At FJA, students are encouraged to explore their connections to Judaism beyond the classroom walls. Engendering well-rounded, thoughtful individuals, the Jewish life of the school provides a strong foundation for Jewish growth. Just as students are accustomed to balancing a dual curriculum in the academic sphere, we aim to provide students with an opportunity to balance their spiritual, social, and community needs. We do this in several ways:
Shabbatonim (Shabbat Retreats)
One of the unique components of education at FJA is our emphasis on providing students with opportunities to explore meaningful Jewish experiences outside the classroom. Our Shabbatonim (Sabbath retreats; singular = Shabbaton) highlight how experiential education helps build a solid foundation for further exploration of Judaism and Jewish identity both individually and as part of a collective group.
On a Shabbaton, students and faculty spend an entire Shabbat (Friday afternoon to Saturday night) together playing, praying, bonding, and learning with more freedom and flexibility than the regular school day permits. Because we believe so strongly in the centrality of Shabbatonim to achieving our Mission, we ask that families make every effort to ensure that all students will be able to attend the grade-level Shabbaton.
Minyan (prayer time)
An integral part of Jewish life, Minyan has always been a source of strength and reflection for individuals and communities. Frankel Jewish Academy is committed to offering daily prayer opportunities where students can engage in the meaning of prayer as well as acquire skills necessary to navigate through the siddur (prayer book) and lead prayer services.
Rosh Chodesh snacks
The Jewish calendar follows the cycle of the moon. The first day of every Jewish month is called Rosh Chodesh. The beginning of each month offers us an opportunity for renewal, reflection and redemption.
On each Rosh Chodesh, FJA students are treated to breakfast snacks in the commons, graciously provided by FJA Parent Council.
Calendar celebrations and observances
The FJA school year is impacted greatly by the Jewish calendar. As we observe the special days of the year, we connect ourselves to more than 3000 years of Jewish tradition. Over the course of the school year we will observe and commemorate Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pesach (Passover), Shavuot, Chanukah, Purim, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Tu B’shvat, Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day), Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim.
Shabbat and Holy Days
The school’s commitment to Shabbat and Holy Days is an essential element in developing FJA community. As such, school programs will ensure start times and end times that do not conflict with Shabbat or Holy Day observances. Additionally, students will not be expected to complete homework on Shabbat and Holy Days.