OMJS connects children with their Jewish roots and cultural heritage. Through Hebrew language learning, holiday programs, Jewish value exploration, and intergenerational activities with the residents of Hillel Lodge, our students feel a connection to Jews of the past, present, and future.
We use Shalom Learning as the anchor Jewish values and holidays and Torah Aura: Learn to Read for Hebrew decoding and reading skills.
OMJS teaches the Shalom Learning Curriculum. This unique, comprehensive K-7 curriculum focuses on Jewish values intertwined with holidays, and learning about Israel. Each lesson provides a multi-sensory experience, including art, movement, cooking, videos, discussions, and more.
As a pluralistic school it was important to us to find a curriculum that promotes all types of Jewish living and belief.
Integrated Ulpan (Grades JK-2) and Torah Aura Hebrew Program (Grade 3-7)
The new Hebrew curriculum supplied through Shalom Learning, gives students a strong foundation in the Hebrew language. Students learn to read in Hebrew and the curriculum builds up ulpan words to increase vocabulary.
B’nai Mitzvah Program
OMJS is proud to offer a unique group B’nai Mitzvah program for students in Grade 7. Traditionally, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah rite is marked with being called to the Torah for an Aliyah for the first time. OMJS uses the year to explore with students what they value now and how that can guide them as Jewish adults. We discuss one’s relationship to G-d, what makes up a synagogue service, Jewish family treasures, writing a D’var Torah, and more.
This year-long course is coupled with private lessons to learn how to lead the service and read from the Torah. This group ceremony is customized to incorporate how each family finds meaning in this rite of passage and there are no “required” elements mandated for students. We aim to bring out the best in each student and help them shine!