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Ahavath Achim’s (AA) Education Department has established a new interactive Religious School curriculum in which learning is a fun and fascinating experience. Students—grades pre-kindergarten through 7—explore Judaic topics by age, participate in our skill-based Hebrew curriculum, participate in small group Family programs and come together as a community for Shabbat at least once a month.
This full program of learning is too good to miss! The Education Committee has led the initiative to invite and include the children of non-AA members in our religious school. Specifically, the first child of a non-AA member would pay a slightly higher tuition fee while each additional child would pay the regular AA member fee. And that family would receive a one-year free family membership to our synagogue.
Registration | Application
Religious School Has Begun | It’s not too late to enroll him/her in our innovated and individualized religious school program! To register your child for the AA Religious School, complete and return our Application. View our Fee Schedule. For questions, more information...
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Taglit Atzmi (self-discovery) is our education program held each 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 12:00PM to 1:30PM. For 8th, 9th and 10th graders, the course culminates in a 4-day trip to a major U.S. city! Read more.
Confirmation | 11th & 12th Grades | Students gather monthly, alternating between meeting at the home of Rabbi Sandler and the home of Rabbi Rosenthal, to discuss/debate issues relevant to teens today through a Jewish lens. Topics of discussion are determined by class interest. Students participate in a Confirmation ceremony at the end of the school year. Class dates: 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12; Ceremony: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Post-Confirmation | 12th Grade | This monthly class with Rabbi Rosenthal will focus on the difference between participating in a social action project to becoming involved in a social justice cause. Students will investigate their own thoughts about involvement in major issues facing America and the world today and will organize a trip to participate in a cause of the classes choosing. Dates for class will be determined by registrant availability.
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Each student is evaluated for placement into a skill-based Hebrew class. The student learns at his or her own pace following an individualized educational plan developed to fit just that child. No more one size fits all!
The AA Religious School curriculum is an engaging, multi-faceted program that utilizes art, music, storytelling and games to create a solid base of Conservative Judaic Education for children and teens. The Judaics study cirriculum, provided by the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is a spiraled curriculum, in which students revisit key content areas as they progress. This allows students to mark the passages of time through Jewish life cycle ceremonies and traditions of their Jewish heritage. The curriculum is both highly individualized and developmentally appropriate—nurturing students’ Jewish identity and connection to their areas of study. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning activities address students’ different learning styles and ensure that students feel successful, are having a good time—and are learning.
In addition to the ISJL curriculum, the school schedule includes an innovative component called Zip Havurot that will take place outside of our regular Religious School hours. Students and their families will periodically meet as a group, based on geographical location, to celebrate and learn. The goal of Zip Havurot is to fully engage children and their parents in learning about and observing mitzvot together in authentic environments. For example, a group may choose to gather for a Shabbat dinner at a Havurah member’s home. They may decide to volunteer to help the needy in our community or head out for a hike or camping trip to increase awareness of environmental issues as they relate to specific Jewish holidays. The choices are endless—and worthwhile—and a meaningful way for families to live out their Judaism. This is guaranteed to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for everyone.
We are also delighted to offer a Shabbat Morning Program (SMP). Instead of class on Sunday, school will be held on the first Shabbat of almost every month. Classes for students and parents meet from 10:00 – 11:00AM followed by a family service. Following the service, all aer invited and encouraged to attend the congregations' Shabbat Kiddush lunch.
Consecration marks the beginning of the journey into Formal Jewish Education. Students participate in a sweet ceremony on Simchat Torah when they are blessed under the Talit and are showered with sweet gifts to help the children remember this occasion with great fondness.
Mechina Siddur Presentation takes place in the spring after our beginning students have completed learning to read Hebrew. During this moving ceremony, our new readers are presented with their very own copies of Siddur Sim Shalom in beautiful book covers created lovingly by their families.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah marks the age when a Jewish boy or girl formally, publicly and proudly assumes the obligation to follow the commandments as an adult. Online access to our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook coming soon.
Religious School Graduation takes place in the spring to recognize those students who have successful completed the Religious School program and recognizes this achievement.
Confirmation takes place at the end of the 11th/12th grade year and recognizes those students who have continued to study and seek out Jewish experiences during the teen years. After completing an 8 week course of study with our rabbis, students gather together to share why Judaism is important in their lives and celebrate with the entire congregation.
Every week, the Education Department distributes an electronic newsletter containing all the information a family needs to know about programs, services and the Religious School as well as community related events. Contact
@ 404.603.5749 to be included in this mailing.
For questions about AA's Religious School, contact Marcia Lindner | 404.603.5748.
DONATE | The Ahavath Achim Religious School and Educational Programs are supported in part by The Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, The Billie Paradies Fund, The Judy F. Paradies Child Enrichment Fund, Cuba Fund, and Yad Ze’ev Dr. William E. Schatten Special Needs Fund.