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Religious School

Shalom! Welcome and welcome back to Congregation Ner Shalom’s Religious School! We are so excited to learn with you! 

 

This is sure to be a year unlike any other, but we are committed to keeping up with your family’s desire for Jewish education, community, and values! 

 

Ner Shalom continues to partner with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), based in Jackson, MS. Through this partnership, we are provided programs and resources -  including digitized lesson plans for all our classroom needs this year - along with synagogues varying sizes and denominations throughout the South. The ISJL is dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and educating about Judaism. Rabbi Lizz attends their conferences every June and we get a visit from a specialized education fellow twice during the school year, though this year those visits may be via Zoom. Our fellow will also be available to help navigate questions any of us have as we continue to acclimate to this curriculum, particularly as the need to adapt to online learning arises again. We believe this partnership and curriculum ensures our religious school continues to be always fun and engaging, as well as provides thorough and consistent education. 

 

One thing we love about this curriculum is that the Hebrew lessons and Judaic Studies lessons are more integrated. To get the most out of our time, it is imperative that students arrive promptly at 9:30 so that class can start on time. We have made a great investment in this curriculum and want to use it to the fullest! Additionally, in order to keep up week-to-week, students will be expected to practice reading Hebrew throughout the week, approximately 5 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Parents will need to sign off on “Take 5” sheets to ensure students are taking their studies seriously.

 

We at the religious school would also like to inform and remind families that students should arrive in class having already eaten breakfast. Our Sisterhood Bagel Bar will not be in operation this year, and unfortunately we are asking that parents stay in their cars during drop off and pick up.

 

Make sure to keep up to date on our calendars! We encourage participation in every part of communal life at Ner Shalom, so plan to attend designated Shabbat services in addition to Sunday mornings, and let Rabbi Lizz or your teacher know when your family will not be present for a religious school class or event. 

 

Shalom and a Sweet School Year!

 

Religious School Documentation

Congregation Ner Shalom
P.O. Box 2085
Woodbridge, VA 22195-2085
Or a scanned version can be sent to: rabbi@nershalomva.org
Tue, December 1 2020 15 Kislev 5781