Is There Anything In Life More Essential Than Balance?
In an ever-changing world, it is not easy to predict what our children will be faced with in the years to come. As concerned parents, we endeavor to provide our children with the tools to help them through life. We pose this question: Is there anything in life more essential than balance, to live in a constantly changing world?
At Chabad Hebrew Academy, we also effectively infuse pride of self, and pride of community in harmony with the cutting edge of today's finest educational models. Our general studies & Judaic staff work hand-in -hand to ensure that students will be more than well rounded. You can be certain that your child will also be well rooted and thrive in the world of tomorrow. We believe that an ethics-based education provides the proper balance for our students' future success. At Chabad Hebrew Academy, the student body is comprised of the entire spectrum of American Jewry, from the somewhat affiliated to those who are not affiliated at all. While we instill a positive sense of Judaism, Chabad's philosophy and approach are non-judgmental.
Most private schools offer classes that push students to excel academically only, but Chabad's value-based curriculum teaches students to succeed as human beings as well.
The name - 'Chai' (Life) Way - underscores the importance of 12 basic values. They are fundamental in not just producing good scholars, but becoming complete human beings or mentschlichkeit as it is known in the Yiddish language.
"These values - including chesed (kindness), emet (or truth and integrity) and achrayut (responsibility) - are emphasized each school year so that as a student grows, he or she arrives at a more mature understanding of basic character values," says Judaic Director Leah Fradkin. "These values pervade the entire campus."
The "Chai (Life)"-Way is a values-based curriculum that is unique to Chabad Hebrew Academy.
The 12-values are culled from the wisdom of the Torah. Teachers use it as part of their lesson plans and activities in every grade, with the additional values learned as each Hebrew month begins. In this way, students mature into a greater understanding of the goodness taht is Judaism.
However these values - including those of commitment, integrity, kindness, positive attitude, perseverance and goal-setting - are not just ancient relics. They are given flesh in the classroom.
Two strong values arethe love for learning and the love for one's heritage (no matter what their level of observance).
Classroom lessons encourage students to relate these values to historical figures, to their own lives, and to their ability to conduct classroom research.
A sample lesson plan for fourth-graders shows the value of "perseverance." Teachers define the term, and then tell students to define it in the context of their own lives. To put the value in a broader context, students learn about the value through historical figures, such as George Washington Carver. He persevered, despite slavery, to become a respected and famous agricultural chemist in the American South.
The value of perseverance is then put into another context, that of writing. Students are encouraged to research and write an essay on each value in order to improve their language skills. This approach is implemented across all disciplines and academic fields.