The Germantown Jewish Centre's Religious School's overall priority is to foster a positive Jewish identity.Our framework for building a strong Jewish identity includes encouraging a lifelong love of Jewish learning; instilling the ethical values of menschlekeit; fostering an appreciation of the diverse expressions of our community's Jewish life; promoting participation in the repair of our world (Tikkun Olam); and developing a strong connection with the State of Israel and Klal Yisrael.Ours is a school where learning arises from and promotes a sense of community.Students are excited to be in a school where they feel a sense of belonging, learn with friends and have a voice in choosing among various educational activities.The school integrates creativity with developmentally appropriate, active-teaching methods: art, music, theatre, community service and holiday celebrations are integral parts of our curriculum.
We are proud to be an inclusive community that values and embraces the diversity of all of our families. Our religious school is geared towards students (K-10th grade) from all of GJC minyanim.
In the 2015-2016 school year, we are thrilled to entering the third year of implementing our new curriculum - developed through a collaborative process between our teachers, parents, and clergy!
Areas of Learning
Our curriculum revolves around five Areas of Learning:
- Ivrit / Hebrew ~ Through games & movement, language integration, and study of the language, our students learn to read basic liturgical and Modern Hebrew & begin to develop a vocabulary.
- Spiritual Life ~ Blending the traditional with the modern, our students build "synagogue skills" (i.e.: prayer fluency and familiarity with Jewish ritual objects and life-cycle moments) and learn Torah and Haftarah trope while also gaining exposure to multiple forms of spiritual practice (yoga, meditation, chant, etc.). Students also learn about how Jews have understood and connected with God, and begin to articulate their own relationship with the Divine. We celebrate holidays and the Jewish year-cycle together both as a school and with the larger GJC community, and give students the tools to connect the joy of celebrating our Jewish year to their homes and shul alike!
- Torah ~ From our youngest learners who interact through imaginative play with the stories and themes of the Torah, to our pre-B'nai Mitzvah students who delve into rabbinic, medieval, and modern sources to blast open our tradition, we encourage all of our students to dive into the well-spring of Torah and discover all of the varied ways in which Torah, Halacha, and Jewish Values can illuminate our lives.
- History ~ Our students study the major concepts and ideas that evolved during various periods of Jewish history, including traditions from ancient Israel; the destruction of the Temple and formation of the Diaspora; Medieval Jewish life and the Golden Age of Spain; the flowering of Yiddish culture; the rise of modern Jewish movements; the effects and significance of the Holocaust; the birth, development, and unfolding history of the State of Israel; and the establishment and growth of American Jewish Communities.
- Jewish Culture ~ Both as Jews and as Americans, we live in multiple civilizations and all hold multiple identities! Students in our school learn about Jewish culture in all of its pluralism and diversity - not only in Israel and the United States, but around the world. As we study Jewish culture, we also explore the different and varied stories that each student carries as part of their unique heritage.
"There is a lot of energy at GJC, especially when the Religious School is in session. I have two children in the Religious School, and I am very pleased with the progress they are making. The teachers are knowledgeable, sensitive and enthusiastic and they engage the kids in hands-on activities. Most importantly, my children are enjoying learning about Judaism." -Chip Becker, GJC parent
Regular Religious School Days and Hours
BET - VAV (Grades 2 - 6)
Sundays, 9:30am-12:30pm AND Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00pm
ZAYIN (Grade 7)
Sundays, 9:30am-12:30pm AND Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Beit Midrash (January and February)
Join us in January and February when our building becomes a center of Shabbat study and prayer for children and adults. During the Beit Midrash months, Religious School classes are held every Saturday at 9:30am (instead of Sunday classes) followed by age-appropriate kids' services at 11:00am. All GJC kids are welcome and encouraged to participate. RSVP is required for children not formally enrolled in the Religious School. The program ends at 12:15pm with our regular Shabbat Kids' Kiddush.
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