The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center Religious School
- To provide a positive and supportive environment that nurtures the uniqueness of each student;
- To provide students with a positive sense of Jewish identity and a commitment to the community;
- To transmit Jewish values and ethics;
- To enable students to acquire necessary tools to participate in a meaningful Conservative Jewish life and to acquire the skills necessary to participate in home rituals and synagogue life;
- To offer opportunities for parents and children to experience Jewish life together and encourage parents to be partners in the education process;
- To enable each student to find his or her own way to meaningful adult participation in Jewish life and acquire a desire for lifelong learning.
Jewish education at The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center Religious School provides creative learning experiences and innovative programming to help our children discover what it means to be Jewish. The teaching of Jewish values, traditions and sacred texts form the basis of our school curriculum.
Our aim is for each student to discover his or her own sense of Jewish identity -- to explore and experience who he or she is as a Jew and who he or she might become in the years ahead. To this end, religious education begins in Kindergarten and continues all the way through 12th grade (B’Yahad, our Hebrew High School). Student learning will be enhanced by the use of drama, music, art, technology and cooking.
Because the family plays a vital role in the formation of a child's Jewish identity, parent involvement is an integral part of our religious school program. Throughout the year, family programs are scheduled for our families with children as well as holiday celebrations.
Learning Objectives: Helping Our Children Become Literate Jews
Derekh Eretz - the Right Path
- develop mutual respect for peers
- develop concern for both the immediate community and the world-at-large via the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity) gimilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Talmud Torah - Study
- develop an appreciation of Jewish texts
- study Torah in its ancient context
- discover Torah’s relevance to our own lives
T’fillah - Prayer
- Become familiar with standard Jewish liturgy
- Learn basic davening skills
- Encourage personal religious expression
Ivrit - Hebrew
- Develop fluency in the Hebrew reading of prayers
- Learn basic principles of grammar and syntax to enhance understanding of prayer text
- Introduce Hebrew as a spoken language through words and phrases
Luah - Calendar
- Develop an awareness of the Jewish yearly cycle
- Study themes, rituals, concepts and history of Jewish festivals and holy days
Am-Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael - The People of Israel, the Land of Israel
- Develop students’ sense of being connected to Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world
Doogmah - Example
- Develop a sense of responsibility for one’s actions
- Learn the importance of setting the right example for others