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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.

Will my child have homework?

Students in Kitahs Hay (5th grade) and Vav (6th grade) are expected to master all of the prayers in their curriculum. Students are expected to practice the prayers at home so that they can keep up with the class work.

Students in Kitahs Gimmel (3rd grade) and Dalet (4th grade) are asked to practice reading Hebrew at home in order to help them become proficient readers. Feel free to check with your child’s teacher to understand how you can best support your child’s Jewish learning.

How many youth services does my child have to attend?

Junior Congregation is geared for children in 3rd through 6th grade. There are seven services per year and all students who attend at least five of them are invited to an ice cream party at the end of the school year.

T’fillat Y’ladim usually meets the first Saturday of the month and is geared to children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Each month there is a focus on a different Hebrew letter, and students are given an opportunity to find that letter in a real Sefer Torah. There is singing and dancing and story time. A parent must accompany each child.

While attendance at youth services is not mandatory, it strongly reinforces the material learned during Bet Sefer classes, and helps build community among our youth. Parents love it too – give it a try!

When does Bet Sefer meet?

Students in Mechina (Kindergarten) , Alef (1st), and Bet (2nd) attend on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6 pm. Students in Gimmel (3rd), Dalet (4th), Hay (5th) and Vav (6th) attend on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4-6 pm. Student in Zayin (7th) attend on Thursday afternoons from 4-6 pm.