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.
2017 – 2018 Learning Themes
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 2017-2018 school year is “It’s a Mitzvah”! The mitzvot that guide Jewish life cover just about everything: ways that we treat one another to create a kind and caring community and world, how we care for animals and the environment, and how we nurture our spiritual lives through ritual, learning, and prayer. Our students are taught that there is no”right way” to live as a Jew, and will be offered multiple perspectives to think about the ideas discussed. 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. Much of what we learn we will learn by doing: we’ll make cards for those who are sick, find ways to help the elderly and feed the hungry, learn important ideas about relationships such as honoring our parents and refraining from gossip, and we’ll create ritual objects such as Shabbat candlesticks, mezuzot, and more.
Hebrew Language Curriculum
Our small class sizes allow for differentiated instruction for students with varied background and exposure to Hebrew. In Kita Aleph” class, 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
Twice during the year, the Narberth Havurah Hebrew School students will lead some of the prayers and songs at Shabbat services. Throughout the year, students will prepare for these Hebrew School Family Shabbat services by learning to lead prayer and other elements of the service. . Music is a key to our experience of prayer, and students will also be challenged in an age appropriate manner to reflect on the questions
of what is expressed in prayer, and to whom we are praying. Through our study of prayer, students are encouraged to find their own creative expressions of gratitude, wonder, and supplication.
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 will again be teaching our Tuesday afternoon Hebrew school during the 2017 – 2018 school year, along with Havurah member Pauline Rosenberg. 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:||$695||$845|
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (216) 402-2949.