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Temple Sinai's Center for Jewish Learning is a place for children to discover their religion in a variety of ways with emphasis on the following:

  • Understanding the messages of Torah and their relevancy to today,
  • Discovering ways to feel close to God,
  • Realizing how behavior affects relationships,
  • Learning to repair the world through acts of loving kindness and the giving of tzedakah.

Rabbi Keren Gorban has developed an innovative Jewish learning program using the model of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The premise of PBL is that, as adults, we usually spend our days identifying problems or challenges and figuring out how to solve or manage them efficiently and effectively. Sometimes we get advice from others, do research to find the best answers, or test our ideas. Through that process of research and experimentation, we learn what to do and what not to do, and that information sticks in our minds, especially if we makes mistakes and learn the hard way.

We have mixed-grade classes (Pre-K & Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades, 3rd and 4th Grades, and 5th and 6th Grades). While our Pre-K & Kindergarten students have PBL curriculum that covers the full year, our 1st–6th Grades choose which courses they want to take three times during the school year—each class teaches the same content but through different lenses.

Next DOR meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30–Noon. Click for the 2019–2020 School Calendar.

Teen school meets on alternate Sundays.
A Weeks: Grades 7 & 10
B Weeks: Grades 8, 9, 11, & 12

10th Grade Confirmation: Jewish learning continues beyond B’nei Mitzvah! Each year, our Tenth Grade students participate in a meaningful course of Jewish learning. Instructed by Rabbi Gibson, our students struggle with their own theology, learn traditional and creative models of exploring those basic beliefs through prayer, and research the thoughts of others as they develop their own statement about God. They complete the year by leading Erev Shavuot (Eve of Shavuot) services together as a class, as we celebrate our students’ confirmed status as members of the adult Jewish community. The year includes a powerful Shabbat retreat and an on-going tzedakah commitment.

1th and 12th grade Seminar: 11th and 12th grade students join Rabbi Gorban for deep learning and engaging conversations about Israel. These discussions will provide a basis for understanding the beginnings of the modern State of Israel, the origins of the various inter- and intra-religious conflicts, and the different visions of what Israel can and should be. With rising anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses, this seminar offers a Jewish framework for supporting Israel while grappling with some of its challenges.

If you have questions, please call the school at (412) 421-7039 or email:
Rabbi Keren Gorban, RabbiGorban@TempleSinaiPGH.org

Marilee Glick, Education Director, Marilee@TempleSinaPGH.org

Debbie Haber, School Administrator, DHaber@TempleSinaiPGH.org

Thu, May 28 2020 5 Sivan 5780