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WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION

WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION

חינוך לילד השלם

At Einstein Academy, we value students’ social-emotional growth just as much as their academic growth, recognizing that who people are is just as important as what they know and can do. We base our program on what we call EPIC Values, which stands for empathy, perseverance, impact, and curiosity, and each of these concepts has its basis in Jewish tradition:

  • Empathy - Understand each other and show kindness

The commandment to care for the stranger is mentioned more than any other commandment in the Torah, with the Talmud (Baba Metzia 59b) noting that "the Torah warns 36 times, and some say 46 times, not to oppress the stranger," based on the idea that we were once strangers in the land of Egypt, eliciting a sense of empathy.

  • Perseverance - Seek challenges and persist despite difficulty

Proverbs (24:16) states, "A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up," showing the value of engaging in difficult tasks, even when challenging and to persevere through those challenges. 

  • Impact - Act with intent and create a positive effect

As the Talmud (Tamid 32a) says, “Who is the wise person? The one who foresees the consequences," noting that all actions have consequences, and we should recognize that and use our actions to make a positive impact. 

  • Curiosity - Ask questions and explore to find answers

As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks says, “Education means teaching a child to be curious, to wonder, to reflect, to enquire. The child who asks becomes a partner in the learning process, an active recipient. To ask is to grow,” showing the essential role curiosity plays in education.

We are a true community, and all members of our community are valued for what they bring. We work together to make sure everyone feels welcome and safe, inside and outside of the classroom.