09.19.2010

Curriculum...

Sephardic Religious School is a supplementary Jewish school serving Jewish children in Pre-School through Grade 6. Pre-School, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 meet on Sunday for 2 ½ hours of weekly religious instruction. Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 also meet in Tuesdays for an additional 1 ½ hour of instruction.

Each grade at Sephardic Religious School has a basic curriculum with areas of focus that include two periods: Judaic Studies and Hebrew reading Groups. Judaic Studies classes cover the following areas in our curriculum: Prayers and Blessings, Holidays / Laws and Customs, Chumash (Bible) and Navi (Prophets), and any special units of study. Hebrew Reading Groups cover learning to read and write in Hebrew with a limited Hebrew vocabulary.

Music Art and Ladino are incorporated into the curriculum to enhance our children’s Sephardic Jewish learning experience. Students are exposed to cultural Jewish events and experiences as they presents themselves as deemed appropriate (i.e. city-wide Sunday School gatherings, school holiday celebrations, visits to Jewish homes for the elderly, etc.).

“Tsedakah” and social justice are significant concepts taught at our Sephardic Religious School. There are several times each year that our school makes a school-wide effort to participate in this important mitzvah. The Kosher Food Bank sponsors a food drive to

which we contribute canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Also, with the help of our synagogue Rabbis, at Pesach time our students are involved in “Maot Hittim” providing matzah and/or money for those who need.