We believe that the best way to engage children as they begin their life-long journey of Jewish learning is through a fun and meaningful learning environment. Our school aims to foster positive Jewish identity and a sense of community in each student. We help students gain the skills and knowledge that enable them to feel comfortable and empowered as participating members in the Jewish life of their families, the Narberth Havurah, and the larger community.
Our school is a place where students are challenged to live out the universal values of kindness, respect, inclusiveness, and justice for all people. With many of our students coming from interfaith families, we affirm that Judaism is one of many paths that teach people to live wisely and well.
The Narberth Havurah Hebrew School was featured as the Jewish Learning Venture’s “Venture of the Month” for the month of September, 2016. Click here to learn about the Havurah’s exciting and innovative curriculum development work.
2018-2019 Dates and Learning Themes
We will begin our school year on Wednesday, September 26th with a Welcome to School night that is important for all students to attend with at least one parent.
CLASSES BEGIN ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, AND MEET EVERY TUESDAY (WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS – CALENDAR WILL BE SENT TO PARENTS!). Parents may drop children off between 4:15 and 4:25 (snack will be available for students during this time and not after!), with classes beginning at 4:30 and going until 6 pm.
Each year, our school focuses on a particular learning theme which serves as a prism through which students will see and experience different facets of Jewish life. Our theme of educational focus for the 2018-2019 school year focuses on building Jewish identity through “Belonging, Behaving, and Believing”: the three B’s that Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructing Judaism, teaches are the foundation of what it means to be a Jew. For some, including Rabbi Kaplan, belonging is the most important of the three B’s — a sense of identity that comes from being aware of one’s own Jewish connections within the family and as part of a community, as well as having a sense of our history. Students will explore what it means today to claim one’s Jewish identity — along with the other identities that make up our sense of self. They will learn some of their own family histories to understand the idea of l’dor va dor, belonging to a tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Students will also be empowered to explore their sense of belonging through looking at Jewish history in fun and creative ways, using “The Do-It-Yourself Jewish Adventure Series” as a core component of the curriculum. These wonderful books allow students to experience themselves inside the story at critical moments in Jewish history, and to see how the choices they might have made would impact the unfolding story of the Jewish people.
Havurah kids are taught that there is no one ”right way” to live as a Jew, and will be offered multiple perspectives to think about the ideas we discuss in class. Most importantly, they’ll learn that they are part of a community in which asking good questions is valued, the diversity among us is honored, and there are many beautiful ways to bring Judaism into their lives.
Hebrew Language Curriculum
Our small class sizes allow for differentiated instruction for students with varied background and exposure to Hebrew. In Kita Aleph” (our younger students in 2nd to 4th grades) , students new to Hebrew will engage in Hebrew Through Movement and learning the Aleph Bet, while others may begin to develop decoding and reading skills by working, with support of the teacher, through a beginning Hebrew curriculum workbook. Our older students in Kita Bet will also begin, or continue to develop, their Hebrew skills based on individual needs. Approximately half of our class time of one hour and fifteen minutes will be geared towards Hebrew language learning.
Shabbat, Prayer and Holiday Curriculum
During the year, the Narberth Havurah Hebrew School students will lead some of the prayers and songs at Hebrew School Shabbat services. Throughout the year, students will prepare for these Hebrew School Family Shabbat services by learning main ideas behind key prayers, and will be encouraged in an age appropriate manner to reflect on the question of what is expressed in prayer, and to whom we are praying. While learning
some of the traditional liturgy and melodies of prayer, students will also be encouraged to find their own creative expressions of gratitude and wonder.
As holidays approach throughout the year, we will explore key holiday themes, and rituals, create art, make music, and/or prepare holiday foods.
Our Rabbi & Educator
We are delighted that Rabbi Simcha, along with Havurah member Pauline Rosenberg, will again be teaching our Tuesday afternoon Hebrew school during the 2018 – 2019 school year. Rabbi Simcha has enjoyed teaching Jewish learners of all ages for the past fifteen years, embracing people of all backgrounds, belief, and disbelief, and encouraging them to learn and to create meaningful, joyful Jewish lives. For more information about Rabbi Simcha’s background, click here. Pauline has been a Jewish educator for over ten years, and has worked at many synagogues teaching Hebrew, prayer, and more to kids of all ages.
Enrollment & Fees
To register your child/children for our Hebrew School, please complete the online Hebrew School Enrollment Form, or download a form here and mail it to The Narberth Havurah, P.O. Box 65, Narberth, PA 19072.
The fee structure for the Narberth Havurah Hebrew School is as follows (per student):
|Three or more:||$750||$895|
*Space permitting, non-members of the Narberth Havurah may enroll for a one-year trial at the non-member rate. After the trial period, a Havurah membership will be required in order to continue enrollment in the Narberth Havurah Hebrew School.
For More Information
If you have any comments or questions regarding our Hebrew School, please contact Rabbi Simcha at email@example.com or call her at (216) 402-2949.