Pre-K through 1st Grade
Our youngest students attend Religious School on Sunday mornings only. They learn and play together in a fun environment that includes art, exploration, projects and songs. Each Sunday they get to interact with the rabbi and cantor with circle time in the Early Childhood classrooms.
3rd through 6th Grade
Starting in third grade, students will attend Religious School both on Sundays and Tuesday evening. These students will begin Hebrew language study and will paractice learning prayers and liturgy in preparation for their B'nai Mizvah year. Each weeknight, school begins with tefillah, a short, fun prayer service to learn and practice Jewish traditions and prayers.
7th and 8th Grades: Balancing Community and Individual Identity
Seventh and 8th grades are when teens further develop their individual Jewish identity by applying their values and beliefs to contemporary local and global issues. Classes meet weekly and the evening begins with a communal dinner.
This class year is divided into trimesters. During the first part of the year, students learn about the complexity of urban poverty, and the various ways to respond, such as direct service, advocacy, and community organizing. Speakers and field trips provide opportunities to learn and to act.
In the winter months, students explore one of two topics: entertainment and media stereotypes, or environmentalism. The third part of the year is devoted to Holocaust studies and contemporary genocide. This unit includes a museum field trip, guest speakers, and media presentations. In each unit, the emphasis is on the students' responses and responsibilities to these real world issues as Jewish adults.
Students use curriculum developed by Jewish Lens to use photography to capture their unique perspective on a particular student-determined theme, often integrating traditional texts and personalized midrash (commentary). The culmination of the program is an congregation-wide photography exhibition. JRC member, photojournalist and artistic mentor Richard Cahan works with students intensively to develop their skills in taking and interpreting photographs.
Each month, JRC's high school students gather for an informal evening of pizza and conversation on a variety of topics from a Jewish perspective. Most months include guest presenters including social activists, artists, community organizers and other dynamic individuals. This unique program offers our 9th-12th graders a wonderful opportunity to meet regularly in a low-key setting.
The group typically meets from 7:00-9:00 pm one Saturday evening per month during the school year with additional events and field trips on Sundays.