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Kindergarten - 1st Grade*
Schedule, Term: Sep 14, 2019- May 16, 2020
Saturdays, 10am-noon

Hebrew and Prayer
Students will be exposed to key prayers in Jewish life, especially those in which they will encounter in our Shabbat morning services. Students will work in small groups and individually with Morah Lily, one of our Assistant JLC Directors for an immersive and joyful prayer experience, geared towards active early learners.  Movement and hand motions help young learners to bring meaning and fun to their prayer experience.  Children will be introduced to the Alef Bet, as a key pre-reading step on their Jewish journey.  Children will learn key Hebrew vocabulary and have fun learning colors, numbers, and words commonly used on Shabbat.

Torah
Students will engage actively in learning Torah stories, as they retell favorite scenes from the Torah, from Abraham and Sarah to Moses and Miriam.

Shabbat and Holidays
Students will learn the practical and beautiful aspects of our holidays, as they touch, taste, listen, and fully experience what each holiday has to offer.

Israel
From history to modern day life, students will experience Israel through a sensory approach.

* Please Note: Child must be at least 5 years old by Oct. 1 of the school year for which you are registering.


 

2nd - 4th Grade
Schedule, Term: Sep 11, 2019 - May 20, 2020
BOTH Wednesdays, 4-6:15pm AND Saturdays, 10am-noon

Hebrew and Prayer
Students focus their efforts on learning Hebrew and prayers they will encounter on Shabbat. Familiarity with the siddur, reading and reciting tefillot (prayers) with fluency, and comfort in reading and writing key Hebrew words will all be emphasized. Skills learned in JLC will allow students to be comfortable approaching their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony with confidence, as they gain skills that will ease them into a lifetime of Jewish learning and living. During these formative years, students quickly move from decoding Hebrew words and phrases to reading more fluently, independently, and with confidence.

Torah
Torah will come alive, as students use creative expression and art to find meaning in the weekly Torah reading. As they become old enough to add their interpretations to our communal knowledge, students begin to make connections between the Torah and everyday living.

Shabbat and Holidays
Students continue to explore Shabbat and holidays throughout the year, as they broaden their knowledge of ritual practices, historical significance, and personal meaning. Students will not just be fluent in the “how” of holidays but will begin to construct an ever-deepening understanding of the “why”.

History and Israel
Students will travel around Israel to learn more about the land of the Jewish people and understand their relationship to it. Through interactive games and immersive experiences, students will begin to form a better understanding of the land and its people.  

 


5th - 7th Grade
Schedule, Term: Term: Sep 11, 2019 - May 20, 2020
BOTH Wednesdays, 4-6:15pm AND Saturdays, 10am-noon

Hebrew and Prayer
Students focus their efforts on learning Hebrew and prayers they will encounter on Shabbat. Familiarity with the siddur, reading and reciting tefillot (prayers) with fluency, and comfort in reading and writing key Hebrew words will all be emphasized. Skills learned in JLC will allow students to be comfortable approaching their bar/bat mitzvah ceremony with confidence, as they gain skills that will ease them into a lifetime of Jewish learning and living.

Torah
Torah will come alive, as students use creative expression and art to find meaning in the weekly Torah reading. As they become old enough to add their interpretations to our communal knowledge, students begin to make connections between the Torah and everyday living.  Students also unpack the "timeline" of the Torah to have a better sense of where the events of the Torah fall, their significance to Judaism, and how this all impacts their experience as emerging Jewish adults.  

Shabbat and Holidays
Students continue to explore Shabbat and holidays throughout the year, as they broaden their knowledge of ritual practices, historical significance, and personal meaning. Students will not just be fluent in the “how” of holidays but will begin  to construct an ever-deepening understanding of the “why”.

History and Israel
Older students shape the curriculum and delve into personal topics of study, such as women and Judaism, the immigrant experience, the Holocaust, waves of immigration in Israel, Jewish heroes, and more.  




All Grades & Parents  - Shabbat Program
Our Shabbat curriculum will allow all students to experience Shabbat in action, as they actively participate in an age-appropriate and engaging Shabbat morning service for students as well as other activities appropriate for the day.
Shabbat is a special time for students and families.





Regular Shabbat (alternating weeks)
Students go to their regular classrooms with their teachers. Parents are encouraged to enjoy snacks and good coffee and some schmooze, and/or attend adult activities and seminars offered on various topics. We're calling our seminar program "@nourish." Nourish your body, your mind and Jewish spirit! Offerings will include items like yoga, Jewish parenting, Shabbat 101 and others. If you like, you can also head upstairs for Shabbat Services. The whole community joins together for a Kiddush lunch, at approx. 12pm.





Hinei Mah Tov - Shabbat Family Service (opposite alternating weeks)
Families come together for Hinei Mah Tov Family Service from 10-11am. It’s an age appropriate, kinetic, FUN service full of song and activity!  K-2 students MUST have a parent/caregiver present with them (3rd-7th grade students are encouraged to attend with a parent, but it is not required.) In Hinei Mah Tov students will understand and appreciate the skills they are acquiring in class.  This is a service for families to learn and grow together, wrestle with different material each session, and see the beauty of our learning in action.  




STOM Youth Group (grades 8-12)
Meets Wednesdays, 6:15-8pm

STOM (Shomrei Teens of Montclair) focuses on social action and connecting with other teens.  The group will decide together what community service projects to tackle and how to tackle them. Accompanied and guided by JLC Assistant Director, Aylah Winter, STOM teens can make a difference while having fun and making social connections at the same time. Social events and outings are driven by the interests of the students. Connecting Jewish living and ethics to the teenager's life and world is the prime goal STOM.


For More Information:
Heather Brown
Director of Education
hbrown@shomrei.org 
(973) 746-5031, ext. 4





 

 





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