Shearith Israel Shabbat Morning Program
The educational programs at Shearith Israel serve to develop the creativity, character and Jewish literacy and spiritual life of our students and encourage them to live deeply within the values of Judaism.
• To centralize Shabbat, bringing it back into people’s lives, and to reinvigorate Saturday mornings in the synagogue
• To help foster deeper connections for participants with the larger congregational community
• To be able to teach more in depth Torah, Hebrew and prayer skills to those who are looking for depth
• To expose families to the beauty and tradition of Shabbat in a community
Students are given the opportunity to experience religious school through a variety of mediums and modalities that are specifically Shabbat centered.
The curriculum will be centered around the same core Jewish values that the Sunday/Wednesday program is centered around. The aspects of Shabbat, prayer, reading, will be emphasized more.
TZEDEK – MISHPAT- EMET – EMUNAH – TORAH – MITZVOT – CHESED – RACHAMIM – AHAVAT TZION
Enduring Understanding: Our Jewish community, our shared language, our sacred writings, our stories and our history as Jews help unite us and connect us to each other and to our Jewish identity. Our experience of time and celebration of important moments provides a lifelong, emotional, connection to our heritage, or culture and our values.
OVERVIEW OF DAY
9:00-10:30- Curricular content – integrated into instructional time. Classes divided according to age. There will be combined ages for the pilot year.
- Hebrew vocab
- Life Cycle
- Jewish values
10:30-11:30- Family Service – Minyan Mercaz in Library
11:30 – Parsha activities or tefilla games
12:00 go into main service
DETAILS OF DAY
9:00 – Students enter into building, greeted by teachers and walk over to the education building to start their day in their designated classrooms.
9:15-10:00 First perek (period)– Hebrew through games and tefillah, holiday
10:00-10:15 snack. Students will eat snack – learn food brachot, discuss names of foods in Hebrew
11:30-12:00 Parshat HaShavuah activities – skits, q and a, making stories, drama games
What is my relationship with Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people?
Does Israel make a difference in my life?
Can I connect to Israel through language?
What is my relationship with my congregation and my community?
How can Shabbat enhance my Judaism?
How can being here as a learner enhance my Shabbat experience?
How does Shabbat figure in my life as a committed Jew?
How do the Jewish people mark time through celebration, ritual and prayer?