A Community of Mensches
At the JLCMW we are committed to fostering a loving, nurturing, and safe learning environment for everyone under our metaphorical tent. We devote intentional time to developing relationships among all our students, teachers, parents, and the community around us. At the JLCMW we learn that as Jews we are responsible for taking care of ourselves and those around us, not because it’s nice to do so, but because we are obligated to do so.
We believe that even our youngest students possess an innate curiosity and openness to exploring the world around them. We tap into that instinctive spiritual inquisitiveness to help our students develop a personal, meaningful relationship with themselves and God.
Jewish Tradition/Practice and Prayer
Through stories, prayers, songs, holidays, and ritual practices, students learn the when, how, and why Jews celebrate our religion, heritage, and culture. In addition, ritual observances such as blessings around food, Torah study, and more take place in the classroom throughout the year. In our program, students study the meaning of specific prayers as well as practice the recitation of prayer.
Torah V’Musar תוֹרָה וְמוּסָר
Text Study and Jewish Values
We are members of a rich and vibrant heritage whose history spans thousands of years. As members of this community we have inherited a wealth of ancient wisdom and knowledge which has been collected and recorded for posterity in our sacred texts. When we engage in studying these texts we learn about our Jewish ancestors and their world, and we uncover Jewish values that continue to inform our way of life today.
As youngsters, our students are introduced to a foundational Hebrew language acquisition program (Hebrew Through Movement) where they learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to commands. They also learn to greet and respond to each other using Hebrew words. From the earliest experiences at JLCMW Hebrew is incorporated throughout our routines as well as communal prayer /tefillah time.
Am HaYehudi עַם הַיְהוּדִי
The Jewish People
A central tenet of Judaism is Kol Yisrael Aravim zeh BaZeh -- all Israel is responsible for one another. At JLCMW we are a microcosm of the Jewish world with each student bringing their unique family heritages to our community. All Jewish expression is valued and appreciated at JLCMW. Throughout the JLCMW year we highlight various customs and traditions of Jews around the world as well as in our own backyards.