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Hebrew School

Hebrew School

At Beth Jacob Hebrew School, we aspire for our students to emerge as lifelong learners with the connectedness, knowledge and skills necessary to participate actively and meaningfully in a Jewish life.

  • Identify as a member of k’lal Yisrael (the world Jewish community)
  • Live ethical Jewish lives.
  • Perform acts of Tikkun Olam (“repairing the world”)
  • Participate actively and with understanding in prayer services
  • Be familiar with both written and spoken Hebrew.
  • Perform mitzvot 
  • Demonstrate a connection to and love for the State of Israel
  • Understand Jewish history

Approach

Our program provides a rejuvenated and highly experiential approach to Jewish education. In class, our dynamic staff works with a progressive curriculum to give your children an interactive, stimulating, relevant and FUN Jewish education. Our teachers have the flexibility to scale the program to the needs of their students, and our small class sizes promote a sense of closeness and enable our staff to give the students considerable one-on-one attention.

Vision

Beth Jacob Synagogue is a joyful and caring home where young families can embrace their Jewish identity and explore the importance of Jewish values, learning, and community. Our education program is thoroughly integrated with the life of the entire congregation, and adult community members are partners in learning with our children.

Registration Information

BJS Hebrew school is now using a rolling-registration process.  Families are enrolled in the next grade and billed a full tuition.  Requests for bursaries must be completed each year.  To plan appropriately for the year, we need to know how many new students to expect; with that in mind, we ask that new students or those who want to add the Hebrew Enrichment option please submit your registration form as well as your written bursary request BY AUGUST 20th.

The Year-At-A-Glance school calendar can be accessed here. A Month-At-A-Glance calendar will be shared with families in advance to accommodate for any changes and provide more detail on programs.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Wednesdays 4:30-6:15 pm
The school will be open by 3:45 pm each Wednesday to welcome students for an after-school snack (which we will provide) and newly implemented structured social time which may include Israeli games, mini-fitness class, and homework catch-up time.
Hebrew School will officially begin at 4:30 pm. This time from 3:45-4:30 pm is intended to serve as optional bonus time for the children to spend together! Staff will be there to supervise.

Kindergarten – Gr.7 Post B’nai Mitzvah
(Pod grouping will depend on final registration)

At 4:30 everyone will join in the Richter Chapel for T’fillah (prayer), Parsha and Shira (songs) with Rabbi Hillel and teaching staff
Classes will follow until 6:15 (two 45 min. sessions).

School-wide programs with Temple Anshe Sholom Hebrew School
We will also have 4 collaborative learning programs with Temple Anshe Sholom Hebrew School on the following dates:

October 2nd – Yom Kippur program JK- Gr.7 (@ Beth Jacob)
December 11th- Chanukah (@ Shalom Village)
February 5th – Tu Bishvat Program (Location TBD)
May 13th – Yom Yerushalayim program (@ Beth Jacob)

Grades 5-7 Pre-and B’nai Mitzvah
This year, the curriculum for students in grades 5-7 will be divided into Hebrew and Judaics. In Hebrew, students will focus on mastering their Hebrew and prayer proficiency.

The Judaic component will explore lifecycles, mitzvot, values and choice making. Students will take on projects aimed at enhancing their understanding of their B’nai Mitzvah identity and responsibilities. There will also be field trips, guest speakers or project leaders, and joint learning with Temple Anshe Sholom’s school during school-wide events.

Shabbat/Holiday Programming

September 30 – Rosh Hashanah Family Service 
October 1- Rosh Hashanah Family Service with David Gershon
October 9 – Yom Kippur family service 
October 13- Sukkah decorating, service and dinner
December 11 – Congregational Chanukah Dinner 
January 18– Wine Tasting Havdallah and children program 
March 11 – Purim carnival
April 1- Model Seder at school
April 29 – Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration

Information about these programs will be shared via flyers, email and via the Beth Jacob e-circle a month in advance.

Optional Classes

Hebrew Language Enrichment
Mondays 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
We continue building on the optional opportunity to further develop the students’ Hebrew Language skills. This on-line program, in its second-year, for students in grade 4 through high-school focuses on modern conversational Hebrew.

For those families who are interested, teachers will be overseeing this Hebrew enrichment class every Monday beginning September 16th. The class is divided by ages. Students in JK-3 will be learning with Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli, and students in grades 4-up will be working with Einav Symons utilizing the on-line program Ulpan-Or.

*At least ten students need to register for this class to run.
**There will be an extra fee for this class, in addition to the Wednesday Hebrew school tuition.
***Students will need access to a working tablet or laptop with wi-fi in class.

Annual Tuition Fees
NOTE: Tuition includes Hebrew School (including snacks and before-class social time), Shabbat Programming, PLUS the congregational Chanukah dinner (Wednesday December 11th, 2019) for the student and their immediate family (parents and siblings who are not Hebrew School age).

Wednesdays – JK-Grade 7:
Beth Jacob Member Tuition: $750
Non-Member Tuition: $845
Monday Hebrew Language Class: $350

Tuition can be paid in-full or in installments over the first term. Payment plans and bursaries are available for families that require them. Requests for payment plans or bursaries must be made in writing along with the registration forms by August 20, 2019. All requests will be kept confidential.

If paying by credit card, please fill out the payment portion provided on the registration form or contact the office at 905-522-1351. If paying by cheque, make cheques payable to “Beth Jacob Synagogue” and deliver or mail it to the synagogue at the address below. All fees must be paid by January 31, 2020.

Forms & cheques can be delivered or mailed to:
HEBREW SCHOOL
C/O Beth Jacob Synagogue
375 Aberdeen Avenue
Hamilton ON L8P 2R7

Forms and bursary request can also be emailed to Einav at einav@bethjacobsynagogue.ca.

Registration forms are available at this link.