In today’s complicated world, many Jews find religion overwhelming, confusing, and boring. Unfortunately, too many Jews are indifferent to Judaism. While Israel is consistently in the news, so many of our brethren are wondering “is it really worth the fight and constant terrorism?” and “why are we there anyway?” The answer to these dilemmas and questions are really quite simple.
KNOWLEDGE = MORE ENGAGED, CARING, COMMITTED, AND EXCITED JEWS
- To love Judaism and Torah learning
- To understand the holidays, customs and culture of Judaism
- To be passionate about Jewish things and Israel
- To be knowledgeable about their faith
- To be proficient in basic Hebrew reading, writing and speaking
- To inspire life-long committed and engaged Jews
Our curriculum focuses on those areas, allowing students to study torah and commentaries, learn about Israel, develop basic Hebrew language skills, read Hebrew fluently, experience the holidays and customs and this be knowledgeable and not find Judaism irrelevant.
Guided by the community’s Rabbanim, the Judaic Studies program welcomes all students regardless of synagogue affiliation or level of observance. The curriculum is taught in a manner that inspires and educates at the same time as building the necessary skills for the study of Torah, in an environment that encourages strong morals and middot.
After a child graduates STARR JDS, they will be able to live in any Jewish community or attend any synagogue and be comfortable and enjoy their own heritage.