Hebrew School Project

“Did Christmas Ruin Hanukkah?” and Other Questions Jewish Teenagers Ask

One of our 8th graders, Noah, in Project Gadol (our monthly teen learning program) challenged me this week to teach about Hanukkah and last month’s events in Pittsburgh, at the same time making sure this all related to cookie decorating.…

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Inside the Hebrew School Project: Spotlight on Fourth Grade

The big idea for the year in Fourth Grade is Jewish Heroes, beginning with a study of heroes in the Book of Judges, from the Hebrew Bible, known as the TaNakh. The period of the Judges occurs in Jewish history…

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Fortnite & Floating Baskets – Integrated Jewish Learning for 21st Century Jews

Jewish learning at HSP comes alive for each learner with authentic and exciting connections to things they love to do in the real world - like play the video game Fortnite or build and create STEAM projects. These experiences help…

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Getting Ready For Sukkot @ HSP!

Sukkot begins on Wednesday night, but we couldn’t wait to get shakin’ on Monday and Tuesday during HSP. HSP learners participated in a variety of activities, many themed around the story and customs of Sukkot. Kindergarten continued their exploration of…

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Overheard @ HSP

Here are some of the most delicious quotes from the Kindergarten discussion of Creation: What was created on the first day? “Delaware, because its the first state.”  “Can the earth die?” “Before there was sky, what was on top?” What…

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What’s Happening @ HSP

JCP's Hebrew School Project is off to a great start with thoughtful, engaging, exciting and meaningful learning!

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Scales of Fortune – a Rosh Hashanah Game Show

Now that our year-long Maccabiah (Competition) has begun, we decided to get the ball rolling with a Rosh Hashanah-themed Game Show! Amazing learning took place in each of our classroom learning spaces. Then grades competed in a unique Game Show…

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Opening Days of the Hebrew School Project (HSP)

I woke up on Monday morning and my first thought was, today is the first day of school! I can’t wait to meet the children and their parents and begin a year of joyful Jewish learning at HSP! Then, on…

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Teaching the Teachers

Hebrew School Project (HSP) teachers are a special group of people. Some of them teach during the day in our Early Childhood Center. Some of them go to college at Hunter or Barnard. Some of them are painters and musicians…

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The Experience

At JCP, experiential education is at the core of our educational philosophy, and the eclipse in just a few short weeks presents an opportunity for experiential education in its purest form. John Dewey, who popularized this philosophy, stressed the importance…

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