Jewish education has been proven to be the key factor in Jewish continuity. In an effort to promote Jewish awareness and education, Chabad of Reston-Herndon’s Hebrew School offers a stimulating yet friendly environment where children embrace their heritage and gain a real sense of Jewish pride, no matter their level of observance or affiliation.
The Chabad Hebrew School is an innovative school that provides an academic and enjoyable environment where children acquire a broad knowledge of Judaism through a motivating and challenging venue. Through Hebrew reading, writing, Jewish history, holidays and more, the students gain an appreciation for the joys, values and traditions of their heritage as it is vividly brought to life by the dedicated and enthusiastic teachers whose creativity and dynamism make every lesson a unique learning experience.
“There are many parents who are not ready to make the commitment to enroll their children in a full-service Jewish Day School, or to a synagogue, a usual pre requisite for Hebrew school enrollment,” said Rabbi Fajnland, director of Chabad of Reston-Herndon. “This program will offer a solid taste of Jewish learning in a creative, joyful, hands-on and interesting way.”
The hands-on learning style encourages the children to be active rather than passive learners.
“Jewish values and tradition are taught and brought down to the children in a way that many other Jewish Hebrew Schools haven’t been able to do,” said Laurie Altman, a parent.
“Our school’s underlying approach is for the children to enjoy the time spent at Hebrew School so that they are left with positive experiences and a greater appreciation for who they are,” said Morah Nechamie, director of Chabad’s Hebrew School. The program is thus carefully blended with games, incentives, crafts, and family celebrations.
With low Synagogue affiliation numbers and a tough economy, many are sitting on the fence insofar as their child's Hebrew School is concerned. Chabad of Reston- Herndon is offering new families a one month free Hebrew school trial experience. If at the end of one month they do not feel it is the right fit, no further commitment is necessary, and they haven't lost a thing.
Registration for Chabad Hebrew School is now open for the upcoming year of 2010 –11. Classes take place Sundays, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, and are offered for children aged 4-13. To speak to Rabbi Fajnland, call 703-476-1829 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, log on to www.chabadrh.org.