Tzedek (justice), one of Rashi's five core values, is the heart of our curriculum and an essential part of our identity as a community. Tikkun olam (repairing the world) is part of our sacred mission.
A Fully Integrated Social Justice Curriculum
We offer an integrated and progressive social justice curriculum beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade 8. Our program creates opportunities for critical thinking, self-awareness, self-reflection, personal growth, and empowerment.
We introduce real-life, present-day issues that help students gain a deeper understanding of situations and societal trends at the local, national, and global level. At an early age, our students begin to build a foundation for advocacy and awareness by engaging in dialogues in a safe space, reading thought-proving texts, and hearing from guest speakers who offer different perspectives.
Our work with each grade is thoughtful, deliberate, relevant, developmentally appropriate, presented within a spiral curriculum, and always based on Jewish text. We help students derive meaning from texts which were written years ago by examining them critically to find relevance to their lives today.
Social Justice in Action
We actualize our learning through mitzvot, which makes the concept of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, tangible and visible for students. Students learn that social justice is a mandate from our tradition – each of us has unique skills and interests which we can put to work in some area which needs our help.
We emphasize that every child can make a difference in the world. We support each student's efforts to identify a problem of particular interest and to apply their unique skills to help address the problem.