About Religious School

Hebrew School Philosophy
General Attendance Policy
Family Participation and Special Education
Code of Conduct


Hebrew School Philosophy
Tikkun Olam: Making sandwiches for the homelessThe Hebrew language is one of the unifying forces within Judaism, crossing the boundaries of history, time and place. As such, it is a vital component of the Jewish educational process at Temple Sinai .

Hebrew instruction at Temple Sinai begins when our children enter grade 2. Hebrew becomes a requirement by grade 3. Five years of continuous Hebrew study is required for bar/bat mitzvah.

The Mitkadem Program
Mitkadem is an exciting five-year Hebrew curriculum that generates enthusiasm and excitement for our teachers, students and parents. Our students learn to read Hebrew and enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they progress through a series of well-organized, stimulating, and self-paced ramot (levels).

Mitkadem’s self-paced and child-centred approach allows each student to achieve according to his/her own ability, so learning challenged students as well as students who are very motivated catch on quickly. The Mitkadem approach helps every teacher feel capable and confident of administering this program to all different kinds of student learners, identifying those students who need additional help early on. The content of the program is similar to other Hebrew programs; the approach is new.

As each student progresses through each ramah they are tested and recognized for the success. No one is held back because another student is not ready to move on. Assistants in the classroom are available to support the independent work to maximize personal success.

General Attendance Policy
Religious School OutingOur Religious and Hebrew Schools offer opportunities for worthwhile and valuable learning. Regular attendance is required in order for students to fully benefit from these Jewish educational experiences.
We know that occasional absences, due to illness or unforeseen difficulties, will occur. In order to ensure the integrity of our school, the following attendance policy has been adopted by the School Board, and accepted by the rabbis, the executive and the Board of Directors.

Religious School Attendance Policy
Students may miss six classes with no out-of-class assignments required.
Upon the seventh absence, students will have to make up the class by going to private tutoring sessions paid to the tutor (one hour in duration). The classroom teacher would be first on the list, with an approved list for backup available from the School Office. The make-up session needs to occur within two weeks of the absence.

The maximum number of classes a student can miss and still pass his/her year is 10. Students who have not made up all the missed classes by the end of May will not be promoted to the next grade. Parents will be notified before their child reaches the allowable number of absences.

In order to ensure students’ comfort and proficiency in their Hebrew language studies, students will be tested regularly and be required to achieve 60% in oral and written work. The school will provide a range of options to assist students who are having difficulties. These will include special reading classes for those identified with learning needs, individual assistance with a Hebrew language lab teacher and on-site tutorials for students who demonstrate a need for remediation at no additional cost to parents. In addition, parents may hire Temple approved tutors at their own expense. Throughout the year, parents will be informed of their child’s progress. If the child’s teacher and extra help through our language lab are not sufficient to keep the child from falling behind, the Hebrew supervisor will request the family hire the child’s classroom teacher in order to help the student catch up with their studies. This may be proposed at any time throughout the year.

Weekly attendance at the Sunday Hebrew Service for Grades Bet to Dalet (including home tutored students) from 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. is mandatory, attendance will monitored.

Kita Dalet
Testing will be done by senior staff in the spring . An 80% prayer book reading proficiency will be required to be excused from Kita Hey (Grade 7). If a student requires more Hebrew enrichment, they will be required to attend on Wednesdays for the Fall Semester.

Grade 7
To maintain siddur proficiency, a service will be conducted as scheduled on Tuesday before Religious school. This service will be held at 6.30 p.m. Students who have passed Kita Dalet proficiency and day school students are required to attend these services.

Bar/Bar Mitzvah Attendance Policy – Day School Families Please Take Notice
Students who attend Hebrew day school are required to attend Grade 7 Religious School. Students whose bar/bat mitzvah falls after September 1 of Grade 8 are encouraged to register for Grade 8 Religious School. Attendance at Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute is required.


Family Participation and Special Education
FamilyMany options are available to this group of children. Some of our options include attendance in our regular classes with ongoing communication between teacher and consultant; attendance in classes with a one-on-one teenage assistant; attendance in a special education environment that includes small group sessions and a reading dynamics class for Hebrew and tutoring when needed.

Family Programming
Family participation is an integral part of each child’s learning at Temple Sinai. Opportunities for parent involvement are varied and available at all grade levels. The PACE program (Parent and Child Education) actively involves families with children in grades 3 through 6. Hands-on activities further solidify the partnership in Jewish Education and living. Parent and teen programs are offered in grades 7 through 10. These programs explore the bar /bat mitzvah experience, Reform Jewish practice in the world today, modern social issues confronting the Jewish community and modern Jewish living. In Hebrew School, we offer a Sunday family experience for parents to support the first step in Hebrew studies (Mechinah PACE).

Special Education at Temple Sinai
Meeting the challenges of children with special needs is an important and ongoing process. We approach each child with the assumption that there is a future that includes Jewish learning. Bar or bat mitzvah is the goal at the forefront of our minds as we attempt to match each child with the best and most appropriate learning atmosphere. With input from the parents, the director of education, the principal, and the special education consultant, we look to find the right placement and assistance for all our children.


Code of Conduct

Student Parent/Guardian Staff


• Attend school regularly • Promote regular attendance and being on time for class/school • Talk to (counsel) student when necessary
• Be on time • Notify the School Office if you know your child will be absent or late • Use attendance procedures
• Remain in supervised areas • Be an active part of your child’s learning • Develop and submit well developed lesson plans
  • Confer with the teacher to support your child’s learning • Welcome parents as partners in education; support, encourage and invite parents’ active involvement


• Be courteous, kind and helpful to self, peers, school staff and parents • Support school functions • Communicate progress/special needs
• Use appropriate language • Supervise children to ensure all supplies are provided and brought to class • Give plenty of notice of school functions and cancellations
  • Be courteous to all school staff • Be just, fair, courteous and consistent with all pupils/parents
  • Support school policy • Use appropriate language
  • Use appropriate language • Share concerns with appropriate adults


• Arrive at school with pencil, eraser, and necessary textbooks    

Respect for Others

• Everyone has the right to work and learn without being disturbed • Share concerns with appropriate school personnel • Respect rights of pupils and parents
• Respect school rules • Foster respect for all members of the community • Provide a safe, secure learning environment
• Physical activity/ bullying/fighting will not be tolerated within the community • Reinforce safe play rules • Send child to office if being picked up early
  • Provide a note and pick up your child at the School Office should early dismissal be required • Contact parents regarding pupil absence
    • Reinforce safe play rules
    • Contact parents regarding serious injuries

Respect for Property

• Respect private, community and school property and encourage this behaviour in others • Do not park in the driveway. Use the parking lot and on Sundays use the “drop-off zone” (see School Policies)  
• Obtain the owner’s permission before taking or using the property of others  

Religious School Policies

Learning Needs Profile
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Scent-Free School 
School Attire
Sesame- and Nut-Free School Snacks


Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
School Drop OffOur Temple parking lot is a very busy place during school hours. In order to ensure the safety of your children, we ask your cooperation in adhering to the following rules:

Do not stop in the driveway when dropping off or picking up your children. Please pull into the parking lot. Each car that stops for just half a minute causes a backup and a potential accident.

On Sundays, please pull into the cordoned-off “drop-off zone” at the rear of the building before dropping off your children. Do not stop in the driveway or the area on the side of the building. Please follow the directions of the traffic control staff monitor on duty.
Please do not park in the handicapped parking spots when picking up your children.

At no time is it permissible to park your car on a Temple sidewalk. If you are asked to move your vehicle, please be courteous. Remember, we only have the safety of our children in mind.


Scent-Free School
Scent-Free School We maintain a scent-free environment within our school community to ensure the comfort and safety of all.

Members of our student body and faculty have notified us of a condition they live with called multiple chemical sensitivity. This condition causes severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, breathing and/or perceptual difficulties. These symptoms are reactions to such things as pesticides, cleaning fluids and scented products such as perfume and cologne.


School Attire
Because we offer an arts-based learning program, please send your children to school in clothes that won’t be ruined by arts and crafts media such as ink, paint or glue.


Sesame- and Nut-Free School Snacks
Sesame- and Nut-Free School SnacksWe ask that parents send their children with a healthy snack (i.e. a drink and a piece of fruit). Please do not send anything that contains sesame and nuts.

We encourage students to bring a bottle/thermos of water. Please do not bring any non-kosher “fast food” into our building.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school safe for all students.

Religious School Programs

Celebrating Shabbat at Temple Sinai

Grade One Music for Consecration
Mitkadem Program
Dynamic Hebrew Learning Groups
Kita Dalet Prayers 
Four Questions for Pesach



Grade One Music for Consecration
To listen and learn the consecration music, please click on the songs below.

Consecration Song Shema


Mitkadem Program

Mitkadem's self-paced and child-centered approach allows each student to achieve according to his/her own ability, identifes those students who need additional help early on, and gives the learner the ability to move more quickly through the material. 

The program consists of 23 ramot, or levels. Students may work independently, with another student at a similar level, or with another student in a "tutorial" relationship. In a Mitkadem classroom, the teacher becomes more of a resource and facilitator for students' self-directed Hebrew learning.

Ramot in PDF

Mitkadem Alef-Bet and Vowels Ramah 6 Ramah 12 Ramah 18
Mitkadem Prayer Map Ramah 7 Ramah 13 Ramah 19
Ramah 2 Ramah 8 Ramah 14 Ramah 20
Ramah 3 Ramah 9 Ramah 15 Ramah 21
Ramah 4 Ramah 10 Ramah 16 Ramah 22
Ramah 5 Ramah 11 Ramah 17  


Prayers for Ramot

Ramah 4 Ramah 9 Ramah 13 Ramah 16
First Candle Chanukkah—Chanting Shema—Chanting Oseh Shalom—Chanting Aleinu—Chanting
Second Candle Chanukkah—Chanting Shema—Reading Oseh Shalom—Reading Aleinu—Reading
Candle Blessings for Shabbat and Holy Days Ve'ahavta—Chanting Shalom Rav—Chanting  
Shehechiyanu for Chanukkah Ve'ahavta—Reading Shalom Rav—Reading Ramah 17
Food Blessings—Chanting   Sim Shalom—Chanting Chatzi Kaddish—Friday Night 
Food Blessings—Reading Ramah 10 Sim Shalom—Reading Chatzi Kaddish—Reading
  Ge'ulah Evening—Reading   Chatzi Kaddish—Saturday AM 
Ramah 6 Ge'ulah Morning—Reading Ramah 14  Kaddish Yatom—Reading 
Torah Blessings—Chanting Mi Chamochah Evening—Chanting  Kedushah—Chanting  
Torah Blessings—Reading Mi Chamochah Morning—Chanting Kedushah—Reading  Ramah 19
    V'shamru—Chanting   After Haftarah—Long Chant
Ramah 7 Ramah 11 V'shamru—Reading After Haftarah—Long Reading
Yotzer—Reading Avot Chant    After Haftarah—Short Chant
Ma'ariv Aravim—Reading Avot Read  Ramah 15 After Haftarah—Short Reading
    Adonai Sfatai—Chanting Before Haftarah—Chanting
Ramah 8 Ramah 12 Adonai Sfatai—Reading Before Haftarah—Reading
Ahavah Rabbah—Reading Gvurot Smr Meitim Read Elohai N'tzor—Chanting  
Ahavat Olam—Reading Gvurot Wnt Hakol Chant     
  Gvurot Wnt Hakol Read    


Dynamic Hebrew Learning Groups
Celebrating Sukkot at Temple SinaiHebrew studies at Temple Sinai:
• Small, dynamic learning groups, guided by one of our teachers;
• Organized by instructional level, or ramah;
• Organized into groups with a maximum of four students;
• Take place once per week, for an hour and a quarter;
• Take place either at students’ homes or at Temple (rooms will be available at Temple from Sunday to Thursday);
• Include short podcasts based on each prayer, in order to incorporate some aspect of Temple into the lesson.

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Kita Dalet Prayers
Kita Dalet students will be tested by one of the rabbis, cantors, or director of congregational learning. An 80% prayer book reading proficiency will be required to place out of Kita Hey (Grade 7).

The prayer project testing will be done from the end of April to May.
If a student requires more Hebrew enrichment, they will be required to attend Wednesday classes during the fall semester.
To maintain siddur proficiency, a prayer service will be conducted once a month on Tuesdays before Religious School. This service will be held at 6.30 p.m. Attendance is expected for at least six of those services in their grade 7 year for those who have passed the proficiency test.

To download the readings, please click here.

Listen to the Readings:

Barchu Peace Divine Power Hatikvah
Ma'ariv Aravim Sim Shalom Mah Tovu Ein Keiloheinu
Shema Aleinu Elu D'varim  
Va'yomer Kiddush for Shabbat Morning Morning Blessings  
Reader's Kaddish God of our Ancestors Source of Love  

Religious School Closings

Hebrew and Religious School ClosingTemple Sinai makes every effort to keep school open. In the event of inclement weather or an emergency closing, please consider one of the following:

            1. Check our Web site for up-to-date news.
            2. Listen to 680 News or check their Web site (www.680news.com).
            3. Call the school at 416.487.3281 during normal office hours, or dial extension 255, if auto answer is on.