Al Pi Darko: A Program of Inclusion
The phrase Al Pi Darko, taken from the Book of Proverbs (22:6), was King Solomon's brilliant pedagogical philosophy of "Educate each child according to their own way." At Temple Sholom, we are committed to that philosophy when it comes to Jewish Education, with each child's curriculum designed to best suit their needs.
The Al Pi Darko program provides a process to assess the needs of children who require additional support in our Jewish Education program, and strives to meet those needs. We believe that…
- Each of us learn differently and that we must strive to meet the needs of all of our learners
- We are all created in the image of Adonai and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity
- Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah should be open to all children in our community, and tailored to the needs of each individual learner. It should be “appropriately challenging” so each child feels a sense of accomplishment and pride
Al Pi Darko offers different programs, based on the needs of your child. These may include:
- A trained consultant working with the classroom teacher to adjust academic/behavioral expectations
- Pull-out tutoring as needed for certain subjects (e.g., extra support learning Hebrew, etc.)
- A high school-aged mentor to help support your child in the classroom
- A trained adult para-professional to support your child in the classroom
- Our “Alternative Learning” Judaica class for children on the autistic spectrum
- One-on-one tutoring
If you feel your child would benefit from the Al Pi Darko program, please contact our Religious School Director, Jennifer Levine, to schedule an appointment.