Religious School for grades Pre-K/K-7 is held Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Our senior youth group, CORY, sells bagels and coffee starting at 9:00 a.m.
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.
This class focuses on age-appropriate learning of how we celebrate holidays within Jewish tradition. Emphasis is on providing a safe Jewish environment, where students grow and develop while learning basic elements of Jewish life. This class participates in a Consecration ceremony formally celebrating the beginning of their Jewish Education.
The first year of Chai centers on “I.” How am I part of the Jewish people and how do my actions contribute to the Jewish world? Children learn how they are part of the Torah and our ongoing Jewish story.
Building on the first year and each year thereafter, the curriculum continues each theme of Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim increasing the Jewish awareness of the individual child. Second grade adds how “we” make the world a better place.
What is holy and how does it apply to me? This year delves into how the laws, rules, and practices were followed many years ago and how we live by them now.
Covenants, how and why we worship, and what is our responsibility towards others. This year looks more closely, at why we practice the rituals, laws and acts of loving kindness learned in previous years.
Prophets, who they were and how did they shape Judaism. We explore our relationship as American Jews with Israel. What does Israel mean to me? How can knowledge of Israel enrich my Jewish belief and behavior? Prayer is personal. How does prayer help increase our personal connections to God?
Why do we study our Jewish texts and how do they help us in our relationship with God? We study acts of loving kindness as a way for us to experience God in ourselves and the world that surrounds us.
The lessons and prayers of Torah can positively impact our lives, enabling us to understand what it means to be a Jewish person and part of a Jewish Community. Continuing development as emerging Reform Jewish adults is linked with our ethical behavior (middot) and the performance of acts of loving kindness (g’milut chasadim). There is also a Jewish history component to the seventh grade.