There are perhaps as many answers to that question as there are Jews in the world. For some the answer is “don’t bother.” For others the answer is “To be able to recite the Four Questions and become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.” Many in our congregation will tell you it is important as the language of prayer and Torah. And some will add because it is the language of the Jewish people and it binds us to Jews all over the world and in Israel in particular. For our purposes, we embrace all of the above—except for “don’t bother.”
Each grade, with a focus on grades 4 – 7; spend part of their time in a service. This not only offers them the opportunity to practice prayers they learn but also learning about a prayer. Why do we say it? What is the point? What does it mean to me? Rabbi David Wolpe, in Teaching Your Child About God describes the benefits of prayer as enhanced self-knowledge, understanding what is really important, creating community, strengthening our resolve to help one another, and having a relationship with God.
WHEN ARE HEBREW CLASSES?
To accommodate your family’s schedule, there are three choices for classes. And an on-line class for those who know they will miss a class due to an extra-curricular activity.
- Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm.
- Sunday mornings from 8:15 am-9:30 am.
- Our Satellite Program in Clifton Park Tuesday afternoon classes from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Classes meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 688 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY.
- On Line Hebrew Make-Up Class Thursday night: 6:00 pm—7:30 pm.
All grades meet Sunday mornings from 9:30 PM – 12:00 Noon for Religious School. Younger siblings (who have older siblings in the Sunday Hebrew Class) may come early for supervised play in a classroom on Sundays until their class begins.
HEBREW FOR ADULTS
Learning is a lifelong endeavor. We offer Hebrew classes on Sunday mornings for those wishing to learn Hebrew at both a beginning and intermediate level. And there are many other classes available for adults. You can call Arnold Rotenberg at 518-374-8173, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
HOW DO I REGISTER
Registration can be found right on our website. If you wish a Registration Packet can be mailed to you, just call the office at 518-374-8173.