The JFLL Hebrew School blends individual choice with experiential and whole-family learning. Our innovative "whole family" approach to Jewish education is a major departure from your parents’ Hebrew School and is making a big impression on kids and parents alike. Our progressive educational approach encourages learners of all ages to make personal meaning from all our activities and seeks to partner classroom learning with vibrant Jewish family life. We believe that children's time in our classes and programs must be just as enjoyable as their best experiences in secular school and in their favorite extracurricular activities.
Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm
A typical Hebrew School class is structured as follows:
Opening Program: We begin each session in community as all students gather for an engaging opening experience, which could be a story around the parashah (Torah portion) of the week, a Hebrew Word of the Day, a creative project, or a song with the cantor. This serves to set the intention for the day’s lesson and is an opportunity for kids of all ages to bond through shared experience.
Hebrew: Using the Havruta method of study, students of similar skill sets and learning styles work at their own pace in pairs or small groups. Students apply their reading skills to learn tefillah (prayer) and the basic vocabulary essential to Hebrew literacy.
Judaics: Through the lens of the synagogue-wide theme of the year, students engage in learning through art, drama, music, creative writing, debate, group projects, and more. As we strive to support all learning styles, we favor an interactive learning model so that classroom activities tap into multiple intelligences.
Tefillah: We end each week with a Tefillah session with Cantor Melissa, focusing on a new prayer each month. At our monthly First Friday service, JFLL students are invited to lead all of the prayers that we have covered over the year!
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