Hebrew is the language of our sacred texts and of our prayer book. We teach students to read many of the Shabbat Prayers in Hebrew so they will be able to participate in congregational worship with skill and comfort. In addition, Hebrew provides us with a Jewish cultural vocabulary that includes Jewish values and enhances our ability to participate in life-cycle events and holidays. The Hebrew language provides a common bond between Jews all over the world and connects us with Israel.
There are three ways to participate in Hebrew studies:
- Midweek Classes at Gates: offered on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Clifton Park Hebrew: offered in Clifton Park on Tuesday afternoons at Congregation Beth Shalom located at 688 Clifton Park Center Road. In addition to class, attendance at monthly Family Worship Services and weekly check in with teacher required
- Sunday Early Morning Classes (Family-Track): offered on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.before Sunday Religious School begins, with an additional half hour with the midweek students during the review class on Sunday during Religious School.
Families attend the monthly Family Worship Services (10 services) together. Grade 4 students (and their siblings) attend 22 Hebrew Classes on Sunday mornings before Religious School from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Class size will be limited to 12 students per teacher. During class, they will practice reading skills, learn to practice the prayers at home, and discuss the history and personal connection to the prayers. Students will also participate in a Hebrew review class later in the morning, which may include Hebrew as a modern language. Students will prepare to lead prayers and interpret Torah for the Family Worship Services. Students will commit to practice reading prayers at home for a minimum of 15 minutes, 4 times a week. Students will be scheduled for a weekly 10 minute check-in with their teacher via computer (Skype) or by telephone.