Welcome to the 2020-21
or 5781 school year!
We are very excited about your participation in our Jewish educational journey. Our goal is to welcome students and families to an environment that encourages spiritual and academic growth. You will find registration forms attached to this email that can be downloaded and mailed or emailed to the office. All Jewish families are welcome to enroll your children in our Limud (education) program. If you are interested in becoming a member of Congregation Albert, please contact our synagogue administrator, Joell Ackerman for more details.
Our youth education program is based on a philosophy of Jewish Peoplehood. We welcome Jewish families of all types and encourage family participation in congregational activities, services, special programs, tzedakah projects, tikkun olam opportunities and more.
The school’s “learn & do” approach to education combines student and family participation in social action, mitzvot, and ritual/holiday experiences with the study of Torah, other sacred texts, history, and tradition in the classroom setting. This year, classes will be online until state health officials allow for in-person education.
In addition to regular classes Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings with the teachers, we also will be introducing the Shalom Learning Hebrew and Judaic Studies platform that can be accessed easily online and used in the traditional classroom setting.
The program will engage the students in a variety of ways:
Online classes on Sundays and Wednesdays (days/times vary by grade level)
Monthly Matanah, a package or assignment that is completed at home and reviewed in class
Shalom Learning platform-teachers access during class with student log-ins for home use
Thank you for being a part of our learning community.
Rachel Sternheim, M.A, Ed.
Director of Education
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a home filled with Jewish tradition, values and celebrations, a love of community and Israel developed from an early age. The connection grew through involvement in youth groups, Hillel and visits to Israel.
Working as a Hebrew school teacher sparked a calling that resulted in graduating from University of New Mexico with BS in Education, teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a move toward educational administration, earning an MA in Education from the American Jewish University and a BA in Hebrew Letters from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies. As the principal of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School in Beverly Hills, key initiatives included the development of a gifted and talented focus, implementation of the foreign language teaching standards and the Hebrew Proficiency model, multiage learning, and an emphasis on individualized staff development.
In 2013, starting an educational consulting practice with a special emphasis on the needs of parents of gifted students, has allowed additional insight into the important role of parents in education. Sharing a home filled with celebration, books and a love of the arts with husband, Harvey and two teenage daughters has added joy and blessing to her life.