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Education

We're big believers in lifelong learning.

We welcome all parents raising Jewish children, regardless of family background, disability or sexual orientation. Finances should not be a barrier to Jewish education  - please contact us to discuss options that respect both your family situation and our community resources. 

We are currently planning for in-person classes this fall, with smaller group gatherings and masks inside the building. Like last year, Hebrew for the older students will be taught online to minimize exposure.   

Nashira Education Project

 

Nashira means "let us sing". We offer:

  • 12 - 18 sessions per year starting in October – including art, stories and games
  • Vibrant holiday celebrations with our synagogue community
  • Age appropriate lessons in Torah, ethics, Jewish culture and Hebrew
  • Opportunities for social action and tikkun olam
  • Connection to a warm and welcoming Jewish environment

 

Nashira Friends

2 - 5 year olds

Twice a month Shabbat class for our younger kids. Students make friends and learn about Shabbat and other holidays through stories, art, and playtime.

Nashira Friends will meet for 12 sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year.

Tuition is $270 for members and nonmembers.

 

Nashira Project Classes

Students learn about Jewish life and traditions, Jewish values, and Torah. As they get older, students explore what Jewish life means to them as individuals, as part of their family, and as part of a larger Jewish community.  

 

Kindergarten through 3rd grades

Sundays 9:00 - 10:30

In Jewish studies classes students learn about the rhythms of Jewish life through rituals, holidays, and Jewish values.

Hebrew Through Movement is incorporated into these Sunday morning classes--a fun and lively way to become familiar with Hebrew words and sounds before students are ready to learn decoding (reading and writing). 

 

4th & 5th grades

Sundays 11:00 -12:00

As students get older their Jewish Studies begin to focus on what Jewish texts and ethics have to tell us about tzedakah--social and environmental justice--and finding intersections between their personal Jewish identity and how Jewish values inform their participation in community life. 

 

6th grade

Shabbat morning Torah Study 9:00 - 10:30

6th graders are introduced to Torah study in this fun and interactive class for the first half of the school year. In the spring they join the 7th and 8th graders for Junior Minyan (see below for more information), where students begin to shift out of the Nashira Project classroom and into the synagogue. 

Hebrew lessons are conducted online in chevruta style--that is, in small study groups working with a tutor. 

 

Nashira Classes (Kindergarten through 5th grade) will meet for 18 sessions for the 2021-22 year.

 

Tuition is $390 for members and $650 for nonmembers.

 

For more information on the Nashira Project please contact our Education Director Rachael Walkinshaw.

Finances should not stand in the way of Jewish education. No one is turned away for a lack of ability to pay. If you'd like to have a conversation about a scholarship, please contact Administrative Director Katie Schneider

 

Brit Mitzvah

The terms bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah mean “liable to the commandments”. According to Jewish tradition, a girl reaches this status at the age of twelve and a half, and a boy at the age of thirteen. Generally, this is considered to be the age at which students develop the ability to take responsibility for their own ethical behavior.

Students work with the Rabbi and their Hebrew tutors to prepare for the day on which they are called to the Torah for the first time. The Shir Tikvah community welcomes these new members on behalf of Am Israel (The People of Israel).

Parent/s and children should make the decision together that marking your child’s commitment to becoming an adult member of the Jewish community in general, and the Shir Tikvah community in particular, is something the family finds meaningful.

Preparations at Shir Tikvah include:

  • family membership in good standing for 2 years prior to the event
  • weekly meetings with a tutor for a year or more prior to the event
  • 1-on-1 meetings with the Rabbi and staff
  • work on a Mitzvah Project
  • attendance at Junior Minyan and Shabbat services the year before the event

Junior Minyan

As the focus for your student shifts from the classroom to the synagogue, Shir Tikvah offers a specialized time for students to meet with their cohort, their teacher and their community.

On the second Saturday of every month (except July) Junior Minyan will meet in the library at the synagogue. Students and their families will be expected to attend between now and their brit mitzvah.  (Parents need to get oriented to Shabbat morning practice as well!) Students are also encouraged to attend services when their peers are being called to the Torah.

Rivkah Coburn will lead students during the first hour, weaving together prayer and Torah study. Students will join Rabbi and the rest of the community the second hour for the regular morning Shabbat Torah service.

More information about the ritual and celebratory aspects:

BRIT MITZVAH GUIDELINES Jan 2020

 

Adult Education

Please see our calendar for Adult Education opportunitities. 

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782