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The Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School

 

     

 

       The Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School provides a unique Jewish educational experience in a professional, caring, fun, and community-         focused atmosphere.  Our small learning environment enables us to offer differentiated instruction and the flexibility to meet your children where they are in their Jewish journey. Our goal is to prepare our students to lead Jewish lives as mensches. 

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K-2

Virtual classes are Sunday morning for one hour and Wednesday afternoon for 30 minutes.

Our program establishes a strong foundation for Jewish learning. Let's Discover Kindness aims to help young children explore kindness and the character traits that contribute to kindness, such as empathy, gratitude, and respect, through a Jewish lens. Students will use role-playing, mindfulness activities, personal reflection, and more to explore their emotional responses to the themes and begin to foster those traits in themselves. Students become familiar with Jewish Holidays and Traditions, Jewish Life Cycle, Parshat Hashavua, and Hebrew Letters. 

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3rd-6th/PRE-B’NAI MITZVAH

Virtual classes are Sunday morning for two hours (Judaics and Tefilah), Tuesday afternoon for one hour (Parshat Hashavua), and a 30-minute private Hebrew tutoring session (to be scheduled by each family).

3rd-4th Grade: Our curriculum is derived from A Kid's Mensch Handbook, as we bring Jewish values to life with an engaging blend of mitzvot, middot, and timeless Jewish wisdom

5th-6th/Pre-B’nai Mitzvah: MakeCreateCelebrate uses art as a way to help students connect with the underlying values of the holidays in a personal way, free from explaining the how-tos of each holiday. Not an artist? Don't worry about it! These projects are about self-expression and ideas, and therefore, are for everyone.

Hebrew for 3rd-6th Grade: Our curriculum focuses on T’fila and prepares students to lead Shabbat services.  Students receive 30 minutes of individualized Hebrew Prayer reading instruction weekly.  Students begin to learn the Alef-Bet and reading concepts in 3rd grade and then work at their own pace to learn prayers.  Each year builds upon the previous year.  In addition, students learn basic Hebrew vocabulary and language.

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POST B'NAI MITZVAH CLASSES: These classes are co-taught by Rabbi Baum and Mr. Zach Goldstein and meet virtually one evening per month from 6 - 7 PM.

 

7th (Post B’nai Mitzvah)-9th Grade: Unpacked: Modern Jewish Issues uses current “hot” topics and gives them a Jewish twist.  This allows teenagers to openly offer their perspectives.  

Unpacked: Hot Topics in Judaism: Students will love this contemporary curriculum that challenges their perspectives with exposure to multiple viewpoints on challenging questions and issues, showing that life is rarely black and white. Partnering with our sister city in Israel, Zichron Yaakov, students will be able to converse with counterparts of similar ages in Israel, on current Judaic topics. In doing this, they will broaden their understanding of the world, and their respective places in it. Students will develop their own Jewish identity and also strengthen their bonds to Israel through building relationships with Israeli teens.

 

Dates for this course: October 14th, November 4th, December 9th, January 13th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd

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10th-12th Grade: In Jewish Theology for Teens, students dive into ancient texts and discuss the various interpretations and conclusions drawn by scholars and Rabbis. 

Jewish Theology for Teens: This theology course features a broader and more systematic approach on modern topics in a Judaic context. Our oldest group of students will have the opportunity to explore these topics in a group discussion format and strengthen their knowledge by sharing their perspectives with each other.

 

 

Dates for this course: October 15th, November 19th, December 17th, January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, April 15, May 20, June 17

 

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Our Director,  Mr. Zach Goldstein

Under the leadership of Zachary Goldstein, the Ruth and Lewis Davis Religious School provides a unique Jewish educational experience in a professional, caring, fun, and community-focused atmosphere. Zachary has been with our Religious School as an educator for four years and has taken on the role of Director in this, his fifth year with us. He recently received his Master's Degree for Educational Leadership from American College of Education.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Education. During his studies at FAU, Mr. Zach was chosen to be an Interim Teacher on Record for the “Accelerated Induction into Teaching” program. Currently, he is a full-time English teacher at Olympic Heights High School here in Boca Raton for the past 4 years with FDOE certification and ESOL endorsement. He is also a freshman advisor and orientation leader.

Mr. Zach has a rich background in Judaism through his traditional upbringing in both his family life and current engagement in Jewish values and community. He brings his love of Judaism to our students along with excellent teaching and professional skills. With a natural ability to relate well to both students and staff, Mr. Zach is an asset to our school.  

 

For more information, e-mail  zach@haareikodesh.org or call 561-852-6555.

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