It is every parent’s dream to raise a good citizen who makes the world a better place (known as a “mentsch” in Yiddish). We use Jewish teachings to teach universal lessons of: respect, kindness, empathy and charity.
Our goal is to give the children the confidence that they need to make good choices and make a difference in our world.
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We regularly celebrate holidays with parents and members of our larger community. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture Jewish values such as kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment and the rights of others.
Although Shabbat lasts from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, we celebrate Shabbat at Cherry Hill at 3:00 every Friday (half an hour before pick up time). Shabbat is a wonderful opportunity for children and families of all faiths to take some time out from their busy schedules to enjoy one another so we hope to see you there. There are blessings over candles, grape juice and bread. Charity is collected and songs are sung. It’s a time to pause, to reflect and to come together.
Kehila means community and we start our week together with a brief (15 min) Havdalah assembly. By naming both the beginning of Shabbat rituals and the ending of Shabbat rituals, children will learn that Shabbat is bound, reserved as a special time. It frames the week, and our actions, in terms of things that are important, lasting and meaningful. We hope you’ll join us.