Manalapan synagogue offers new educational model

Manalapan synagogue offers new educational model

A NEW MODEL for afternoon religious school is being launched at Congregation Sons of Israel in Manalapan.

SAJE — Sons Afterschool Jewish Experience — for girls and boys in grades two and three, meets on Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

The program will focus on learning through music and Jewish experiences and will feature classrooms with comfortable, flexible seating and lessons designed to be engaging and fun.

The new curriculum links such themes as caring for the world, family, kindness, and peace to Jewish traditions and values through music, stories, Torah portions, projects, and Hebrew vocabulary.

Students will develop singing and prayer skills individually and in small groups by blending teacher instruction with on-line learning. The new Tech Listening Station will reinforce material through the use of Amazon Fire tablets and headphones. “Sound-to-Print,” a method of learning prayers and blessings developed at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, will introduce students to reading through listening and singing.

According to SAJE curriculum adviser Chaya Friedmann, “Every student deserves to experience the fun of Jewish learning and the confidence that grows out of success. SAJE, based on proven educational principles that make Hebrew school a new and exciting experience, does just that.”

The cost of the class is $400; everyone is welcome. To enroll a child
in SAJE, contact Allison Robinson at
or 732-446-3000.

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