Hebrew School

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.

2016 – 2017 Learning Themes

FullSizeRender (1)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. In the  2016-2017 school year, we are excited to embark on the theme of “Jewish People/Jewish Life.”  Together, we will explore the lives of extraordinary Jews who lived in times from the biblical era to contemporary America –  heroes, change-makers, those have made a difference in the Jewish community and in the world. Through this lens, students will  learn about Jewish history, culture, values, and mitzvot. Our learning will culminate in a “Hall of Fame” in which each student will share what they’ve learned about one particular change-maker through their own curiosity and creativity.

Hebrew Language Curriculum

IMG_0759Our small class sizes allow for differentiated  instruction for students with varied background and exposure to Hebrew. In our 1st   –  3rd grade class, those 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 4th – 6th grades 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.

Prayer and Holiday Curriculum

IMG_0761Twice 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 2016 – 2017 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.

2016 – 2017 Class Offerings

FullSizeRenderThe Narberth Havurah Hebrew School currently offers classes for children in grades 1-6 on Tuesday afternoons.  The “Aleph Class” (students in 1st through 3rd grades), meets from 4:00 – 5:15 pm, and the “Bet Class” (students in 4th – 6th grades), meet from 5:30 – 6:45 pm.

For those students preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, we recommend one-on-one or small group tutors associated with the Havurah.  Rabbi Simcha is available to be involved in the process of learning, helping students study their Torah portion, and working with families to ensure a meaningful experience, service, and celebration.

If you have children in kindergarten and are interested in a class or programming for your children, please let us know by emailing Rabbi Simcha at rabbisimchazevit@gmail.com.

The precise number and composition of our classes is based upon enrollment. Classes meet on Tuesday afternoons in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 404 Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Our school is in session from September 20, 2016 through late May 2017.

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):

Members Non-Members*
One student: $750 $900
Two students: $700 $850
Three or more: $650 $800

*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 the Hebrew School Committee Chair, Jena Bernstein or Rabbi Simcha at rabbisimchazevit@gmail.com or call her at (216) 402-2949.