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Religious School (CLAL)

CLAL Religious School

CLAL stands for Children Learning and Living in Jewish Community.  In our religious school, we strive to create an embracing and stimulating Jewish community for our children in Kindergarten - 7th Grade.  Our program is designed to enable students to take root in their Jewish past and commit themselves to a Jewish future by living and learning their Jewish present.  Our philosophy is that students learn by doing, and our curriculum is shared through project based learning and experiences.

Torah Tots
Torah Tots is for children who are potty-trained- TK.   Activities include outdoor play, shira (singing) and rikkud (Israeli dance).   Our teachers and specialists work very hard to make their classroom environments sacred communities in which students learn, grow and have fun!  

CLAL Curriculum
Our curriculum seeks to explore concepts and address basic questions that recur throughout our lifetimes, such as:

  • Who am I? To what group do I belong? What binds us together?
  • What does being a "Jew" mean? What skills do I need? What is required of me?
  • Who/What is God? What is my personal relationship with God (and what do I personally believe about God)?
  • What can I do to foster life and bring about good?
  • Where can I get guidance in my life? On what ideology can I base my decisions?
  • What is my responsibility, as a Jew, to take care of the world around me?  How does the imperative to heal the world (tikkun olam) apply to me?

Our teachers also address Jewish holidays each year, incorporating students' previous knowledge with new material. The Hebrew program stresses prayer and ritual Hebrew, integrating classroom study with the regular practice of weekly services. 

CLAL High and Curriculum
CLAL High is CNT’s experiential learning program for 8th-12th graders.  CLAL High takes place weekly from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Dinner is served from 6:00-6:30, learning takes place from 6:30-7:30 and an activity follows from 7:30-8. On Teen Community Nights, all of our students are together from 6:00-8:00pm. We understand that our teens’ lives are busy and we are happy to see them whenever they are able to attend!

CLAL High curriculum includes a monthly middah (teaching) that is the theme for the learning that takes place that month.  The CLAL High faculty includes Rabbi Schuldenfrei, Cantor Goldman, Ami Berlin and Miriam Cohn. 

Teen Community Nights- Teen Community Nights typically take place once a month and are for our 7th-12th graders. These evenings are planned by our USY Board members. Examples of programs that take place on teen community nights are community service projects, holiday celebrations, guest speakers and Israel programs. 

The CLAL faculty members are caring, dedicated, creative and passionate.  Our shared goal is to create a learning space that is not just a school, but also a kehillah- community.  Yes- we are a school with formal Jewish learning, but we are also more than that.  We are a nurturing environment, encouraging friendships, celebrating holidays and having fun!  Faculty members work in partnership with parents and the larger community to establish roots from which your children will grow strong Jewish identities.


Fri, September 25 2020 7 Tishrei 5781