Religious School

2017-2018

Core Shabbat Dinners

   A highlight of our school year is our Shabbat Dinner program!

 Each grade celebrates Shabbat together as a class, the students

come onto the bima to lead part of the service and then we eat a

Chinese dinner together as a community.   

We hope that each student will come on their appropriate night,

but if you cannot, its okay - you can come whenever works.

  Each student is entitled to one free dinner,

adults pay $15 per person and children 4-bar mitzvah are $10. (3 and under are free)

If your child attends more than one Core Shabbat Dinner,

you must pay for the child's additional dinners (only one dinner is free).

Dates for the dinners are:  Oct. 4; Nov. 3; Dec. 1; Jan. 5; Feb. 2, March 16; and April 20.

Any questions contact Lisa at [email protected]
Registration deadline is the Monday before each dinner!

 

**Register and Pay HERE for the Religious School Core Shabbat Dinners**

 

 

 

 

Midway Jewish Center Religious School

Who are we?

 

Upon graduating from the Midway Jewish Center Religious School we expect our students to:

  • Achieve fluency and general understanding of the Shabbat service, Shaharit, and Minha prayers and melodies

  • Knowledge of the Jewish holidays, customs and observances

  • Knowledge of Jewish Life Cycle events

  • Knowledge of central stories in the Torah and understanding of their applications to modern daily life

  • Knowledge, understanding and practice of Jewish ethics and values

  • Knowledge of Jewish History and its implications throughout the centuries

  • An understanding of the history, geography, and culture of the modern State of Israel

The aim of the curriculum is to provide students with positive and supportive learning experiences enabling them to:

  • The knowledge and practice of Jewish laws, customs and worship as interpreted by Conservative Judaism, their ramifications for the daily life of the individual and the uniqueness they establish for the Jewish people.

  • The ability to communicate in simple Hebrew and to comprehend elementary Hebrew texts and Hebrew of the “Siddur” (prayerbook).

  • A general knowledge of the content of classical Jewish texts with particular emphasis on Torah.

  • A knowledge of selected facts, trends, and movements in the history of the Jewish people from patriarchal to modern times.

  • A familiarity with Jewish ethical, moral and philosophical teachings and their various contemporary interpretations.

  • A familiarity with the history of the modern State of Israel and it social, political, economic and religious structure.

  • A knowledge of World Jewry and, in particular, the American Jewish community.

  • A familiarity with Jewish themes as presented in literature, the arts, and other media.

  • The fulfillment of one’s religious responsibility to help others and to contribute to the community.

  • An environment in which Jewish students can socialize.

  • A supportive atmosphere for positive Jewish living encouraging our students to the community.

  • The opportunity for individuals to serve Jewish causes and the Jewish community.

What do we teach our students?

The Siddur: 

We emphasize prayer book literacy and synagogue skills as well as general understanding of prayers, not only preparing the students for his or her Bat/Bat Mitzvah ceremony, but also providing familiarity with services, synagogue life, basic customs and rituals.  Students are required to attend seven Junior Congregation services at Midway and five other services.  In grades four through seventh, students spend a minimum of ten minute prayer sessions in class daily.  In addition, they meet with Rabbi Rank weekly for a thirty minute prayer session.  (See attached prayer schedule) in grades K-3, Brakhot and prayers are taught by rote and by decoding.

 

Hebrew Reading:

Our Hebrew reading program consists of letter recognition and reading readiness.  We concentrate on phonetic and a whol work approach.  The goal is to establish reading proficiency and fluency to enable our students to decode any given Hebrew test.

 

Hebrew Language:

Our Hebrew Language is woven through prayer and related vocabulary in the Jewish tradition.  Students will become comfortable with the Hebrew words that evolve prayer around, Jewish life cycle events and holidays.  In addition, teachers will use “the Back Door Approach: to modern spoken language.  Teachers will refer to the most frequently used words in Hebrew so that our students will be able to hear, understand and, if they wish, to adopt and use these words.

 

Torah:

Our children will be introduced to Biblical stories, from Abraham through Moses, and to early prophets from Joshua to Ezra and Nehemia. We would like to emphasize that the stories of the Torah come to teach us valuable lessons.  It is not important whether the story is true or not, the emphasis is, on what is the lesson that we learn from this story, and how does it apply to the present time.  In the 6th grade Book of Exodus is taught in depth in English.  (We prepare our children to participate in Hiddon HaTorah of United Synagogue).  In seventh grade, a weekly discussion of Parashat Hasharud is introduced. Check out our video on the 2012 Hidon team by clicking here.

 

History:

As our curriculum is an integrated curriculum, we consider the biblical holidays as part of our ancient history.  In addition, our children will be discussing the Jewish history from the destruction of the temples through modern Israel. Special attentions will be paid to the pattern that developed in Jewish history and students will see the evolution in Jewish history.  We will try to bring history to life through comparing modern events and situations that the students can relate to.  Holocaust studies are introduced in the 7th grade current events discussion are worked into the curriculum Jewish concerns in the United States, around the world and Israel.

 

Jewish Life:

Our older grades will study Lifecycle events in Jewish tradition.  They will explore important events in their own life and in the lives of their families.  They will examine all the Jewish ceremonies revolving around birth : Pidyon Haben, Brit Milah, Simchat Bat ( the celebration for the birth of a daughter) Shalom Zachar all the way through Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding and death.

Mitzvot and ethics are an essential part of Jewish life.  We will promote both of these through text studies, projects and encourage our children to incorporate these into their daily lives.  Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) will be taught to our upper grades.  We will explore the biblical and modern reasoning as well as try to promote the practice of observing Kashrut.

 

Holidays:

Our holidays come every year.  It is our obligation to study, review and examine them

In the primary grades we will introduce our students to the story, customs, and blessing (K-3).

In our intermediate grades we will introduce the rituals and discuss the historical significance of each holiday.  We will also review the story line and the Brakhot.

In the upper grades we will examine the holidays using the original text (Rosh Hashanah-Mahazor and the book of Jonah, Purim-Megillah, Pesach-Haggadah).  We will discuss the historical influence of each holiday on our lives and how we respond to those influences (Hanukkah-Helenism).

 

Music: 

Students in grades K-6 attend a music session once a week.  The program consists of modern popular Israeli songs as well as traditional Shabbat and holiday melodies.  Our music teacher works closely with our faculty and our cantor, so that songs will relate to, and supplement, the materials being taught in class.

 

To meet our staff please click here. 

To contact Lisa Stein, Principal, please click here