We embrace the diverse backgrounds of our students and, as a school, are stronger for it. At TanenbaumCHAT, we make Jewish Studies lively and relevant. Many of our courses are unique to our school and have been developed with today’s student in mind. In addition, creative engagement with Jewish texts advances critical thinking and the capacity to ask insightful questions. The interpretive and analytical skills honed in Jewish Studies classes are highly transferable to a broad range of academic subjects as well as to other areas of life.
Through the four pillars of our Jewish studies program – Tanach (Bible), Jewish History, Ivrit (Hebrew language) and Rabbinics (Rabbinic literature and Jewish traditions) – we provide an essential foundation of Jewish knowledge and help students address challenging questions about God, antisemitism, ethical dilemmas and differences among Jews. Students also have the opportunity to study Talmud (Jewish Law). We offer various levels of learning to ensure that each child is challenged and can thrive. Once in Grade 12, numerous electives allow students to explore areas of particular interest.
Our Jewish studies experience is further brought to life by celebrating Jewish holidays as a school community, marking Yom Haatzmaut, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Hashoah, participating in Shabbatonim (Shabbat retreats), hearing guest speakers and getting involved in special projects.