It is every parent’s dream to raise a “mentch,” or good citizen. We try our best to impart Jewish values in our children to help them to become responsible adults. Jewish values permeate our whole curriculum. Examples include charity, recycling, learning to take care of our bodies and our belongings, caring for others and character development. Our goal is to give the children the confidence that they need to make good choices and make a difference in our world.
Our theme for the 2017-18 school year is “B’Reishit,” In the Beginning. Through this theme, we will engage our new school, relationships, students, and customs. We will use the book of Genesis, from which this idea gets its name, to engage with studies of identity and character.
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We regularly celebrate holidays with parents and members of our larger community. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture Jewish values such as kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment and the rights of others. Our staff strives to instill our children with the joy of our rich heritage and customs.
Although Shabbat lasts from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, we celebrate Shabbat at preschool every Friday. We celebrate Shabbat to commemorate G-d creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, so we too rest on the seventh day. Shabbat is a wonderful opportunity for children and families of all faiths to take some time out from their busy schedules to enjoy one another. We make Friday a special day at the J. Teachers refrain from messy art so children can come to school dressed in nicer clothes, if they choose. We encourage families and relatives to join our weekly Shabbat party. Our parties last approximately 30 minutes and include music, songs and dance, and blessings over traditional Shabbat foods.