Goals for 2021-2022:
To create a learning community in which all students, faculty, staff and families feel a sense of belonging.
To ignite joy in living on Jewish time for our students through meaningful social and educational programming.
To create shared values and language in our Hevreh Religious School community through music, Hebrew and T’filah during “Boker Tov, Hevreh!” community time, Yachad programming, and Community Shabbats.
To retain the best of our covid-innovations while returning safely to in-person learning.
Weekly on Sundays from 10am-12pm
Bi-monthly on Sundays from 9am-10:30am
by application for 8th-12th grade students able to make a consistent weekly commitment on Sundays and/or Wednesdays.
Weekly on Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm, or by individual arrangement for 1:1 small group online lessons on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays.
Key Dates for Opening:
Sun. Sept. 12th:
Faculty & Madrikhim Breakfast and Orientation
Sun. Sept. 19th:
First Day of Religious School & Yachad Sukkot
Wed. Sept. 22nd:
First Day of In-Person Hebrew Skills
Sun. Sept. 26th:
First Day of Pre-Conf, Confirmation, and Tiny Talmidim + regular K-7 Religious School
Mon. Sept. 27th:
Consecration & B'nai Mitzvah Class Blessing @ Simchat Torah
Religious School runs through May 22, 2022.
Curriculum Highlights for Religious School:
Jewish values of celebration and sharing.
Shabbat and Jewish holidays through crafts, stories, and music.
Introduction to Alef- Bet
Blessings for Shabbat and Jewish rituals for holidays.
Thinking about God
Key Figures in the Books of Genesis & Exodus
Shema and Prayer
4th and 5th
Weekly Torah Portion through the lens of tzedakah and justice
Jewish Life Cycle
6th and 7th
Jewish history & important Jewish figures in history
Israel & Current Events
Curriculum Outline for Hebrew Skills
Kitah Aleph (~3rd/4th grade)
Review/reinforcing the Alef Bet
Learning the vowels
Intro to reading and decoding Hebrew
Decoding and reading skills
The “Blessing” formula
Advanced reading skills
Reading & comprehension for Shabbat liturgy
Introduction to Trope (Torah, then Haftarah)
Kitah Gimel (~6th/7th grade)
Shabbat morning liturgy
Torah & Haftarah trope
Teen Programming Overview
Pre-Confirmation’s curriculum will focus on autobiographical theology and spirituality. Rabbi Hirsch will teach Pre-Confirmation in the Fall.
Special programming will include a New York City Shabbaton trip in December 2021 and running the Purim Carnival.
Confirmation’s two part curriculum will focus on practical Jewish living through the voices of Pirke Avot and an “Ask Big Questions”
Special programing will include a Ski Shabbaton in VT in February 2022 and writing and performing the Purimshpeil. Rabbi Hirsch and Dan are coordinating the Ski Shabbaton.
Madrikhim is a leadership development opportunity available to all 8th-12th graders by application. This program will feature 2 special leadership training events designed and implemented by Dan Reichenbach. Madrikhim will make a weekly commitment to be here on Sundays and/or Wednesdays.
HOTY is Hevreh’s youth group, open to all 8th-12th grade students. Throughout the year, HOTY’s advisor, Dan Reichenbach will work with teen leaders to create and implement social and Jewish educational programming.
Yachad is Hevreh’s signature family education program. Since 2014, with funding from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, families with children in grades K-7 have had 5-7 opportunities each year to come together around Jewish holidays for hands-on experiential learning and celebration. This year, Yachad will be one of the key projects for our rabbinic intern, Dan Reichenbach, with guidance and support from the Hevreh Education team.
Dates for Yachad 2021-2022 include:
Yachad Sukkot: Sunday, September 19
Yachad Chanukah: Sunday, December 5
Yachad Day of Service: Sunday, January 16
Yachad Passover: Sunday, April 10
Yachad Yom Ha’atzmaut: Sunday, May 1
This year, Yachad Shabbat will look a little bit different. Rather than having one large Yachad Shabbat, we will have four Shabbatot over the course of the school year that will be led (or feature participation by, as appropriate) by each class.
Yachad Shabbat K/1: Friday, November 19, 2021
Yachad Shabbat 2/3: Friday, January 7, 2022
Yachad Shabbat 4 /5: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Yachad Shabbat 6/7: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Roles and Team:
Director of Education
Joan Goldberg Munch:
Youth and Family Programs & B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator
Rabbinic Intern (Music & T’fillah Specialist, HoTY/Madrikhim advisor)
Tiny Talmidim teacher
Kindergarten/1st Grade teacher
2nd/3rd grade teacher
4th/5th grade teacher
6th/7th grade teacher