The Torat HaLev Spirit School

DSC_0418_640pxAt the Torat HaLev school, students and families learn tools to enliven Jewish practice and raise spiritual consciousness. We draw upon Judaism as a rich source of values and traditions to sustain ourselves and cultivate righteous action in the world.

Our school serves families with children in kindergarden through 5th grade*. Run on a family education model, parents are in the classroom, helping and learning alongside their children. Exploring Judaism together, families deepen their connections to tradition, to each other, and to community.

*Students in sixth grade and up may join our Tuesday afternoon program (see below) and/or are eligible to become part of our B’nei Mitzvah Program (see separate page).

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Using a variety of modalities including music, art, storytelling, meditation, and drama, our fun and engaging classes deepen students’ connections to the rhythms of Jewish life and the cycles of the seasons. Students explore the spiritual side of Judaism through direct experiences with meditation, chant, and contemplative practices. Together we engage in mitzvah projects that allow us to put our values into action and collaborate in building tikkum olam (repair of the world).

Classes focus on specific themes that rotate each year. This year’s theme is PEACE. Explore teachings and practices for cultivating peace within ourselves, within our families, in society and in the world.

Basic Hebrew skills (decoding, simple vocabulary, prayers) are taught every year. Other themes include Torah stories, the Jewish calendar and holidays, Prayers and Blessings, Symbols and Rituals, and Jewish values.  Students who return year after year will develop a strong foundation on which to build their future participation in the community through adolescence and into adulthood.

SUNDAY MORNING FAMILY PROGRAM  (Parent participation is required)

Our Sunday program meets two Sunday mornings per month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and welcomes children from Kindergarten through 4th grade and their parents (at least one parent must attend with their child/ren each week).  Our sessions include spirited music, tefilah (prayer and contemplative practices), some Hebrew, and exploration of our main theme through story, art, drama, movement, and small group activities.

Sunday Schedule  10am – 12pm
Sept 27 (Erev Sukkot), Oct 11, Oct 25 , Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6(Hanukkah)
Jan 10, Jan 24 (Tu B’shvat), Feb 7, Feb 28, Mar 13, Mar 20, April 10, April 17, May 8, May 22 (L’ag B’omer)

TUESDAY AFTERNOON HEBREW PROGRAM (parent participation is optional)

Our Tuesday program meets two Tuesday afternoons per month from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. and serves children in 4th-6th grade, and adults interested in learning Hebrew for the first time. The focus on Tuesday is on developing Hebrew skills (reading, basic vocabulary, beginning prayer and some modern Hebrew conversation).

The Tuesday afternoon class can serve as a preparatory class for entering our B’nei Mitzvah program, which serves students in 6th grade and older.

*this class requires at least four enrolled students in order to run. Schedule will be provided once four students are enrolled.

Read about fees and registration here. For more information, contact Marla Kolman Antebi, at 510-704-9687 or send email to