Our Approach to Judaic Studies
In line with our approach using progressive education, Einstein Academy believes in integrating various disciplines so that students can make connections through interdisciplinary learning. As Proverbs (3:17-18) states about the Torah, “It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace."
We view Judaism and Jewish values as a framework for living and a starting place for answering tough questions. As such, when grappling with challenging questions, students start with sources from the Torah (bible) while also considering other Jewish texts from our tradition including Mishnah and Talmud (the "oral Torah") as well as commentaries (both traditional and modern). Students look at these sources in conjunction with sources from science, literature, and social studies in order to apply a multi-dimensional lens to their learning and exploration. Through this approach, students are able to make Judaism personally meaningful to them while still developing text skills and literacy surrounding Jewish traditions.
Judaism is also infused throughout the day including basing our community on our EPIC Values, connecting to the world around us and our sense of wonder through mindfulness, and treating each other with understanding that we were all created b'tzelem elohim (in the image of God). Our school calendar also revolves around the Jewish calendar, and we incorporate learning about the holidays and the meaning behind each one so that students can create personal connections to these traditional holidays and use those connections to inspire their actions today.
Additionally, appreciating that our families all engage with Judaism in different ways and wanting to be respectful and inclusive of everyone, we do not hold school-related events on Shabbat or Jewish holidays, and we ensure that all food served by the school is certified kosher.