The Hebrew School at the BHI
Our Hebrew School is a long standing tradition at the Beaches Shul. We shape the school as per the needs of the community. Our one-room cheder style class works very well for kids grades 1–7 to learn at their level of Jewishkeit, often with siblings in the same class. We study Jewish themes from around the calendar year. The goal is for them to recognize, understand and feel comfortable to participate in the rituals they see at home or at their grandparents’ and cousins’ homes. In our 2 hour class we study alef-bet so that they may someday read their bar/bat mitzvah parasha from the Hebrew text. We study the holidays and in between we study stories from the Torah, mitzvot, prayers and songs, modern Israel and what it means to be a Jew.
Our curriculum is relaxed and arts based. We include a craft or story time, and a snacktime when we learn the brachot and what it means to be thankful. We sometimes invite guests to provide a programme and an occasional field trip. This year we will be visiting a “Matzah Factory” at a local shul where the kids can get some hands on knowledge about grinding wheat and how we guard it against rising.
The kids participate in the major festivals, our Latkefest at Chanukah, our Purim shpiel in the spring. We often hold a Tu B’shvat seder and we start the year with a community Sukkah build.
We run a one hour kindergarten program Sunday mornings at 9:15 am where your child brings a parent or grandparent with them. It has become a beautiful morning of child-led family activity. Older siblings who are attending the primary school class that follows are invited to attend as well.
The main 2 hour primary age class runs Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
There is an alef-bet class that follows at 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm for the more advanced students who are polishing their reading skills to be ready for bar/bat mitzvah studies.
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