Kehila Chadasha's progressive Jewish Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM. The Sunday School is directed by the Education director and members of the Education Committee. This cooperative arrangement reflects the dynamic style of the Community, which draws members from Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area.
- A warm, engaging, inclusive, and dynamic environment for learning Judaics and Hebrew. We believe learning should be lively, interactive, and enjoyable!
- Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), chesed (compassion), and tzedakah (just action) permeate every grade.
- Small classes, with less than a 10:1 student-teacher ratio. older graduates serve as ozrim, providing younger children with individualized attention and assistance.
- Carefully selected texts serve as a starting point for lessons that include age-appropriate activities such as singing, pair and group learning, drama, games, stories, arts & crafts and more. The children develop a love of learning and a love of Judaism.
- We welcome diversity of religious background in the home; interfaith families are encouraged to participate.
School begins on Sunday morning at 9:15 with "Sharim b'Yachad -- Singing Together" led by Reb David on guitar. This is an opportunity for the entire community to ease into the day with Jewish and Hebrew songs, stories, and Yiddishkeit. Sharim b'Yachad usually concludes with communal sharing of information about upcoming activities and the recognition of birthdays and other life-cycle events. Students then go to their classrooms while adults participate in a challenging and wide-ranging adult education program. Children thus become aware at an early age of the high value that their parents and other Community members place on lifelong Jewish learning.
Kehila's curriculum integrates Judaic subject matter and Hebrew as the language of Judaism. Our talented teachers share a love of Judaism and children, and all of whom bring warmth, enthusiasm and creativity into the classroom, where learning is active and engaging for the students. Singing, movement, art, dance, music, and story-telling are woven into the curriculum. Each semester, students are able to select a "chug" or club, in which to pursue special projects, such as photography, Israeli folkdancing, Jewish humor, etc. We develop our curriculum using the principles of "Understanding by Design," in which each component helps to convey enduring understandings of Judaism. A spiral approach builds on the knowledge developed in prior years and deepens it as the students grow.