A three-hour meeting of all classes on Sunday mornings is the core of our recently-restructured for
mat. "We want to inspire our children with the richness and beauty of Jewish history and traditions," explains Alicia Gejman, Director of Formal Education.
This new format maintains the core curriculum of Hebrew, Torah, and prayer as well as Jewish holidays, customs, and history. These traditional areas of study are expanded through enrichment classes such as our six-week chug opportunities, family Shabbat services, and small-group activities that supplement classroom instruction.
Tefilah (prayer life) is emphasized for all ages in the Cohen Religious School, and all students learn the prayers of the Shabbat morning service. In addition, Hey (5th grade) and Vav (6th grade) learn to read Torah with the special Torah trope. Our older students lead family worship services six (6) times a year, in the winter, during Junior Congregation.
Gesher (7th grade) students gain important synagogue skills that will enhance their b'nai mitzvah experience.
Our new educational model responds to the needs of 21st century families by offering alternatives in classroom instructional time. Children and their parents have a choice of Tuesdays OR Wednesdays, which allows for more flexibility with today's busy schedules.
"This approach provides optimal opportunities for learning and community connected-ness within a flexible framework," according to Alicia Gejman, Director of Formal Education. "Most importantly, it maintains the high standards and strong core curriculum for which we at the Cohen Religious School are known."
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has recently acquired four (4) iRover interactive roving panels which meet the needs of teachers and students alike by creating a unique technological and traditional learning environment. In addition, throughout our building we have available twenty (20) iPads, four (4) Apple TVs, three (3) Smartboards, and a fully-equipped computer lab.
These innovations, due to a generous donation, enhance our students' learning experience as they blend new technology with our ancient traditions.
Tuesday - 9 am to 6 pm
Wednesday - 9 am to 6 pm
Thursday - 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday - 9 am to 2 pm
Office Phone: 847-432-8924