Our Program and Schedule
The Naomi and Ken Kramer Religious School uses a spiral curricular approach - the same subjects are studied each year but with a different focus, each year building on the year before and preparing the students for the year to come. In that way, a child, going through our program from start to finish, will gain an ever deeper understanding of Judaism, and Jewish life.
Primary Years (K - 2nd grade)
The program is designed to introduce children to the formal study of Judaism through games, stories, arts and crafts projects and individual, group and family activities which help children and their families explore the richness of Jewish ritual, history and Torah in an age-appropriate, hands-on way.
Intermediate Grades (3rd - 5th grade)
The program for these grades include the synagogue service, Bible, Jewish rhythms (holiday and life cycles), ethics and Israel. We incorporate small group learning, elective classes (across grades) and project-based learning.
Gesher - The Bridge Years (6th - 8th grade)
The students enter our middle school program as children and finish post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah as young teens, responsible for the commandments and able to take their place among the Jewish community. Our studies during these years are designed to help the students across this bridge. We continue to work on ritual life skills so that the students will be able to fully participate in prayer and celebration. The students also continue their studies in Bible, ethics, mitzvot, history and culture through elective classes (across grade) and special programs.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Sundays from 10:00AM-12:00PM
By the time children finish the 2nd grade they will have been exposed to and be familiar with:
- Hebrew letters, vowels, the reading of monosyllables and simple words
- Shabbat and Havdalah blessings, holiday blessings, the Four Questions from the Passover seder, and some basic prayer from our liturgy
- Stories from the Torah
- Jewish values and their relationship to everyday life
- Jewish holidays, their stories, home and synagogue rituals and the foods and crafts associated with each
3rd - 5th Grade
Sundays from 10:00AM-12:00PM & either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15PM
On each day, the student spends one hour in Hebrew/Prayer related activities and one hour on Judaic subjects.
Sundays include small group reading - giving the student the personal attention needed to progress in Hebrew reading and prayer fluency. They also will spend time engaged in Torah study and/or holiday activities.
The midweek session begins with an hour of across-grade project-based learning. The children pick from an array of elective classes all related to a unit theme. The units include Jewish rhythms (the holiday and life cycles), Jewish ethics, and Israel. In addition, there are mini-units offered, depending on the calendar, on Hanukkah, Purim and Passover. The second hour of our midweek session will be spent in Hebrew/prayer classes by grade.
Gesher: 6th-8th Grade
Wednesdays from 4:15 - 6:16PM
6th & 7th grade also on Shabbat mornings from 9:30 - 11:30AM
On Wednesday afternoons, the students spend the first hour in grade-specific “core” classes. For the 6th and 7th grades, the core classes revolve around the synagogue service and becoming bar/bat mitzvah. The 8th grade, for their core hour, has a series of guest teachers on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, theology, comparative religion, ethical decision making and more.
6th and 7th grades, during their Shabbat morning program, spend time in tefilot (services) and Torah study.
The 8th grade, while fully integrated on Wednesday afternoons, is not required to attend on Shabbat mornings. Through our Torah reading program, however, many of the 8th graders continue to read Torah for the congregation. In addition, some 8th graders choose to help in our programs for younger children which meet on Shabbat mornings.