Hebrew and Judaics
The Jewish holidays provide a natural entry point for Judaic studies, not only introducing Hebrew vocabulary and prayers but also allowing many opportunities for exploring Jewish art and culture. Students will explore our rich traditions through stories, songs, and artwork.
In addition to learning from and about the holidays, we will focus our Jewish explorations on the ECLC’s core values. Our highest goal for our children is to foster a sense of community (kehillah) that can only be achieved through treating each other with love (ahavah) and respect (kavod). The resultant peace (shalom) that will prevail in our classrooms will allow for deep inquiry (d’rash) and inspire us to improve the world around us (tikkun olam). Cultivating these values means explicitly drawing connections between our behavior and our ideals, ensuring that they are not just words on the wall but rather guidelines for how we treat each other as friends and scholars.
Our Hebrew study consists primarily of introducing and using vocabulary relevant to our explorations of Jewish holidays and culture and our daily routines. Children will learn appropriate greetings for various occasions, blessings for foods and holiday rituals, and basic vocabulary (e.g. body parts, numbers, colors, family members, etc.)
Our connection to Israel is fostered through each classroom’s sister city in Israel. At the Merage JCC’s ECLC, each classroom bears the name of a city in Israel rather than a meaningless number such as classroom 7. Our children develop a connection to Jerusalem, Tzvat, or Haifa through curriculum designed to explore the unique qualities, characteristics, foods and culture of the various geographic regions of Israel.