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Judaic Studies

Jewish education at Brandeis allows students multiple entryways for constructing Jewish identity, and for deepening Jewish connection and knowledge. These multiple entryways are reflected in these big ideas and enduring understandings which guide our students’ Jewish education.

The Judaic studies program at Brandeis invites students to engage in the joy of discovery and meaning, as they learn how Jewish values, text and traditions can inform the ways they interact with their world. At Brandeis, students are invited to construct and deepen their own Jewish identity through Jewish literacy and a thoughtful exploration of their Jewish spiritual and cultural heritage. Innovative, hands-on learning is central to a Brandeis students’ Jewish exploration.

As they advance through the grades, Brandeis students develop critical thinking and analytical skills central to Jewish literacy. Their journey takes them through Jewish texts, traditions, customs, and the Hebrew language, including Jewish history, Israel studies, and Jewish values and celebrations. Jewish learning at Brandeis provides students opportunities for rigorous study that relates to their own lives and to the world around them.
 
School wide integration of Judaic and general studies helps students make connections between the different core subjects and to fully appreciate how Jewish life and learning can permeate their lives. Grade-level teaching teams take advantage of multiple opportunities to create integrated holistic experiences for their students in connection to history, holidays, text, language and classroom routines.