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A Humanistic Jewish education gives kids a leg up on life.
Students in Humanistic Jewish Sunday School gain wisdom and perspective by making meaningful connections to their history. They grapple with the big questions in life, which stimulates intellectual growth and encourages a spirit of free, rational inquiry. They grow from children into empowered young adults, gaining knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime and help them make the world a better place.
The Humanistic Jewish Sunday School curriculum teaches evidence-based Jewish history, stories, art and music. Children learn to use critical thinking and scientific reasoning to assess inherited truths. The teaching of ethics and values forms the core of the curriculum at each grade level.
Often, children study family history, the Jewish holidays, art and music, and life cycle ceremonies in the early grades, move on to study Jewish history and literature in the middle grades, and then focus on topics such as the Holocaust, Israel, comparative religion, and humanistic philosophy in the upper grades. Sometimes students choose their own topics for study, with teachers serving as guides and resource persons. Creative, innovative methods and a variety of concrete, hands-on activities (such as dramatization, Jewish cooking, Jewish culture, field trips, community service, family involvement, and camp retreats) make a Humanistic Jewish education a stimulating, challenging, relevant, memorable, and enjoyable experience.