Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts
An education at Rashi speaks to a student's mind, heart, and soul. Throughout the week, we guide students to becoming proud and knowledgeable Jews with strong Jewish identities. Children are encouraged to ask questions that inform their decisions as they cultivate a personal understanding of Judaism and chart a spiritual path of integrity and meaning.
Graduates of the Rashi School emerge with a profound knowledge of Judaism, a level of Jewish self-assurance, and a commitment to Israel and the Jewish people that would have been very difficult to achieve in any other educational setting.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Former President Union for Reform Judaism

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  • Leadership

    Rashi employs both a school rabbi and a dedicated middle school rabbi who support the Jewish and religious studies in the school.
  • Torah

    The study of Torah emphasizes interacting with the ancient text and connecting the stories to contemporary issues. We approach Torah as a living document, a foundation for informed questioning that serves as an inspiring resource and a guide for how to face life’s challenges.
  • Hebrew Language

    The language of the Jewish people is a central component of Jewish identity. Hebrew connects us with prayer (t’fillah), Bible (TaNaKh), and the state of Israel (medinat Yisrael). Our emphasis is on modern Hebrew with exposure to biblical Hebrew.
  • Prayer

    The understanding of prayer and its intention helps students learn about themselves and develop and a common bond with other members of the Jewish community.

    Our goal is that prayer (t’fillah) helps ground students in Jewish tradition and enhances children’s spirituality. Students learn the words and historical background of prayers while at the same time develop a personal religious practice. Rashi students participate in morning minyan either once or twice a week depending on their age and all of our students end the week with a joyful Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoons.
  • Holidays

    As a Jewish school, holiday celebrations are part of the cycle of the school year. Both within the classrooms and as a larger school community, the power and excitement of holidays are felt. Holidays give us an opportunity to truly live a life inspired by joyful Judaism. Students look forward to casting bread into the Charles River in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, shaking the lulav and etrog in the Sukkah on Sukkot, lighting the Chanukah candles for Chanukah, being part of a costume parade in the halls of NewBridge on the Charles on Purim, and many more such joyful representations of Jewish life.
  • Israel

    Rashi students develop a deep engagement with Israel through the study of Israeli culture and history. Through our ongoing relationship with the Leo Baeck School in Haifa, our eighth graders and their Israeli peers travel and learn together in both Israel and the Boston area. These travels create real and lasting connections between our children and the people of Israel.

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  • Valuing Diversity

    We aim to be an open and inclusive Jewish community that is able to welcome and nurture all who enter our doors.
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  • Affiliation with the Reform Jewish Movement

    Rashi's affiliation with the Reform Movement informs our practice, thought processes and celebrations. We encourage our students to explore and to cultivate their own religiosity through questioning, thinking and re-thinking.
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