Hadracha - What is It?
Hadracha, (,הָדְרַךָ – guidance), is our Jewish education program which engages children from pre-k through 12th grade.
Our goal is to instill in our children a love for Judaism and to provide for them an experience where they live their Judaism, rather than just simply study it. We want our children not to just know their history, but to feel that they are part of something beautiful and spiritual.
Our programming will engage children in experiential Jewish learning, which serves to present Jewish learning in a meaningful and accessible way and at the same time, allows them to reflect and incorporate their Judaism into their own lives. We believe that by engaging students in this way, they become part of the learning process, part of the conversation, and therefore, an active part of the local and worldwide Jewish community.
Ritual and Language
These learning experiences have two branches. The goal of the first branch is to engage students in the following areas of Jewish studies: rituals and practice, Jewish history, Jewish heroes, Israel, and life cycle events. The goal of the second branch is the acquisition of the Hebrew language, beginning with conversational Hebrew and progressing into prayer Hebrew. Beginning with conversational Hebrew aligns with the developmental acquisition of language – beginning with oral communication and progressing into written communication.
Pre K - Grade 2
When: Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Where: Our upcoming Saturday morning services and Hadracha will be held outdoors at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Marlton, NJ.
Our younger students (pre-k to 2nd grade) will develop an understanding of Jewish values and learn to live their Judaism by engaging in experiential, hands-on programming. They will develop a foundation in the Hebrew language through learning songs and prayers, capping it off with a celebration of their work during a special “Hadracha” Saturday morning service at the end of the school year.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Hosted at the home of a member of the Nafshenu community.
Our older students (grades 3 and up) will delve deeper into Hebrew texts, commentary, and Rabinnic teachings, always asking the question – “how is this relevant in today’s world?” Students in this class will spend time learning Hebrew through prayers, Torah, and other texts – as well as through music. Our older students will lead services in conjunction with our clergy team during a special “Hadracha” Saturday morning service at the end of the school year.
Register your child(ren) for Hadracha for the 2021/2022 school year. If you would like to enroll multiple students, please fill out a form for each student.