Educating our children about Judaism is one of the most important functions of our community. A strong Jewish education is critical to encouraging our children's love and understanding of Judaism, allowing them the ability to make Jewish life decisions as they grow older, and ensuring that they remain committed to a Jewish life. The The Joan S. Beren Jewish Community School is a joint effort of the two Jewish congregations in Wichita, Congregation Emanu-El and Ahavath Achim Congregation, to provide a broad and comprehensive Jewish education for our children from pre-K through 9th grade.
The WJCS curriculum includes the study of holidays, prayer, theology, Bible, Hebrew language, Israel, contemporary Jewish life, Jewish thought and values, Jewish history, and Jewish music and culture. With financial support from the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, WJCS is led by a full-time education director and overseen by a committee comprised of members appointed by the boards of both congregations.
The school meets on Wednesday evenings for Judaic studies and on Sunday mornings for Hebrew lab. An integral part of the school, which we share with the entire Jewish community, is the monthly Shabbaton program, featuring a joint Shabbat service, classroom studies for the children, a visiting speaker for the adults, and a Kiddush lunch for all. The Wichita Jewish Community School is a fun, warm, inviting place for our children to learn and to grow as Jews.
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