Children learn best when they are directly involved in activities that engage them completely. In order to do that, we must make a shift away from traditional teaching methods and experiment with new manners in which we share information with our students. The best learning comes from an environment which employs all of the five senses and, quite frankly, does not look or feel like the “school” they are used to. This year students will be utilizing technology and documenting their journey in a new way that will take some creativity and experimentation that will promote growth and engagement in our community while developing their Jewish identity and deepening their connection to Judaism.
Our curriculum includes:
Hebrew- At each grade level, students are exposed to a variety of components including decoding, prayer study and conversational Hebrew. While we utilize a variety of texts from Behrman House and Torah Aura, we are excited to explore new engaging methods of teaching. We will be continuing the use of Hebrew through Movement in all grades as well and adding Hebrew in Harmony to Gimmel through Vav (3rd through 6th). New technology and apps will be introduced to each classroom to enhance the curriculum while also offering a way to demonstrate abilities and progress. Our teachers will continue to incorporate their passions, expertise and creativity to bring each lesson to life through a combination of games, art, and music, multi-sensory and multi-disciplinary techniques.
Judaica- Exploring and connecting to our Jewish identity is one of the main goals of religious education. We want children to not only be Jewish on Sundays and Wednesdays, we want to make Judaism portable and something they access and utilize regularly. Education will be hands on and revolve around four basic pillars, each of which will be investigated in a developmentally appropriate, meaningful and enriching manner.
- Torah, Tanakh (Bible), and post Biblical Texts
- The Jewish Year and Life Cycle
- Mitzvot, Values and Ethics
Tefillah (Prayer)- All students will come together once a month for tefillah with Rabbi Dorsch in the Sanctuary. Parents and families are also invited to stay, daven, and schmooze with other parents after this short morning program. Students will also continue to practice various blessings and songs each week in music with song leader, Bar Dahan.
Chuggim (Enrichments)- On Wednesdays, all students in Kitah Bet through Zayin will be given the opportunity to explore this year’s exciting chuggim. The year will be broke up into a trimester schedule that will give each grade a chance to experience each chug. This year I am excited to offer Cooking, Theatre and Jewish Jam session and am sure the students will be thrilled with the new options. Children in Gan and Alef routinely incorporate these activities into their weekly lesson plans.
Connection to Israel- Throughout their experience in religious school, children are exposed to the history of Israel from creation to the receiving of the Torah to modern day events through discussion, art, cooking, plays and more. We will celebrate Israeli culture, history and identity through exciting experiences all year long, not just at Yom HaAtzmaut.
B’Nai Mitzvah Institute- Kitah Vav (6th) grade will be the first class to experience this exciting program that will meet five times over the course of the year. We will dive into what it means to become a Bar/Bar Mitzvah and discuss everything that goes into the meaningful process. This experience will create a cohort and offer a community for families traveling the same path together.
Kitah Zayin- The year is going to be much different for our Kitah Zayin (7th grade) class as we will be planning a number of field trips, social action projects and mitzvah moments to enhance their last year in religious school. They will get to participate in a number of meaningful experiences separate from the rest of the school as well as beginning to act as leaders for the younger religious school students.
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 Michelle Barbour at email@example.com.
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.
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Specific Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.