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MAKOM (Religious School)

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Here at Adath Israel, teachers and students together are creating an environment for learning that is dramatically changing the nature of afterschool religious educational experience. Through the use of innovative curriculum and teaching strategies, Adath Israel has altered the ways our children are being taught and engaged.

At Makom, our children experience Judaism alive with ruach (spirit). Through project-based learning and reflective, student-centered methodologies, our program promotes lifelong learning and spiritual and educational growth. We emphasize meaningful, value-based, real-time community-building activities.

Makom has changed the religious school experience, where traditional and progressive teaching methods intersect, creating a comfortable learning space for all students.

Program Options:

For Kindergarten through 2nd graders:

Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM OR Sundays from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

For 3rd – 6th graders

Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM OR Sundays from 9:00 AM to – 12:30 PM PLUS Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 6:15 PM

The Shabbat (Saturday) Program:

•Parenting the Parasha OR Intergenerational Torah Study with Rabbi Yanoff and/or Rabbi Markowitz

•Hebrew taught through music, movement and yoga 

•Torah study utilizing drama and Legos

•Prayer experiences that develop prayer and Hebrew literacy and an “understanding” of the Shabbat service

•Tefillah (prayer) Time for K – 4th graders

•Torah Trope (chanting) for 5th and 6th graders

•Community Kiddush Lunch

•Mitzvah opportunities

The Sunday Morning Program:

•Students utilize technology

•Learning songs through the music program

•Participation in Israeli dancing

•Hebrew enrichment 

•Exploration of Judaism through project-based learning

The Wednesday Program:

•A “rockin’ Mincha (afternoon) service” with Rabbi Yanoff and Rabbi Markowitz

•Theme-related “chuggim” (clubs) where students may embrace a new hobby or passion and express their Jewish learning through photography, art, mosaic, gardening and more

The MAKOM Mission Statement

At Adath Israel, our educational vision is to foster a community where Judaism is meaningful to each person, which links generation to generation, and leads to lifelong learning and Jewish living.

Our mission is to provide diverse Jewish educational experiences for families and individuals of all ages, according to the views of Conservative Judaism as they relate to Torah and Mitzvot, prayer, the Hebrew language, the people and State of Israel and relationships between people and with God.

Among our central values we strive to promote are:

Kevod Habriot / Menschlichkeit – cultivate respect and care for oneself and others by participating in acts of:

•Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)

•Tzedakah (acts of giving)

•Gemilut Hasadim (acts of kindness)

Talmud Torah – to instill a love of Jewish learning and to aid in the development of skills for full synagogue participation and Jewish practice.

Sh’mirat Mitzvot – to encourage the observance of mitzvot through which a sense of God’s presence is cultivated in our lives and in the world.

K’lal Yisrael – to cultivate an ever-deepening connection and commitment to Israel and Jews throughout the world.

Program Overview 

Primary Department
GAN/ALEF (Kindergarten/First Grade) and BET (Second Grade) begin the exploration of holidays and Bible stories. Students discover the building blocks of Jewish life through topics like Jewish symbols, the synagogue, mitzvot and Israel.

See class descriptions by clicking below:

Alef class description: click here.
Bet class description: click here.

Elementary Department
GIMEL (3rd Grade)
A detailed description can be found here.

DALET (4th Grade)
A detailed description can be found here.

HEY (5th Grade)
A detailed description can be found here.

VAV (6th Grade)
A detailed description can be found here.

ZAYIN (7th Grade)
A detailed description can be found here.

Over the course of the five-year curriculum, students explore prayer, Jewish Practice, Israel, Torah, and Holocaust studies. Opportunities to observe and perform the mitzvot are built into the curriculum through mitzvah projects, tzedakah, and holiday programs.

The primary focus of the Makom’s Elementary Department is to prepare students to become participating members of the synagogue and greater community.
Students who attend Perelman Jewish Day School, Saligman Middle School, or Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy are encouraged to join grade appropriate programs for students and families.

Youth Programs

Check out our Youth and Family Programs page for more information on informal Jewish programming for kids! 

Honors and Awards

The Adath Israel curriculum has been used as a model for training across the Philadelphia metropolitan area and around the country. 

Our curriculum has been recognized for excellence with a Gold Solomon Schechter Award from the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (USCJ).                       

Adath Israel Religious School was named as an ACAJE/JLV Ner Tamid School for having developed an ongoing professional development plan for the faculty.

Adath Israel was one of the first schools in the U.S. to participate in the LeV initiative.

In recognition of having established high standards of education in the religious school, USCJ named Adath Israel Religious School as a Framework of Excellence School, which recognizes the collaboration between the educational staff, rabbis, congregation and parents. Through this collaborative effort, the entire synagogue has a vested interest in the Jewish education and lifelong learning.