The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism at Congregation B’nai Israel is an ARJE accredited school which offers programs for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Our Lower School, Kindergarten through 5th Grades, meet on Sunday mornings or Monday afternoons.
Our Upper School, 6th through 12th Grades, meet on Tuesday evening, beginning with Youth Group Hangout and dinner.
During this year, students receive an introduction to our school and synagogue life. They will explore all aspects of the synagogue and discover the concept of God. The holidays come alive with celebrations, music, food, arts and crafts, and prayer. Students are taught to make the world a better place by contributing to our many tzedakah projects and by performing mitzvot.
Our students learn how they can make a difference in the world through Mitzvot and Gemilut Chasadim. Through interactive and experiential learning, students delve into the ideas and notions that create a better world. They connect holidays to mitzvot and challenge themselves to make their own mark on our Jewish community, locally and in Israel.
The 3rd graders are engaged in a year-long Social Action project. Each year the students choose the project on which they want to focus. They will participate in a social media campaign, using the internet in our computer lab to research biblical references and learn what Judaism has to say about the topic chosen. Students will learn about various organizations to raise awareness of where their tzedakah goes. Students begin the first level of formal Hebrew, where they will learn the names and sounds of letters and vowels, and how to read Hebrew, including simple prayers.
The 4th grade curriculum focuses on Jewish Values. Students will be able to connect their day-to-day life with what Judaism has to say about it, through different experiential activities and lessons. They will learn about values they need to be a mensch. These values will further connect them to God, Torah and Israel. Students begin the second level of Hebrew, which includes the concept of prayer, reading prayers with fluency and accuracy, and holiday and prayer vocabulary.
This year students explore the State of Israel, its past, present, and future. They will take a “tour” of modern Israel, where they will visit and experience the major cities and sites, meet the builders of the country, and confront the highs and lows of its history. Holidays are observed as though in Israel. Current events are an integral part of the program. In addition, they will have a partner school in Zichron, Yaakov, our sister city in Israel, in which they will participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning with other fifth grade students in Israel through the internet. The third level of Hebrew continues with the prayer curriculum, focusing on the Shabbat evening prayers.
TAG stands for Torah (Bible Study), Avodah (Worship and Service), and Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness). Our new TAG program is a unique and innovative concept meant to help our students learn through action and deed. It is an experiential program where students learn Jewish concepts, ideals and values through a hands-on approach that will take them outside the traditional classroom. It is a program meant to help our students learn, not only by the guidance of our rabbis, but through their engagement in study, prayer, and most importantly, their deeds and involvement with each other and our community. It is a three year spiral curriculum with this first year focusing on Torah. The fourth level of Hebrew continues, focusing on the Shabbat morning prayers.