Calendar and Handbook
New This Year
The Religious School of Congregation B’nai Tikvah has been awarded the Best Practices in Jewish Education Grant supported by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. This generous grant provides funding for our new Kindergarten-1st grade “Book Bags of Jewish Living” program. Parents will be able to learn more about this innovative program at the start of the school year.
We are excited to announce that we have developed a Kindergarten–High School curriculum overview for the 2015-2016 school year. New to our program is our emphasis on “Core Connections.” That is to say, we focus our learning on connecting Jewish holidays and observances to our lives outside of the synagogue.
This fall, we will begin weekly Religious School grade-level communication. Each week, parents will receive an overview of what their children’s specific grade-levels are experiencing in class and give them tools to best support their children’s education at home.
Adult ReIntroduction to Judaism Class: These active and accessible classes cover Judaism’s biggest and most inspiring ideas as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living. Starting in the fall, we’ll cover history, holidays, practices, text, values and more. Whether you’re back to learning after a long hiatus or you’re just looking for a deeper understanding of our heritage, we could all use a bit of a refresher. This program is intended for Jews from all walks of life: from parents who had a Jewish day school education to those whose strongest connection was the annual box of matzah on the kitchen counter. This class meets twice monthly on Sundays from 11:00-11:45.
Returning This Year
The Religious School will reintroduce “ask me about cards,” which students will bring home at the end of each Sunday to serve as conversation starters about their day of learning.
Incorporating Multiple Intelligence Theory into the structure of the Religious School, each Sunday, students will dedicate a portion of the school day to active learning outside of the classrooms led by specialists. Our specialist schedule will be organized by theme weeks, which follow a 4-week rotation.
- 1st Sunday is Yom Kehillah, Community Building Day. On these Sundays, K-2nd grade will welcome “surprise readers,” older students will plan activities to do with students in lower grades, who we call their “buddies,” and community-wide events.
- 2nd Sunday is Yom Shirah, Singing Day. On these Sundays, students will learn modern popular Jewish and holiday themed songs with our song leader.
- 3rd Sunday is Yom Guf, Physical Activity Day. On these Sundays, students will join in learning Krav Maga (the Israeli martial art), Israeli Dancing, Torah Yoga (K-2nd grade), and more.
- 4th Sunday is Yom Tefillah, Jewish Prayer Day. On these Sundays, students will again meet with our song leader, but in these song sessions, students will focus exclusively on Jewish prayer.
The Religious School’s staff, administration, teachers, and madrichim are really looking forward to seeing you this September. You are your child’s first Jewish educator. We thank you for trusting us to be your partner.