Beit Sefer Programs
- Gan Yom Rishon
An interactive parent/caregiver and child (ages 3-4) class that meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Children are introduced to Jewish holidays, rituals, symbols and values in an age appropriate, experiential setting. They enjoy songs, art and holiday celebrations. Gan Yom Rishon is also open to non-members.
- Kindergarten-2nd Grade
Students attend Beit Sefer on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Curriculum includes learning Torah stories from the books of Genesis and Exodus, Jewish holidays, G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness,) the modern state of Israel, and introduction to prayer. Selected Hebrew words related to these subjects are introduced orally.
- 3rd-6th Grade Judaic Studies and Hebrew
Students attend Beit Sefer on Thursday afternoons from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judaic studies and prayer-based Hebrew language instruction are taught for one hour each on Thursdays and Sundays. We use the Reform Movement’s CHAI curriculum (for more information, see http://chai.urj.org/) which is based on the fundamental pillars of Judaism: Torah (text,) Avodah (worship,) and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness.) Each grade studies different text source material, focuses on specific aspects of the prayer service and engages in G’milut Chasadim. Each grade level also focuses on age appropriate aspects of the Jewish holidays as well as the people and land of Israel. Parent/caregiver-student programs are included throughout the school year.