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ברוכים הבאים

Welcome to Temple Sinai's Religious School Program!

Click here to register for the 2018-2019 school year today.

Why We Learn

We believe that learning should be transformative and empowering: That we should learn so that we can live full and meaningful lives as Jews and members of the human family. At Temple Sinai we learn so that we can discover our purpose in life; see ourselves through God's eyes and partner with God in completing the work of Creation.

We believe that the best learning comes not from sitting in a classroom but through joyful, Jewish experiences. That's why our entire temple, and in fact, our whole world is our classroom. We learn everywhere and all the time: On the playground, playing soccer, helping a friend, and eating snack.

How We Learn

Learning at Temple Sinai is personalized, inspiring and empowering. We use the latest educational tools, technologies and scholarship to make our opportunities for learning rich in meaning and deeply relevant to each of our learners.​

Our older students also choose a “Passion Project.” Passion Projects are long-term, project-based learning projects focused on an area of inquiry that is passionate to each learner.Passion Projects may last several weeks, several months or a full semester depending on the area of inquiry and the learning path crafted by the learner and the teacher.

Personalized
Personalized learning is an emerging trend which seeks to support student-centered, 21st century teaching and learning. A growing body of research suggests that overall student achievement is likely to increase when students are able to learn at their own pace with a variety of teaching styles and formats available to them. Personalizing students’ education enables them to access a unique learning experience based upon their individual needs, rather than receiving instruction through a standard, paced curriculum.

At Temple Sinai, learning is crafted with an appreciation for each child's unique approach, pace, and style of learning and developmentally appropriate goals are set that both support and challenge the learner. Each child has a Personalized Learning Plan that tailors our school’s curriculum to the child’s needs and strengths.

Our older students also choose a “Passion Project.” Passion Projects are long-term, project-based learning projects focused on an area of inquiry that is passionate to each learner.Passion Projects may last several weeks, several months or a full semester depending on the area of inquiry and the learning path crafted by the learner and the teacher.

Inspiring
Joy, spiritual development, skill mastery, Habits of Mind and content exploration are all a part of the inspiring learning environment created at Temple Sinai. Learning at Temple Sinai is fully integrated and emphasizes big ideas, essential questions and the application of our learning to our lives. At Temple Sinai, learners are inspired to ask questions, seek answers and solve problems as they are immersed in Limudei Kodesh (Judaic Studies) and Ivrit (Hebrew.)

Empowering
Learners at Temple Sinai are empowered to own their learning and create their own Learning Legacies. They are supported and guided in their learning by Learning Guides. More than teachers, Learning Guides help students find the resources they need to reach their goals and master their learning. Learning Guides use on-line educational programs and resources and experts both locally and internationally to supplement their own expertise as they work with students to deepen their knowledge, hone their skills and reach their educational, social-emotional and spiritual potential

Kehillot - Learning Communities

Our program is structured around learning communities that allow students to learn from one another, see where their learning is going, serve as mentors and role models, and allow teachers to collaborate with one another.

A multi-age classroom is not the same as a multi-grade classroom where students are still taught as separate grade levels even though they are in the same room.  Multi-age classrooms use flexible grouping and differentiate instruction according to each child’s needs without distinguishing students by grade level.

At Temple Sinai we have three קהילות kehillot-learning communities:


 



 

נִיצָנִים
Sprouts (1st through 3rd)

כוֹכָבִים
Stars (4th-5th)

נחשונים
First-Steppers (6th-8th)
TIP Program!

What We Learn

Each student in the Religious School at Temple Sinai has a Personalized Learning Profile, which coupled with our Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, and Essential Questions allows us to offer a personalized, inspiring and empowering learning experience to each child.

Big Ideas are categories of Jewish learning that help us learn in an integrated way. Enduring understandings are statements summarizing important ideas and core processes that are central to Jewish learning and have lasting value beyond the classroom. They synthesize what students should understand—not just know or do—as a result of studying a particular content area.

PaRDeS: An Orchard of Learning

In traditional Jewish learning sacred texts can be examined on many different levels, each deepening our understanding and appreciate of the text. These levels are known by the acronym PaRDeS, which means "orchard."

Our learning is structured like the PaRDeS: We begin with simple understandings, learn to see hints of deeper meanings, immerse ourselves in Jewish wisdom and interpretation and then come to discover the sacred secrets that our learning holds for us.

Because we know that every child learns differently and at different paces, our program allows students to move through the PaRDeS as they are able, some faster and others more methodically.

In our radically connected world, content is readily accessible and so our focus is on helping students build a skill set that will allow them to access and interpret information, feel confident with Jewish ritual and tradition, and find their own voice in the eternal conversation between God and the Jewish people through Torah and sacred text.

When We Learn

The Temple Sinai Religious School meets each Sunday from 9:00am-12:00pm (our youngest students have the option of ending their day at 11:00am). We begin each day at 9:00am with t’fillah (prayer) and end each day at 11:45am with a ruach (spirit) rally.

Because we are all about building a joyous Jewish community of learners we are changing the way we do drop off and pick up.

When you come on Sunday mornings, please park and join us in the chapel from 9:00-9:45am for t’fillah (song-filled morning services). When we’re done, go ahead and take yourself to Starbuck’s or Aroma for some coffee. You’ve earned it!

At the end of the day, when you come to pick up, please meet us in the chapel at 11:45am for our Ruach (Spirit) Rally!

Students should not be dropped off outside. Even if you can’t stay, please bring your child in so we can all say “shalom” to each other.

TIP: A new program for 6th, 7th and 8th graders

Temple Sinai’s TIP (Torah Into Practice) program is specifically designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are about to, or who have recently celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The TIP program focuses on turning theory into practice - taking all that they’ve learned and living it in meaningful and impactful ways.

Students in the TIP program identify areas of need or concern in the community, learn about the Jewish texts and values that may inform how we respond to that need or concern and will then come up with an action plan to address that need or concern.

 

Our Learning Guides

Rabbi David
I am bursting with excitement to meet each and every one of you! My name is David Paskin (aka “Rabbi David”) and I am thrilled to be joining the Temple Sinai community as the Director of Youth and Family Engagement. I have been learning and celebrating with families and children for over two decades.

I currently live in Boca Raton with my wife, Heather and two of my daughters; Ayelet who is a sophomore in high school and Nomi who is a fourth grader. My eldest, Dalia is a junior at the University of Miami. We moved to Florida in 2014 from the Boston area where I served as a congregational rabbi for 17 years at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Massachusetts and a teacher and administrator at both the Rashi school, a Reform Jewish Day School and Kehillah Schechter Academy.

In my spare time, I’m known as the “Rock n ’Roll Rabbi” having written and produced six albums of contemporary Jewish music. I’ve been honored to share my music all around the country and in Israel.

You can always reach me through the temple office or pop me an email at Rabbi.David@tsnd.org. I’d love to connect with you!

Ofira Graff
My name is Ofira Graff. I have been working at Hebrew School for the past four years and I am so excited to begin this new school year with you and your children. With twenty four years of experience as an educator, I believe it is important for children to feel that learning is fun. I hold a Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Teachers License from CAJE and my love for Israel shines in the classroom as I pass traditions to my children and students.

Irene Orit Storch
Irene is very excited to become part of Temple Sinai Hebrew School! She is very passionate about teaching children and adults. Her educational background includes 3 years as the B’nai Mitzvah coordinator at Temple Beth Sholom Miami Beach, where she designed a successful curriculum and program for about 70 students annually; She served as a Hebrew and Judaic teacher at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers, and has been tutoring many students for more than 15 years. Irene is a very talented Hebrew teacher (and able to teach students how to read Hebrew within 6 hours), who has been helping families and individuals not just to reach their Hebrew goals, but to also develop a Jewish identity and love for Judaism.

Born and raised in Israel, Irene came to FL in 2001 after serving in the Israeli army. Here, she met her husband, Richard, and has two beautiful children Skylar-Brooke and Tylar-Cole.

Liora Ramati
Liora is a vibrant, talented teacher who captures the hearts of children and adults with her enthusiasm and love for Judaism. She is also an energetic Israeli dance instructor who has the pleasure of leading Israeli dance classes. Liora has many years of experience teaching Hebrew and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as leading Family High Holiday’s services. Liora was born and raised in Israel. She made Miami her home away from home almost 20 years ago when she came for the second time to the Alper JCC summer camp as the Jewish agency Israeli emissary. Liora feels she still fulfills her Zionist mission outside of Israel by creating and keeping a strong bond with the Jewish community. She believes the connections she makes with the community will strengthen their relationship and commitment to Israel. Her goal is to make Hebrew/Judaic learning and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey an enjoyable and meaningful journey.

Eva Zack de Waisser
My name is Eva Zack de Waisser, but I prefer to be called by  my Hebrew name which is Chava. I was born and raised in Mexico City in a traditional home. I studied in a regular Jewish school, by the name Yavne, where a studied in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish and some English. During my years in school I always helped teachers and eventually became a youth director for the organization Bnei Akiva in the afternoons, creating different activities, trips, camps, etc. for our youth to be connected to Israel.

When I finished school, I studied in the Jewish University of Mexico to become a Hebrew and Judaic Teacher. I have a master degree in Judaic Studies and a second one in children’s development. I’m also a Montessori graduated teacher and a counselor in Brief Therapy Solutions.

Here in America I continue to study through CAJE’s development programs for teachers and the internet.

I have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

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