May 28, 2022 /

Class Descriptions

Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten

Through awesome art projects, Jewish music, and fun creative activities, our youngest learners start their immersion into Jewish life. Celebrating the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah (The New Year), to Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), and intermixing Middot (values) throughout the year, we invite our youngest learners and their families to begin their Jewish education with us on Saturday mornings.

Fees: Early: $390 /After July 30th: $420

Connections@AEMT Fees: Early: $750 / After July 30th: $800

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15.

First Grade

Students are introduced to Jewish aspects of everyday life using art, music, poetry, and a number of fun activities to help them connect to being Jewish, even at this early age. Textbooks used: BJL Beginnings: Alef to Tav Activity Book, Let’s Discover the Bible, Let’s Discover the Synagogue, Let’s Discover God.

Fees: Early: $390 /After July 30th: $420

Connections@AEMT Fees: Early: $750 / After July 30th: $800

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15. 

Second Grade:

Students begin writing the Alef-Bet and master the sounds of each letter becoming familiar with common Hebrew words and phrases. They also begin the Chai Curriculum for Jewish studies which includes Torah, AvodahG’milut Chasadim, and Israel. Textbooks used: Let’s Discover Jewish Holidays, Let’s Discover Israel, Let’s Discover Shabbat, Shalom Alef Bet!: A Pre-Primer for Shalom Uvrachah.

Fees: Early: $390 /After July 30th: $420

Connections@AEMT Fees: Early: $750 / After July 30th: $800

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15. 

Third Grade:

This is the year that students become proficient in reading and writing in Hebrew! We celebrate learning the entire Alef-Bet with a special Siyyum HaSefer ceremony in the spring. With this new skill, they are also able to begin learning basic prayers and Hebrew vocabulary. 3rd graders also begin to explore Torah stories and learn Jewish values. Textbooks use: Chai Curriculum Level 3, Shalom Uv’racha Hebrew Primer.

Fees: Early: $610 /After July 30th: $630

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15, and Tuesday afternoon from 4:30-6:00. 

Fourth Grade

Students continue to build on their foundation of Hebrew letters and start to study in-depth some of our Shabbat evening and morning prayers, and begin to develop an understanding of the Anshe Emeth B’nai Mitzvah service. Our students also begin to conceptualize their role in our Anshe Emeth community, and their relationship to the larger Jewish community in the world through acts of G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving-kindess) and communal opportunities to practice prayer. We mark this year with a 4th Grade Naming Ceremony where students declare their Hebrew name in Hebrew after learning about its meaning and family origins.

Fees: Early: $610 /After July 30th: $630

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15, and Tuesday afternoon from 4:30-6:00. 

Fifth & Sixth Grade:

In the years before B’nai Mitzvah, students learn the prayers and vocabulary relevant to the Torah Service as a final step in understanding what becoming a Jewish adult truly means. They also have weekly instruction with Cantor Stanton to learn Torah trope. Students begin to study their relationship between the Jewish people, the Torah, and how acts of G’milut Chasadim affect relationships and the world around them. Textbooks used: Chai Curriculum, Level 6, Shalom Ivrit 3: Welcome to Modern Hebrew, Prayer Companion to Shalom Ivrit 3.

Fees: Early: $610 /After July 30th: $630

Class sessions are regularly on Saturday morning from 9:30-12:15, and Tuesday afternoon from 4:30-6:00.

Seventh Grade

This is a very special year at AEMT. Along with B’nai Mitzvah training, 7th grade learners spend the year immersed in our “13 Mitzvot” program where as one community, the class is tasked with creating and accomplishing 13 different Mitzvot before the end of the year. On Sunday mornings in the fall, learners spend time with their parents during the Masoret program led by Rabbi Bazeley. Cantor Stanton also teaches weekly cantiliation or trope instruction. Textbooks used: Chai Curriculum 7, Teaching Tefilah, Judaism’s Great Debates.

Fees: Early: $610 / After July 31st: $630

Class sessions are regularly on Sunday morning from 9:30-12:15, and Tuesday afternoon from 4:30-6:00. Parents come to class with their children on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 during the fall.

Please note that there is a B’nai Mitzvah fee of $520.00, which will be billed in July of your child’s B’nai Mitzvah is between January and June 2022, and will be billed in January if the B’nai Mitzvah is between September and December 2022.

Eighth- Eleventh Grade: The Sunday Morning Program

Our 8th-11th grade Sunday Morning Program or “Hebrew High School” will feature multiple learning intensives themed around Jewish values and themes guided by our educators. We will also begin experimenting with our Youth leaders in 11th and 12th grade to construct and lead educational programs on Sunday mornings. Underclassmen will have opportunities to collaborate with their older peers, as they begin envisioning their capstone program when they begin leading the next cohort of underclassmen.

Following Winter break, we will transition our Sunday Morning Program into an Artist-In-Residence Program with CoLAB Arts for the rest of the year. CoLAB Arts is a New Brunswick based non-profit that channels art and identity expression into advocacy work by pairing students with a local service organizations like Elijah’s Promise or the Community Development Corporation Central Jersey Diaper Bank. Their work in New Brunswick Public Schools and other organizations in the community is locally and nationally acclaimed. We’re thankful to the Aymes Family for sponsoring this years Aymes Memorial Project for our students to experience this unique opportunity.

Fees: Early: $390 /After July 31st: $420

Class sessions are regularly Sunday morning from 10:00-12:15.

CoLAB Arts Artist-In-Residence program Spring ’22:

We begin our Artist-In-Residence with an introductory program on December 19th. We’re very excited for this opportunity and we’ll meet every Sunday with our CoLAB Artist until the last session in May. We must stress the importance of consistent attendance on Sunday mornings throughout the year, especially during our CoLAB Artist-In-Residence program. If you have any questions about our Aymes Memorial Project partnership with CoLAB Arts, please contact the Religious School office.

High School Hebrew:

This class is an opportunity for 8th-11th graders to study Modern Hebrew. Learners will engage with conversational Hebrew through creative activities and conversations led by our Hebrew specialist. There is no additional registration fee, we just ask that you register for our records and pay for dinner if participating.

Class sessions are regularly on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 (6:30-7pm pizza dinner, 7-8pm class).

Twelfth Grade:

This special class meets monthly at Rabbi Bazeley’s home. Students discuss a variety of topics, all intended to give insight on how to navigate college life and beyond from a Jewish perspective.

Fees: Early: $390 / After July 31st: $420

Class sessions are monthly on Sunday afternoons at Rabbi Bazeley’s home. After registering, you’ll receive class dates during the summer.