As Education Director, I am tremendously proud of our school’s unwavering commitment to providing children with a positive Jewish identity that touches both the head and the heart. Through our exciting and dynamic partnership among parents, students, staff, and the wider synagogue community, our curriculum continually evolves as we explore new teaching and experiential opportunities. From our Shabbat Soup, Song and Story Hour for nursery school children to our Hey Class of seventh graders preparing for B’nai Mitzvot, our variety of creative approaches helps the children explore their Jewish identities, gain core synagogue skills, and learn fundamental aspects of Jewish history and culture.
We are excited to grow and evolve in the future, while maintaining our focus on experiential learning, social action, acts of Gemilut Hessed (lovingkindness), and a commitment to Klal Yisrael (the unity and shared destiny of the Jewish people). In helping our students know what being Jewish means for them, we aim to give them both roots and wings, and we hope they will continue to embrace Judaism as they go off on their own journeys.
The tradition of Jewish education goes back to biblical times. One of the basic duties of Jewish parents is to provide for the instruction of their children. The obligation to teach one’s children is set forth in the first paragraph of the Shema Yisrael prayer: “Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children…” (Deut 6:6-9). Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills strives to maintain and encourage this tradition through our creative curriculum. We teach core synagogue skills as well as fundamental aspects of Jewish culture and do our utmost to meet the educational needs of all children, including those with special needs.
In the younger grades, we aim to introduce the children to being Jewish through stories, songs, arts & crafts and discussion. The topics covered are Shabbat, Jewish holidays, Jewish symbols, Bible stories, and exposure to the Hebrew alphabet.
Nancy Mollitor; Education Director (2005-present)