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Jewish Studies

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. Many of our students participate in the “March of the Living” in Grade 11. Many TanenbaumCHAT students continue their studies or do volunteer work in Israel after graduation.

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.

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.

The Jewish Studies New Stream Program

TanenbaumCHAT’s well established New Stream program welcomes students from public schools and secular independent schools or students who have been out of the Jewish day school system since the end of Grade 5. This program is recognized in our community as the opportunity that gives every Jewish child the chance to experience a TanenbaumCHAT education.

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. An optional early bus is available, at an extra cost, for students attending the minyan.