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Education for Children: Overview

 

 

 
The ACTJC Children's Education Program is taught every Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 over 8 weeks during the ACT school term on the dates scheduled in the ACT Education Calendar. The education program does not run on Jewish Holidays and public holidays.
 
The program is divided into two streams: Cheder for students aged 5-10 and Nativ for children aged 11-14. 
 
Program commencement will depend upon enrolment numbers and educator availability. The fees will be refunded if a program does not start due to a lack of enrolments or educators. 
 

We gratefully acknowledge the Board of Progressive Jewish Education for their ongoing financial support of the ACTJC's education programs for the local children. 

 
 

CHEDER

 
Sunday: 9:30am – 11:30am
 
At the beginning of each Sunday, the Cheder students join together for a musical morning tefillah and are then split into small groups by age and knowledge level and are taught by enthusiastic educators. Our curriculum is inclusive of all forms of Jewish practice and identity developed to cater for the learning requirements of the ACT Jewish Community’s children.
 
The lessons consist of two parts:
 
LESSON 1 starting at 9:30am: Fundamentals of Judaism
Students learn about Jewish culture and values while having the opportunity to connect with their Jewish peers. These inclusive, interactive classes are guided by a professionally developed curriculum supplied by the Board of Jewish Education (NSW) that engages and inspires students to create a personal connection to their Jewish identity.
 
Stage 1 (School Year K-2)
Stage 1 is the beginning of your child’s Jewish Journey. Students learn the foundational knowledge of Jewish traditions and Chagim (Jewish Festivals). They focus on what it means to be Jewish in their own lives.
 
Stage 2 (School Year 3-4)
During Stage 2, students consolidate and expand their knowledge of Jewish traditions and Chagim (Jewish Festivals). They learn contemporary Jewish Practice that relates to their lives.
 
Stage 3 (School Year 5-6)
Stage 3 challenges Year 5 & 6 students to deepen their knowledge of Jewish traditions and Chagim (Jewish Festivals). They learn Jewish ethics and Mitzvot that are meaningful in their daily lives.
 
 
LESSON 2 follows Lesson 1: Elementary Hebrew
The ACTJC’s Hebrew course will introduce children to modern elementary and conversational Hebrew.
 
The classes are a fun and interactive environment where students learn the fundamentals of Hebrew reading, writing, and speaking. The program is flexible and caters to all ability levels.
 
For our students, classes lay the foundation for future growth by teaching fundamental Hebrew principles. 
 
A breakdown of our curriculum includes:
  • In the first level, the students learn to recognise Hebrew letters and become familiar with the sound and feel of spoken Hebrew. Students are also taught to read and write Hebrew at an elementary level and speak basic greetings.
  • By the second level, students are expanding their everyday vocabulary, recognising the Hebrew script alphabet (used for handwriting), and reading transitioning from words to paragraphs.
  • In the third level, students further develop intermediate language skills: listening (understanding), speaking, reading, and writing. This level engages the students and makes their learning more meaningful as we teach vocabulary relevant to students’ everyday life. Learning has also moved from reading paragraphs to short stories.
 

NATIV (formerly Bnei Mitzvah)

 
Sunday 9:30am – 11:30am 
 

Unforgettable learning and a path to adulthood

One of the most joyful times for a Jewish parent is watching their child take hold of the Torah and carry it through the congregation on the day of their b’mitzvah.
Reaching this moment does not happen without preparation.
In 2023 the ACTJC will be using a curriculum developed by professional teachers from the Board of Jewish Education (NSW) in place of the Bnei Mitzvah program.
It is a pluralist, meaningful, contextualised ‘rite of passage’ or coming-of-age program, based on Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, kindness and integrity.
 
The program offers young Jewish girls and boys, the opportunity to join other like-minded Jewish children in a creative alternative program of learning and integrating Jewish principles and practices into their daily lives. Regardless of their backgrounds or knowledge and is inclusive and respectful of all Jewish practices and beliefs.
 
The program can ‘standalone’ or be an addition to preparation for religious Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremonies.
 
Our program provides children with the background knowledge and skills they need to participate meaningfully in life cycle events of their own as well as those of their loved ones and friends.
It starts them on a path of lifelong Jewish learning and living.
To ensure children are comfortable reading Hebrew words before they begin their training with one of the Community’s b’mitzvah tutors, it is recommended that they begin preparation as early as possible, so we encourage enrolment in our program. Training with a tutor begins many weeks prior to the b’mitzvah celebration and children who have a solid background in learning tend to cope better.
In the year leading up to their b’mitzvah, students are encouraged to attend Shabbat morning services regularly, so they become familiar and comfortable with the order and flow of a regular service and the blessings they are learning. This practice will help alleviate any anxiety or nervousness on their special day and helps reinforce their learning, so it lasts a lifetime.
We look forward to seeing your enrolment and please do not hesitate to reach out to the ACTJC’s Education Committee if you have any questions about the program. They can be reached via the office: act.admin@actjc.org.au.
 
 

CATZ

Sunday 12.00 noon - 1.30pm
 
Canberra Tnua Zionit (CaTZ) is a pluralist Zionist and Jewish youth movement, and the only operating Zionist and Jewish youth movement in Canberra. It has an integral role in Canberra Jewish communal life. It serves an essential social function for our school-age children, ages 5-12 years.
 
CaTZ is run by dedicated and passionate volunteer youth leaders (madrichim) who offer engaging activities that focus on Judaism as a culture and way of life, Zionism and Israel education, team building and communication skills, and Jewish socialization.
 
Participants make life-long friendships and form important bonds outside the formal learning in the Cheder and Nativ programs. 
 
CaTZ participants who also attend Cheder/Nativ in the mornings are reminded to bring your own kosher lunch.
 
The Nativ program participants who have aged out of CaTZ are encouraged to start their journey towards becoming youth leaders by training as madrichim at CaTZ under the guidance of our experienced team. 
 
For more information about CaTZ, please contact the ACTJC Office (act.admin@actjc.org.au)
 
 
Fri, 27 January 2023 5 Shevat 5783