Jewish Studies

Love of Learning: Talmud Torah

Beginning at six months old, children get 30 minutes of daily instruction in Jewish studies.  Judaics is taught in three ways: Holiday education – learning about the customs and celebrations of Jewish holidays; introduction of basic Torah stories – stories woven into the five books of the bible. Children learn about Noah and the Ark, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Abraham and Sarah, and the joy of welcoming others; introductory Hebrew – children learn their colors, numbers, letters, and shapes, as well as basic vocabulary in English and Hebrew as soon as they begin speaking. Rusty on your Hebrew or have no idea of what any of it means? Don’t worry, we have lots of resources on Hebrew you receive when you enroll as well as throughout the year. Learn as much or as little as you’d like.

Samone Gilbert

Judaics Teacher

Shalom, my name is Samone Gilbert. I am so excited to be your child’s Judaic school teacher. I was brought up at B’nai Israel and I was even one of the first people Bat Mitzvahed at this location.  When I was twenty, I started my teaching career at B’nai Israel Day School and taught kindergarten in the Hebrew school. When the director at the time opened her own preschool, she took me with her. It brings me much joy to come full circle back to my roots. I can’t wait for you to meet my mishpachah. My husband Rick and I have been married for twenty-four years. We have two beautiful daughter, Valon 20 and Peyton 19. Valon will be starting nursing school in the spring and Peyton will be finishing up her senior year of college at Jacksonville University. My parents Edward and Beverly Gilbert and our four dogs make up the rest of our local family. I’m looking forward to wonderful year with your children.