Our Mission and Goals

Welcome to The Religious School at The Jewish Center
 

Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today.
They have the right to be taken seriously and to be treated with tenderness and respect
They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to.
The unknown person inside each of them is our hope to the future
Janusz Korczack
 
The Jewish Center Religious School Mission Statement
The Jewish Center Religious School's mission is to create a nurturing, stimulating and inspiring environment where learning is for everyone and not beyond anyone.  We strive to provide high-quality, relevant, and engaging educational experiences that foster a strong sense of identity, commitment to Jewish living and values, connection to one another and to our community and concern for the world around us.  We seek to impart in our students a love of tradition so strong that individuals will continue to make Judaism a meaningful part of their adult lives and one day pass on this commitment to their children.

Our Goals
The goal of this curriculum is to educate our students to be
  1. Jews who express pride in their heritage, who are excited about being Jewish, who observe and practice Jewish traditions. 
  2. Jews who are familiar with the rituals and customs associated with Shabbat and the holidays, who understand the reasons for these observances, and who celebrate these occasions appropriately. 
  3. Jews who can describe the different ways Jews have conceptualized God throughout history, and who can affirm and act upon a personal perspective of God and spirituality. 
  4. Jews who have a clear understanding of the nature of prayer - what it is and why we pray, who are knowledgeable and comfortable with the structure and contents of the prayer book, and who themselves participate in Tefilah with Kavanah.
  5. Jews who can explain the important values/mitzvot which have guided Jews for 4,000 years, who know the reasons for Jewish devotion to these values, and who themselves are committed to live by these values.
  6. Jews who understand the place of Hebrew in Jewish tradition, and who cherish and use this Holy Language of the Jewish people during synagogue worship and home celebrations.
  7. Jews who are familiar with the origins and meanings of Jewish customs and practices, including life cycle events and all forms of Jewish practice, and who observe these Jewish ceremonies on the significant occasions in their lives.
  8. Jews who enthusiastically support and participate in the life of the synagogue, their Jewish community, and their community at large.
  9. Jews who see themselves as an important link in the chain of Am Yisrael, the Jewish people, for whom the history of the Jewish people is familiar, meaningful, and central.
  10. Jews who affirm their historic bond to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, who visit Israel, and who work for its well-being.