Jewish education is a vital component in our children’s lives. Abraham Ratner Torah School aims to instill a positive Jewish identity, by connecting our children to the community and providing a strong foundation that will help guide them into adulthood. Formed in 1979 by Abraham and Anne Ratner, we are one of the most deeply-rooted congregational schools in San Diego.
When your child enters our school, he/she will be exposed to a variety of cultural and religious experiences. Students are encouraged to ask questions, work together and develop a strong Jewish Identity as they gain knowledge of Tefillah (prayer), Torah, Jewish history, holidays, the centrality of mitzvot (sacred obligations) to Judaism, and conversational Hebrew.
Our curriculum includes:
Hebrew – At each grade level, our Hebrew curriculum offers the following components: decoding, the study of prayers and blessings, and spoken Modern Hebrew. We draw from a variety of Behrman House and Tora Aura textbooks and resources. To supplement our curriculum, we are adding a NEW program called Hebrew through Movement, a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew Commands. Our teacher’s incorporate their expertise and creativity to bring each lesson to life through a combination of games and music, as well as multi-sensory and multidisciplinary techniques.
Judaica – A broad variety of subjects are explored from Gan through Kitah Zayin (Kindergarten through 7th grade). There are four major foci upon which each year’s curriculum is based:
- Torah, Tanakh (Bible), and post Biblical Texts
- The Jewish Year and Life Cycle
- Mitzvot, Values, and Ethics
- We have added The Book of Why to our 6th grade curriculum and Making Tefillah Meaningful to our 7th grade curriculum.
Tefillah (Prayer) – All students participate in Sunday davening (communal prayer) with their peers. Tefillah will now be held in the Sanctuary and led by Rabbi Josh.
Chugim (Enrichments) – All students in Kitah Bet through Kitah Zayin (2nd through 7th grade) will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of enrichment and learning courses on Wednesdays that include omanut (art), zirah (theater), and Hebrew Games. Gan and Kitah Aleph (Kindergarten and First grade) incorporate multidisciplinary and multisensory projects into their classes as well.
Connection to Israel – Students engage in discussions, activities and special projects that connect them to Israel, the country not only of our ancestors but our brothers and sisters, too.
Our Hands-on B’nai Mitzvah Program. In Kitah Zayin (7th grade), we encourage students to actively participate individually as well as in a group setting in preparing for their bar/bat mitzvah. Students are individually tutored for one year prior to b’nai mitzvah and are also engaged in discussions with the Rabbi, create their own tallit to be worn at Torah School graduation and future events, and actively participate in a variety of tikun olam projects. This year we have set aside time on Sunday mornings for our 7th grade class to research and develop a more meaningful Tzeddakah Project with the full support of TS staff. All of this enhances their B’nai Mitzvah training and overall experience.
Abraham Ratner Torah School welcomes children in grades K-7. We also offer a Gesher Program for those in Pre-K and T-K. For further information please call 619 697-6001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Classes
Kindergarten and First Grade
Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Second through Seventh Grade
Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Gesher is a transitional/introductory program for those entering Torah School next year. Click here for details.
Specific Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- December 10, 2017
- February 11, 2018
- April 8, 2018