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7360 Bayview Avenue, Thornhill, ON | 905-889-2252 | info@harzion.ca

Religious Education

We Connect, Engage and Inspire at Temple Har Zion’s schools
through these guiding principles

Community
Community and building connections are what THZ religious school is all about. We provide opportunities to connect with our Har Zion community, our partners in the GTA and with Israel.


Foundations of Reform Judaism
We preserve tradition, embrace inclusivity, celebrate diversity, and affirm beliefs in a common heritage making Reform Judaism relevant in our daily lives. We provide a warm, welcoming and friendly environment for all types of learners and their families. 
 

Experiential curriculum
Meaningful learning experiences help our students grow and see the relevance of Judaism in their lives. Experiential learning includes music, cooking, family programming and active and engaging lessons.
 

Meaningful Hebrew engagement

T’filah (Prayer), Hebrew Through Movement, Self-paced Hebrew reading, games, music, B’nai Mitzvah preparation and small group sessions are all part of our dynamic and engaging Hebrew program that starts in JK-Grade 7.

 

Celebrating together

We celebrate each stage of your child’s learning journey and achievements. We come together to celebrate the Jewish festivals and holidays throughout the year as a community. 

 

Beit Midrash

Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6

 

Sundays,
9:30am to 12:30pm

 

  • Experiencing Hebrew begins in Kindergarten with our Hebrew Through Movement program
  • Cooking Jewishly program with a professional baker
  • Community T'filah (prayers) with Rabbi Weiss and Cantor Littman in a visual and musical setting
  • Music: Joyous and fun weekly song sessions
  • Madrichim Teen program: Students in Grades 7+ assist in our classrooms, lead lessons and create special all-school events, and earn valuable high school community service hours
  • ShinShinim: Each year we welcome an Israeli teen to become part of our Temple family, to bring Israel to our students and congregation
  • Lilmod B'Yachad: Learning Together family programming




FIRST DAY  
Beit Midrash
September 15

Beit Noar

Grades 7 – 10

  • Grades 7-8: a year of Mitzvah and Menchlichkeit exploring Judaism through creative experiences, our shared Jewish History and Jewish holidays throughout the year
  • Hebrew learning doesn't end at Beit Ivrit! Grade 7s hone their prayer reading skills and Grade 8s are introduced to conversational Hebrew
  • Tallit Project: workshop for our Grade 7 class and their parents where each student will create their own unique tallit and learn to tie tzitzit in time for their B'nai Mitzvah
  • A fall weekend retreat

  Grade 9: Our weekly program!

  • Trip to Montreal
  • Learning with leaders in our community
  • Cantor Littman's "Resilience of the Soul" program monthly
  • And ...
  • Jewish Movie Night
  • Cooking with Marnee
  • guest speakers and field trips

are just some of the highlights of this program focused on living Jewishly as a young adult

Confirmation

The Grade 10 year is the year of Confirmation – the year during which Jewish teens confirm their commitment to Torah (study), Avodah (prayer), and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving-kindness). Showing commitment to Torah is demonstrated by attendance at the Monday study sessions with the Rabbi and other staff. Attendance at a required number of services, as well as preparing and leading the Confirmation service on Erev Shavuot shows commitment to Avodah. In addition, students choose an area of interest for regular community service. The year includes a weekend trip to New York City with Rabbi Weiss in April. Pizza Dinner every Monday, except when we're off-site.

 

Mondays,
6:00pm to 8:00pm






FIRST DAY
Beit Noar
September 16





 

 





 

Beit Ivrit

Grades 3 – 6 Modern Hebrew and prayer skills

  • Individualized reading program to allow each student to learn at a pace that works best for them
  • Weekly Reflective T'filah to learn about the order and meaning of the prayer service, while engaging in prayer during our T'filah sessions
  • Welcome to Modern Hebrew to introduce vocabulary and cursive writing, through short stories, poetry and written activities
  • Hebrew beyond Reading: filled with different paths and activities to experience the joy and challenge of learning our Hebrew language
  • Grade 6 B'nai Mitzvah preparation to learn the life-long skill of chanting trope with Cantor Littman
 

Tuesdays,
4:45pm to 6:45pm





FIRST DAY
Beit Ivrit
September 17


   Fees and Registration
Tuition and fees are spread out over convenient monthly payments to June 2025. Tuition is tax deductible and receipts will be issued in February 2025.

Financial assistance is available for families in need through UJA Community Scholarships.


School Registration 2024-25


Contact  
Please be in touch with Judy Silver, our Director of Education, if you have any questions. Judy may be reached by email or by phone, 905.889.2252, ext. 104 


Parents' Guide 5785
Everything you need to know about our Religious School.

Coming Soon


Explore 4
Your kids in grades JK-6 can try us out for 4 weekly sessions without further obligation.  

More Details 

 

 

 

Sun, June 23 2024 17 Sivan 5784