The Judaic Studies program at the Ramaz Lower School is a spiral program of skills and content, based on the Jewish year
Our goal is to increase the proficiency of both spoken and written Hebrew. We believe that the best way to achieve this is by following the natural path of language development as much as possible. To that end, the school day is divided into two equal parts: General studies conducted in English, and Judaic studies -- including Hebrew language arts -- conducted only in Hebrew. This division provides our students with maximal exposure to spoken and written Hebrew during the school day, both during formal teaching times and during implicit teaching (assemblies, daily conversations, etc.). In accordance with the Ramaz teaching model, we work in small groups.
In addition to formal instruction, we have a variety of activities that expand our students’ exposure to Hebrew in different genres, and strengthens their connection with Israel:
- Hebrew Enrichment – students are referred by teacher’s recommendations.
- Moadon HaSefer – students in 2nd-4th grade are encouraged to read a modern Israeli book and discuss it in a Hebrew book club.
- School Newspaper – students write articles, riddles, crossword puzzles, and stories; the newspaper is published twice a year.