Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chassadim
We believe that Torah learning is a most wonderful gift that we can give to our children, and we aim to do so in ways that are loving, warm, joyous, and non-coercive.
A number of values are stressed in order to allow each child to find their way in Talmud Torah.
Keviat Itim L'Torah - Set times for learning
Central to our lifestyle is the principle that Torah learning should have a place in our daily schedule each and every day. Whether it be attending a class or chabura, reading a book, learning with a parent, sibling, friend, mentor, shul Rabbi, or someone else, spending time learning each and every day is of central importance to what we do.
Makom Shelibo Chafetz - Passion-Based Learning
Students are encouraged to have one Torah learning project in an area of learning that excites them. Guided by advisers, children can choose a topic and receive direction as to how to best learn and explore the subject. Students are encouraged to master primary texts related to their topic and to present their learning to others. This includes hands-on as well as textual learning.
A central part of serving Hashem is dependent on developing a true sense of self. Through activities that promote service to the community and self-development, we give a child a sense of belonging and meaning to their life. We believe that children should spend time developing their passions and engaging in social and recreational activities; such engagement is a central part of their natural development, which is necessary to grow their spiritual connection with Hashem.
Community Service Learning is an essential part of the child's finding a place and role in the community. Keser Shem Tov staff works to form community partnerships and to find our members opportunities for community service that allow them to give to others in ways that are genuine and that express their personal strengths. These activities are an essential part of our program, and we encourage students to be innovative, creative, and generous with their time to enhance their communities in ways that suit them best.