The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism, located in the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Jewish Education Center, provides high-quality Jewish education for students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, enabling them to establish a meaningful positive Jewish identity.
Our program leads students to an awareness of themselves and an understanding of their Jewish heritage through instruction centered on Jewish values, rituals, traditions and Hebrew language. We nurture a love of Torah and a kinship with the people of Israel. Our program is diverse, fun, interactive, and creative. We use informal, active, and experiential lessons to make Judaism come alive, and to connect Judaism to the lives of our students and families.
We engage in an exciting, hands-on and technologically forward curriculum from ShalomLearning. The goal of the ShalomLearning curriculum is to raise each student to a level of Jewish engagement that they are comfortable with, so Judaism becomes a cherished touchstone in their life.
We offer a variety of options to accommodate your busy schedule and incorporate innovative teaching methods to keep Judaism relevant in our ever-changing world. Our objective is to help young people acquire both the desire and the knowledge to be lifelong learners and active participants in Jewish life. We help children shape their Jewish identities and learn about their place in our community and in the larger world. In addition to class time, students participate in enrichment programs such as Art, Jewish Cooking, Computers, Jewish Music and more!
Our youngest learners begin to develop an oral Hebrew vocabulary using actions, props and games. They are introduced to the key rituals and symbols of Jewish life, become familiar with important blessings, prayers and songs, learn about the concept of becoming a mensch and develop a connection to Israel.
Students in Grades 3-7 continue to develop their Hebrew reading, writing and oral vocabulary skills and focus on the Jewish holidays, Jewish values and their sense of Jewish identity. They begin to understand the impact of the synagogue community on the local Jewish community, the State of Israel and their own lives. These topics help prepare each student to become a member of the adult Jewish community as they approach the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Grades 8-10 connect students to each other with meaningful Jewish experiences as they delve deeper into their personal relationship with God, Torah and Israel in preparation for Confirmation at the end of 10th grade. Confirmands have the chance to go to Israel for 3 weeks to explore, engage and develop their own connection and love for Israel.
Grades 11 and 12 meet once a month. This unique program offers our students the opportunity to stay connected to the rabbis, the staff, the synagogue and other eleventh and twelfth graders in our school. In this two-year curriculum, we explore “Jewish Values that Support Civic Engagement” one year and “Jewish Roots in America” the next year. We take a trip to Washington, DC during the Jewish Civics Engagement year and New York City during the Jewish Roots year.
We have youth groups and activities that allow young people to connect and celebrate their Jewish spirit! Our youth groups expand from Kindergarten through twelfth grade to build character and provide meaningful experiences by creating social networks and providing social action and community service opportunities. For more information, contact
Rabbi Keller, Senior Associate Rabbi, at firstname.lastname@example.org