Sinai Akiba middle school, a Conservative Jewish day school for students in sixth through eighth grades, imbues a love for Israel, Judaism, and a passion for learning. The Judaic Studies program emphasizes text study and continues to strengthen Hebrew language skills while applying them to increasingly sophisticated issues of Jewish thought and belief. We encourage Middle School students to make the language and concerns of Jewish tradition their own. Using Hebrew as the primary language of instruction, faculty provide opportunities for students to interpret and apply their understanding of sacred and literary texts to art, drama, song, and community experiences and to explore issues of personal identity, group interaction, moral responsibility, and religious sensitivity.
The study of Torah Sheb’al Peh (the rabbinic tradition of oral Torah) examines selected rabbinic and Jewish legal texts in the context of contemporary society, emphasizing the applicability of the tradition to the students’ lives. T'filah (Prayer) emphasizes the relationship between understanding and motivation. We teach students to recite the classical morning service and prepare them to lead daily services and a Torah service on Thursdays with an integrity vested with personal meaning. Through an Iyun Tefillah program, we explore the meaning of the prayers recited daily.
The Hebrew language program reinforces Hebrew grammar and composition while emphasizing Modern Hebrew language through literature, poetry, drama, songs and creative writing. The goal of our Hebrew program is to help students develop a love for the language while becoming proficient speakers, readers, and writers. We study the Bible for historical, cultural, and religious reasons. From post-Biblical times to the present, the Jewish people have used the study of Bible to organize and understand their experiences. Our Middle School students deepen their study of Tanakh First Prophets, and selections from Rashi, the classic eleventh century biblical commentator.
We prepare students for the challenges of high school, enabling them to become Jewish adults living meaningful, fulfilling lives as caring and contributing members of society. We offer many wonderful educational and extracurricular opportunities through which our students are challenged and develop in different areas—both as Jews and as Americans. Our faculty is a cohesive, nurturing group dedicated to helping children succeed in Middle School. We take great pride in knowing each of our students as individuals with their own passions and needs, and in working to provide an academically, emotionally, and socially engaging, challenging, and supportive program for each child.
One of the highlights of the Schechter Westchester Middle School experience and the culmination of nine years of study about Israel and its people is our eighth grade trip to Israel. The itinerary for the trip is organized in chronological order through Jewish history, teaching students the relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.