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REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 IS NOW OPEN

To register, please click on the following link:  2019-2020 Academy Registration.

 Early bird registration discount of $25 per child, now through the end of May. Pay with ACH or credit card, create payment plans for multiple payments, and more. Questions? Call/e-mail Aaron: 847-256-1213, aaronfrankel@bhcbe.org. (Make sure to fill in all fields with a red asterisk.)  

THE BHBE ACADEMY

MISSION STATEMENT AND OVERVIEW

The mission of the BHBE Academy is to nurture a thriving community of Jewish students and families, balancing cultural and community experiences with core understandings and skills, infused with a deep appreciation for the Hebrew language. Activities for younger students include art, Israeli dance, music, and vibrant holiday celebrations, along with opportunities to learn from older peers, such as the 8th grade Torah presentations. 4th through 7th graders select from a range of options, such as Text Through Theater, Jewish Circus, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jr. Klezmer Band, to study curricular units and develop entertaining presentations for the school community that teach what they have learned.  Nearly 20 high school students serve as mentored aides in the program, providing role models for their younger siblings and friends.

Kindergarten through second grade and eighth grade students attend on Sunday mornings from 9am - 12pm. Third through seventh grade students attend on Sunday mornings from 9am - 12pm and Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 - 6:15pm.

ACADEMY IN THE NEWS!

On March 18th, 2018 we had a multi-media experience Seder, which include a circus performance. Make sure to check out the article written by the Wilmette  Life here and the article by the Wilmette Beacon here

 

2019-2020 CURRICULUM

Kindergarten & First Grade:  Our youngest grades celebrate their Judaism on Sundays through cultural experiences such as Israeli dance, art, music, and story time. They are introduced to the Jewish holidays, Bible stories, basic prayers, and simple Hebrew words, all woven together in an atmosphere of community and joy. Students learn about the Torah portion of the week from our 8th grade class, which prepares delightful weekly interactive presentations.

Second Grade: Our students begin serious study of phonetic Hebrew reading at this age. They also explore Israel and the synagogue, woven together with cultural experiences, grounded in holiday and community celebrations, family programs, and prayer. Students learn about the Torah portion of the week from our 8th grade class, which prepares delightful weekly interactive presentations.

Third Grade: An immersive and powerful experience with veteran teacher Rutie Halpern, who builds and solidifies their Hebrew reading skills, gives them a solid grounding in conversational Hebrew, Israeli culture, key songs and prayers. Along the way students rotate through experiences with art, Jewish circus, and music. Our third graders begin attending Academy twice per week -- on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. The third grade focuses on the Jewish value of Gevurah -- building both inner and outer strength. They also develop a special connection with the holiday of Hanukkah, through ritual, texts, prayers, and foods.

Fourth Grade:  In this unique and immersive experience with veteran teacher Hedva Yitzhak, students’ Hebrew abilities continue to evolve and strengthen, ensuring a solid foundation as they move forward. They focus on the Jewish value of B’tzelem Elohim -- honoring the image of God in ourselves and others. Jewish lifecycle is a key area of study in the fourth grade, as students adopt a family of beanie babies and take them through the key ceremonies of a Jewish life. 

Fourth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Jewish Circus, and Art on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, and Hebrew Sports & Games on Tuesdays.  

Fifth Grade:  Students build on their experiences in grade four, continuing their study of both conversational and prayer Hebrew. They focus on the Jewish value of Achrayut -- doing what you can to make the word a better place. The art of celebrating Passover is a key area of study in the fifth grade -- not just the ritual objects and principles, but developing the ability to both participate in and lead a rich and musical Passover Seder. 

Fifth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Jewish Circus, and Art on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, and Hebrew Sports & Games on Tuesdays.   

Sixth Grade:  As our sixth graders approach their Bnai Mitzvah celebrations, they learn the Torah Service and to chant the key Bnai Mitzvah prayers. As the Bnai Mitzvah experience generally occurs on Shabbat, the class hones in on the rituals and skills required for that core Jewish day, including learning to both cook and lead a Shabbat meal. The sixth graders focus on the Jewish value of Hakarat Hatov -- seeking joy and being grateful. Gratitude is a particular skill we skill to impart, with strong Jewish roots.  Jewish ethics is another key subject of study, as students learn to apply core Jewish texts to modern situations.

Sixth Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jewish Circus on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, Hebrew Sports & Games, and Contemporary Topics on Tuesdays.

Seventh Grade:  Our seventh graders are in the heart of the Bnai Mitzvah season, and so we recognize the complexity and multiple draws of this age. Seventh graders begin Jewish cooking school, learning the key skills and recipes required to cook their way through the Jewish year. Through integrated and hands-on social justice projects, they work as a group to give back to their community. (These projects can also serve as springboards to their own Mitzvah projects.) The seventh grade focuses on the Jewish value of Koach Hadibbur -- using words thoughtfully and to strengthen and heal others and ourselves. Our students partner with the Social Action Committee to build a Sukkah, and to understand and assemble a lulav and etrog. An introduction to Jewish film and Israeli television round out the main offerings.

Seventh Graders select from a series of personalized curricular tracks which meet on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Choices include Theater, Comparative Religions, Art, and Jewish Circus on Sundays, and Theater, Jr. Klezmer Band, Hebrew Sports & Games, and Contemporary Topics on Tuesdays.

Eighth Grade:  Our eighth grade students are invited to participate in the community high school, a new cooperative venture by North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Moriah Congregation, and Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah. This program meets on Tuesdays evenings over dinner for in-depth lessons and conversations with congregational clergy.  

Questions? Contact Aaron Frankel, Director of Education and Family Engagement, at 773 256-1213 or aaronfrankel@bhcbe.org. 

Mon, May 20 2019 15 Iyyar 5779