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JARSON EDUCATION CENTER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

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. ​

Religious School 2021-22

Here at the Jarson Education Center, we understand that finding the right religious school and environment for your children is one of the important decisions you make as a parent. 

We serve students in grades Pre-School (age 4) through 8th grade. 

We have a dedicated staff, wonderful students, and parents who value the Jewish education that we offer and support the school with their time and talents. Moreover, recognizing that students benefit from in-person learning, safely returning to in-person learning instruction in fall 2021 is our top priority.

We rely on official resources (federal, state, and local) when making decisions, and as information related to Coronavirus is rapidly changing, we are constantly evaluating and adjusting our program as needed to best keep our students and staff safe. 

Curriculum and programs:  

 ShalomLearning , a values-based curriculum for grades K-7 that is organized around seven core Jewish values that infuse our traditions (both ancient and modern).  The program also offers online, self-paced activities for students to reinforce the learning or move ahead independently. Learn more here. 

Tribes:  Sundays for students in grades 3-5. The weekly sessions consist of experiential activities and discussions based on Jewish values and themes from Written Torah (Bible) and the Oral Torah (rabbinic tradition), emphasizing personal reflection and community-building. 

Madrichim: Our Madrichim, or teen leaders, work with religious school teachers, assisting them with curriculum development and instruction throughout the year. 

Electives: This year, we will be piloting electives for grades 3-6. The "Elective Fair" after the High Holidays will provide students a chance to learn more about the offerings and sign up.

Torah and Haftorah Trope (Cantillation)
Our fifth and sixth graders meet with our B'nai Mitzvah teacher, Mitch Cohen. In addition to the shorter-term preparation for the students’ B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies, knowledge of Trope for chanting Torah and Haftorah Cantillation gives students the tools to be Readers in a Torah service. Moreover, the cantillation signs also provide information on the syntactic structure of the text, therefore deepening one’s understanding of the Torah’s meaning. 

Tefillah (Prayer)
All of our students have a musical Tefillah (prayer service) with Mitch Cohen. They are introduced to prayers and both traditional and contemporary Jewish songs.

B'nai Mitzvah Preparation
Students who are preparing for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Adath Israel will meet one-on-one with our rabbis to prepare their D’var Torah (lesson/speech) and to help prepare them for their lives as Jewish adults. 

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