Today is September 19, 2021 /
יש מקום לכול אחד פה
There is a place for everyone here.
This is our core philosophy. We value each student as an individual. Hebrew is an important part of our program, but the success of each child is not based on Hebrew alone, nor should Jewish identity be founded on a student’s ability to read or speak Hebrew. Our programs are designed to bring the richness of our Jewish heritage to our student through the study of Torah, avodah and g’milut chasidim.
For 5782 (aka 2021-22) Hebrew school meets separately for grades PK-2 and for grades 3-7 in order to maintain more social distance, meet in larger classrooms, and reduce COVID transmission. PK-2nd grades meet on Sundays between 9 and 10:20 am. We start with an assembly aimed at this age group and then divide into classes held outdoors in nice weather. When the weather is not so pleasant, we will reassess the COVID situation and either move inside or online.
For grades 3-7, Judaic studies classes meet on Sundays from 10:30 to noon, and on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm. Hebrew is taught 1:1 in 15 minute sessions either before or after class, or at a mutually convenient time online. We meet outdoors in nice weather and will either move indoors or online when the weather turns.
When school is held at the Roth Center, we serve an after school snack of bagels, cream cheese, and water starting at 3:15 pm on Tuesdays. It’s a chance to schmooze, nosh, play games, and do homework with fellow Jews. We expect students to behave appropriately for the context: a synagogue where people worship and work. Students who need get exercise or be loud during the hour between schools should arrive at the Roth Center just before class begins at 4 pm.
Jew Crew, our teen program, meets from 5:30-7 pm on alternate Tuesdays.
Our classes are taught by Dartmouth College students, high school students, and adult community members. We engage in regular professional development to improve pedagogy, safety, and content knowledge.
The Hebrew School calendar is now embedded in the Kol Ha’Emek community Calendar.
Our Hebrew School Curriculum is divided into three core sections of study: reading and understanding Tefilah (prayers in Hebrew), learning and incorporating Jewish Values in everyday life, and Family Engagement in the Jewish community.
For grades 1-7, we use the ShalomLearning curriculum to teach both Jewish Values and Tefilah (prayers in Hebrew). Teachers write emails to parents after each class describing what took place, proposing a discussion question, posting the homework, and providing videos and other resources which the students should study.
Group mitzvah projects are a part of every class to prepare students for doing their own mitzvah projects at b’nai mitzvah time. Projects have included delivering high holiday food drive items to the food
shelf at the Upper Valley Haven, writing cards to patients at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, helping to glean and sort produce for Willing Hands, and raising funds for organizations such as Peace Players.
Learning to read Hebrew and understand Tefilah is taught through 10-15 minute individualized sessions, once or twice weekly, with a teacher or madrich. Siblings (e.g., twins) may do these sessions together if they are at the same level and wish to do so. We also apply the practical application of what students are learning by reading from the family siddur used by our synagogue: Siddur Mah Tov.
Family Engagement in the Jewish community is conveyed through monthly Family Day activities and All-School Shabbat services. Parents attend these events to role model Jewish engagement for their children and to continue their own Jewish education. Non-Jewish parents are especially welcomed to join us and ask plenty of questions. We will not try to convert you (the prophet Isaiah said “the Temple is a house for all nations”), we just want you to understand what your children are learning.
Having a bar or bat mitzvah is a tremendous milestone in a young person’s life. If you have a child who is nearing bar or bat mitzvah age, mazel tov to both of you! Congregants wishing to attend the b’nai mitzvahs of students in the religious school are encouraged to review the b’nai mitzvah calendar for the current year.
For the safety of your children, the doors are locked during school hours. Directions for entry during school hours appears on the entry doors. Children will not be dismissed to the parking lot.
Kol Ha’Emek’s school is supported in part by a grant from Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.