Morning tefillah (prayer experiences) connect the children to the stories, songs and values of our people, and serve as a springboard into the day.
Beginning the first week of kindergarten, students learn how to use prayer to reflect on their choices and behaviors. They grow competent and confident in their ability to recite each prayer, and understand that prayer is most meaningful when it includes both keva (fixed words) and the kavanah (intention).
Tefillah are constructed in intentionally pluralistic ways, and help students utilize core words and ideas of our tradition to connect meaningfully with God, our community and our heritage. Each year, students re-examine their understanding of each prayer, which grows deeper in meaning as they mature. Students also develop tefillah leadership skills each year: they learn how to lead havdalah in kindergarten, how to chant Torah in 3rd grade, and how to lead Hallel in 7th grade.