Goals of Our Religious Education Program  
  • To promote a positive Jewish identity.
  • To understand that tzedakah, Judaism's ultimate commitment to justice and righteousness, is a necessary component of living a full and meaningful life.
  • To encourage the students to develop an understanding of God's place in their lives.
  • To be involved in worship on a regular basis and to be comfortable in the Jewish worship setting.
  • To develop basic Jewish literacy, and a desire for life-long study. This includes the study of Hebrew, siddur skills, Torah, and Jewish history, and learning the importance of observing Jewish rituals and holidays.
  • To develop personal religious thought and create an appreciation of lifelong Torah study as a vital link to our tradition.
  • To provide opportunities for family involvement to enhance and encourage independent Jewish family life.
  • To foster a sense of belonging to the greater community - and positive obligations to it.
  • To understand our relationship to K'lal Yisrael, the "world Jewish community", and to affirm our bonds to Eretz Yisrael, the "Land of Israel."
Or Chadash Hebrew Program Goals  

Hebrew is the language of our forebears and therefore a link to our rich past. Hebrew is also our connection to our people throughout the world, and therefore a building block for the future. It is that common thread that connects generation to generation. The goals of our Hebrew program are to enable our students to:

  • Read with fluency and accuracy
  • Write Hebrew letters
  • Participate capably and effectively lead a Shabbat service
  • Participate actively and comfortably in holiday celebrations where the use of Hebrew is involved
  • Develop a basic prayer/holiday vocabulary with emphasis on Hebrew root structure

Although we appreciate Hebrew as a spoken and written language in today's world - and encourage students' desire to become equipped in modern Hebrew - our main goal is reading accuracy and fluency within a prayer-oriented curriculum. Time does not allow us to have our students become proficient in conversational Hebrew. We do, however, hope to instill in our students a desire to pursue the study of the Hebrew language.

 

Each grade level will highlight several key prayers within the curriculum. Students will be responsible for the content, meaning, and history of each prayer. Relevance to everyday living, from the student's perspective, will be examined.

 

Jewish holidays will be studied, incorporating Hebrew vocabulary and the appropriate blessings to build upon themes and concepts sequentially in each grade level.

 

Important Information

Or Chadash Hebrew Education Policy
Approved January 2001

The Hebrew language is a vital component of Jewish history and identity. Fostering knowledge and appreciation of Hebrew is one of the goals of the Religious School program of Or Chadash. Accordingly, Hebrew is introduced to the students and included in their curriculum in stages that are effective and appropriate as determined by the Religious School Committee and Faculty in coordination with the Rabbi.

For families that enter their children into our Religious School program after the introduction of Hebrew study, each family will consult with the Religious School Chair and Rabbi to determine the child’s level of proficiency and to discuss whether additional instruction is needed. The Religious School Chair and Rabbi will offer reasonable guidance and assistance in arranging tutoring.

However, it is the family’s obligation to provide any needed additional tutoring for the child to reach the current capability/level of the class. Responsibility for class placement ultimately rests with the Religious School Committee and its Chairperson.

In this way, the family is engaged as a partner in securing the child’s Jewish education, as is expected in Jewish tradition. Family and synagogue work most effectively as a team to provide the best possible education for our students.