Religious School

Eitz Chayim
Bearing the Fruit of Reform Jewish Living and Learning!
We are a community committed to nurturing an active, Jewish environment that engages, cultivates and inspires learners of all ages.

Coming Fall 2015!

Our Eitz Chayim Sunday Program will offer our Kindergarten through Fifth Graders the information and skills to realize Reform Jewish ideals and values in their daily lives. Our project based curriculum will enable our students’ entrée into the continuing study of Jewish texts, history, holidays, life cycle, culture and values. Engaging our children and families through hands-on, experiential learning is a fundamental tenet of our Eitz Chayim philosophy. Our learners will be involved in a curriculum which emphasizes TORAH, AVODAH, G’MILUT HASADIM, ISRAEL and HEBREW and will empower them to lovingly embrace Judaism.

Children will be grouped in mixed-aged classes with a team of Jewish Learning Guides (teachers) and four to six Madrichim (teen aides). Students and Parents in grades Kindergarten through Five will also participate in family education programs, Shabbat Rishon Services, Havdalah programming, youth group events and other special occasions during the year.

It is our hope that our students will:

1) Establish COMMUNITY amongst themselves and the synagogue. This will enable our students to feel comfortable with each other whenever they are together and to create a sense of belonging to the group and to the synagogue.
2) Build a strong JEWISH IDENTITY which compliments their identities as Reform Jewish Americans and has relevance in their lives today.
3) Construct a common foundation of JEWISH KNOWLEDGE.
4) Develop meaningful 21st CENTURY SKILLS which are integrated into their lives.

Sample Sunday Schedules

K/1 - Shoresh (Roots) Sundays: 8:30 – 11:30
Mifgash (Morning Meeting/Current Events or Holidays) – 8:30 – 9:00
Hebrew through Movement – 9:00 – 9:30
Snack & Blessings – 9:30 – 9:45
Music/T’Fillah – 9:45 – 10:15
Project Based Learning – 10:15 – 11:30

2/3 - Gezah (Trunk) Sundays: 8:30 – 11:30
Mifgash - (Morning Meeting/Current Events or Holidays) - 8:30 – 9:00
Music/T’Fillah/Prayer Skills/Choir (with 4/5) – 9:00 – 9:45
  • Hebrew through Movement - Grade 2 – 9:45 – 10:15
  • Hebrew Decoding - Grade 3 – 9:45 – 10:15
Snack & Project Based Learning – 10:15 – 11:30

4/5 - Anaf (Branch) Sundays: 8:30 – 11:30
Mifgash – (Morning Meeting/Current Events-Holidays) - 8:30 – 9:00
Chugim/Clubs - 9:00 – 9:45 (Students have the opportunity to choose a Chug (club) experience. Art, Camp Crafts, Values through Sports, Israeli Dancing and Choir are just a few of the choices available.)
Snack & Project Based Learning – 9:45 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:30 – Music/T’Fillah – In Sanctuary with Parents Invited

6th Grade Gesher Program
Either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 3:45 – 6:00 & Monthly Parent/Student Programs
Mifgash – (Class Meeting/Current Events-Holidays) 3:45 – 4:30
Hebrew/Jewish Studies Class – 4:30 – 5:15
Hebrew/Jewish Studies Class – 5:15 – 6:00

The word Gesher means “bridge” and our sixth graders will begin taking steps to cross the bridge from childhood to Jewish adulthood. We believe that the family bond helps ease the transition from childhood to adulthood and builds bridges that will lead children to Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Graduation and beyond. We want our 6th Graders and their families to have engaging, relevant, and memorable learning experiences and Gesher is our way to help pave the path and set families on a learning journey together. Gesher students will attend either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 3:45 – 6:00 PM for Jewish Studies and Hebrew Studies. Gesher 6th Graders AND their parentswill meet with our Rabbis and Educators approximately one time per month. 6th Graders, together with their parents, will complete a special family project that will be displayed at the conclusion of the year. In addition, special activities for our 6th Grade students only will take place throughout the year…t.b.a.!

Hebrew Program
Our Hebrew Program will continue to provide our students with opportunities to engage in Hebrew learning. From “Hebrew through Movement” in the early grades to meaningful prayer experiences and the use of the URJ Mitkadem curriculum in the later grades our children will discover that Hebrew is a living language - the language of our people! Kindergarten through 3rd Grade learners will experience our Hebrew Program during the Sunday Eitz Chayim session. 3rd Graders will have the option of enrolling, for an additional fee, in our midweek program. Children in our 4th - 6th Grades will engage with Hebrew during the mid-week Eitz Chayim Hebrew Program.

Grades 4 - 6 (Grade 3 Optional)
Mitkadem Hebrew with 5-7 Students per Class
Students Pick One Session to Attend

3:30 - 4:30 pm
4:30 – 5:30 pm
5:30 – 6:30 pm

3:00 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 5:00 pm
5:00 - 6:00 pm
6:00 – 7:00 pm

3:30 - 4:30 pm
4:30 – 5:30 pm
5:30 – 6:30 pm
6:30 – 7:30 pm