T'fillah - Prayer


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T'fillah (prayer) is integral to JCDS' pluralistic education and is one of the ways we provide a common grounding in Jewish practice and values. It expresses our core identity as a living, thriving Jewish community. JCDS is a safe space for students and the whole community to explore and grow in their own particular beliefs and understandings.

Lower School (K-4)

In the Lower School, students experience t'fillah every day in their classrooms. Classroom teachers teach and facilitate t'fillot themselves, along with guidance from the Jewish Life Team. The third and fourth grade classes conduct Mincha (afternoon services) once a week. On Thursdays, the fourth and fifth graders come together in the Beit Knesset (school sanctuary) for an energetic and expanded t'fillah with the madrich ruchani. Every Friday, each class holds a special Kabbalat Shabbat (preparation for shabbat), filled with singing and ruach. Once a month, the Lower School comes together for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoon and bi-monthly the entire school celebrates Kabbalat Shabbat together.

Middle School (5-8)

Like the Lower School, Middle School students participate in t'fillah experiences everyday, from communal Shacharit (morning prayer) with Torah Reading in the Beit Knesset (school sanctuary) to electives like davening with the Gan Nitzan students or understanding t'fillah through pottery. T'fillah electives, such as art, writing, debating, yoga, singing, traditional prayer and more, help broaden the scope of how t'fillah can be experienced and gives students freedom to choose what they feel best fits their traditions and beliefs. Some electives include:

  • Feminism: It's Not Just a Girl Thing
  • Get Back (t'fillah with Kindergarten)
  • T'fillah B'teva (nature)
  • Nigunim (music)
  • Kavanah Clinic (traditional)
  • T'fillah Drama
  • Art

T'fillah (Prayer Services):

The sequence of T'fillah over the course of the week is as follows:

Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM in the Beit Knesset Grades 5-8
Tuesday: 9:00 AM Student Lead Shacharit
Grades 6-8
Tuesday: 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Mincha Grades 5-8
Wednesday: 8:05 AM – 8:55 AM T'fillah Electives Grades 5-8
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:55 AM in the Beit Knesset Grades 6-8
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM in the Beit Knesset Grades 4-5
Friday: 9:00 AM Student Lead Shacharit Grades 6-8
Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat once a month Grades 5-8