Our children learn the customs, traditions. and moral values of Judaism. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our disciplines so that they become both a meaningful and treasured part of each child's personal milieu.
Our Shabbat celebration is a highlight of the week. Beginning on Thursday, the children prepare the challah dough which they then shape and bake on Friday. Friday also features a musical celebration with our interactive music teachers as well as Shabbat celebrations in each individual class. Students and parents look forward to the star Shabbat "Imas" and "Abbas" when families are invited to celebrate with the class.
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. In addition, each holiday becomes an opportunity for new scientific and cultural experiences and discoveries. For example, during the season of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we share in the tradition to dip apple in honey and blow the shofar (a ram's horn). The children learn all about apples, honey-bees and how they make honey and about the different kinds of animals with antlers. During Chanukah, when it is traditional to light a Menorah in the home, the children learn about fire safety, firefighters and how they help our communities. This pattern follows our curriculum throughout the year and provides the children with experiences that give them pride in their tradition.
At the Chabad Garden School, we carefully select teachers who model and nurture Jewish values such as kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment and the rights of others.