Kindergarten and First Grade meet once per week:
Second AND THIRD GRADE meet TWICE PER WeEK:
Sundays 9:30-11:45 a.m. and Tuesdays 4:00-6:15 p.m.
Yesod means “foundation.” These are the years to form the building blocks for future Jewish living and identfication. There are five principle areas of study for students in the kindergarten through the fifth grade:
Torah – Jewish Learning
Students actively study Torah through a variety of approaches and experiences, exploring primary Jewish texts, mitzvot and Jewish values that guide Jewish life, and the significance of the Land of Israel.
Ivrit – Hebrew Language
Students enter an active Hebrew environment in the classroom with engaging lessons designed to encourage reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. As reading skills improve with each successive grade level, more emphasis is placed on prayer Hebrew. We also have a daily Ulpan (language lab) in order to provide individual attention to students in need of remediation (e.g., starting the program in the middle) or enrichment (e.g., transferring from a Jewish day school).
Chugim – Special Activities
These are the ways that ECLC students learn about, experience, and celebrate the Jewish holidays, including art, dance, and cooking. Chugim happen both in the classroom with the teacher and with outside specialists.
Shirah – Community Celebration (literally, “Singing”)
For holidays, special occasions, and weekly assemblies, students and staff come together as a community to share Jewish values, traditions, stories, and a lot of spirited singing. Parents are always welcome to join in the Yesod Shirah, which happens the last half hour of Sundays 11:15-11:45 am.
Tefilah – Prayer
Students participate in prayer each week on Tuesdays 5:45-6:15 pm. There they learn the primary prayers of shabbat, the afternoon and evening services, as well as important aspects of the meaning of the prayers.