Our Hebrew School provides an exciting Jewish Education for children ages 4-13. Our youngest children attend Candle Club. This monthly class gives the children a taste of the Jewish holidays through story, song, music and crafts. The Candle Club has won a national award and the class is offered free to the community. Children in kindergarten and first grade attend school once a week. They learn about the synagogue, Jewish holidays, Mitzvot and Torah stories. Each week the children enjoy a music class where they develop a repertoire of prayers and holiday songs. Second grade meets twice a week. In this class, there is much excitement as the children learn to read Hebrew. They study about Israel, Bible stories, Jewish values and Mitzvot. They, too, enjoy developing their skills in singing prayers and other Hebrew songs.
Children in grades 2-7 attend school twice a week. The children become skilled Hebrew readers and familiar with the siddur, its contents and the meaning of the prayers. A highlight of 3rd grade is when the children receive their first siddur. Through the years, the children learn history from biblical times to the present. They discuss Jewish current events in the USA, in Israel and around the world. The children learn about the establishment of the State of Israel. Our connection to Israel is made even more concrete with our annual participation in the Salute to Israel Parade. This past year the JCCP/CBT sent bus loads of people to march proudly up 5th Avenue. In both 6th and 7th grade the children have classes twice a week. Besides a fascinating curriculum, they are involved in individual mitzvah projects in which each student creates their own community service project.
Each year we offer a variety of special trips and programs. This past year we initiated two exciting new programs. School on Shabbat was a big success. The whole school came together for services, lunch and programming on two different weekends. The other new educational concept is our electives program. Once a week, students in the older grades select which courses they wish to take. They pursue their interests in Jewish art, Midrash and the value of stories, or participated in discussion with Rabbi Weiner.
On Simchat Torah, Chanukah and Purim the school children join the community in Center wide festivities. There is ice cream with Rabbi Weiner in the Succah, marathon dreidel tournaments on Chanukah, tasting interesting fruits on Tu B’shvat, model seders on Passover and making our own cheesecakes on Shavuot.
Our outstanding, devoted faculty, creative curriculum and exciting programming allow our students to achieve great things during their time at the JCCP/CBT Hebrew School.