May 28, 2018 /

Jewish Community Center of Paramus / Congregation Beth Tikvah

Contact Us: (201) 262-7691 | office@jccparamus.org

Find Us: E. 304 Midland Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652

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Hebrew School

Framework For Excellence School

Our Hebrew School has long been recognized as a Framework of Excellence School, meeting the high standards and fulfilled all the criteria set by of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Schedule of Classes

  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade – Kindergarten and first grade meet for two hours on Sunday mornings. Second and third grade meet for three hours on Sunday mornings.
  • 4th-7th grade – Fourth to seventh grades meet on Sundays for three hours and two hours on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Optional Extended Day – For our Kindergarten and 1st grade students, a one hour optional extended Sunday schedule is available for additional activities, and fun!
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah Preparation – Our students receive complete Bar and Bat Mitzvah training, which includes individual instruction with our JCCP/CBT Cantor, and classroom lessons as part of our school curriculum.
  • Weekly Music Classes – All students have a weekly music class in which they learn popular Israeli and Jewish songs along with Jewish prayers.
  • Technology in the Classroom and in the Computer Lab – Our students learn online with educators in Israel, a creative and exciting initiative that connects our students in real time with Israel.

Fun Holiday Celebrations

  • Family programming on the High Holidays
  • Ice cream sundae party in the Succah with our Rabbi and a family lunch in the Sukkah.
  • Simchat Torah celebrations
  • Marathon Dreidel spinning competitions at our Chanukah Extravaganza
  • Tu Bishvat fruit tasting and edible food creations
  • Amazing Purim carnival and festivities
  • Passover model seders and family learning experiences
  • Lag B’Omer Annual Barbeque and Sports event
  • Cheesecake making, and tasting, for Shavuot

Special Programs and Activities

  • Participation in the Kehillah Program.  Our 6th and 7th grade students join kids from 8 other congregations for special educational programming several times a year.  This is partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
  • Family Education programs
  • Tzedakah programs
  • NYC Salute to Israel Parade participation
  • Friday night dinners
  • Student participation in synagogue services
  • Community Service requirement for 6th and 7th graders
  • School trips to places of Jewish interest
  • UJANNJ Mitzvah Day participation
  • Our faculty partner with teachers in our twin Israeli city of Nahariya and relationships are created between our students and their Israeli counterparts.

Programs for those NOT YET registered in our Hebrew School.

  • Monthly SUNDAY SPECIALS for 4-7 year old children. SUNDAY SPECIALS     gives the children a taste of Hebrew School with special activities often related to an upcoming holiday or a Jewish concept, such as Tedakah. This free class is open to all.  Sunday Specials run from September – February.
  • TASTE OF HEBREW SCHOOL Starting in March the Sunday Specials morph into a weekly program called Taste of Hebrew School.  A small registration fee provides weekly classes in which the children learn about the holidays, Israel and many other things Jewish!

Outline of the Hebrew School Curriculum

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Our Kindergarten and 1st grade meet once a week. The children learn about the holidays, the synagogue, prayer and Jewish values. They enjoy music and develop a repertoire of Jewish songs, dance, and prayers.

2nd and 3rd Grade

Our 2nd and 3rd grade also meets once a week. A highlight of their curriculum is learning to read Hebrew, along with the study of the holidays, Torah stories, Israel and mitzvot.

4th  through 7th Grades

Our 4th through 7th grades meet twice a week, on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons, for a total of 5 hours a week. Children develop their Hebrew reading skills, their prayer fluency, and their understanding of the words of the prayers. The 4 year curriculum includes a detailed understanding of the Jewish Holidays, the weekly Torah readings, Jewish history-including a unit on the Holocaust, and values, Mitzvot, and Jewish current events locally and around the world. They study the history of the State of Israel, and become familiar with Israel today.

Devoted Faculty

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.

For More Information

Please contact Marcia Kagedan, Education Director, for more information. (201) 262-7733 or edudirector@jccparamus.org.

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