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Hineini (K-6 Religious School at TST)

Imagine a place where your children will be known and loved.

 Imagine your children exploring Jewish values first for themselves, then within communities in which they gather: their families, friends, neighborhoods, classrooms, TST community; and finally, in the world beyond those familiar communities. How can Judaism guide and inspire them to learn, question, and act?

Hineini, K-6 Jewish Learning @Temple Shir Tikva
Hineini הִנֵנִי 
Here I am
I am here
I matter
Showing up matters
How we show up matters
Why we show up matters


Hineini means, “I am here” or “Here I am” and we see it as a statement of presence. Now, more than ever, we know the power of being present – together. We are excited to welcome back our students to the building this fall.  

Our curriculum is based on middot (character traits) that are deeply Jewish and also relevant to our lives today. Our learners and families have the opportunity to explore traits like patience, kindness, courage, humility, holiness, and enthusiasm as lenses through which we view our daily lives, Jewish holidays, and Jewish stories. Our program includes music, prayer, art, play, STEM, Hebrew, and something we call Bonim Banim (lit. building the children)—the social-emotional learning component that is the basis for building relationships and community.

We are inspired by the text in Pirkei Avot 1:14:

אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי. וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי. וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתָי

Im ein ani li mi li. uchsheani l’atzmi, ma ani. V’im lo achshav einmatai.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?

The Education Team has been hard at work all summer and we are excited to share some information about our plans for learning this year.


New for 5782 

This coming school year, we are excited to: 

  • Introduce new middot (character traits) into our learning, expanding on our program from last year 

  • Pilot Project-Based Learning (PBL) in parts of our school – allowing students more direct voice and choice over their own learning 

  • Deepen and expand the practice of small-group Hebrew learning  

  • Launch chevruta (Jewish practice of partnered learning) to enrich our school community and dive deeper into what it means to learn together  




Education Program Core Values

We live our lives embedded in a sacred web of relationships that connect us to each other and the Jewish people at large.

Judaism is our spiritual home, the place where we are deeply welcomed and fully seen in all of our wholeness.

Tikkun Olam
We understand our role as partners with God in the work of repairing the brokenness of our world; we are committed to the struggle to create a more just, fair, and sustainable world.

We show up as fully present to this moment.  We are awake to the life within and around us and stand ready to respond to the calls of our times while listening to the still, small voice within.

We are energized and engaged by the endless possibilities of our world and the boundless wisdom of our Torah and tradition. 

G’milut Chasadim
We practice loving kindness at all times, in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world that sustains us all.

It is a blessing to be alive and to be a part of this sacred community, and we celebrate those blessings together.

Wed, August 4 2021 26 Av 5781