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OUR MISSION & EDUCATION PLAN

Welcome to Scarsdale Synagogue's Religious School!

2022 Jewish Education Plan

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Mission Statement

Scarsdale Synagogue Religious School seeks to create a safe and flexible learning environment where students are invited to explore and experience the joys of Jewish living while building friendships and a sense of belonging.

Values

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El is a warm, inclusive community, and we strive to ensure that our synagogue’s actions consistently reflect our guiding principles. Our Religious School  is designed to be aligned with Jewish values, and infused with creative and relevant content in a safe and flexible environment. Children and parents will be able to learn about Judaism, celebrate their Jewish lives, and form and maintain meaningful relationships. Our experience with COVID thus far has reaffirmed our commitment to  building a Religious School that is flexible and innovative, always in the service of fostering an ever more caring community. 

Content and Format

Sunday Learning as a Whole School Community In Person:

Pre-K - Grade 7

Overview

Students will be in person, at the synagogue on Sundays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. A typical day will begin with appropriate grade-level and hands on learning, as well as community building through prayer literacy and social action. 

Pre - K

Our earliest learners meet once a month on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Together, they explore "My Jewish Year" through storytelling, arts and crafts, movement and dance, and music. Students are also introduced to G'milut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) through exploring our relationship to the Earth, animals, and our family and friends. 

This FREE class is a friendly, fun and warm introduction to our Religious School experience and to learning about the beauty and wisdom of the Jewish tradition.  One does not need to be a member of Scarsdale Synagogue to participate in our monthly Pre-K program.

Kindergarten** - 6th Grade

Topics for all Grades K - Grade 6 will include: holidays, the synagogue, ritual, life cycles, prayer, world Jewry and history. Also, during this time the students will learn with various rotating specialists in art, music, Israel education, and special guests including our wonderful clergy.

**Please note that if your child is a recent Mazel Tots graduate, we will waive the Religious School fee for Kindergarten.  However, synagogue membership is required to be part of our Religious School for all children from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Hebrew K - 3rd Grade

Children in grades K - 3 will learn Hebrew words through an innovative Hebrew Through Movement curriculum on Sundays.  

Please note: our 4th - 7th grade Hebrew classes meet during the week.  Scroll down to view information about grades 4-7.

7th Grade Holocaust/Israel Curriculum

7th Graders will explore topics such as the history of anti-semitism, the Holocaust, immigration and the birth of the nation of Israel. Please note 7th grade has moved to Sunday mornings.

B’nai mitzvah program for our 6th and 7th grade families

In addition to individual bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, we are excited to continue our b’nai mitzvah program for our 6th and 7th grade families with the clergy through an organization called Moving Traditions. There will be four programs offered throughout the year for each of these grades, in addition to two family sessions.

Kehillah

At 10:30 a.m., all grades will attend Kehillah in two separate age appropriate groups. The focus of Kehillah this year will be prayer literacy. We will examine various prayers such as the Shema and the Barechu. We will explore these prayers through various creative methodologies, including art, drama, stories and music.

Weekday Hebrew Learning for Grades 4 - 7

Teachers and madrichim will meet with small groups for individualized Hebrew learning on Mondays and Wednesdays on zoom.  Sessions will be 30 minutes per week between 3:30-6:00 p.m. Recordings and explanations of prayers that children need to learn to help lead services will be created by Cantor Becker and housed on our YouTube channel. 

Family Opportunities

We will have several opportunities for families to come together for special Shabbat evening services and holiday celebrations during the year.

Confirmation Class for Grade 10

Our Confirmation program is taught primarily by Rabbi Brown and addresses the question, "What does it mean to live a progressive Jewish life in the 21st century?" This class offers tools for personal choices that make Judaism meaningful and relevant in a teenager's daily life. Themes explored include God, Jewish Ethics, Anti-Semitism, and Israel.

L’taken Social Justice Trip

All confirmands will have an opportunity to take a trip to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C. to engage in a program called L’Taken. L'Taken is a transformational 4-day weekend focused on Jewish values, tikkun olam (healing the world), and public policy. The program exposes high school students to a variety of public policy issues, guides them to explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teaches them the skills to be an effective social justice advocate. The weekend culminates with meetings on Capitol Hill. Your teens will have the opportunity to speak truth to power as they share their views on social justice topics with leaders on Capitol Hill. While exploring Washington, D.C., teens build and strengthen their congregational community and experience their own individual capacity to create change.

Our 10th Graders will travel with one of our clergy or teachers (by train or by bus) to D.C. on Friday morning and return to Westchester on Monday evening.  This program will take place depending on our synagogue’s Covid guidelines, as well as student interest.

Madrichim Leadership Training Program**

Students who have completed bar/bat mitzvah are invited to apply to this special program. Madrichim (teen aides) will help out in Sunday classes from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  From 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Madrichim will attend a leadership program led by members of the senior staff.  Madrichim will also have a safe space for self-care and wellness discussions and learning coping strategies with trained professionals. High schoolers from Grades 8 - 12 can apply for this program. Grade 8 students will be Madrichim In Training and students from Grade 9 will be paid for their work hours. If your child is interested in the Madrichim program, please register them below.

*Please note that Madrichim will meet for an extra 15 minutes after Religious School every Sunday (10:30 - 11:15 a.m).

Sunday Sample Schedule

* Pre-K meets once a month

**Please note: 10 Grade Madrichim who are also in the Confirmation class will attend class with Rabbi Brown from 10:30 -11:15 a.m.

 

Thu, August 11 2022 14 Av 5782