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Kehillat Israel Religious School

    GOALS    

The goals of the religious school are oriented to both the family and the student.

We want our students to…

Think Jewishly: to possess a Jewish imagination filled with Jewish stories, songs, expressions, customs and cultural idiosyncrasies

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We want our students to…

Be Jewishly Literate: to know how to pick up a siddur (prayerbook) and daven (pray), or pick up a Chumash (Torah text) and learn

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Be Jewishly Active: to know how to perform synagogue, home and community rituals, and to participate in synagogue and Jewish communal life

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Live Ethically: to live according to Jewish values and ethics, committing themselves to tzedakah (justice
and righteousness), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and gemilut hasadim (acts of lovingkindness)

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    OUR VISION    

Our school seeks to nurture and develop our children's Jewish identity through the study and celebration of Jewish history, holidays, prayer, culture, values, and language.

  • Over the years in religious school, students develop an ever-deepening connection to these elements of Jewish identity. Upon reaching the age of b'nei mitzvah, students have gained the knowledge needed and have had experiences to enable them to claim Jewish identity as their own.

Our school believes that teaching children to think critically using multiple perspectives (pluralism of ideas) enables them to appreciate and respect a wide range of points of view on both Jewish and general issues as they grow into adulthood. Our school is committed to the teaching of critical thinking skills and the appreciation of multiple perspectives.

  • Our classes reflect the diverse composition of the membership of KI. Our students perspectives about God, Torah, Israel and other topics are greatly varied. Students learn to share their ideas, listen to others, and contemplate the miriad of perspectives within the Jewish spectrum of belief.
  • Teachers communicate with parents to share what’s happening in the classroom and to provide parents the opportunity to share their thoughts about the subjects being explored at school with their own children.

Our school values the diversity and differences within our school, our congregation, the Lansing Jewish community, and the broader world. Hence, our school provides a Jewish education that is integrally connected to the congregation and the broader community, enhancing the child’s sense of both personal and Jewish identity.

  • KIRS Family programs, KI and community classes, programs, and special events are opportunities for all families to learn together, celebrate together,and share perspectives and ideas. Our students come from traditional and non-traditional families, homes with born-Jews, Jews by choice, and non-Jews. Our students are enriched by the opportunity to interact with and learn from the diverse backgrounds each brings to our school.

Our school seeks to foster lifelong learning for students, parents, and families. Parent and other adult participation in our school as avocational teachers, volunteers, mentors, and through family programming provides opportunities for adults to share knowledge and perspective with students and other families and to also engage in adult and family learning. Through family programming and adult learning opportunities, parents become empowered to realize their own strengths and skills as educators, while serving as inspiring role models for our children.

  • Parents volunteer to be classroom teachers, read library books to children, to teach “Heart Art” and drama.
  • Congregants have taught our students Israeli dancing, trope, Torah, and more.
  • Parents demonstrate commitment to Jewish learning by participating in family programs and exploring the topics with their children.

Our school seeks to be an integral component of the Jewish community for our families and congregation, encouraging connection between Jewish learning in the home and the learning that occurs within our school. Our school believes that a connection between school, home, and the broader Jewish community is critical to the success in meeting our school’s goals.

  • Teachers communicate with parents to share what’s happening in the classroom and to provide parents the opportunity to share their thoughts about the subjects being explored at school with their own children.
  • The school and the synagogue offer many opportunities for families to be involved, to learn, and to celebrate together.
  • The school sends home weekly notices, many of which report on school happenings, announce upcoming events, and make suggestions for things families can do at home.
  • The school director is always happy to help parents find resources to help explore their own interests more in-depth or to help reinforce their children’s classroom learning at home.
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