The Marvin and Rosalie Okun Kalamazoo Community Jewish School seeks to develop and strengthen the Jewish identity of its students by sharing the faith, values, ethics, skills, and history of our Jewish heritage in a vibrant, inclusive, caring, and warm environment. Students will be prepared to lead a rich Jewish life at home, in the synagogue, and as members of the larger community.
Jewish education is important because it teaches us – children and adults alike – how to think, act, and live as Jews in today’s society. Judaism isn’t just learning Hebrew or attending Shabat services. Judaism is a living, breathing, modern way of existence. With a quality Jewish education, students at MROKCJS can grow into adults confident in making Jewish choices in their daily lives.
The MROKCJS curriculum includes Hebrew language, Jewish identity and values, and holiday study for our youngest learners. Children in Pre-Kindergarten – Second grade receive regular exposure to our library and music curricula, which introduces them to Jewish literature, melodies, and songs.
All grades meet on Sundays during the school year from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Grades 2-7 also meet on Wednesdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm.
Grades 1-7 also use the CHAI curriculum, based on the traditional Jewish “Three Pillars”: Torah (Study), Avodah (Worship), and G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness). Hebrew prayer and reading skills are taught using the Behrman House series of primers and workbooks, which includes Kol Yisrael.
Students preparing for their B’nai Mitzvah study the Shabbat service in-depth, as well as topics like Haftarah (Prophets), Torah (The Five Books of Moses), and Jewish history.
Our high school program is for students in 8th-10th grade. It is led by our rabbis and meets weekly. Students will learn about a variety of Jewish topics in a dynamic setting that blends academics with young leadership training both inside and outside the classroom. Subjects include the Jewish life cycle and Jewish history.
KCJS understands that Jewish learning can happen anywhere, any way. Special holiday events, student-led Shabbat services, and guest visitors to our school help bring Judaism out of the classroom and into daily life.
KCJS holds classes on Sunday mornings for students ages 4 through 10th grade, and on Wednesday evenings for students in 3rd – 7th grade. Sunday mornings begin with group Tefilah (prayer), followed by Hebrew study and prayer practice, Judaism lessons and holiday curricula. Wednesday evenings begin with small group prayer practice, followed by study of prayer with our rabbis, Hebrew study and B’nai Mitzvah preparation.