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B’nai Torah Hebrew School – Talmud Torah

Beth Tepper, Director of Education
Karen Money, Assistant Director

At Congregation B’nai Torah, our goal is to create a warm, guiding environment where children become comfortable with the Hebrew language and prayers, and learn about holidays, observances and traditions, and history. Together with their families, we help to instill both a love for Judaism and a strong Jewish identity.

Our emphasis on Ruach (spirit) and Tzedaka (charity) teaches the students to enjoy learning and to give back to the community. In fact, many of our students return to the synagogue as adults; enrolling their own children in our Hebrew school and in many cases, teaching.

Our Hebrew School boasts a staff of highly trained educators who teach kindergarten through grade 7. Mechina and Primary (K-2) meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Grades 3-7 meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday and from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Tuesday.

Our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for grade 8 meets 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Our Tichon: The High School Program for grades 9 – 12 meets Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The High School students also participate in the community-wide  Merkaz Hebrew High School program.

For more information, email us at education@bnaitorahct.org.

Talmud Torah Class Descriptions

Gan/Kindergarten explores Jewish values and what it means to be Jewish, live Jewishly and have a Jewish home. Children are introduced to the synagogue, its people and places. The Hebrew language and aleph bet is introduced through movement (Yoga), art, reading, conversation, song, repetition, tefillah and play. Children explore the beauty and meaning of Shabbat and its associated blessings as well as the joy of celebration, and artifacts of holidays.

Kitah Aleph/1st Grade Students continue to study and review letter of the aleph bet, including writing words and using them in conversation. Mitzvot/commandments are introduced through Parshiot and values in the Torah. Customs and rituals of the holidays are taught throughout the year. The Hebrew language is introduced through movement, art, reading, conversation, song, repetition, tefillah and play. Children explore the beauty and meaning of Shabbat and its associated blessings as well as the joy of celebration, and the artifacts of holiday.

Kitah Hey/5th Grade, Vav/Sixth and Zyan/Seventh continue to study Parshiot HaShavua, the Hebrew language, tefillah, Jewish customs and values, along with how these things pertain to them in the modern world. Students learn about Life Cycle Events, history, Israel and how Jewish values connect to them personally. Students learn through movement, art, primary and secondary sources, reading and journaling, song and creativity.

Seventh Grade topics additionally include: History of Jews in America, The Holocaust, and current events.

Fri, July 3 2020 11 Tammuz 5780