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PBJC Religious School

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Mary Sheydwasser - x214
msheydwasser@pbjc.org

 

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
Robin Mangino - x215
rmangino@pbjc.org

Our Vision

The Pine Brook Jewish Center Religious School strives to provide a high quality, stimulating and engaging Jewish education that helps foster a strong Jewish identity, community participation and love of Judaism that will inspire our children to learn our history, traditions, philosophy and the Hebrew language, now and throughout their lives.

 

Several objectives help us meet this vision:

  • Provide a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment
  • Provide a high-quality curriculum and teaching staff
  • Create a partnership between home and school
  • Encourage Tikum Olam (Repair the World) in our community, nation and the world
  • Foster an appreciation and understanding of our shared responsibility for the future of Jewish people
  • Instill confidence in participating in religious services
  • Understand and value the essential principles of Conservative Judaism
  • Affirm the importance of Israel to the Jewish people

To reach these objectives, our curriculum focuses on: 

  • Holiday appreciation
  • Bible Study
  • History and current events (with an emphasis on Israel)
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Prayers and service
  • Values, life cycle events and traditions (including Shabbat and Kashrut)
  • Tzedakah (charity) and Mitzvot (good deeds).

We employ several exciting and interactive teaching strategies to stimulate the learning process.

 

These techniques include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Special projects
  • Family programs
  • Class trips
  • Junior Congregation Services

Registration Information

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open in March 2020.

Core Curriculum

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.

 

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.

Friday/Saturday Prayers

To hear the following Torah Reading chants by Cantor Toren click on the downloadable links below.

 

Our religious school students can listen to these prayers to help familiarize themselves with the prayers that are chanted during Shabbat services:

 

Schedule

IMPORTANT: RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HOURS 2019-2020

 

Gan (K), Zeraim (1st grade), Shorashim (2nd grade)

Sundays, 9:00 – 11:15 AM

 

Kitah Aleph (3rd grade)

Sundays, 9:00 – 11:15 AM

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Kitah Bet (4th grade)

Sundays, 9:00 – 11:15 AM

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Kitah Gimel (5th grade)

Sundays, 9:00 – 11:15 AM

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00

 

Kitah Dalet (6th grade)

Sundays, 9:00 – 11:15 AM

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Kitah Hey (7th grade)

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

Hebrew High/B’Yachad (8th through 12th grades)

Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Parent Participation in Bar/Bat Mitzvah

"If a parent wished to study Torah, and he has a child who must also learn – the parent takes precedence. However, if the child is more insightful or quicker to grasp what there is to be learned, the child takes precedence. Even though the child gains priority thereby, the parent must not ignore his own study, for just as it a Mitzvah to educate the child, so, too, is the parent commanded to teach himself."

-Maimonides, Mishneh Torah
Laws of Torah Study 1:4

Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780