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Kesher Classes and School Fees 2020

Early Childhood

Shalom Storytime (ages 0-2) - Once a month on Saturdays, 9:30-10:00 am, via Zoom

For parents/caregivers and little ones that love a good story and song. Join us once a month for this FREE half-hour of singing, reading, and making friends. Each month uses a Jewish holiday as its theme. No membership required.

Temple Tots (ages 3 and 4) - Once a month on Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am, via Zoom

This is a fun, monthly program for children along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Through music, stories, and hands-on projects, these holidays-oriented sessions are designed to meaningfully engage children at a young age. Class is taught by Laurie Leibowitz, our fabulous early childhood educator, with music provided by our renowned songleader, Kenny Green! Registration for the year is $36 - no need to be a temple member. Register at wct.org/templetots.

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades

Weekly on Saturdays, 9:00am-10:30am

In our Shabbat school, our goal is to build community among families, to develop a child’s comfort level in the synagogue, and to begin to build a solid foundation as the students learn about Judaism. The morning will begin by bringing the K-2 community together for songs, stories and some sillies. Then students will breakout into grade-level online classrooms.

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

Participants begin to develop a deeper understanding of Jewish prayer, language, calendar, history, and peoplehood. Hebrew learning deepens in these grades. Students master the Hebrew aleph-bet and blessings in anticipation of becoming b’nai mitzvah and lifelong Jewish engagement. In addition to classroom activities, community building is an important aspect of all our Religious School initiatives. Each session includes a half hour of “community time” where students experience prayer, music, and bonding activities together. In non-COVID years, these grades also take part in immersive experiences like the 3rd/4th Grade Late Night, 5th/6th Retreat and field trips to NYC.

Online learning is an art. We are working to combat “Zoom-fatigue” and make the online space as impactful as possible. For a deeper sense of how we are translating these goals to the online space, please see this document.

Class times:

3rd grade – Sundays 9:00 - 10:30 am

4th grade – Sundays 9:00 – 10:30 am and Thursdays 4:15 – 5:15 pm**

5th grade – Sundays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and Thursdays 4:15 – 5:15 pm**

6th grade – Sundays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and Wednesdays  4:15 – 5:15 pm**

** A note about Hebrew instruction in Grades 4-6: In order to optimize the online learning format, we have changed the Hebrew program in grades 4-6. Students engage with their peers twice a week. These sessions will consist of community time and Jewish Studies classes. Hebrew instruction will occur mid-week in small-group tutoring sessions, conducted by our Hebrew teachers. These groups will have no more than 5 children (most likely fewer). Teachers will customize these small group sessions for the children in the group. This will give your child the individual care and pace that will lead to more effective Hebrew skill acquisition. Children will be assigned to one of 3 tutoring times on the day they attend class. For a better sense, visit the schedule online.

7th Grade

Seventh graders spend their year preparing to become b’nai mitzvah. The students continue to perfect their Hebrew language skills and prayers as well as exploring what it means to “become a bar/bat mitzvah” through text study and the social action-focused “Mitzvah Challenge.” Our 7th graders also learn about denominations of Judaism, Israel and the Holocaust in order to understand their connection to Judaism and the Jewish people. Wednesday sessions consist of electives taught by professionals in their fields.

Classes meet Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Academy (8-12 grades)

The majority of our b’nai mitzvah continue their Jewish education by attending our renowned Academy program. Acknowledging our students’ growing maturity and knowledge of Judaism, Academy is a combination of special programming, elective courses, all-school activities, social action, and peer mentoring. Program also includes immersive retreats and experiences with the Reform Movement. Students explore how to engage thoughtfully with their peers and society, becoming thoughtful, motivated Jews. 10th grade year consists of the milestone of Confirmation and 12th grade culminates in a special Graduation ceremony.

Academy meets Mondays.

Registration and Fees

Membership is required to enroll in our religious school (grades Kindergarten through 12th grade).

Please request a membership packet and religious school forms by emailing school@wct.org. To access the registration form online, click here.

Current fees (2020-2021)

Temple Tots                $36

Kindergarten               $575

Grades 1-3                  $950

Grades 4-7                  $1,550

Grades 8 - 10              $1,125

Grades 11 - 12            $1,025

B'nai Mitzvah Tutoring Fee each year $675 (grades 5-7)

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781