Students are encouraged to explore their Jewishness in an open atmosphere. In class, we address the most difficult questions – “Why should I believe in G-D?” “What do I do if I encounter anti-Semitism?” “ Why is it important that I go to Israel?” The answers are explored by their teachers and fellow students in a forum that respects and considers diverse ideas and beliefs.
Our program is concentrated on four areas: Tanakh (Bible), Ivrit, Jewish History and Rabbinics (study of texts relating to ethical and philosophical issues). A Talmud option is available in Grade 9, leading to TanenbaumCHAT‘s renowned Talmud course. In higher grades, options in Jewish Philosophy and Ethics and other electives are available.
Israel and Ivrit are often at the heart of our school life. “The creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.” Many TanenbaumCHAT students go on the “March of the Living” in Grade 11. Our students develop exceptionally strong ties to Israel and are encouraged to undertake further study or volunteer programs in Israel after graduation.
The celebration of all Jewish Holidays, Yom Ha’atzmaut and the commemoration of Yom HaShoah are just some of the memorable events throughout the school year. Students also participate in retreats, shabbatonim, visiting speakers, family education evenings, and other special events.
Voluntary Daily School Minyan
A voluntary daily school minyan is held for students, and parents are also welcome to attend. The school is always open to suggestions from our students for different traditions of minyanim.
The Jewish Studies New Stream Program
While most of our intake is from the Jewish day school system, our Jewish Studies New Stream Program integrates students with little or no formal Jewish education.