MJC&S’s religious school is an engaging, friendly, and safe place for students to celebrate their heritage. We encourage our students to develop positive feelings toward history and Israel, to grow spiritually, to build a sense of pride in Judaism, and to engage in tikkun olam–repairing the world–in partnership with God. We also want our young people to feel comfortable in any synagogue, to have the skills and knowledge to perform mitzvot, and to be guided throughout their lives by the values learned from Torah and our evolving tradition.
Our religious school serves families with students in kindergarten through confirmation. We focus on experiential learning, with time set aside for music and singing, prayer, and text study. Children also study Hebrew so that by the time they reach bar or bat mitzvah, they are able to read the prayers as well as the Torah portion. Students have opportunities to implement their learning and values by engaging in the community, working in our garden, and leading us in services.
Our older students continue with the tutoring program and have the opportunity to deepen their Hebrew tefilah and conversation skills. Text studies in the upper grades include primary source reading as well as in-depth analysis of each student’s personal connection to the material. We challenge our students to define their roles in the world as Jews, as Americans, and as partners in tikkun olam.