LEARNING THROUGH PARTICIPATION
Jewish education at SOJC emphasizes learning through doing because so many of the concepts that we teach, such as Shabbat, holidays, and daily blessings, grows out of actual experiences. The moral system of Judaism—such as honoring parents, helping the needy and social justice—is rooted in deeds. The cultural life of Judaism—songs, food, holidays—is rooted in meals, singing, ritual objects and specific celebrations. Connection to Israel in Jewish life is not an abstract concept but a real place that can be visited, touched, walked and seen. Jewish education at SOJC emphasizes learning through doing because so many of the concepts that we teach, such as Shabbat, holidays, and daily blessings, grows out of actual experiences.
The ultimate aim of Jewish education at SOJC is to build each person's overall Jewish character. SOJC is excited to incorporate Shalom Learning- a Jewish values-based curriculum into their program. Jewish values are at the center as our students explore history, holidays and more through various age appropriate lenses that expand as their world expands.
In addition, Aleph Bet Kovesh (ABK) is our
self-paced Hebrew reading program which motivates students through various levels.
SOJC strives to develop a positive Jewish identity in its students and demonstrate the connection and relevance of Jewish values in their daily lives.
Our dedicated staff works with our parents to help realize the full potential of each child — intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and creative — blending the best of our Jewish and American heritages.
THE GROUP EXPERIENCE
A class is a dynamic community sharing knowledge, experiences, pain, joys and common moments. Our Jewish educators teach Jewish history and holidays in a classroom that exemplifies the Jewish value of community.
Some community values (middot) that can best be learned as a community are:
Klal Yisrael (the totality of Israel)
Am Yisrael (Jewish people), kehillat kodesh (holy community)
Tikkun Olam (improving the world)