Kol Tzedek’s Torah School educates and inspires through an open and diverse learning environment. At Torah School, school feels like camp, and Jewish identities are built by cultivating curiosity and social responsibility. Through our dynamic program, our students recognize connections with Jewish tradition in their daily lives. We work to create an environment that empowers students to bring their full selves, and all their passions, to the conversation.
Some of the elements that make Kol Tzedek’s Torah School unique are:
Diversity: We value and celebrate the diversity of our own and the broader Jewish community. This not only extends to diversity in race, family make-up, and Jewish background, it also includes a respect for the diversity of opinions and ideas about how one experiences and practices Judaism. Our goal is not to get students to believe or practice in a particular way, but to inspire them to challenge, think, and question.
Empowered Learning: In addition to traditional classroom instruction, Kol Tzedek utilizes Project-Based Learning (PBL), a methodology in which students are empowered to learn through discovery, inquiry, and problem-solving. In PBL, students work in teams and come together to present their findings or perspectives, thus becoming teachers as well as students. We have found that students engaged in PBL are more excited about attending class and feel great pride in their accomplishments at the end of the unit.
Community: In fitting with the spirit of Kol Tzedek, our Torah School places strong emphasis on the value of kehillah (community), within each classroom and within the larger school community. Our monthly Shabbat program integrates children in our service and invites families to get to know one another over lunch. As well, we seek to build connections among the parents through special parent and special holiday programs.
Focus on Ethics & Justice: From class tzedakah collects to a volunteering day, to learning about the history of Jews involved with labor organizing to an exciting 7th grade curriculum of Jewish service-learning, ethics and social justice permeate the Torah School. As we educate, we aim to build character and a sense of responsibility to make the world a better place.
If you have any questions about KT Torah School, feel welcome to contact Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, our Torah School director.
Sunday Sessions for 2016-2017
Sunday sessions, unless otherwise noted, are held at:
1212 South 47th Street (at the corner of Reinhard)
Shabbat School Sessions
This will be held at a variety of times from Friday evening Saturday morning and Saturday evening to accommodate family schedules. More information will be forthcoming soon.
Friday night and Saturday sessions are held at:
Calvary Center, 801 S. 48th Street or at private homes.
HEBREW AT KOL TZEDEK:
Kol Tzedek Torah School takes an innovative approach to teaching Hebrew, through a Hebrew Hevruta Program in which students learn with a tutor in pairs or groups of three, often before or after Torah School or at a time convenient for the families and tutor. Learn about our Hebrew Hevruta program.