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Jewish Heritage

Hillcrest is not a religious school, but our proud Jewish heritage and culture are woven throughout the curriculum. We celebrate Jewish holidays and teach Hebrew while remaining inclusive to all beliefs and Canadian culture.

We believe that an understanding of the Hebrew language and traditions is an integral part of each child’s sense of community and heritage. We offer a weekly Hebrew program to all students, and children learn basic Hebrew language skills through an enjoyable program including stories, puppets, music and role-play.

Jewish holidays are celebrated in a traditional, child-oriented manner, through song, dance and storytelling. Holidays come alive through puppet shows, school-wide music circles and dramatization.

Every Friday, the children celebrate Shabbat. They sing songs celebrating Shabbat traditions and enjoy a snack of challah and “wine” (grape juice). Parents are welcome to join in this special time with their child by signing up for a Shabbat visit.