’s land and people from the early Zionists to today’s IDF soldiers. In this track, families will explore their own connections to Israel through a variety of different lenses: Israel as the Torah’s Promised Land, Israel as the site where the Jewish people’s history unfolds, and Israel as a center for Jewish time, religion, and culture. First semester will focus on Israel’s history while second semester explores the modern State of Israel.  Families will also have the opportunity to participate in a brand new Family Exchange with families from our partner school in Haifa!

 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Religious School classes meet weekly according to the school calendar and include classroom learning, music, and t’filah worship experiences each week.
Sunday 9:00-11:00 am

Kindergarten: The Holiday Cycle

Students learn about the Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and Torah stories through crafts, song, stories, and prayer.  We develop a sense of community, sharing Shabbat worship and meals and coming together for family programs.

Grade 1: Mitzvot

Students explore the many mitzvot that guide our lives.  A mitzvah tree collects leaves representing the students’ acts of love and kindness and participation in Jewish tradition.  We develop a sense of community, sharing Shabbat worship and meals and coming together for family programs.

Grade 2: The Synagogue

Students discover the important role that the synagogue plays in celebrating Jewish life and building a Jewish community.  Students are exposed to ritual objects common in all synagogues as well as what is unique about Temple Shaaray Tefila.  We develop a sense of community, sharing Shabbat worship and meals and coming together for family programs.

 

Grades 3-5: DEEPENING THE LEARNING

Families in Grades 3-5 are offered two program choices:  MASA, our family-based program, as well as our twice-a-week Religious School classes.  Both programs meet all Religious School requirements for Grades 3-5. 

MASA

MASA, the Hebrew word for journey, is a program that brings parents and children together to learn and experience Jewish life in a non-classroom setting.  Families develop friendships and a special connection to our sacred community.  We are offering two MASA tracks.  Both tracks will include joyful singing, time to share a snack, and a wonderful worship experience at Sunday sessions. 
Sunday 3:00-5:30 pm (as per calendar) and selected Shabbatot and Jewish holidays. 

Celebrations!: Celebrations! is designed to explore the Jewish calendar together and to reflect on the meaning of our rich holiday traditions for each family. Families will learn, practice and experience rituals focusing on the mitzvot associated with our holidays.  By celebrating together, families will be connected to each other and with the congregation in a significant way.

Israel is Real: Families will encounter Israel’s land and people from the early Zionists to today’s IDF soldiers. In this track, families will explore their own connections to Israel through a variety of different lenses: Israel as the Torah’s Promised Land, Israel as the site where the Jewish people’s history unfolds, and Israel as a center for Jewish time, religion, and culture. First semester will focus on Israel’s history while second semester explores the modern State of Israel.  Families will also have the opportunity to participate in a brand new Family Exchange with families from our partner school in Haifa!

Hebrew Requirements are fulfilled through private Hebrew lessons at the Temple once a week for half an hour. Hour-long sessions are available for interested families at an additional fee.
Tutoring schedule options: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon/evening, and Sunday late mornings. 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Religious School classes meet twice weekly according to the school calendar and include classroom learning, music, and t’filah worship experiences each week.   
 

Grade 3: Torah

Sunday 9:00-11:00 am and Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm

Students delve into the world of Torah as they explore the Jewish values embedded in our history and tradition.  Students are introduced to Hebrew reading skills that lay a foundation for prayer.  Family and Shabbat programs as well as an overnight shul-in enrich the community experience.

Grade 4: Israel
Sunday 9:00-11:00 am and Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm

Students build a connection with the land and people of Israel.  The Fourth Grade partners with a school in Haifa, Israel to build personal and meaningful relationships and deepen their understanding of our homeland.  Students develop prayer skills with the self-paced Mitkadem program.  Family and Shabbat programs as well as an overnight shul-in enrich the community experience.

Grade 5: Jewish Life Cycles
Either Sunday 9:00-11:00 am and Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm
OR Monday 4:00-6:00 pm and Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm

From birth to death, students explore the Jewish traditions that help us to celebrate or mark the major Jewish events in our lives.  Students gain the skills to appropriately participate in all life cycle moments.  Students continue to develop prayer skills with the self-paced Mitkadem program.  Family and Shabbat programs as well as an overnight shul-in enrich the community experience.