We grow Jews
We strive to see our children pass down to their children what it means to live a Jewish life. To do this, we guide students to:
- Build a strong Jewish identity and commitment to the Jewish people
- Pray comfortably and love Torah learning
- Experience God’s presence
- Value Jewish ethics and seek ways to help repair the world
- Pursue Jewish learning throughout their lives
At every grade level, we build community through the study and practice of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedakah (charitable giving), T’fillah (worship) and Torah, involving a wide range of study from text to Israel.
Sunday School, 9:15 am–12:30 pm
Children from pre-K through grade 8 enjoy a variety of learning experiences, including basic Hebrew terms and reading fluency leading to bar and bat mitzvah. Students through second grade, while not yet studying Hebrew formally, have the language integrated into other classroom studies. Students in grades 3–6 study during the day and engage in 30 minutes of online Hebrew at home during the week. Here’s an overview of our program.
Sunday School teaches core values through age-level experiences. Each grade includes opportunities for family learning, worship and the arts. Introduction to conversational and written Hebrew is an integral part of each class, focusing on developing a working vocabulary of key Hebrew words.
During first semester, students and parents meet for the first hour with our clergy for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Torah Class. This outstanding program guides families through a tour of the Torah, as well as the traditional mitzvot pertaining to and incumbent upon the child reaching this lifecycle milestone.
Students study Jewish spirituality, the Holocaust and its effect on the Jewish people, and the history and founding of the modern State of Israel.
Students learn to become Madrichim (classroom helpers) through a curriculum including principles of child development, lesson planning (You be the teacher!) and hands-on classroom experience. Their morning includes helping with Tefillah, in-class time with their teacher and an assignment as a Madrich-in-training in a younger class.
High school, 12:30–1:45 pm
This four-year program includes the Sunday lunch-and-learn, participation in Mitzvah projects and group travel/learning experiences. In past years, teens experienced Jewish social action with students from other California synagogues through the URJ’ Religious Action Center political action weekend in Sacramento. They also went with students from Calvary Presbyterian Church on a weeklong trip to Heifer International in Arkansas and skiing with students from a Reform synagogue in Santa Cruz.
Madrichim, our paid teen leadership program
Our teens develop leadership skills by being guides for younger students. Madrichim receive structured training and take paid positions assisting teachers in Sunday Religious School. The program enables teens to build their pre-college résumés, serve as role models, gain valuable teaching skills, earn extra money and reinforce their ongoing commitment to Jewish life.
Information: Nancy Sheftel-Gomes, education director, 415.346.1720, x28, or email Nancy.