RANCHO SANTA FE — Nestled in the Ranch, the Rancho Santa Fe Hebrew School is preparing for its new school year with students arriving Sept. 13. Located at the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, the school caters to grades K to 8.
Devorah Raskin, who serves as the RSF Hebrew School Director, describes the school as one of Rancho Santa Fe’s best kept secrets and has the only program of its kind in the Ranch. And they afford an academic location where children of all backgrounds and nearby communities are welcomed, she said.
“Our school is a contemporary learning center that successfully caters to Jewish families from all walks of life. Our school welcomes every Jew, regardless of religious background or level of observance. It is for this reason that our school does not require any membership or prior affiliations as a condition for enrollment,” Raskin said. “Chabad Hebrew School was created with one goal in mind — to offer all Jewish children, even those with little or no background — an education and memories that will inspire them for a lifetime.”
Raskin pointed out that their lesson programs are multi-sensory and hands-on. She added that this helps ensure that their students thoroughly experience what they are being taught. The Rancho Santa Fe Hebrew School also utilizes the Aleph Champ Program© for reading fluency.
“Our lessons are structured with discussion-starters, to create a lively, interactive classroom experience.
The information truly becomes the student’s own,” she said. Raskin added, “Through this knowledge, these children grow into informed, thinking Jewish adults who will shape our communities and world for years to come.”
Raskin said that a new activity they are bringing the students this year to enhance its Hebrew language curriculum is Kids in the Kitchen-Mitzvah Mitbach.
“Students will learn about different cultural and traditional delicacies including a kosher pickle workshop, and how to make their own chicken matzah ball soup, award-winning challah bread, chocolate rugelach and more. Each class will be given in Hebrew encouraging students to practice their Hebrew vocabulary in a fun and non-pressuring way,” she said.
Students then donate their baked goods to a special organization of their choice.
Raskin noted how their alumni often request to continue their studies and give back by volunteering their time at the Hebrew school.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have a very warm Hebrew school family, where everyone takes an active role in committing to their child’s education,” she said. “It may be through volunteering at the Hebrew school, hosting school events at their home, participating in ‘out of school’ community building events, or being Hebrew school ambassadors.”
For those who would like to learn more, Raskin extends a personal invitation for a meeting and a tour. To learn more, contact Raskin at [email protected] or call (858) 756-7571.