As parents and educators, we know that our children develop and thrive best when we create a nurturing and stimulating environment for them — one in which we can share our dreams and hopes for Jewish living and a better world. It is our goal to establish an ongoing relationship with our students, their parents and all members of their family. The values of our Reconstructionist community are best transmitted when children see their parents participate in Jewish life, whether it be in the synagogue, in the larger community, or at home. We hope to create memorable opportunities for our students and their parents to experience the richness of Jewish tradition.
It is our goal to support your desire to raise your child(ren) with a deep appreciation, understanding, and excitement for Jewish life in its various manifestations - religious, cultural and communal. We strive to create a climate of acceptance and security, where all questions are honored and each child is appreciated. We seek to create within our school a deeply caring community and hope to provide each child with the tools to lead full and productive Jewish lives.
Children are taught to love and honor the language of our tradition as they learn the alef-bet. Through song, prayer and stories, they deepen their knowledge of Hebrew. In addition to basic vocabulary, children learn both the Friday night and Shabbat morning liturgies, trope, as well as selected holiday prayers.
We focus on Jewish civilization through a holiday based curriculum using cooking, art, music, and literature to supplement the culture, ethics, history and religion component. Our curriculum is dynamic and interactive, flowing from individual Jewish identity to an awareness of the larger Jewish community and the world.
We teach Torah as a living document that serves not only as a record of our history but as a blueprint for our lives today.
Synagogue School Philosophy
Tours of Ellis Island and the Lower East side, making mezuzah holders in arts class and volunteering at soup kitchens. Building sukkahs rather than just learning about Sukkot. Does this sound familiar? It should. Here at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore our Synagogue School has been living this model for years. Our goal is not only Jewish literacy, but Jewish community and culture as well. We want our children to feel good as Jews and to have knowledge about what it means to be Jewish. Here at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, they learn the traditions, the observances and the feeling, the feeling of what it means to be a Jew.