Joyful Judaism

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Taking Ownership

By building a warm, student-led community that connects to G-d through the words of our tradition, Schechter enables students to “take ownership” of their tefilah, equipping them with Jewish skills for life. Students are empowered with the skills to take the lead as “shlihei tzibor,” (communal prayer leaders), and as early as fifth grade, students begin to learn Torah trope (ritual chanting of readings). In addition to traditional prayer, Middle School, students enjoy a variety of alternative prayer options, including minyan in the gan (outdoor prayer), and yoga.

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Ruah Lifnai Shabbat - Spirit before Shabbat

At Schechter we celebrate Shabbat with ReLiShRuah L’fnai Shabbat — Spirit Before Shabbat. Through ReLiSh we celebrate Jewish traditions, and learn deeper meanings of our rituals, sharing them via livestream with the greater community. 

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The Journey of a Lifetime

Schechter’s cultivation of ahavat Israel (love of Israel) culminates in our annual eighth-grade Israel Encounter trip to Israel and Poland. This brings to life the language, culture, and history Schechter students have studied throughout their years at school. 

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Walking the Talk of Jewish Values

Our values-based program helps promote the social-emotional development of our students, within a positive-psychology framework. Each month, we highlight and integrate a core value from positive-psychology literature that correlates with a Jewish month.

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Creating Meaning

In Early Childhood, Torah is taught through middot (deeds) and values in the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). We build independent learners of text in first through eighth grade by balancing the skills needed to access texts in Hebrew and creating deeper meaning for students to grapple with their spirituality and beliefs.