What is a Supplementary School?
A Supplementary School is a Jewish educational programme that meets on weekends or mid-week, when full-day schooling is not in session. These schools are sometimes referred to as “Heder”, or Hebrew School or Religious School. Supplementary Schools are operated by synagogues and by independent groups. They run the gamut of religious orientation including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Humanistic and Secular.
The current trend in Supplementary School education is to offer a range of dynamic experiences, in classrooms and other settings, which cover subject areas ranging from Hebrew skills, Jewish life cycle events, Jewish history and Israel.
In Toronto supplementary schools can be found from downtown to Newmarket, Mississaugua to the east end. Schools affiliated with the CJE receive programmatic and funding support.
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