The inquisitive nature of Judaism, which invites the curious to explore, discover, and debate, provides the ideal learning environment. Holidays and heritage encourage shared experiences that foster community. Brawerman is often credited for “making mensches” and much of this is derived from the ethical standards established in the Torah.
Jewish learning is vibrant and alive at Brawerman Elementary School East. Our tradition, temple, and school focus on Torah, Avodah, and Gimilut Hasadim. Torah is both the wisdom texts of our tradition and the wisdom and creativity brought to the tradition from the lives of the students. Through story, theater, art making, and study, Brawerman East students integrate Torah in all aspects of the school in many inventive and meaningful ways.
Avodah is worship, prayer, and ritual. Our t’filah (prayer) curriculum explores the Hebrew words, the inner meanings of the prayers, and the students’ personal experiences through writing, drawing, music, and movement. Our communal t’filah is filled with ruach (spirit) and helps to strengthen the community connection between students, teachers, administrators, and parents that is at the heart of the school. Gimilut Hasadim are acts of loving kindness.
Inspired by the possibilities of Shabbat the Problem Solving Fridays curriculum was created to allow students to think deeply and act with compassion in areas of our world and community needing care. The care and concern for the world also includes the care and concern for each other. Brawerman Elementary School East is committed to creating a community where we all think about our words and actions in our day-to-day interactions. This too is part of our ancient tradition.
Judaic studies is not a single class rather it is integrated into the fabric of the school. Whether singing a prayer, running for a Purim scavenger hunt, or thinking about how to talk to someone on the playground, the students are in dialogue with the Jewish tradition and both the students and the tradition are better for it.