The Religious School of Pine Brook Jewish Center is dedicated to creating young Jews who are both knowledgeable and dedicated. We teach them the religious values and ethical standards of Judaism in preparation for life’s encounters. We endeavor to develop in them, a love of God and Torah through instruction and performance of meaningful religious mitzvot in the synagogue, home and community. With this in mind, every student in the school participates and leads in Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat morning and Ma’ariv/Havdallah services. Holidays and Torah are taught each year with an emphasis on the experiential. All students take part in the Simchat Torah Celebrations, Megillah reading at Purim, the Passover Extravaganza, and Lag Ba’Omer festivities.
Rabbi Shimon ben Gamaliel strongly emphasized the importance of religious deeds. Said he: (Avoth I, 17)
“All my life I have been brought up among, the Sages, and I have found nothing better for a person than silence; study is not the most important thing, but practice; and whoever talks too much, brings about sin.”
“The world rests on three principles:
On justice, on truth, and on peace. And all three are intertwined. When justice is done, truth is
Served and peace ensues.”
GAN (GARDEN) – KINDERGARTEN
The youngest members of our Religious school are eager to learn about their Jewish identity. They continue to learn about the holiday cycle through texts, music using the https://holoplot.com/software/ technology, and arts and crafts. Students build their knowledge and values, therefore creating a wonderful introduction to Judaism.
ZERAIM (SEEDS) – FIRST GRADE
Jewish holidays, introducing Hebrew letters and our beautiful bible stories are combined in these interactive years of learning. The students discover the importance of the synagogue as a focal center of our community to engage and encourage their love for Jewish life and learning.
SHORASHIM (ROOTS) – SECOND GRADE
Our Shorashim students are introduced to the Hebrew alphabet’s letters and vowels, learn that mitzvoth are more than just good deeds and discover the beauty and tranquility of sharing Shabbat with family and friends. Students will begin building a connection to Israel, the Jewish homeland through age appropriate text and photographs and will learn key Hebrew terms.
KABBALAT SHABBAT PARTICIPATION FOR THESE GRADES IS SCHEDULED FOR
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018
The Aleph students are eager to receive their first Siddur at their Siddur Presentation. They learn the significance of their Hebrew names and proclaim publicly before family and community, their pride of their Jewish heritage and ancestry.
SIDDUR PRESENTATION / CONTADA IS SCHEDULED FOR
Sunday, March 11, 2018
SIDDUR WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FOR
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Bet students are taught the Torah-prescribed mode of behavior; “Welcome every person with a pleasant countenance.” (Avos 1:15) The students continue their studies of Bible, Israel, holidays and tefillot.
KABBALAT SHABBAT IS SCHEDULED FOR
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Gimel students maintain a high energy level of learning and recognizing that they are the guardians of the future. Lifecycle events are celebrated with families in a communal setting as the students continue to explore their Jewish heritage through customs and traditions.
KABBALAT SHABBAT IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, February 23, 2018
The Dalet student’s curriculum entails ethics, morals and mitzvoth, which are the cornerstones of our Jewish heritage.
KABBALAT SHABBAT IS SCHEDULED FOR
Friday, December 8, 2017 (SLEEPOVER)
SHABBATON IS SCHEDULED FOR
Saturday, December 9, 2017
The Hey students are carefully guided through a study of one of the most difficult times in Jewish history.
“To the performance of mitzvoth there is no end. As well as leading a fulfilling Jewish life is concerned, Bar/Bat Mitzvah is only the beginning……”
KITAH HEY MOVING UP CEREMONY (LECH LECHA) IS SCHEDULED FOR
Tuesday, May 8, 2018