* Proud to have a Religious School that is one of the twenty-one nationwide accredited by the Association of Temple Educators. *
Congregation Or Chadash Religious School is one of the most direct means that we have to impart Judaism to this generation of Jewish youth. Not only do we have the important task of providing fact-filled information to our students, we also have the responsibility to offer our students positive Jewish experiences. The challenge is before us. The responsibility calls for dedication, concern and love, which are provided for by our dedicated teaching staff.
The Congregation Or Chadash Religious School works in concert with parents to develop in our students a positive Jewish identity, a comprehensive understanding of Jewish values, a connection with our heritage, and the knowledge, skills, and desire to lead an active Jewish life as they grow into adults.
Religious School for grades Pre-K/K-7 is held Sunday mornings from 9:30am-12:00pm. Our senior youth group, CORY, sells bagels and coffee starting at 9:00am.
Our Religious School uses the Chai curriculum, developed by the URJ. This curriculum is based on three tenets of Judaism: Torah (law), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Below is a brief summary for each grade. Additional information is available on the URJ Chai Website. The Chai curriculum starts in first grade.
Hebrew School (Tuesday)
Hebrew School begins in 4th grade and goes through 7th grade. Classes meet from 6:30-8:00pm. To help busy parents, we offer pizza for sale starting at 6:00pm.
Our Hebrew program is based on the materials from the Behrman House publishing company. Our Pre-K/K class uses “Let’s Discover the Alef-Bet.” These are individual pamphlets in alef-bet order that help introduce the Hebrew letters. Our 1st/2nd Grade uses “Ready, Set, Go Alef-Bet,” an engaging book of reading readiness that helps build early decoding skills and offers some basic conversational words. Our 3rd grade uses “Alef-Bet Quest,” a text designed to increase cultural Hebrew words, such as mezuzah and shofar, along with modern Hebrew. The focus is reading fluency. The 4th-6th grades use the Kol Yisrael series, a series designed for reading and prayer fluency. Beginning with the 3rd grade, our students also use a built-in computer component with engaging games and additional tools to further the students’ reading. The 7th grade focuses on a review of prayers and then moves into modern Hebrew with the text “Let’s Talk: Modern Hebrew for Teens.” For additional information on the Behrman House materials, please visit the following website: http://www.behrmanhouse.com
Other Learning Resources
Behrman House – Publisher of our Hebrew School curriculum. Students will recieve a log in and password to access extra practice materials and games.