The Anna and Louis Shereff Religious School seeks to inspire our children with a sense of wonder and appreciation of Judaism’s rich heritage and culture. Our weekday-only program (Monday and Wednesday) provides a strong foundation in Hebrew language and prayer, incorporating music and the arts in unique activities that make learning fun. Through questioning, creating, active participation and special family programs, children experience and learn about mitzvot, Torah, Shabbat, holidays, Israel and Jewish history.
Our educational director, Ronit Razinovsky, gets to know each child individually, and works with our devoted teachers to ensure that each student thrives in a warm and nurturing environment. Children are welcomed at all our Shabbat and holiday services, whether in our main sanctuary, junior congregation or our special monthly Family Services. Attendance at services serves as a “living” complement to classroom learning.
For more information, contact Ronit at 472-2013, Ext 305.
Our Hebrew School curriculum follows the New Siddur Program, a sequential series that begins in first grade and builds each year until the seventh grade. Designed to develop Hebrew literacy and fluent reading of prayers, the program familiarizes students with the basic Shabbat and weekday services, providing them with a basic vocabulary as well as an understanding of roots, which can further help expand their vocabulary. This is done through direct exposure to prayers, and to stories that incorporate modern spoken Hebrew as well as Jewish values and the importance of being Jewish.
The curriculum also builds children’s knowledge and familiarity with the Torah, emphasizing the importance of the relationship between God, the people of Israel and the land of Israel. Additionally, they are exposed chronologically to important historical events that have helped shape the Jewish people. While learning initially about the geography of the land of Israel and the lives of everyday Israelis, and later on about the establishment of modern Israel, children are taught to value Israel as a homeland for all Jews. Holidays are celebrated in a festive manner during school, ensuring that the children understand the core concepts, prayers, practices and symbols of each festival.
Each level covers the following:
Shorashim (Kindergarten and First Grade)
- Hebrew Alphabet and Basic Words
- Bible: Genesis
Bet (Second Grade)
- Basic Hebrew Reading and Writing
- Bible: Exodus, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, Parashat Hashavua (weekly reading)
- Geography of Israel
Gimmel (Third Grade)
- Hebrew speaking, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and liturgical fluency
Note: For all grades Gimmel and above
- Bible: Genesis and Exodus
- Israel: ancient and modern
Dalet (Fourth Grade)
- Bible: Exodus, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Jonah, Jeremiah, Esther, Daniel and Ezra and Nehemiah.
- Modern Israel
Hay (Fifth Grade)
- History: Biblical and Rabbinic Periods
Vav (Sixth Grade)
- The history of Israel
- Modern Israel
- Torah service and trop
Zayin (Seventh Grade)
- Bible: Parashat Hashavua and Haftarah (weekly readings)
- Jewish Ethics
- History: the Holocaust
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
An active PTA provides many opportunities for parental involvement and socializing. Meetings are held once a month in the evenings. The Annual Book Fair, the Religious School’s principle fundraiser, is held once a year in the Fall. Volunteers are always welcome.
Working with the religious school’s educational director, Ronit Razinovsky, this group sets policies and procedures, develops instructional objectives and oversees the junior congregation. The School Board also works with the educational staff, developing and proposing an annual budget in consultation with the officers and represents the religious school at synagogue board meetings.