We learn in a midrash that when our ancient Rabbis were asked: how do we guarantee the survival of the Jewish people?, their simple reply was “go to the houses of worship and study, go to the synagogues and listen.

If you do not hear the voices of children chanting and learning, we will not survive. But, if you hear the voices of children engaged in Jewish learning, we will endure forever!”

The Charles Pick Religious School teaches Jewish and Universal values to develop great character traits for life: respect, kindness, generosity, and determination.

Our school’s philosophy is based on a God-centered philosophy. We are a Reform synagogue that believes in a God that responds to prayer and in a God with whom we can talk. And we encourage our teachers to teach this God-centered philosophy. We have therefore assembled a staff of trained professional educators, who believe that EVERY child is entitled to a Jewish education, no matter what challenges he or she may face.

School Curriculum

Our school curriculum has been updated to greater meet the needs of our diverse students. Each class is taught by experienced educators, and is composed of mixed age groupings. Based upon his/her grade level, each student learns about Shabbat, Holidays, Prayer, Jewish Identity, Mitzvot, Bible, Hebrew, Holocaust Studies (introduced in an age-appropriate manner), and Sign Language. Our curriculum also includes a music and sign language component.

Torah Tot Program

The children in our youngest class learn about the holidays, mitzvot, tzedakah, bible stories, and synagogue skills, and are given an introduction to prayer and sign language.

In teaching children fundamental values – as they are being taught at home – we prepare them for a meaningful life and a life of giving to the community at large.

Now enrolling for children ages 3-6.

The Torah Tot program meets from 9:00 AM -10:30 AM Sunday mornings.

Aleph Class 

(1st & 2nd graders)

Students in the Aleph class continue their studies of mitzvot, Jewish symbols & holidays, synagogue skills, prayer, sign language, bible, and tzedakah. They continue learning Hebrew words and begin learning the Hebrew letters and beginning meditation. (3rd graders in this class also begin one hour of weekly Hebrew instruction.)

Bet Class

In the Bet class, our students begin to learn about their Jewish identity (life events, synagogue, and holidays), Israel, mitzvot, and the 10 Commandments (ethics). They also continue their studies in prayer, tzedakah, sign language, meditation, and Hebrew. We also begin to introduce Holocaust studies, in a curriculum geared to their age group.

Gimmel & Dalet Classes

Our Gimmel and Dalet students continue to study prayer, sign language, ethics, mitzvot, Israel, bible, holidays, tzedakah, and Jewish identity, and continue their study of the Holocaust and meditation. In this class a greater emphasis for our older students is placed on Hebrew instruction. At this level children not only learn to read Hebrew but also are engaged in studying Hebrew in prayer and as part of each holiday.

Hey Class

Our Rabbis teach the Hey class in conjunction with another instructor. The main emphasis of this class is mitzvot, ethics, Torah, prayer, Holocaust studies, current events as they relate to our Jewish community, and advanced meditation.

The CBS/HAD Hebrew School (3rd through 7th graders)

The Hebrew School program allows for additional weekly Hebrew instruction for our 3rd grade through Bar/Bat Mitzvah age students.