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PSJC Hebrew School
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Shorashim (PreK)            Havurat Shabbat         Shaarei Mitzvah           Our Faculty

Park Slope Jewish Center (PSJC) is a Conservative, egalitarian synagogue in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. Our mission is to instill in our children a positive Jewish identity, a connection to the PSJC community and to k’lal Yisrael (the Jewish people), and to provide our children with a strong grounding in Jewish literacy and values. We have a strong commitment to Jewish learning, tradition, and social justice and pride ourselves on inclusiveness. We welcome families of all Jewish backgrounds, races, sexual orientation, and family structure.

Our community provides a warm, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment and is open to all families for our pre-K through 2nd grade program, and to PSJC members for 3rd grade and older. PSJC's Hebrew School welcomes all children whether or not they meet the criteria for the Conservative movement, which considers someone Jewish if their birth mother is Jewish or if they have had a halakhic conversion. We invite families to consult with our rabbi by the time their children enter fifth grade in order to discuss their child(ren)'s eligibility for Bar/Bat Mitzvah at PSJC.

We try to accommodate children with special needs whenever possible. We urge families with children who have special needs to discuss their individual child's accommodations with our principal and our inclusion committee as part of enrolling in the program.

PJSC encourages families to begin with our Shorashim program, but welcomes families throughout the Jewish education journey. Students enrolling in the third grade must be able to identify the letters of the Aleph-Bet and basic vowels. Parents may be asked to provide a few hours of private tutoring in order to catch a student up with his/her class if enrolling in the third grade and beyond. Our goal is to work with parents to help their newcomer children to obtain the necessary skills to keep up with the class without hindering the growth of those students previously enrolled. Students enrolling after 5th grade will need to have a conversation regarding Bar/Bat Mitzvah timeline, depending on prior Jewish education and community involvement.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please email our Director of Youth Education and Family Programming at aileen.heiman@psjc.org or contact the synagogue office at 718-768-1453 x102. We hope you and your children will join us for meaningful and engaging Jewish education.

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WHY CHOOSE A SYNAGOGUE HEBREW SCHOOL?

At PSJC we believe that community and connection are cornerstones of meaningful Jewish education. Our curriculum connects our students to the broader synagogue through guest speakers, participation in services, and social action projects. Students do not just learn about Jewish values, they see how those values impact the spectrum of Jewish practice among our members. As members of a larger synagogue, students and families also benefit from inter-generational experiences and building connection. With hectic schedules and families being pulled in so many directions, we believe that PSJC can serve as place to meet, learn, celebrate, and act; a community that can remain a home base throughout your lives. Membership at PSJC also provides you with the support of our rabbi, as well as our Gmach committee and Hevra Kadisha, should your family need them.

We encourage parents to participate in adult education opportunities and become involved with our programming committees. As your child moves towards bar/bat mitzvah, the development of family cohorts provides not only social support, but also a framework for our students to understand what it means to make a commitment as an adult in the Jewish world. Jewish education is a lifelong exploration and at PSJC we help our students and their families find access points wherever you are on the journey.

OUR CURRICULUM

Download our Curriculum Overview Document here for a sense of the topics covered in each grade level. Note, this document is only an overview of what is taught in our program, and does not necessarily reflect special projects, programs, and adaptations in a particular year.

Our curriculum is divided into 6 general areas of study: Ivrit (Hebrew Language), Tefillah (prayer), History & CultureTraditions & RitualText, and Ethics & Mitzvot. In kindergarten through second grade our students are provided a foundation in each of these areas of study. Beginning in third grade the Judaics portion of the curriculum in each grade examines Jewish identity and practice through a specific curricular lens. 

Our teachers make learning come alive through creative use of drama, arts and music, as well as through the group celebration of the holidays. We also engage our children and their families in Mitzvah projects, such as visiting local soup kitchens, working with PSJC synagogue committees,  and the PSJC's annual Tzedakah Fair. Our program involves the whole family in the learning experience. We invite families to participate in school programs and also encourage children, with their families, to participate in PSJC-wide programming. Hebrew School children and their families also have a special role in designated children's Shabbat programs. Jewish education at PSJC is far beyond the walls of our Hebrew School!

HAVURAT SHABBAT (SHABBAT SCHOOL) OPTION FOR 3rd - 6th GRADE

**The Shabbat School option is dependent upon registration numbers. 

Students in 3rd - 6th grade have the option to participate in our Havurat Shabbat program, in place of Sunday Hebrew School. These students participate in multi-age classes on Shabbat mornings and play a leadership role in our Junior Congregation service. The curriculum for these classes centers on living Jewish values. Once a month families who are enrolled in Havurat Shabbat attend Family Torah, our interactive parsha study program prior to Shabbat Kulanu, an all-ages family service. Families who choose to enroll in Havurat Shabbat are also encouraged to create additional opportunities for parents and students to join together in other Shabbat celebrations, such has hosting each other for Shabbat meals or planning picnics in the park. It is important to note that the curriculum shifts for students participating in the Shabbat option and those families with specific concerns or questions should contact Aileen at aileen.heiman@psjc.org.

The program was created in response to families' desire to have more opportunities to learn and celebrate Shabbat together. Due to this emphasis on community and family education, the Shabbat School option has additional requirements beyond the regular Hebrew School obligations. We consider these opportunities to build community, both within the Shabbat School and wider PSJC community. These requirements include: regular attendance at Family Torah (8 sessions per year) and one parent volunteering as an usher (downstairs or upstairs) twice a year. We also encourage parents to participate in Shabbat morning services with the congregation, attend Parshat HaShavuah with our rabbinic intern, and to foster community building among the class with Shabbat meals and picnics.

SHAAREI MITZVAH PROGRAM (6th & 7th GRADE)

In the months prior to Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students and their families will participate in Shaarei Mitzvah (pre-B’nai Mitzvah program) to help develop the skills necessary for participation in the service and to discuss issues around becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah with peers. These programs include Shabbat meals, movie nights, family values discussions, and guest speakers. Students enrolled in the PSJC Hebrew School will not have normal class on weekends when the Shaarei Mitzvah program has met over Shabbat. Students in the 7th grade participate in monthly field trips both as part of Hebrew School and the Shaarei Mitzvah program. For more information on the Shaarei Mitzvah program, click here

HEBREW AT PSJC HEBREW SCHOOL

We recognize that there are realistic challenges to fully immersing our students in the Hebrew language with a limited number of classroom hours. We have developed a curriculum framework that allows us to integrate Hebrew into a variety of areas of study. Our curriculum does not focus on Modern Hebrew, but rather it is our goal that our students will develop a foundation in the sounds of Hebrew and a basic Jewish life vocabulary. 

Tefillah 

 

Tefillah (prayer / communal worship) is at the core of our Hebrew Curriculum.  We want our children to value the experience of Jewish prayer and language, as well as to be able to participate in Tefillah at PSJC and in Jewish communities around the world.  While Tefillah is only one of the ways in which Jews celebrate Shabbat and holidays, the language of the siddur is a powerful connection with K’lal Yisrael (the worldwide Jewish community) and in the life of a synagogue. 
Jewish Life Vocabulary One of the important ways that we connect to the Hebrew language is through key Hebrew and Yiddish words and phrases that are part of contemporary Jewish life.  The curriculum will use and explore Hebrew terms (such as shalom, mazal tov, tikkun olam, yasher koach, tzedakah, and more) and be introduced thematically by grade This Jewish Life Vocabulary will also include terms used within the classroom and synagogue consistently, integrating Hebrew grammar lessons (such as roots and prefixes) with Judaic studies.  It is our goal that we will develop a PSJC Hebrew School Jewish Life Glossary for the home.  
Hebrew through Movement “Hebrew through Movement” is a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew instructions.  It starts by laying a foundation of spoken Hebrew, and builds toward the goal of making the prayers in our siddur, as well as synagogue and Jewish vocabulary, more easily accessible within a limited learning time.  We will begin using Hebrew through Movement in the younger grades, to build a strong foundation for Hebrew language acquisition.
Modern Hebrew Though Modern Hebrew vocabulary and grammar is not the primary focus of the PSJC Hebrew Curriculum, it is our hope that through use of phrases in the classroom; Hebrew through Movement activities; regular Hebrew games; Modern Hebrew chugim/interest groups; and supplemental activities, students will develop a foundation in Modern Hebrew that can be built upon in later years.
 
 

 

Who's Who at the PSJC Hebrew School

Aileen Heiman                        
Director of Youth Education & Family Programming

 

Rabbi Carie Carter                           
Park Slope Jewish Center Rabbi

 

FACULTY
Shorashim:
Kitah Gan (K): Abe Morrison
Kitah Aleph (1st): 
Kitah Bet (2nd): Noam Wisenberg
Kitah Gimel (3rd): Ariella Edvy
Kitah Dalet (4th): Eve Kummer-Landau & Eden Bareket 
Kitah Hey (5th): Izzy Kieffer & Rabbi Josh Minkin
Kitah Vav (6th): Ben Feidler & Cantor Sarah Myerson
Kitah Zayin (7th):  Ilana Levinson & Tara Bognar
Havurat Shabbat: Abe Morrison & Tsivya Miller
Learning & Hebrew Specialist: Cheryl Cash-Linietsky
Art Specialist: Ela Levi
Music Specialist: Izzy Keiffer

Shinshinit: Michal Amit

Madrichim:
Delilah Shapiro (Shorashim & Gan), Jonathan Singer (Aleph), Paulina Dunn (Bet), Talia Goldstein (Gimel), Natan Birnbaum (Gimel), Sari Klainberg (Havurat Shabbat), Naomi Ulman (Havurat Shabbat), Micah Fisher (Dalet & Vav), Abie Meyerson (Dalet & Hey), Ryan Weintraub (Dalet), Alex Weintraub (Hey), Shayna Klainberg (Hey), Lee Tepper (Vav), Adina Minkin (Zayin)

Sat, December 15 2018 7 Tevet 5779