OUR TORAH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS
Our vision is to provide lifelong Jewish learning. Our goal is to foster a deep and meaningful commitment to Jewish living. In raising a Jewish child, the responsibility is shared by the family, the school and the community. The triangle of child-parent-teacher is a most powerful model for lifelong Jewish learning. Click here to download TS registration for the 2017/2018 school year.
“Learning + Believing + Belonging = Jewish Continuity”
To achieve this, our Torah School and Torah Academy graduates will reach the following goals by the student’s Confirmation year:
- Affirm Jewish identity by an understanding of Jewish philosophy, observance and our people’s past and present.
- Develop a life style that bears witness to the teaching of Torah, morality and ethics.
- Demonstrate a respect for and knowledge of Hebrew.
- Practice and value prayer.
- Understand and celebrate Shabbat, the festivals and holy days, and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark significant occasions.
- Demonstrate self respect, respect for family, the family and others in the community.
- Develop a commitment to the Jewish community here and to Jews around the world.
- Affirm a bond with Israel.
- Demonstrate a concern for justice, freedom and peace.
- Support and participate in the life of the Temple.
OUR EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Hebrew and Prayer Goals
- To inspire students to experience Jewish prayer, to confirm that prayer connects us with God and links us to other Jews and Jewish communities, past, present and future.
- To give students an appreciation for the power and beauty of Jewish worship, as a driving force that brings our community together; to promote in students a generous attitude so they give both time and resources to the temple community and the community at large.
- To teach students the history of the major prayers.
- To teach students the choreography of the Jewish prayer and synagogue skills, so that they can participate comfortably and competently in worship services and in all Jewish life cycle events.
- To incorporate basic Modern Hebrew conversational vocabulary.
- To enable students to formulate their own philosophy of the traditional prayers and write their own prayers and blessings where appropriate.
- To give students an understanding of the main themes of the traditional prayers, as well as key Hebrew words; to teach prayer literacy and Hebrew language fluency as it relates to prayer, with a strong emphasis on Jewish concepts and values.
- To create a nurturing Jewish environment where students will have an opportunity to express their individuality and creativity.
- To develop in students the realization that the Jewish people have been am ehad-one people- over the ages and across the globe. Yet, the Jewish people have panim rabot-many faces, as well as diverse customs and experiences.
- To stimulate Jewish pride in students and to encourage them to act in consonance with Jewish ideas and ideals.