When do students begin their Judaic Studies?
Mount Zion Religious School begins in Pre-Kindergarten (age 4-5) and continues through twelfth grade. Students enroll in the same grade as their secular studies.
When do students begin their Hebrew Studies?
Students begin to study Hebrew in second grade and continue to enroll in Hebrew classes through sixth grade. We encourage all students to be enrolled in our Hebrew program by second grade.
Is there childcare on Sunday mornings?
Mount Zion offers complimentary childcare in a safe, child-friendly environment on Friday evenings during Shabbat services, as well as Sunday mornings when there is Religious School (9:30 am-12:15 pm). Beginning September 1, 2018, we will also offer childcare during Saturday morning services when there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Please check our calendar or call our office at 651-698-3881 for specific dates! Reservations are not necessary. However, we suggest that parents or guardians of infants or children with special needs notify Mount Zion in advance. Feel free to drop by room 102 and check out our wonderful facility and staff!
Do families need to join Mount Zion in order to participate in our Religious School programs?
All families in our Religious School programs are members Mount Zion Temple. We encourage families to actively participate in our congregation, programs, services, holidays, activities, and special events.
What are the days and times of the Lower School Religious School and Hebrew School?
Grades PreK-1 meet on Sundays from 9:30 AM-12:15 PM.
Grades 2-6 meet on Sundays from 9:30 AM-12:15 PM and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 PM or 5:45-7:15 PM.
How will I know what Hebrew session my student will attend on Wednesdays?
Students in grades 2-6 have a choice of Hebrew session: 4:30-6:00 PM or 5:45-7:15 PM. Parents/guardians will select your preferred session time. Sessions are assigned as enrollment materials are received. Register early to guarantee your session time.
B’nei Mitzvah Questions?
For information, click here.
What is the Judaic Studies curriculum used at Mount Zion?
Mount Zion Temple uses the Reform movement’s CHAI curriculum. Each core level contains 27 complete one-hour classroom lessons in Torah (the stories in the Torah), Avodah (how we connect to and relate God), and Gemilut Chasdadim (acts of loving kindness) plus family education lessons.
The CHAI lessons follow a curriculum model known as “backward design,” as outlined in the book Understanding by Design (UbD) by Wiggins and McTighe and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). This approach, and that of the CHAI curriculum is designed so that student learning will go beyond the specific classroom activities and will reach a deeper enduring understanding, establishing the basis for later Jewish learning and living.
More information on each grade level can be found here.
What is the Hebrew Studies curriculum used at Mount Zion?
Mount Zion Temple uses the Reform movement’s curriculum Mitkadem. The Mitkadem program’s revolutionary design allows each student to progress at his or her own pace, effectively using limited class time through active engagement with the material at hand. The average student will progress through a sequence of ramot (levels) at the pace of 2-3 ramot per year. Students use the Behrman House Shalom Uvrachah text and online workbook to be introduced to the alphabet, vowels, Hebrew vocabulary, and basic grammar rules. Ramah 3 is the first in a series of packets that include an introduction, reading exercises, vocabulary, grammar, and words about prayer. This enables them to work independently because every other ramah follows the same format. At the end of each ramah beginning with Ramah 3, students must pass both a written and oral (reading and chanting) test. Following is a description of the ramot we are currently using in our school:
Ramah 4 Short Blessings
Ramah 5 Shabbat Kiddush
Ramah 6 Torah Blessings
Ramah 7 Bar’chu, Yotzer Or
Ramah 9 Sh’ma/V’Ahavta
Ramah 10 Mi Chamocha
Ramah 11 Avot V’Imahot
Ramah 12 G’vurot
Ramah 17 Kaddish
Ramah 18 Torah Service
Ramah 19 Haftarah Blessings
Ramah 23 Birkat HaMazon
As a parent/guardian, how can I get involved?
One of the best ways to be part of your child’s school experience is to participate in the programs at Mount Zion. Not only do those who find the time to volunteer benefit from being actively engaged, but the children see that their Jewish education is important to the adults in the community. Parent volunteers are critical to the success of our programs; we would not be able to offer all of our full and exciting programs without your help. We encourage you to make a difference by contributing your time and talents.
Please call or email Sue Summit, Religious School Director with any questions at 651-698-3881.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:
Grade Level Volunteer
Religious School Committee
Assist with Faculty Appreciation
Provide support around the school as needed
One-time Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer opportunities are found during all school programming and events and grade-level programming and events.
All School Programming and Event(s) include: New Family Orientation Hebrew Orientation, Bread and Torah, Tu BiSh’vat Seder, Z. Willard Finberg Congregation Education Day, Passover Seder, Purim, Mitzvah Day, Yom Acharon – The Last Day of School Picnic
Grade-Level Programming and Events(s) include: Shabbat dinners, Shabbatonim (overnight retreat that includes Shabbat), Koffee Keshers (parent sessions), Consecration