When a child is enrolled in our School we accept this as an indication
is important to the parents. Parental involvement in the activities
of the school is
integral to the success of a child's education.We therefore rely heavily on parents to help and strengthen the Jewish
education their child receives at the CBAReligiousSchool.Studying at religious school can never serve
as a substitute for parental guidance a child receives at home. We believe parents
are the primary models of Jewish loyalty and growth for their children.
Our goals at the CBAReligiousSchool
are no different to those of the parents.
We strive to
teach the students to be at home with their Jewishness so that they are
Jews. We believe being a Jew should be a source of pride and never be
viewed as a
burden. In today's increasingly non-religious world most religious practices
are too often seen as a burden rather than a privilege.We believe the way to prevent this is to
provide a deep and loving foundation in Judaism.We want our students to be informed about
Judaism and to live it with knowledge, insight and joy. Furnishing our children
with information gives them the materials necessary to build this strong
foundation on which to then build a Jewish life.We have found that the more a child knows
about their religion the more they will be inclined to want to live it, and
they will build an appetite for more discovery.We can never teach them all there is to know about Judaism; but we can
teach them that there is always more to learn.
At the CBAReligiousSchool
we want our students to want to learn more.If a child is at home with their Jewishness they will experience a
strong and unique bond of unity with Jewish people throughout the world.We want our students to consider their faith
as something to be discovered as well as inherited.
We strive to give our children to a deep sense of pride in Judaism.
This is a pride
that grows and flourishes out of their own study, learning and
appreciation.It is achieved by their
own commitment to the high values and eternal purpose that Torah embodies.
At some point all Jewish children ask the following question: "why
do I have to go to hebrew school?"How
parents respond to this confrontational question makes a big difference to a
child.We have found the following to be
helpful and valuable when confronted with this question:
we love you and want you to know as much about being Jewish as you possibly can.
we often don't know as much as we possibly could about being Jewish and can't
give all the answers.
Because at ReligiousSchool
you get to meet other Jewish children.
Because one of the most important things
the Torah expects of parents is that they teach their children Torah. If we are
unable to do that we must find someone who can do it for us.
Judaism is a rich and full heritage, older than 4000 years, with lots to learn
about enjoy and appreciate and ReligiousSchool is a great place
to be introduced to it.
if you didn't go and later found out all that you had missed you'd probably be
mad at us.
Judaism is precious and beautiful and important and we want you to share in it
and be connected to it.
whatever career or role in life you pursue the knowledge and information you gain
in ReligiousSchool will enrich you in ways you
cannot even imagine.
Judaism is more than just a religion.. it is a way of life.
all of Judaism is based on scholarship and study. If we spent our whole lives
studying Torah we still wouldn't know everything there is to know about living
our lives the way God wants us to live them.
to be a good Jew you must first be a knowledgeable Jew.
Special Prayer For
Dear God help me
become a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently
to what they have to say and to answer all of their questions kindly.Keep me from interrupting them or
contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.
Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or
ridicule when they displease me. May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction
or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal. Guide me hour
by hour that I may demonstrate, by all I say and do, that honesty produces happiness.
And when I am out of sorts help me hold my tongue.May I be ever mindful that my children are
children and I should not expect the judgement of adults. Let me not rob them of
the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions.Bless me with the spirit to grant them all of
their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them those things I know will
do them harm.Help me to be fair, just and kind.May I be fit, O Lord, to be loved and respected and be the model to be imitated
by my children.