University Synagogue Religious School’s Mission
We at University Synagogue believe that the purpose of Religious School is:
- To instill a sense of pride in a child’s Jewish heritage and an appreciation of the beauty of Jewish tradition as guided by the principles of Reform Judaism.
- To teach Judaism and Jewish living as guided by the principles of Reform Judaism for the next generation and develop an understanding of where each individual fits into the community.
- To teach the how and why of Judaism in order to create a positive Jewish identity that makes for a long-lasting and meaningful connection to Judaism.
- To acquire Hebrew skills in order to understand and make personal meaning from prayers, to participate in prayer services around the world, and to connect with others in Jewish settings across the globe.
- To foster a love of the land and dream of Israel as a Jewish country with democratic ideals.
- To promote a sense of commonality and connection with Jews around the world.
- To help students develop their own relationship to Judaism through inquiry, problem solving and discovery.
We strive to provide a community of learning to our students with an emphasis on kavod (respect), K’hillah (community), and kesher (connections).
We are committed to providing a quality educational experience at all grade levels. We believe that acquiring a positive Jewish identity through a Jewish education that appeals to all the senses is the goal of our students. Content areas for students in grades K through 7 include:
- Am Yisrael: Jewish Identity
- Chagim: Shabbat & Holidays
- K’lal Yisrael: Community & History
- Eretz Yisrael: Land of Israel
- Talmud Torah: Jewish Literature
- Ivrit u-T’filah: Hebrew & Prayer
These subject areas provide the roots of our children’s education and Jewish identity. When we tend to these roots – nurturing them and allowing them to grow and develop, our children can have strong Jewish identities, rooted in a deep understanding of what Judaism is all about.
University Synagogue Religious School graduates are knowledgeable about Reform Jewish practice, are connected to Jewish life through an understanding of Jewish values and acts of Tikkun Olam and are equipped with the tools to create authentic relationships among their peers.