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City Shul Nightingale School and Youth Group
"Jewish Learning for Jewish Living"

Our school is named in memory of Clara and David Nightingale to honour their love for and commitment to Jewish education dor l’dor - from generation to generation.

Our goal is to infuse City Shul's younger members with a positive, enriching, joyful educational experience: where they make friends, feel a part of the larger Jewish world, experience the diversity of Jewish life, feel comfortable and confident with Jewish ritual, are familiar with Jewish worship and its many different forms, can read the Hebrew language and have a basic and functional Hebrew vocabulary, and find purpose, beauty, pride, meaning and relevance in being Jewish.

 

What We Do

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Sk/1 class Learning about Jewish Symbols and making their own flag.
The City Shul School focuses on a child centered curriculum in which our students experience supplementary Jewish Learning that is creative and "out of the box". Our integrated curriculum includes the arts; drama, music, dance, media as well as many other center based and hands-on activities. Field trips, family learning, retreats, holiday assemblies, partnership with the Shinshinim programme, and tzedakah projects with local charities are only a few of the many real and meaningful experiences we share as a shul- school community.  

 

When We do It

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Our afternoon religious shul-school meets weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:45. Students of all grades are expected to be in school for the full school session. Because it disrupts the flow of a classroom and the development of thorough and complete learning, we do not allow students to arrive late or leave early because of other extra-curricular activities. School begins in SK until Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We have a Judaica unit (Prayer, History, Bible, Ethics, Holidays) as well as Hebrew instruction each week. Older students additionally are expected to do 45 minutes a week of online Hebrew work, which they are assigned in class. The Shinshinim visit the school each week and work with each class for 15-20 minutes/ week, exposing our students to spoken modern Hebrew through games, Hebrew word of the week, songs, and much more. A healthy nut-free snack is provided by the school for all students. 
 

How We Do It

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Our student numbers continue to grow and so too our vision for our school.

We have capped many of our grades because we continue to hold fast to our goal of being a small, intimate community where Bar and Bat Mitzvah are celebrated within the context of that community. We do not offer Bar or Bat Mitzvah every Saturday of the year, and we purposely leave many Saturdays "free" for services without a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We do not celebrate more than 18 Bar or Bat Mitzvahs a year at City Shul and thus classes which reach close to 18 even in the younger grades will be capped.
NEW: SK class this fall!
Some spots available for grade 1. 
For all registration inquiries contact our Director, Nadia Moldaver at learning@cityshul.com or 647 799-3598.
 
 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah at City Shul

Pre Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programme
Our pre-Bar and Bat Mitzvah programme is open to students who wish to prepare for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony at City Shul with its Rabbi. The students learn weekly with a special teacher, plus they have special events with Rabbi Goldstein, like "Rabbi's Club" where 4-5 students meet privately with the Rabbi over hot chocolate at Starbucks! In the weekly class class they tackle ethical and theological issues through a Jewish lens. They also learn the basics, like the history of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, tallit, tefillin, the service, etc. Their parsha will be assigned at a meeting with the family and they will be preparing the Torah and Haftarah chanting with a private tutor (whose fee is not included in our school fee.) The Bar/Bat Mitzvah year will include tzedakah projects and family involvement. Students whose Hebrew reading skills are not proficient by the start of grade 6 will need to begin their private tutoring at the start of that year or earlier, as determined by the principal and Rabbi.

Our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah families also participate in Jewish learning through "family learning days" spread throughout the year. In addition, all our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students participate in one Shabbaton (Shabbat overnight) during the pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme year, where they bond with each other and have a fun, positive, camp-like Jewish Shabbat experience.

All those who wish to celebrate Bar or Bat Mitzvah with City Shul are required to start their school experience with us no later than the beginning of Grade 6. Day school students begin their shul experience with us also in Grade 6 by attendance at services. Grade 7 students who will be celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvah elsewhere than the shul still must fulfill all the requirements of our programme including service attendance. 

Our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme is only open to children who have been in our school from at least andincluding grade 6, and to day school families who have been members and attending services from at leastand including Grade 6. Because we believe that girls should get the same amount of Jewish education as boys, we only celebrate Bat Mitzvah at 13 and not at 12.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah services will be tailored to meet the individual needs and talents of each child. Their particular passions, such as dance, music, art, sports, public speaking, can all be incorporated into their dvar Torah or the service itself.

Our school's vision is an integrated school/shul experience. To build a school/shul community our school is available only to members of City Shul. We ask school families to make a covenant with our school, just like our covenant of membership in City Shul. Each family makes a commitment yearly before grade 6 to attend at least 4 City Shul services, family programmes, or holiday events; in grade 5 we add the requirement of at least 1 Saturday mirning service to the 4 events; and during grade 6 we require attendance at 6 Saturday services and 2 holiday services. During the pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah year of grade 7, students attend 8 Saturday services, 2 holiday or special events and 2 volunteering experiences with our shul. One of those Saturdays will be a morning when the family will usher for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah of another City Shul family, being the friendly welcoming face of our shul at a classmate's celebration. 
 
 

Our Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Shabbaton

 

Mon, 11 December 2017 23 Kislev 5778