Program Details

 

The school year is comprised of 3 trimesters (Fall, Winter and Spring) for all grades.  Each trimester is comprised of 10 weeks.

Grade Level Information

Our religious school program is divided into core age groups, with curricula and hours of instruction appropriate to each:

Gan Katan

Age:  Pre-K, 4-5 years old
Days:   One Sunday a month (Typically the 2nd Sunday)
Hours:  9:00 a.m. to Noon
 
Gan Katan is an introductory course designed to introduce students to Torah, holidays and Jewish living. The class is an engaging mix of music, art, games, and a snack.
 
 

Gan, Alef and Bet

Age:           Grades K-2
Days:         Sunday
Hours:        9:00 a.m. to Noon
Optional Mechina:  Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Gan, Alef, and Bet program is organized around “The Vocabulary of the Jewish People” and emphasizes Jewish holidays, Bible stories, and Hebrew language, including reading readiness.  Our goal is not only to introduce rich content, but also to provide opportunities for community building, experiential learning, and family education.  Gan, Alef, and Bet teachers each specialize in one topic (Holidays, Bible, or Hebrew) and they teach this subject to each grade, thereby becoming an expert in their field.  This also creates a true spiral curriculum in which each subject is treated in increasingly sophisticated and differentiated ways as the student moves through the years. Special activities like music and art are integrated directly into the students’ learning of each subject area in the classroom.
 
Mechina is a 2-hour optional weekly Hebrew immersion program for Gan, Alef and Bet students.  It is a continuation of the Daber Ivrit program held in The Joan Levin School of Early Childhood Education.  Please note that Daber Ivrit 1 is NOT a prerequisite for signing up for this class.  This class uses the "Chalav u'Dvash" curriculum that teaches Hebrew in Hebrew.  The students learn through music, art and hands-on activities.
 
A Shabbat class is offered ONLY in the Winter trimester, and may be taken in place of Sunday Religious School.  However, students are encouraged to attend Shabbat services any time throughout the year.
 
 
 

Gimmel  -  Vav

Age:           Grades 3-6
Days:          Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Shabbat
                    Students are expected to attend 2 days a week that can change each trimester
Hours:        Sunday         9:00 a.m. to Noon
                    Tuesday        4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
                    Wednesday   4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
                    Shabbat        9:45 a.m. to Noon

 
For the Gimmel through Vav students, the year is divided into three trimesters (Fall, Winter, and Spring).  The student is expected to attend religious school two days a week.  Students can select any two days, and those days can change each trimester in order to accommodate their schedule.  For one of the trimesters each year, students must choose Shabbat as one of their two religious school days.  There are no additional Shabbat requirements.  The third hour on Sunday mornings is optional, though highly encouraged, and is used for informal education in the form of chug (club) activities, such as newspaper, drama, book club, Krav Maga, Jewish comics, and cooking.

The Gimmel - Vav curriculum is organized around five pillars of instruction – The Language of the Jewish People (Hebrew), The Sacred Texts of the Jewish People (Bible and Rabbinic Literature), The Story of the Jewish People (History/Israel), The Practices and Values of the Jewish People (Jewish Living), and The Spirit of the Jewish People (Prayer, God, Theology). The first four of these pillars are covered in the classroom on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, while the final pillar forms the basis of our Shabbat experience.  This curriculum provides students with a choice in selecting the courses they are most interested in studying.  For example, students can choose to go “broad” (selecting classes from each pillar) or go “deep” (selecting classes focusing in one or two pillars).  Gimmel and Daled students take grade-level foundational Hebrew courses.  Heh and Vav students have the choice of selecting either “Prayer Hebrew” or “Conversational Hebrew” as they move through the program.

The Shabbat component of the Gimmel - Vav curriculum is designed as a family experience. Gimmel, Daled, and Heh students attend classes in which they study Holidays in Gimmel, Lifecycles in Daled, and G-d/Theology in Heh.  Following the class, they attend Junior Congregation together.  Vav students attend Vav Seminar and then enter the Main Service as a class.
 

Zayin

Age:            Grade 7 (Pre-B’nai Mitzvah)
Days:          Sunday, Wednesday, Shabbat

Hours:        Sunday         9:00 a.m. to Noon
                    Wednesday   6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
                    Shabbat        9:45 a.m. to Noon
 
Our Zayin program involves not only study, but it primes ours students for participation in the high-school program and, along with Tichon, creates a strong youth community at TJC on Wednesday nights.  Students study Israeli Current Events and the Holocaust on Wednesdays. On Sundays, they study American Jewish History and take Tropes/T’fillah courses in preparation for their b’nai mitzvah. The Sunday class also includes a social action component and provides time for students to work on meaningful service projects. Shabbat morning, students must attend a Torah class and the Main Service, a minimum of 12 times per year.
 
 

Tichon – High School

Age:           Grades 8-12
Days:          Wednesday
Hours:        6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

 
Our Tichon program is a fun, engaging, active evening for our High School students.  Tichon begins each Wednesday with a kosher dinner where students have a chance to catch up with friends they don’t get to see during the week.  The first hour is a core class by grade and the second hour is an elective period.  In 10th grade, as part of their Siyyum Tichon (Confirmation), the students participate in a trip to New Orleans, as a social action and community service experience.  11th and 12th graders participate in the Tichon Ve’od Community Service program.