The intermediate department meets twice a week. Sunday sessions are at Glen Westlake from 9:00 – 11:55 a.m.; Wednesday sessions are at the synagogue. Wednesday Hebrew school times are:
EARLY SHIFT………..4:00 – 5:25 p.m.
LATE SHIFT………….5:20 – 6:45 p.m.
Each session begins in the sanctuary with an assembly led by one of the rabbis. Late-session students who arrive early are not permitted in the school wing until after their assembly. First-session students should be picked up promptly at 5:25.
On Sunday mornings students have an hour of Hebrew, an hour of Judaica and one-half hour of a special interest chug. The final period is a service conducted by a rabbi, teacher or students. The chugim program is an elective course, offering a variety of subjects such as drama, writing, music, art, crafts, book club, games and cooking.
Our Hebrew school grades all have a Shabbaton program. The third grade will have a Shabbat afternoon program and sixth grade will lead a Shabbat morning service. The fourth grade prepares and invites their families to a Shabbat dinner and then the students participate in services. The seventh grade also has a dinner and leads the congregation in worship that evening. The fifth graders have a family dinner on Saturday evening, followed by Havdalah. Then the other members of the family go home and the students have a sleepover at the synagogue.
Family programs continue to play an important role in our intermediate department. Special Sunday morning programs that involve the parents include:
DATES FOR 2011 - 12
September 18 Open house 10:00 – 10:30
December 11 3rd grade family program – Hebrew names
December 4 7th grade family program - Text study
January 22 5th grade family program – Israel
February 5 4th grade family program - Funeral and Mourning practices
March 4 6th grade family program – Torah and Bar/Bat Mitzvah
March 11 3rd - 7th grade family program
To complement what we are trying to achieve in our Hebrew school, students in 3rd – 6th grade are now required to attend Shabbat services during the year. Third graders must attend three, fourth graders four, etc. 7th graders still have the same bar/bat mitzvah requirement as in the past. We feel that students need to see how we say the prayers as a congregation each Shabbat.