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ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULES FALL 2019-2020

REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020

To register, please click on the following link:  2019-2020 Academy Registration.

Pay with ACH or credit card, create payment plans for multiple payments, and more. Questions? Call/e-mail Aaron: 847-256-1213, aaronfrankel@bhcbe.org. (Make sure to fill in all fields with a red asterisk.) 

If you are not currently a synagogue member and are interested in finding out more about the Academy and/or registering, please contact Aaron Frankel: aaronfrankel@bhcbe.org, 847 256-0755. We would be delighted to welcome you into our community! Families with children of all ages, join us on Sunday morning August 18 from 10 - 12 for a Summer Fun Day. See below!

ACADEMY CALENDAR FOR 2019-2020 

To View the Calendar: Click Here!

Join us on Sunday morning September 8th in the sanctuary for our opening assembly! 

THE BHBE ACADEMY

MISSION STATEMENT AND OVERVIEW

The mission of the BHBE Academy is to nurture a thriving community of Jewish students and families, balancing cultural and community experiences with core understandings and skills, infused with a deep appreciation for the Hebrew language. Activities for younger students include art, Israeli dance, music, and vibrant holiday celebrations, along with opportunities to learn from older peers, such as the 8th grade Torah presentations. 4th through 7th graders select from a range of options, such as Text Through Theater, Jewish Circus, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jr. Klezmer Band, to study curricular units and develop entertaining presentations for the school community that teach what they have learned.  Nearly 20 high school students serve as mentored aides in the program, providing role models for their younger siblings and friends.

  • Kindergarten through second grade students attend on Sunday mornings from 9am - 12pm.
  • Third through seventh grade students attend on Sunday mornings from 9am - 12pm and Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 - 6:15pm.
  • Eighth through Twelfth grade students are invited to participate in our Sunday morning madrikh program from 9am - 12pm, and/or the Teen Midrasha Cooperative on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 

ACADEMY IN THE NEWS!

On March 18th, 2018 we had a multi-media experience Seder, which include a circus performance. Make sure to check out the article written by the Wilmette  Life here and the article by the Wilmette Beacon here

 

2019-2020 CURRICULUM

Kindergarten & First Grade:  Our youngest grades celebrate their Judaism on Sundays through cultural experiences such as Israeli dance, art, music, and story time. They are introduced to the Jewish holidays, Bible stories, basic prayers, and simple Hebrew words, all woven together in an atmosphere of community and joy. Students learn about the Torah portion of the week from our 8th grade class, which prepares delightful weekly interactive presentations.

Second Grade: Our students begin serious study of phonetic Hebrew reading at this age. They also explore Israel and the synagogue, woven together with cultural experiences, grounded in holiday and community celebrations, family programs, and prayer. Students learn about the Torah portion of the week from our 8th grade class, which prepares delightful weekly interactive presentations.

Third Grade: An immersive and powerful experience with veteran teacher Rutie Halpern, who builds and solidifies their Hebrew reading skills, gives them a solid grounding in conversational Hebrew, Israeli culture, key songs and prayers. Along the way students rotate through experiences with art, Jewish circus, and music. Our third graders begin attending Academy twice per week -- on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. The third grade focuses on the Jewish value of Gevurah -- building both inner and outer strength. They also develop a special connection with the holiday of Hanukkah, through ritual, texts, prayers, and foods.

Fourth Grade:  In this unique and immersive experience with veteran teacher Hedva Yitzhak, students’ Hebrew abilities continue to evolve and strengthen, ensuring a solid foundation as they move forward. They focus on the Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim -- honoring the image of God in ourselves and others. Jewish lifecycle is a key area of study in the fourth grade, as students adopt a family of beanie babies and take them through the key ceremonies of a Jewish life. 

Fourth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Jewish Circus, and Art on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, and Hebrew Sports & Games on Tuesdays.  

Fifth Grade:  Students build on their experiences in grade four, continuing their study of both conversational and prayer Hebrew. They focus on the Jewish value of Achrayut -- doing what you can to make the word a better place. The art of celebrating Passover is a key area of study in the fifth grade -- not just the ritual objects and principles, but developing the ability to both participate in and lead a rich and musical Passover Seder. 

Fifth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Jewish Circus, and Art on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, and Hebrew Sports & Games on Tuesdays.   

Sixth Grade:  As our sixth graders approach their Bnai Mitzvah celebrations, they learn the Torah Service and to chant the key Bnai Mitzvah prayers. As the Bnai Mitzvah experience generally occurs on Shabbat, the class hones in on the rituals and skills required for that core Jewish day, including learning to both cook and lead a Shabbat meal. The sixth graders focus on the Jewish value of Hakarat Hatov -- seeking joy and being grateful. Gratitude is a particular skill we skill to impart, with strong Jewish roots.  Jewish ethics is another key subject of study, as students learn to apply core Jewish texts to modern situations.

Sixth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jewish Circus on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, Hebrew Sports & Games, and Contemporary Topics on Tuesdays.

Seventh Grade:  Our seventh graders are in the heart of the Bnai Mitzvah season, and so we recognize the complexity and multiple draws of this age. Seventh graders begin Jewish cooking school, learning the key skills and recipes required to cook their way through the Jewish year. Through integrated and hands-on social justice projects, they work as a group to give back to their community. (These projects can also serve as springboards to their own Mitzvah projects.) The seventh grade focuses on the Jewish value of Koach Hadibbur -- using words thoughtfully and to strengthen and heal others and ourselves. Our students partner with the Social Action Committee to build a Sukkah, and to understand and assemble a lulav and etrog. An introduction to Jewish film and Israeli television round out the main offerings.

Seventh Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jewish Circus on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, Hebrew Sports & Games, and Contemporary Topics on Tuesdays.

Eighth - Twelfth Grades:  Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in a multifaceted series of programs for both continuing their Jewish education and mentoring our younger students. The following options can be done individually or in combination.  

Madrichim Program

Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Those who choose to serve as madrichim will work under the guidance of our Director of Education while serving as role models for younger students. Madrichim can apply for a broad range of concrete assignments and will receive a salary or CS hours for their work.* Interested students can also choose to serve as Shabbat service madrichim on Saturday mornings from 10 - 12, helping out in Tot Shabbat or Jr. Congregation. Madrikh Information & Registration Form.

Community High School

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah is partnering with Moriah Congregation and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El to inaugurate a community Jewish high school for our area -- the Teen Midrasha Cooperative. For this first year, the program will meet for one semester at Moriah in Deerfield, and the second semester at Beth El in Highland Park, for dinner and engaging lessons with the clergy of those congregations. Starting the following year, BHBE will serve as a third location. (There is a $500 charge for this wonderful opportunity.) Teen Midrasha Cooperative Information and Registration.

Confirmation and Commencement

Our high school juniors conclude their 3rd year with a special commencement ceremony. In preparation, these students will meet with Rabbi Nate Crane and special guests one Sunday per month from 11 a.m. - noon to explore Jewish texts, Jewish identity/college, and more.

*9th - 12th graders will receive a salary; 8th graders will have a training/internship year!

 

Questions? Contact Aaron Frankel, Director of Education and Family Engagement, at 773 256-1213 or aaronfrankel@bhcbe.org. 

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