Jewish Life, Jewish Studies, and Hebrew at Lehrman Community Day School
Lehrman Community Day School is permeated with a sense of Jewish life and spirituality. The Jewish Sabbath, Shabbat, the holidays and festivals of the Jewish year and Jewish tradition have their expression daily in activities, on classroom walls, the songs children sing, the foods they eat and the values and skills they acquire. Hebrew language immersion begins at age three and continues through grade 5.
Prayer is part of the daily life of each student from early childhood and up at Lehrman; there is communal morning prayer (shaharit), a lively Friday morning welcoming of Shabbat as well as the blessings that accompany meals and snacks. An emphasis on Jewish values, an active love of Israel, and a commitment to Tikkun Olahm, or repair of the world, as well as a resolve to create an environment of spiritual fulfillment for our students are all part of our mission.
Under the Lehrman roof we live Jewish lives, respecting each family and its own individual commitment to Judaism; we strive to make each feel comfortable to learn and grow together. We hope you will come and see for yourself how pluralism plays itself out at Lehrman as we nurture Jewish children into our second half century.
Lehrman’s grade 1-5 curriculum revolves around the well-regarded TaL AM curriculum which integrates Hebrew Language instruction and Jewish studies, carefully building a vocabulary that supports each as students practice the four essential skills of language: listening, speaking, writing and reading. From day one the students hear only Hebrew and as they go through the well-documented phases of second-language acquisition, their use of Hebrew becomes more and more active.
In third grade students receive their own copy of the Chumash, the five books of Moses, and their immersion in the MaToK curriculum which involves deeper reading of text as well as a study of Biblical linguistic construction. Fourth and fifth graders are also exposed to Jewish history as well as Rabbinic literature or mishnah through a study of Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot, and specific topics relevant to them.