GHC Religious School new curriculum and schedule

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:00 am By: Betty Krulik

Dobbs Ferry, NY – The Greenburgh Hebrew Center Religious School (GHC-RS) has rolled out a new curriculum and a new schedule for the 2011-2012 school year. Much like students experience in their public school lives, the GHC-RS is now divided into a Lower School and an Upper School and, within those divisions, students will learn specific subjects from specific teachers. The change allows GHC-RS to propel Jewish education forward. GHC-RS Educational Director Irit Kornblit explains, “We have made these changes to maximize our students’ educational experience and to upgrade to a more rigorous academic program. We strive to create an atmosphere where students are enthusiastic to learn the expertise of their teachers”. In addition, all students will now attend their weekday session on the same day (Wednesdays) which, according to Ms. Kornblit, will generate a greater sense of community and energy. It also affords the school the opportunity to increase the number of school-wide programs.

The new GHC-RS curriculum is built around six key Jewish strands: GOD, TORAH our sacred texts), ISRAEL, (as the land of Israel and as the Jewish people), AVODAH,(prayer and ritual), KEHILAH (community), and TIKUN OLAM (social action). Every grade will incorporate activities that relate to these six areas and will have a different level of Judaic focus for each year, thus allowing for developmentally appropriate immersion in each of the main topics every year. By using this spiral curriculum, teachers will shift their goals from “covering” material to “uncovering” the ways Jews stand witness to history and the wisdom of the Jewish Text. Students will more effectively make their own enduring connection with our heritage. In addition, the new curriculum coordinates with Saturday morning "Junior Congregation" services, where classroom learning is reinforced through prayer, song, and drama in a lively, interactive environment.

The GHC-RS curriculum affords students the opportunity to study in the school’s new Media Center, which Ms. Kornblit created to integrate technology into the students’ educational experience. “Students use digital media in their everyday lives. Why not in their Jewish education? It seems to be a very logical progression”, she said.

If you want to learn more about our program or to schedule a visit, please call Irit Kornblit at (914) 693-4260. We look forward to sharing our light with you.