The Rutland Jewish center is home to a small but vibrant religious school that meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00–6:00 pm during the school year (we coordinate our schedule with Rutland City schools), and roughly once a month for Junior Congregation on Saturday mornings from 10:15 until about noon. Students generally attend religious school through and including the year of their b'nai mitzvah; however, education doesn't stop at 13. Our teen group
also meets regularly during the school year.
We offer instruction in liturgical Hebrew as well as Jewish history, values and ethics. Throughout the course of the year, we offer various family programs, usually centered around Jewish holidays or RJC special events.
The mission of the Rutland Jewish Center Religious School is to create a pedagogical and spiritual environment that promotes, teaches and nurtures Jewish identity and a living Judaism in its students. The Religious School will provide:
• Classroom and experiential educational programming;
• Knowledge and experience of prayer and a prayer life;
• Hebrew as a prayer language and a modern language;
• TaNaKh, Torah Scholarship, Midrash;
• Jewish Year Cycle and Life Cycle;
• History and Current Events;
• An understanding of Jewish Values and their applicability in one's life;
• Opportunities for family learning;
• Opportunities for tzedakah and gemilut chassadim;
• An appreciation for Jewish art, music, dancing, and crafts;
• An affinity for the Jewish people, our Jewish heritage and the State of Israel; and
• A foundation for developing a life-long relationship with God
For students in 8th—12th grades, the RJC offers the opportunity to meet regularly with other Jewish teens to socialize and explore issues and ethics in contemporary and historical Judaism. Generally, the teen group meets on Sunday evenings when Rutland City schools are in session.