Shomrei Torah Synagogue Early Childhood Center was originally chosen by The Jewish Theological Seminary's Melton Research Center for Jewish Education to participate in a program called Ma'alah. Ma'alah, which is a Hebrew acronym for Mivtza Ivrit Lagil Harach, is translated as Early Childhood Hebrew Language Immersion Project. What began as a pilot program has now evolved into a new model of excellence in utilizing Hebrew language immersion techniques to create proficient young Hebrew speakers. In addition to our staff being trained in this method of education, continuing education is provided at various seminars throughout the year.
The research on language immersion has consistently shown that young learners exposed to a second language continuously and exclusively for a minimum of three hours daily, demonstrate enhanced intellectual prowess and general academic growth. As well, students will have the advantage of Hebrew fluency. From this foundation, we know that our students will be positioned to gain a more meaningful and powerful subsequent Jewish and general education.
Starting at an early age: