Today is May 21, 2013 - 12 Sivan 5773
of Westport, Weston and Wilton
30 Hillspoint Road · Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-4673 · Fax: (203) 454-8888
In This Section
- Kehillah Monthly Calendar & Upcoming Events
- Grades K-2 Program
- Grades 3-6 Program
- Atid and Kollel Teen Programs
Grades 3-6 Program
Students in grades 3-6 meet twice a week for two hour sessions, where they study Hebrew language, prayer, Jewish history and culture. All of our students have a unique prayer experience; each session focusing on the mechanics, essence and meaning of prayer, which is led by either our rabbi, cantor or religious school director. In addition, we have a music specialist who uses music and dance to connect us to our Jewish roots and create a bridge to Jewish communities around the world.
To foster a partnership with our families, our curriculum is enriched with Family Education programs, designed to engage the entire family. We begin with Shabbat which is brought to life through our class Shabbat services and dinners. Each class Shabbat gives our families the opportunity to join together and celebrate Shabbat as a community. We have also implemented a Saturday morning Shabbat experience— Mishpacha (Preschool-Grade 2), and Kehillah (Grades 3-6)— which bring our students and families together for a spiritual Shabbat morning experience.
Our experiential learning comes alive in our cultural and holiday programs. This year’s highlights include the making of sufganiyot and our own olive oil and candles for Hanukkah, virtual class trips with our new 30 foot life-size map of Israel, and a hands-on a 5th grade Living Museum program, which features a trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Lower East Side. We also have special visits from various community leaders, such as our sofer who wrote our new Torah.
To engage our families in preparing for their upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah we have introduced a B’nei Mitzvah seminar for our six grade students and parents. Through this seminar, the group explores conversations such as what it means to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and why we wear tallit and tefillin. Each workshop introduces a new theme of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, which is highlighted through an experiential process such as learning to tie our own tzitzit and writing our own mezuzah, as well as engaging in Tikkun Olam (social action) projects.
To learn more about our Grade 3-6 Programs and to register your child/ren for Kehillah, please contact the Kehillah office at (203) 227-6964.