Shabbat School offers a warm, caring environment where every child can learn his/her Judaic subjects using innovative, interesting and interactive techniques. At the beginning of the year each child's Hebrew reading will be evaluated and a program will be set in place to help them advance at their own pace.
Reading Hebrew fluently is the most important skill we can give a child. The youngest students will learn the letters of the Aleph-Bet and words beginning with each letter. Grades 1 and 2 will begin to put letter sounds and vowel sounds together. Along with sight words on flash cards they will be well on their way to reading.
Familiarity with the Shabbat morning prayers is a goal for students in grades 3-5, who already know the fundamentals of reading Hebrew. In addition to learning the skills to join the congregation in prayer, this will be a great head start for Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies.
Many exciting educational components make up our curriculum. Included are a history of the early Jewish settlers of America and the arrival of the Jews in Denver. Youngsters will learn just how instrumental Jews (Haym Salomon for example) were during the American Revolution, and that many of their favorite actors, actresses, band leaders and sports heroes are Jewish.
The weekly Torah portion is reviewed. We plan to expand our scope and add "Bible" heroes (from the books of the Prophets) to the curriculum. Add to all the above a few words about the holidays, some blessings, a bit of current events and we have the makings of the best school in Denver.
Parents and students will be asked to participate in several "mitzvah/tzedakah" projects during the year. While a Shabbat School cannot collect tzedakah money every week, we can reach out to the community by collecting coats, food, newborn essentials and give them to those in the community who are in need. Our efforts will be in conjunction with the Synagogue Council of Denver.
All students, ages 4-10, are invited to attend Shabbat School. Day School students will benefit greatly from our unique new Day School Track. The dual curriculum offered at a Day School often leaves teachers pressed for time. Our program is designed to complement rather than repeat the material covered during the week in the day school.