Our goal is for Torah School to become a place where students want to go. By creating positive feelings towards Torah School, students are more likely to continue learning about Judaism throughout their life. We achieve this aim by balancing traditional methods of learning with more experiential forms of education. As well as learning in the classroom, students experience Jewish values, traditions, histories, and cultures through a series of practical activities, both inside and outside the synagogue. By approaching education in this manner, students can learn about Judaism in ways that are fun, engaging, interactive, and meaningful, and which provide relevance for their lives.
Our Torah School encourages students to make ethical decisions, to be proud of being Jewish, and to think of Judaism as source of strength, comfort, and guidance. Through our weekly classes, holiday celebrations, and family education days, we build in opportunities for students and families to create community and to develop long-lasting friendships.
Our Torah School begins with our Mishpacha program for toddlers and their parents. This program meets twice a month on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Toddlers and their parents meet other young Jewish families and learn about Jewish values, traditions, and holidays.
We offer weekly Torah School classes on Sunday mornings for students in Trans Kindergarten through sixth grade (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). On Wednesday afternoons, students in third to sixth grade attend Torah School to practice their Hebrew studies and continue their Judaic learning (4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.). On Wednesday evenings (6:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m.), seventh to tenth grade students engage in a series of advanced level classes on topics such as theology, art, food, Jewish history and traditions, comparative religions, and ethical decision-making.
We also offer enrichment programming for Middle and High School students. These classes are redesigned each year to fit the interests of students in those classes. Possible topics include social action and advocacy, college preparation, theater, music and the arts, and more.
For more information about Torah School contact Danielle Stoyanoff or call 805-647-4181
We look forward to learning with you!