Havurah Hebrew School Registration Form 2017-18
Our Hebrew School program meets once weekly on Monday afternoons from September to May. We offer a diverse curriculum and strive to meet the learning needs of all our students. Craft projects, theatrical performances, music, field trips and holiday celebrations during the year help make learning more fun, reinforce what we’re doing in class, and help build a strong sense of Jewish community.
Each class works on gaining confidence and proficiency in Hebrew language skills. Our focus is both on reading the prayers of our Shabbat services and increasing “daily use” vocabulary to give students an appreciation of Hebrew as a living language. Classes also focus on a variety of other topics such as Bible stories, Lifecycle events, Social Action, Israel and more.
If you have any questions about the Hebrew School program please contact our Director of Education, Sarit Katzew at HHEdDirector@gmail.com
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We are getting ready for another great year of Hebrew School, and look forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of class, Monday, September 25 at 3:30 pm.
When Sarit Katzew arrived as Director of Education two years ago, she invigorated the program with new energy and fresh ideas. This year she will be making a few important changes designed to improve Hebrew instruction and to engage more deeply the students who attend our Hebrew School.
Class this year will meet from 3:30-5:15pm. There will be times when we have special programs, guest speakers etc. but primarily students will remain in class for the duration of class time.
The Hebrew Intensive Program piloted last year was well-received and the students seemed to get a lot out of it. Going forward, Sarit will meet with students for 30-40 minutes each week, and classroom teacher will reinforce Hebrew skills as part of the regular curriculum. The curriculum seeks to emphasize Hebrew as a living language, and there will be a large focus on conversational usage. These weekly sessions are meant to build on students’ existing knowledge and complement what they learn in class.
Being that Havurah is a lay-led community that depends on the participation of its members, we are asking that all Hebrew School parents commit to contributing at least 10 hours of their time over the course of the school year. Opportunities for participation include: construct and deconstruct the Sukkah; set up, clean up, or operate a booth at the Chanukah or Purim Carnival; plan/shop for the model Seder; serve as classroom parent or chaperone; organize school inventory, make phone calls; etc. If you have a special skill or program idea, let Sarit know! While we believe that greater parental involvement will benefit the whole school community, we recognize that not all members are able to volunteer their time. Therefore, each family has the option of paying $15 for each hour that they cannot contribute, so that we can hire help.
Lastly, there will be an online portal for homework and enrichment that students will work with throughout the year. It will allow students to engage with multimedia, games, songs and more to supplement what they do in class. Especially for our advanced students this will be a great tool to ensure they continue to be appropriately challenged!
We hope you are as excited as we are about the coming year, and about playing a part in making our Hebrew School a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all.
Fell free to contact us if you have any questions.
The Education Committee:
Registration forms should be returned with your payment by September 1
. Please submit your forms even if you cannot make a full payment at this time. Cost is never prohibitive at Havurah and anyone experiencing financial concerns should be in touch with Ken Wolpin