The Judaic Studies Program
Both of our daughters are growing up to be sensitive, caring and empathetic young people who have a deep sense of commitment to their Jewish hertiage and an understanding of their Jewish roots. We could have asked for nothing more important for our girls, and feel that by sending them to THA, we were able to do for them what no other school could have done.
Judaic studies at the Academy are unique in the Southwest and in the nation. Judaic studies are interwoven with secular studies. This approach enables our students to acquire a heightened consciousness of Jewish hertiage, tradition, culture, ethics and values as relevant to their lives. They study the Bible, Jewish holidays and traditions dynamically games, play, dance and songs. This HIGHLY INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM demonstrates to our students that Jewish ethics and history are related in significant ways to world history, science, mathematics, literature and the arts.
As a community day school our unique experiential prayer program senstizes children to the major movements in Judaism. Students learn the philosophy, history and ritual of each movement in Judaism, which they apply during prayer services. A comparative Judaism/Tefillah program for grades six through eight introduces children to the richness and complexity of Tefillah throughout the Jewish community. They study the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform experiences. Our students develop an APPRECIATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE MANY WAYS JUDAISM IS CELEBRATED. K'lal Yisrael becomes a real part of their life, philosophy, history and practice.
Our approach is to teach modern Hebrew as a living language. Starting in kindergarten, students begin to acquire the language through listening and responding---THEY LEARN TO THINK in Hebrew, NOT MERELY TO TRANSLATE. This provides them with the essential building blocks of language, allowing them to communicate both quickly and effectively. Our students are encouraged to take linguistic risks, allowing them to acquire language skills more rapidly. Instructors use real-life language experiences so that Jewish culture is central to the study of language. We couple the aural/oral approach with a strong foundation in reading, writing, spelling and the composition of thoughtful, cogent essays.