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From pre-school through their b’nei mitzvah years — and beyond — there is a way for everyone to establish a meaningful connection to our congregation and community.

 

With an innovative and dynamic educational approach that maximizes student engagement through inquiry and arts-based programming, we recognize that today’s kids call for a departure from the traditional learning styles of yesteryear.

Hebrew’s Cool is an important part of the Beth Torah story and we are excited about our ongoing additions to the program. Our program is a success when everyone is happy: the students, the teachers, the grandparents, the director of education and the rabbi.

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“At Beth Torah ‒ Hebrew’s Cool we are achieving success. Our goal is simple: We want to promote Jewish Living: Meaningful, Relevant and Intentional. We want to keep our congregation including our members, and our students engaged Jewishly, within the congregation, the community, and beyond.”

‒Rabbi Yossi Sapirman

“I am delighted to be here at Beth Torah Congregation as Director of Education for our supplementary Hebrew School. My background includes a degree from McMaster University in History and Anthropology as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen's University. Previously, I have taught at Eitz Chaim Hebrew School as well as at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and York Region public schools. I am passionate about working with children and youth and have brought hands-on, inquiry-based learning to Beth Torah's Hebrew School. We offer dynamic programs that get students involved in the learning process while engaging them in history and cultural experiences. This year included twists on traditional customs with Passover Olympics, chocolate Seder, Sukkah cookie making, Hanukkah scavenger hunts, school field trip, aleph-bet yoga, challah baking and braiding, Hebrew word relay races, Tu B’Shvat tree planting and much more. In addition, this year for the first time, we hosted a Hebrew School graduation ceremony and party. This milestone celebration gave the accomplished students the opportunity to share their success in completing Hebrew School with their friends, family and congregants. Please stay tuned for more new and innovative programs for next year.”

‒Kayla Hendriks, B.A., B.Ed. (Director of Education)

Spotlight on our proud parents and kvelling grandparents:

"This was our first year at Hebrew's Cool, and our children had an excellent time! The staff are all amazing at giving the kids the kind of care and education parents can only dream of. Our whole family had an incredibly meaningful year! We can't wait to return in the fall!"

‒ Jen and Chris Dutcher (parents)

"My four year old twin grandchildren learned so much from their Tuesday Hebrew’s Cool class. They know the Hebrew alphabet, learned about our holidays and love to tell everyone their Hebrew names. Kudos to Kayla, she is so warm and caring and extremely competent, and to the twins’ fabulous teacher, Danielle."

‒Sandy Druck (grandparent)

 

Spotlight on our enthusiastic teachers:

"I love working at Beth Torah, the environment is very welcoming and comfortable. The school is so much fun; the teachers are all very friendly and are always innovating fun and new ways to teach classic stories and lessons."

‒ Miriam Maes (teacher)

"Beth Torah’s Hebrew’s Cool program is a fun and engaging experience for children to learn about their Jewish identity and enjoy Judaism. Jewish history is brought to life through hands-on activities and creative projects. My favourite part of Hebrew’s Cool is music class; it warms my heart to hear traditional Hebrew music that has been sung for generations and continues to be passed on to the future ambassadors of our community. From generation to generation."

 ‒Sydney Orlander (teacher)

 “At the Hebrew’s Cool Hebrew School we’ve taken a unique, innovative and modern approach to the music program. Our curriculum includes both contemporary and traditional music and prayers, from different genres of Jewish music from around the world. In this way, the music program is progressive, comprehensive, diverse and multicultural. As the teacher, the most rewarding feedback from parents is that their kids enjoy music class so much that they’re still singing their favourite songs on the car ride home, and sometimes even teaching the songs to their siblings. The kids learn songs they may hear at bar mitzvahs, at Shabbat tables, at services in synagogue and even on the streets, today, of Jerusalem. The goal is always to keep the students engaged with meaningful and relevant music”.

‒ Emmett Levin (teacher, music specialist)

Fri, 16 November 2018 8 Kislev 5779