Overview

Masada College is an Orthodox Jewish day school that draws on students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Our inclusive approach to learning makes sure that every student receives a meaningful and relevant education. Our Jewish Life Department encourages our students to explore their past, understand contemporary Judaism and actively and proudly celebrate their Jewish identities through practice and social action.

In the classroom, our Jewish Life teachers adopt an interactive approach to learning which blends seamlessly with our Culture of Thinking. This is extended beyond the classroom into our dynamic informal program which focuses on experiential Judaism.

We pride ourselves on producing young men and women who embody a ‘living Judaism’ – students who guarantee the continuity of Judaism through practice, understand their communal responsibilities and are proud of their connection to the State of Israel and their heritage.

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Curriculum

Our Junior School Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes focus on imparting a love for Judaism and Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel). In Hebrew, our students follow the iTaLAM and Chaverim B’ivirt programs in Years 1- 6. Our days begin with tefilla (prayers) so that when our Year 6 students enter Senior School, they feel at home in our synagogue and are able to lead the morning service.

In senior school, our students in Years 7-9 attend tefilla each morning while our Year 10 – 12 students participate in a combination of tefilla and workshops which challenge and deepen their connection to Judaism.

Year 7 follows a Bnei Mitzvah program which ensures they have both the skills and literacy to conduct themselves as young Jewish men and women in our community. Year 8 consolidates the learning of Year 7 through Yahadut (Judaic) classes, while Year 9 and 10 students are offered a taste of contemporary Jewish ethics and the politics of Israel classes, as well as challenging social action projects.  Years 9 and 10 also study Jewish history, focussing on the history of modern Israel and the Holocaust. Years 7 – 10 culminate in the dynamic and exciting Israel Study Tour (IST) where our students travel to Poland and experience firsthand the loss of Jewish life and culture through the Shoah, before making their way to Israel to experience the vibrancy of our State and the diversity of her people.

Years 11 and 12 offer the students opportunities to pursue Classical Hebrew and Studies of Religion at an HSC level as well as continuing Issues and Ethics classes, all of which makes our students aware of their roles as ambassadors for their Jewish community and Israel in tertiary educational facilities and in the workplace.

Informal Jewish Life is centred around Hamerkaz, where our team offers dynamic experiential programs that supplement our formal learning.  The Chaggim come to life through the celebration of Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Channukah. We come together to mark Yom HaShoah and Yom Hazikaron before celebrating with all Jews around the world to mark the birthday of Israel on Yom Ha’atzmaut. These informal days fill our students with an enduring pride in their Jewish identity within a multicultural Australia as well as forging an unbreakable bond with our beloved Israel.

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