The CBS Religious School is a family-centered Religious School where we pray, teach, and learn together. The primary goal of the CBS Religious School is to help families grow Jewishly and to ensure our children develop a strong Jewish identity. With the guidance and support of Rabbi Harley, every parent commits to teaching 2-3 times during the year in the classroom, modeling for their children the value of life-long Jewish learning and synagogue involvement. On Sunday mornings we begin with a Family Morning service led by Rabbi Harley which concludes with each parent giving a special blessing to their child. We then spend a 45 minute session on Hebrew and a 45 minute session on Jewish studies with a lesson in one of our five main Jewish categories: Torah, Israel, Holidays, Jewish Values, and Jewish History. Religious School ends with all the ages coming together to share what they’ve learned, sing their favorite Jewish songs, and learn new ones.
In addition to parents teaching in the classroom, we also provide regular opportunities for parents to learn and celebrate with their children or with other parents. Twice a year parents gather for our Parents Coffee and Chat program, an opportunity to learn with Rabbi Harley and speak with other parents about topics such as talking to your children about God, raising Jewish children in eastern North Carolina, and celebrating Shabbat as a family. Twice a year we also come together for a Family Education program either in the synagogue or somewhere in the community. We have explored Judaism in nature at a local park, learned about hunger by comparing food prices at Food Lion, and learned about Israel’s high-tech sector. Parents also join with their children for holiday celebrations such as sukkah decorating, Hanukkah party, Purim Megillah reading, and a Religious School favorite- our Chocolate Seder.
Religious school meets on Sunday mornings 9:30-noon. (View our Religious School Syllabus Here.) Hebrew School is held on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. for those in fourth grade and above. We use the Union for Reform Judaism self-paced and child-centered curriculum, Mitkadem.
Initial plans and discussions are begun about a year before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. (Guidelines and preparation information are detailed in our "Bar/Bat Mitzvah Manual".) The Rabbi provides children with special instruction as the date of the ceremony approaches. Click below for a copy of our manual outlining the Bar/Bat Mitzvah