Dual-Track Jewish Studies Program
The Magshimim Jewish studies and Hebrew program reflects the diversity of the community we serve. It has equal elements of Jewish culture and Hebrew with a flavor of Israel and Jewish practice. The program is sensitive to the diverse practices of the Jewish community. As such, its ambition is to reflect and respect the diverse population of Jewish Kansas City. Hebrew language and Jewish customs are given equal weight; Jewish customs are presented to inform the student of the beauty and practical application of Jewish tradition.
At its essence, students are exposed to the wonderful traditions of prayer and practice at school while also gaining some exposure to Jewish law. The overarching goal of Magshimim is to be inclusive in its approach and rich in its presentation.
The Matmidim track was created for families who specifically desire a Day School education that is taught according to Orthodox norms. Although open to anyone, traditional Jewish practice is assumed, with the expectation that this mode of education more closely reflects the observances practiced in the student’s own home. Matmidim teachers are all observant, according to the standards of Orthodox practice.
As the grades advance, the curriculum also incorporates additional content and skills-based instruction in traditional Jewish texts (Chumash, Mishna). Beginning in 3rd grade, students in the Matmidim Program meet 2-3 three times a week after school for additional classes to maximize their Judaic learning. The Matmidim Program comprises separate Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes, as well as T'filah (prayers).
It is important to note that students in each of the tracks receive instruction separately from their peers only during Jewish Studies. All students participate in all communal celebrations, trips, specials, recess, and lunch together with their grade-level peers.
Learn more about HBHA's Dual-Track Jewish Studies Program.
HBHA families are invited to delve into Hebrew learning with these resources below:
- HBHA Mini-Hebrew Dictionary
- Learn Hebrew Phrases: The website includes 155 Hebrew study sheets for learning online, incorporating 54 topics with 1,200 Hebrew phrases and sentences. English translations and transliterations are also available.