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Raising Good Jewish People

The Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism (SLJ) offers a unique experiential approach to Jewish education for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. Our goal is to deepen your child’s Jewish identity, engage with core Jewish values and traditions, and become part of a community through our social action initiatives.

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Our Curriculum

Our programs inspire Jewish children to forge friendships and creates a fun, fulfilling, meaningful and rich lifelong Jewish Journey based on Torah, Jewish beliefs, values, traditions and innovative teaching. We offer numerous educational access points for students to find their entry point into the Jewish community in a way that speaks to them personally. We understand the needs of an ever-changing world and continue to advance our program to be accessible to today’s modern family.

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Mitzvah Projects Community service and mitzvot are an integral part of our program.

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Students participate in age-appropriate projects in our local community. Together as a class, the children see first-hand how their actions can affect the lives of others as they practice the Jewish values they learn in the classroom.

3rd - 6th Grade

Students in every class will decide together on a group mitzvah project for the class to engage in for the entire school year. At this age, children are able to start taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), caring for others and the environment. As a group, they can enlighten each other about different worthy causes that are meaningful to them and their families.

7th Grade

In the B’nai Mitzvah year, each student will choose an individual mitzvah project with some personal meaning or significance. Typically, students will select their project and begin planning at the beginning of their B'nai Mitzvah training. Families and friends are often invited to participate in or support the mitzvah project as part of the simcha. Once the student completes B'nai Mitzvah and enters the EnCORE program, students are encouraged to continue their projects and take them to the next level. SLJ will offer resources, support, guidance and partnership to help students grow and expand their projects within and beyond our community.

8th - 12th Grade

Upper school students will have multiple opportunities to participate in Tikkum Olam both within CBI and in the community. Earning community service will not only provide valuable real-life experiences, but they will also satisfy high school community service requirements. In 8th grade, our Madrichim program begins, allowing 8th-12th graders to serve as assistants in a Judaics or Hebrew class, an enrichment class or in the school office. Community service hours can also be earned by volunteering at CBI events like Sukkah building, loading the food donation truck at High Holidays, ushering at services, working with younger students on the weekly SLJ news broadcast, and so much more! Individual mitzvah projects will continue to receive attention and support, whether they are the continuation of a B'nai Mitzvah project or establishment of an entirely new project. Students are encouraged to dream big, and SLJ will be there to help!