Lomdim Beyahad (Learning Together) at TBTST
|Ronit Goldstein – Religious School Director
(954) 721 – 7660 * 148
Hebrew School days and times of operation:
|Kindergarten, First and Second Grades:||Sunday||9:00-11:45 A.M.|
|Aleph, Bet, Gimel Classes:||Sunday||9:00-11:45 A.M.|
|Tuesday||4:15 – 7:00 P.M.|
|Daled and Hey Class:||Sunday||9:00-11:45 A.M.|
|Tuesday||4:45 – 7:00 P.M.|
|Youth Education (8-12th grade)||Tuesday||6:30 – 8:30 P.M.|
|Minyan with the Rabbi (once a month)||Sunday||8:30 – 9:45 A.M.|
|Jr. Congregation (Aleph-Hey Classes)||Saturday||9:45 – 11:30 A.M.|
Our Hebrew School curriculum is based on the educational philosophy where children are actively participating in their own learning. A play based curriculum motivates and inspires students to pursue their own interests through individual and team efforts. Our learning environment accommodates to our students’ different learning styles and subjects of interest. Our curriculum is center based and designed to develop critical thinking skills, freedom of choice, and social interactions. Our Conversational Hebrew program is a play based learning program where students progress according to their own academic ability. Students develop letter recognition, reading, writing and conversational skills in a fun and interactive way. Modern technology is an important part of our Hebrew School curriculum and varied technological devices are used daily in the classrooms. Our school online learning center is designed to enrich all learned subjects’ areas. It provides our students with ample opportunities to review what was previously learned and gain new knowledge. It also allows students to catch up on missed material. Parental involvement is valued as an important part of our learning environment. Parents are encouraged to be actively participating in their child’s learning. Our online learning center provides parents with opportunities to be part of the learning process at their leisure.
Hebrew: Our interactive Hebrew curriculum provides students with the opportunity to increase vocabulary and grammatical knowledge in a meaningful context. Learning is done independently and in small groups. In each group, students learn new vocabulary words, develop their reading skills, and are engaged in reading comprehension assignments. Hebrew grammar is introduced gradually to students as part of their conversational interactions.
Israel: The connection between the young generation and the land of Israel has been an important part of our Hebrew School curriculum. Our students travel through the different Israeli cities and get familiar with the characteristics of Israeli culture; foods, customs, and diversity. The Israel curriculum for our upper grades (Bet – Hey students) is based on short films followed by a class discussion exploring the uniqueness, challenges, accomplishments, and values of the State of Israel and its people. In addition, our school is partnered with Nesher – our twin city in Israel. Students use computer based programs to interact with their peers on a personal level. The Shaliach (Israeli messenger) program concludes our Israel studies. Students meet with the Shaliach six times throughout the school year for fun, hands on, Israel related activities.
Tfilot: Friday night Tfilot are gradually taught to students’ K-2 nd Grade as part of their music lessons. Friday night/Saturday morning rituals are taught to Aleph-Daled students by our Cantor. Preparations for Bar/Bat Mitzvah rituals are taught to our Gimel and Daled students by the Cantor, as part of our Hebrew School education. At the end of the school year, Daled class students design their own Yad (Torah pointer) to read from the Torah during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony.
Minyan with the Rabbi: Once a month, our Daled and Hey classes study Shacharit services with the Rabbi. Students learn the meaning behind the prayers and are led in theological conversation. The Minyan is followed by brunch and a current event discussion with the Rabbi. Birkat Hamazon is recited. Parents are expected to attend these sessions twice a year.
Jr. Congregation: Students gather on Saturday mornings for supplemental studies of Saturday morning rituals in preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. It is part of the Aleph-Hey class curricula.
Life Cycle: Students explore the building blocks of Jewish life and are introduced to basic key concepts of the Jewish community. The Jewish calendar, Shabbat, the cycle of holidays, and life cycle events are some of the learned topics. Our Hebrew School students also participate in the “Shabbat Project”. It is a worldwide project where Shabbat is celebrated, at
the same time, by Jewish communities and individual families around the world.
Bible Stories: The Shalom Learning Judaic studies is an online learning based curriculum geared toward our 3 rd -7 th grade students. Our students learn the different bible stories based on the following seven Jewish values: Teshuvah, B’tzelem Elohim, Gevurah, Achrayut, Hakarat Hatov, Koach Hadibbur and Shalom. The moral of the stories applies to students’ daily lives with relations to self, peers, family and community in large.
Mitzvot: Our Hebrew School joined forces with different organizations for a yearlong mitzvah project. Each age group is assigned to a different organization. Throughout the year, students will be engaged in different activities for that specific organization. Ronald McDonald House, We Care, Daniel Cantor Senior Center and JAFCO to name a few.
Holidays: Our holiday studies include learning the basic rituals, Hebrew vocabulary, and computer based research. Class discussions of moral issues related to specific holidays are conducted. Holiday celebrations are part of our curriculum as well as fun cooking and art projects. Students are also encouraged to participate in Temple wide holiday celebrations.
Holocaust: The theme of our Holocaust studies differs from year to year. Information is gained through films followed by class discussions of moral issues. Students are engaged in computer based research and their final project is presented as part of our Yom Hashoah Program. The Six Million Steps to Holocaust Awareness walk is a community wide, fundraising event that was founded by our Daled. Money collected from the event was donated to the “March of the Living” organization. The program become a tradition and our next event is scheduled for March 18 th 2018.
Youth Education Program
A bi-monthly continuing educational program for teens in grades 8th – 12th. Dual enrollment opportunities are available to qualified 11th and 12th grade students in conjunction with Broward College.
Continued education in a Jewish institute is a requirement for tenth graders to be eligible for confirmation. Throughout the school year, students will attend five Shabbat meetings with the Rabbi. In addition, students are required to attend the following services: Simchat Torah, Purim and Yom Hashoah program. Confirmation ceremony will take place on Erev Shavuot.
Akiva Leadership Program
Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek (Sunday 5:00-7:00 p.m.) Upon nomination, a two year curriculum for 10th and 11th grade students, designed to prepare our students to take a role as the future leaders of our community.