Today is March 31, 2020 /
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.
Hebrew school meets on Sundays from 10-noon for grades PreK-7, and on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm for grades 4-7. Third grade students who are developmentally ready to join in on Tuesday afternoons are welcomed. We also 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 6-7:30 pm on alternate Wednesdays.
The Hebrew School calendar is now embedded in the Kol Ha’Emek community Calendar.
Our Hebrew School Curriculum is divided into two core sections of study each Sunday and Tuesday.
For grades 1-6, the Judaic piece of our learning is taught from the Chai Curriculum which was designed and authored by the Union for Reform Judasim. We use the version adapted for the Conservative Movement. We invite you to stop into the school and request a copy of our teaching materials for review.
Prayerbook Hebrew is taught from the Behrman House select series. 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. We also apply the practical application of what they are learning by using the siddur used by our synagogue, Siddur Chadash.
Mitzvah projects are a part of every class each season 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, and raising funds for organizations such as Peace Players.
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 bar and bat 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.