This program is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 years old. The group meets every Sunday for classes, field trips, and playtime.
The class will explore Judaism in everyday situations and in holiday observances. The lessons for this class are based on two books. The first book, What’s Jewish about Butterflies? is written by Maxine Segal Handelman, with co-author Deborah L. Schein. The second book, Jewish Every Day, is written by Maxine Segal Handelman as well. Each class begins with a short discussion about Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah Portion) and how it is related to everyday life.
Basic introduction to the Hebrew Aleph Bet takes place throughout the year, with focus on Jewish holidays and the students’ Hebrew names. Since Shabbat is a weekly celebration, the students in the Little Pishers group will explore how Shabbat is being observed around the world. The Shabbat Box, by Leslie Simpson, is another favorite book. After reading it, each student will create a Shabbat Box of their own with the symbols that go with it.
The Little Pishers are joined by a couple of the older groups every week for T’filah with the Cantor. The Sh’ma and V’ahavtah prayers are recited as well as the Shabbat B'rachot (blessings) over the candles, wine and bread.
Electives such as music, Judaics, and cooking are weaved into the curriculum and are based on the order of the holidays and other Jewish values throughout the year.