Religious School

OUR MISSION The mission of the Har Sinai Congregation Religious School is to provide an education for our children that will help them develop a strong and positive Jewish identity. We hope to instill in the children a sense of spirituality and a bond to the Jewish people and Israel through the study of Torah,… Read more

History

Founded on May 15, 1842, Har Sinai Congregation is the oldest continuously Reform Jewish Congregation in the United States. During its first year, regular services were conducted at the home of Moses Hutzler on Exeter Street and Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. Abram Hutzler, who had become a bar mitzvah in a temporary meeting-place, describes Har… Read more

Mission Statement

Har Sinai Congregation is a dynamic, caring community that honors our Jewish tradition to continue the covenant while empowering members to explore relationships with God, Torah and the world around us.

Judaica & Gift Shop

Jud Shop

WRJ Sisterhood’s Judaica & Gift Shop is an elegant shop right here at Har Sinai. Open on Sundays during Religious School. Summer hours at your convenience. Contact Margery- 410-486-8581, Paula- 410-404-4171 or Nadine- 410-484-1392.

Har Sinai Congregation

Founded on May 15, 1842, Har Sinai Congregation is the oldest continuously Reform Jewish Congregation in the United States.
During its first year, regular services were conducted at the home of Moses Hutzler on Exeter Street and Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
Sermons:
Rosh Hashana Morning Sermon – The Power of Jewish Education

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Vayeshev Making Sense of Important Moments in History

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Religious School

OUR MISSION
The mission of the Har Sinai Congregation Religious School is to provide an education for our children that will help them develop a strong and positive Jewish identity. We hope to instill in the children a sense of spirituality and a bond to the Jewish people and Israel through the study of Torah, Hebrew, Tefillah (prayer) and history; practice of mitzvot (commandments and values); celebration of Jewish holidays & life-cycle events; and, participation in the life of the Jewish community.

Through the use of creative programs, educational strategies and techniques, including music and art, teachers nurture the youth of Har Sinai Congregation families who cherish our sacred religion.

SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS
In keeping with our belief in Jewish education for all children, Har Sinai Congregation opens its doors to all Jewish children, regardless of physical or mental abilities, so they may participate in Religious School. Our role is to provide them with a continuing and positive identification with their Jewish heritage, and with the temple , and to promote a love of Judaism as a way of life.

GOALS OF REFORM JEWISH EDUCATION
Reform Jews believe that Judaism contains answers to the challenges and questions confronting the human spirit, and that a knowledgeable Jew can successfully discover these answers.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG CONGREGANTS
Religious School from pre-K through 12th grade
3 and 4 year olds’ program – Menschkins
Grades K-7 and Madrichim (grades 8-12)
Grades 8-12 meet as part of BEIT-RJ
Family Education Programs

Religious School Schedule

 

YOUTH GROUPS

 

HaSTY: Grades 8-12

HaSTY, or Har Sinai Congregation Temple Youth, is a vibrant organization run for and by the youth of Har Sinai Congregation. The HaSTY teens have adopted the Hippo as their mascot. Aaron Klaus, Youth Engagement Coordinator, is the advisor for HaSTY, which runs social, educational and religious activities for 8th – 12th grade students throughout the year. Aaron Klaus is thrilled to be joining the Har Sinai community this year and cannot wait to work with the awesome teens of HaSTY and the great kids in Kol Tov, Chaverim and Club Rishon!  In addition to working as the Youth Engagement Coordinator, Aaron will oversee the madrichim program and teach music in the Religious School.  He graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 with degrees in physics and trumpet performance and came to Baltimore by way of the DC area where he worked at Temple Micah as a religious school teacher, Hebrew tutor and song leader.  In 2006 and 2007, Aaron was a counselor and song leader for fourth through sixth graders at the URJ Eisner Camp.  Aaron is an alumnus of URJ Kutz Camp, NFTY-MAR and NFTY in Israel.  While in high school, he served for two years as the RCVP of his youth group and as a NFTY-MAR song leader.  Aaron is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Music Education at Towson University.  In his free time, Aaron enjoys exercising, cooking and rooting for the Orioles.

Some favorite HaSTY activities include movie nights, trips to ski, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and visits to amusement parks. Opportunities are provided for HaSTY-ites to join together in performing Tikkun Olam, making the world whole, by doing social action projects. HaSTY is a youth group of NFTY-Mar (the North American Federation of Temple Youth, Mid-Atlantic Region). Throughout the year, many of HaSTY’s teens travel the region attending regional events with other teens.

Kol Tov: Grades 6-8

This group provides our middle-schoolers with a social outlet with their HSC and community friends. Fun social events, regional travel, leadership development programs and community service projects give members a feel for the senior youth group ahead.

Chaverim: Grades 3-5

This group gives kids a chance to interact with Jewish peers outside the classroom. In-house events and off-site trips provide a balance of activity.

Club Rishon: Grades K-2

Our First Club meets two times a year as an introduction to youth group activities.

Membership Application Forms: