Machar

Jewish Cultural School

Prospective students for the school are always welcome to visit classes.  Please consult our calendar for dates of our Sunday sessions (which include Adult Ed presentations) and let us know you are coming!

Our Jewish Cultural School for children ages 2 and up meets two Sundays per month at 10 a.m. from September to May at the Jewish Primary Day School at 6045 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20011. Parents may attend our excellent Adult Education program while their children are in class. Following Jewish Cultural School and Adult Education, we sometimes have inter-generational Community Sunday activities at 11:30 a.m. for the whole congregation.

Machar’s Sunday school integrates Jewish history, culture, values, and practice into a developmentally appropriate curriculum at each grade level, from our “Tots” class for preschool-aged children through the B’Nei Mitzvah year. We also provide post-mitzvah aged teens an opportunity to play a leadership role by having them assist in Jewish Cultural School classrooms and helping to organize community service activities on behalf of the congregation.

Our talented and dynamic teachers incorporate literature, writing, discussion, and the arts to engage children in ways that help them understand and relate to the curriculum content. The curriculum builds, year by year, to create a unified experience in the history and culture of the Jewish people, studied through the framework of our secular humanistic Jewish values.

Observing and understanding the significance of Jewish holidays is an important part of our educational program, and we hold children’s services at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prior to the congregational services. We have annual Hanukkah and Purim parties, and also commemorate other holidays in our inter-generational Community Sunday gatherings. Children learn about holiday traditions in a humanistic context.

Parents contribute to the strength of our Jewish Cultural School. There are many ways to get involved. Whether you want to help with party planning, participate in curriculum development, or host your child’s class for a potluck in your home, our program and your child will benefit from your involvement.

D’Var Torah Analysis by Machar’s previous Jewish Cultural School Director Debby Brennan