Classes

Classes will meet for half the school year in a participating synagogue:

ICCJ: September, 2017 through January, 2018
HJC: January, 2018 through June, 2018
HHBJC: September, 2018 through January, 2019

  Garinim (Seeds) Pre K and K meets on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The Pre K and K students will be combined and led by a warm, loving, caring and enthusiastic teacher.
Torah stories, Shabbat and Holiday learning, Blessings, songs and arts and crafts will all be a focus of this class.

  • Mitzvah Program – Kivud Zkenim and Kivud Horim – Honoring the Elders and Parents
  Kochavim (Stars) Grades 1 and 2 meets on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

  • Tanach (Bible)
    The first and second graders will study
    Genesis Tales (The beginning of the world and the beginning of our people).
    Using age appropriate materials the children will explore creation, the flood, the journey of Abraham through the story of Jacob.
  • History (From King David to the Romans)
    The students will study the Kingdom of the unified Israel, the stories of King David and King Solomon through the destruction and reconstruction of the Temple to the destruction of Jerusalem.
  • Holidays
    The class will learn songs and the meaning behind symbols, the different name of each
    holiday in the Jewish tradition, as well as stories.
  • Hebrew
  • Mitzvah Program – Tzedakah – Charity
  Chalutzim (Pioneers) Grades 3 and 4 meets on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

  • Tanach (Bible) The end of Genesis and the Book of Exodus (from slaves to a free nation)
    The children will study the Joseph story, the birth and journey of Moses in Egypt, the
    Passover story, the Ten Commandments, through the story of the Golden Calf.
  • History (From the Romans to the Talmud)
    The class will learn about the Sanhedrin, stories of the first rabbis, stories of Hillel and Shamai,
    Rabbi Akiva, the redaction of the Mishnah, and the stories of the rabbis of the Talmud.
  • Holidays
    The students will learn songs from the liturgy, stories from the Bible, and the main
    characters of each holiday when possible.
  • Hebrew
  • Mitzvah Program – Achnasat Orchim – Hospitality
  Giborim  (Heroes) Grades 5 and 6 meets on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

  • Tanach (Bible) The Book of Numbers (the journeys and stories of the forty years in the desert)
    This class will cover the census of the people of Israel in the
    wilderness, the concept of the priesthood, the rebellion of Korach, the story of the twelve spies, and the journeys and stops in the desert.
  • History – From the Expulsions to the State of Israel
    This class will study the expulsion from Spain, the first Jews in North America, the pogroms in eastern Europe through the Enlightenment, the first aliyiot, early Zionism to the main wars of the State of Israel and through to its artistic and social development.
  • Holidays
    The students will engage in text based study from the original sources (Biblical and Rabbinic) and learn about the main characters of each holiday when possible.
  • Hebrew
  • Mitzvah Program – Bikur Cholim – Visiting the Sick
 
Chaverim (Friends) 7th Grade and up meets on Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
The new Chaverim Program (formerly Gesher) is specifically designed for the oldest students in our religious school and will be under the direction of Rabbi Uriel Romano. The group will spend Sunday mornings studying, discussing and experiencing different Jewish values and practices together with Rabbi Uri. They will also have a special opportunity to meet each week with the Director of Ohr Chadash, Jeff Kelman, to engage in relevant, current discussion topics. Some of the
areas this group will examine on Sunday mornings with Rabbi Uri are:

  1. Davening (Prayer): Developing skills to be able to lead the Morning Service. We will start every morning praying together and exploring the Torah portion of the week.
  2. Tanach (Bible): Learning about the stories of the Bible that are usually forgotten. This year we will focus on the teachings and drama from the Books of Joshua, Judges and Samuel.
  3. Chagim (Holidays): Learning about the Holidays of the Jewish Calendar from the original Rabbinical and Biblical sources and modern debates about the holiday and their meaning.
  4. Machloket (Jewish Debate): Discussing modern and actual dilemmas from the Jewish sources.
  5. 613 Mitzvot: Studying “all the Mitzvot” from the first one to the last one, one by one.
  6. News Cycle: Reviewing the latest news in the Jewish world, antisemitism and the State of Israel.
  • Mitzvah Program – Kivud HaMet – Honoring the Deceased