Inspiring Jewish Identities
Welcome to the Jarson Education Center, the home of the Religious School and Youth and Family Programs at Adath Israel Congregation. The Jarson Education Center building is adjacent to the main synagogue building and hosts educational and social programs for newborn to 12th graders. At our religious school, we strive for our students to have a bright and flourishing Jewish education.
***IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Religious School classes will be taught online for the fall semester.***
What We Offer:
Our students begin to learn conversational Hebrew at a young age. Through engaging stories, folktales, and activities, our students build their Hebrew vocabulary comprehension skills as well as grammar rules.
Our 6th and 7th grade students participate in Project Etgar, a curriculum that teaches students how to think critically about Judaism. During these years, students are able to build upon their prior knowledge and current experiences, which builds breadth and depth in our student’s understanding and observance of Judaism.
TORAH AND HAFTORAH TROPE (TUNES)
Our 5th and 6th grade classes each meet weekly with our B'nai Mitzvah teacher, Mitch Cohen. Learning Trope (the tunes) for chanting Torah and Haftorah Cantillation gives students a lifelong skill that they will use forever.
Our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students meet with Mitch Cohen for a special musical Tefillah (prayer service) each Sunday. They are introduced to prayers in an active way. Our 3rd through 7th graders meet in our Chapel each Sunday and the students lead the tefillah service.
BNAI MITZVAH PREPARATION
Our 7th graders meet with Rabbi Smolkin weekly for a full year to help prepare them for their lives as Jewish Adults. They discuss what it means to become a bar/bat mitzvah and have many interesting discussions regarding ethical issues that affect teens.
BREAKFAST EVERY SUNDAY
Every Sunday Morning we have breakfast available in the lobby for parents and younger siblings. Parents can hang out and get to know other families while their children are at Religious School.