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Next DOR

Our students want to share what they've learned with you. Click the links below to view projects from each of the three trimesters of the 2020–2021 school year. (We will add more as we receive them.)

1. First Trimester 2020–2021
2. Second Trimester 2020–2021
3. Final Trimester 2020–2021

4. Teen School 2020–2021

Click for Student Siddur for Weekdays.

NEXTDOR, TEEN SCHOOL, & HEBREW SCHOOL CALENDAR 2021–2022

PARENT HANDBOOK 2021–2022

Register today in your Temple Sinai Account. 

To register, please log into your Temple Sinai account using the REGISTER TODAY button below. Click on LOGIN at the top right corner, click MY ACCOUNT, choose ENROLL TO SCHOOL and follow the instructions.  

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.

NextDOR—In Person and Online!
As we begin our new year, we’re so excited to return to Jewish learning together in-person and online! We are building on the successes that we’ve seen over the last years and adapting where necessary. 
Our students’ learning and engagement on Sundays has flourished with our elective chugim. Each student gets to select which chug interests them so they can choose what they want to learn for the trimester. Even though the teachers are just developing their chugim now, the topics and projects look fantastic! Additionally, we are continuing to have multi-age classrooms to allow siblings and even whole families to learn together. We are looking forward to maintaining our opening aseyfah (gathering) at 9:30 AM and adding in special group activities, such as music and art, now that we can be together. 
Though most of our program will be in-person, we know that not everyone is comfortable being in groups, especially when younger children are still unvaccinated. We will be offering one online-only chug each trimester. 

Students who sign up for this chug will meet over Zoom from their homes. The biggest change to Sundays is for our teens. Our younger teens (7th and 8th graders) will continue to meet on Sundays from 10:30–Noon. Their Tikkun Olam/Social Justice learning will continue and hopefully include opportunities to engage with outside organizations. Our older teens (9th–12th graders) will return to meeting on Monday nights from 6:30–8 PM. This will allow our high schoolers to have more focused time with both rabbis. Like our Sunday program, our Wednesday Hebrew program will have both in-person and online options. We will begin at 4:30 with an opening aseyfah, all together, whether online or in-person. For our in-person students (mostly 3rd and 4th graders, but also some of our 5th and 6th graders), group learning will continue until 6 PM. As students advance in their reading skills and start working on different prayers, they can choose to have short (5–10 minute) one-on-one tutoring sessions over Zoom at a convenient time during the week.

If you have any questions about our NextDOR program and/or want to discuss how it will work with your family, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Gorban at RabbiGorban@TempleSinaiPGH.org or (412) 421-9715 ext. 117 or Debbie Haber at DHaber@TempleSinaiPGH.org or (412) 421-7039.

Next DOR (PreK–Grade 6) meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 AM–Noon. 

Next DOR Young Teens (Grades 7 & 8) meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30 AM–Noon.

Teen School (Grades 9–12) meets on Monday evenings from 6:30–8 PM.

Hebrew School (Grades 3–6) meets on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30–6 PM.

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 our clergy, 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 our clergy 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

Debbie Haber, School Administrator, DHaber@TempleSinaiPGH.org

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782