Beit Binah for kids in Pre-K through 6th Grade
Our primary children’s educational program, Beit Binah, literally means “house of understanding” in Hebrew. This program is designed to connect children with the meaning of being Jewish. Beit Binah at Kol Shofar emphasizes understanding through:
- Personal relationships
- Jewish values & character development
- Jewish justice & social responsibility
- Synagogue-oriented Hebrew
- Family involvement
Our K – 2nd Grade students meet once per week, on Sundays while students in Grades 3 – 6 meet on both Sundays and Wednesdays. A typical Beit Binah schedule looks like:
Sundays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m.: Bagel nosh (families welcome!)
9:00 a.m.: Tefilah (prayer)
9:30 a.m.: Perek Alef (first period of classroom learning)
10:25 a.m.: Hafsakah (break)
10:35 a.m.: Perek Bet (second period of classroom learning)
11:40 a.m.: Kehillah (community circle)
Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.: Perek Alef (first period of classroom learning)
4:40 p.m.: Hafsakah (break)
4:50 p.m.: Perek Bet (second period of classroom learning)
5:30 p.m.: Tefilah (prayer)
5:45 p.m.: Dismissal
Beit Binah means “understanding” and these are the years to form the building blocks for future Jewish understanding and living.
Students actively study Torah through a variety of approaches and experiences with Jewish text, mitzvot, values, prayers, Hebrew language, and the significance of the Land of Israel.
Ivrit (Hebrew Language)
Students an active Hebrew environment in the classroom with engaging lessons designed to encourage reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. As reading skills improve with each successive grade level, more emphasis is placed on prayer Hebrew. We also have a Hebrew language specialist in order to provide individual attention to the students in need of remediation and/or enrichment.
Students participate in prayer each week on Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., during which they learn the primary prayers of Shabbat, the afternoon and evening services, as well as the meaning of the prayers.
For holidays, special occasions, and weekly assemblies, students and staff come together as a community to share Jewish values, traditions, stories, and a lot of spirited singing. Parents are always welcome to join in the Kehillah, which happens the last half-hour of Sunday classes at 11:30 a.m.