The teaching of Judaism is more than the transmitting of factual information. It is, perhaps even more importantly, the sharing of attitudes, the cultivation of loyalties, the creation of experiences, the illustration of morals and ethics. Our Religious School curriculum is designed to meet the challenge of reaching these goals. We believe that the development of attitudes is as important as the imparting of knowledge. We strive to make the learning experience both enjoyable and relevant. The scope of our success depends, in part, upon the willingness to risk innovation and to engage in experimentation.
OUR MISSIONThe Mission of the Religious School is to provide a comprehensive, K-12 Reform Jewish education to the Jewish youth in our community through a supplementary school program. The Religious School will give students the knowledge, perspectives, and tools to actively engage with the Jewish tradition and Jewish approaches to the most profound questions of faith, ethics, life and meaning. The Religious School will pursue this mission through a rigorous and well constructed curriculum that provides students with a uniquely Jewish set of perspectives and the foundational knowledge for a lifetime of Jewish learning.
The Goals of the Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School are for its students to become:
1. Jews who affirm and re-affirm their Jewish identity and their covenant with the Jewish people, and who publicly declare this covenant through the ceremonies of consecration, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, and Religious School graduation.
2. Jews who know and understand Judaism’s foundational texts (Tanakh, Talmud, Midrash, etc.).
3. Jews who know and understand Reform Jewish belief and practice, including theology, ethics and mitzvot, and understand how Reform Jewish belief and practice is similar to and different from other forms of Jewish and non-Jewish religious beliefs and practices.
4. Jews who know, understand and participate in the observance of Jewish holidays (Shabbat and festivals).
5. Jews who know, understand and participate in the observance of Jewish life cycle events and rituals.
6. Jews who know and understand the nature of Jewish worship and prayer, who participate fully in Reform synagogue services, and who can understand and appreciate other types of Jewish worship and prayer.
7. Jews who are familiar with the Hebrew language, who understand the importance of the Hebrew language to the Jewish people, who can read and write basic Hebrew as necessary to participate in the Hebrew portions of Reform Jewish services, and who have the foundation for a deeper study of Hebrew.
8. Jews who are bound to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, and who know its history, geography and modern life.
9. Jews who are bound to K’lal Yisrael, the community of worldwide Jewry, and who actively seek the welfare of Jews throughout the world.
10. Jews who know and understand the history of the Jewish Diaspora, particularly in the United States, the contributions of Jews in the Diaspora, and the struggles faced throughout Jewish History, including anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
11. Jews who further the causes of justice, freedom and peace by pursuing tzedek (righteousness), misphat (justice) and chesed (acts of loving kindness).
SPECIAL NEEDSOur special needs, enrichment, and management programs have been in the forefront since the late 70’s, receiving grants from various sources encouraging their development.
ADOPTED BY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DECEMBER 18, 2008