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Anaf (Branch) Grades 4 & 5

What do we hope our children and their families will gain from the Religious School experience? How will it influence our community, both now and in the future?  Our Eitz Chaim Sunday Program will offer our Anaf (Tree Branch) students in grades 4 and 5 the information and skills to realize Reform Jewish ideals and values in their daily lives. Our 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 virtual experiential learning is a fundamental tenet of our Eitz Chaim philosophy.  Our learners will be involved in a curriculum emphasizing GOD, TORAH, G’MILUTHASADIM, ISRAEL, and HEBREW and empowering them to embrace Judaism lovingly.

The school year will be divided into trimesters of eight weeks, and each trimester will be framed by a big topic of God & Spirituality, Torah, or Am Yisrael. Children will be grouped in classes with a team of Jewish Learning Guides (teachers) and Madrichim (teen aides).  Students and Parents will also participate in family education programs, Shabbat Rishon Services, and other special occasions during the year.

We are committed to Jewish learning that is relevant, inspirational, and transformative.  Our school aims to provide our students and their families with the tools to meaningfully participate in the Jewish community, with pride in their Jewish heritage, and with the awareness that their actions will shape the future of the Jewish people.

Successful Jewish learning environments are built upon a culture of excellence where teachers share their expertise and wisdom and students take responsibility for their learning and success. We expect our staff to provide the sense of caring and concern that enables our students to support one another and challenge themselves to grow as individuals.  We model the thoughtfulness and mutual respect we seek to promote in our students.

Anaf Sunday Class Sessions
Grades 4 & 5 - Sundays - 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
AND One Hour Hebrew Class for Anaf Either Sunday or Tuesday
September 18, 2022 - May 17, 2023

Anaf Special Events

2025 B'nai Mitzvah Date Setting Meeting
Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 10:30 AM
Temple Sanctuary

Anaf Family Education Mornings
Sunday, November 6 & 13, 2022, at 8:30 AM

Shabbat Rishon Family Dinner and Service
January 6, 2023, at 5:45 PM

Hebrew Program

A required program for grades 4 & 5, students attend classes either Sunday or Tuesday for Hebrew instruction.   Small classes and creative programming are hallmarks of our program.  Rooted in music, Hebrew in Harmony encourages students to create meaning from personal prayer and make emotional connections through communal prayer. The flowing words help students learn Hebrew through the music! Our self-paced and child-centered approach allows each student to achieve according to their ability, and teachers can adjust the program according to each child’s abilities. For more information, check out Hebrew In Harmony.

Tue, May 28 2024 20 Iyar 5784