The Kol Yeladim Religious School, our program for grades K through 7, is an engaging and interactive program. Our students enjoy learning with us while we help them build a solid foundation for a meaningful Jewish life. Through our focus on creating community, we help our students feel connected – to their schoolmates, to their synagogue, and to Judaism.
Our well-rounded curriculum, which was designed and implemented in 2014, is based on seven main subject areas: T’filot (prayers), Torah and History, Israel, Jewish Values and Ethics, Jewish Identity, Holidays, and Hebrew Language. Lesson plans are creative and dynamic, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of individual students.
At Kol Yeladim, we incorporate many specialty activities in our religious school day:
T’fillot – we open each school session with a brief but lively prayer session with our Rabbi. During this session, students enthusiastically raise their hands to comment on the Rabbi’s teachings or to choose who gets to lead which prayer, making this a great way for us to start each day.
Chuggim – Every Sunday, each class attends a 30-minute special activity session. This activity might be art, drama, cooking, Israeli games, holiday ritual, or even a science café. The activities vary week-to-week, keeping our students guessing, “what will we get to do next?”
Music – On Sundays, we have the chance to spend time with Cantor Beth in grade-level music sessions. Each grade meets with the Cantor once or twice a month, while she helps them get in a holiday mood or prepare for an upcoming grade-level service.
Hebrew-in-Motion – Our Wednesday afternoon schedule includes an infusion of modern Hebrew vocabulary, taught through active movement. These sessions give us a chance to motivate students who may be tired at the end of a full school day. Activities may involve simple movement, like Hebrew yoga, or spirited games and competitions.
Ask-the-Rabbi – About 1-2 times each month, we are fortunate to have the Rabbi visit our individual classrooms to answer any questions the students might have. Students eagerly prepare for these sessions by writing and storing questions in the days leading up to their visits with the Rabbi.
Hebrew Tutoring – We are fortunate to have a Hebrew tutor working with our students on Sundays and Wednesdays. During each session, he pulls students out of class for 1-on-1 Hebrew reading lessons. Our students enjoy this individual attention, and look forward each week to showing our tutor what they have learned.
Special programs – In addition to our weekly activities, we enjoy many special activities throughout the school year. These include:
- Holiday-related programs (including Pizza in the Sukkah, a Hanukkah party, Hamentaschen baking, a Purim Carnival, a model Seder, and more)
- Synagogue traditions (such as the annual Parade of Pets when we read Parshah Noach)
- Grade-specific annual activities (such as our third grade Havdallah and our fourth grade Tu B’Shvat Seder)
Kol Yeladim hours are Sunday mornings, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, and Wednesday afternoons, 5:00-7:00 pm. Students in grades K-2 attend on Sunday mornings, and students in grades 3-6 attend Sundays and Wednesdays. Students in grade 7 attend our B’nai Mitzvah class on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
To register for our religious school, please fill out the school application here.