Curriculum

 

Bnos Rabbeinu is renowned for our strong academic program. The curriculum emphasizes developing thinking skills that can be transposed to other experiences in both academics and life. Possibly the jobs our students will have in 10 years don’t exist today. Additionally, we enrich their abilities to understand life through the prism of a strong trust in G-d that will help them succeed, materially and spiritually, in all situations.

Judaic Studies

The purpose of the study of Judaica is to inculcate Jewish values, ideals and actions into the very fiber of each student.  The student will be able to apply her studies to her daily life in contemporary society.  Adherence to all facets of Jewish law as well as character growth and refinement are emphasized.

The student will enhance her appreciation for the truth in her Judaic studies.  She will develop the necessary skills to prepare and understand the texts in their original Hebrew or Yiddish language coupled with the desire and enthusiasm to continue to learn independently.

Through an emphasis on many different avenues of Chassidic philosophy, the student will be exposed to the Chassidic perspective and value system.  She will have the idealism that naturally flows from the Chassidic philosophy.  Her feelings for the Lubavitcher Rebbe MH”M will be intensified.  She will strive to be bonded to him with a deep affinity inherent in a Rebbe-Chasid relationship.  She will understand the imminence of the coming of the Moshiach and her personal responsibility to hasten his coming.  She will develop a strong sense of responsibility to G-d, the Lubavitcher Rebbe MH”M, the Jewish people and all of G-d’s creations. 

JUDAIC STUDIES 

The program includes the subjects listed below.  One unit of credit is awarded for a subject taught four times weekly.  Classes meeting more or less than four periods per week are awarded credit proportionally. Students earning a Bnos Rabbeinu High School diploma must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 20 units of credit. These credits include the following courses:

Chassidus

We emphasize the study of Judaica in general, and Chassidus specifically, knowing that Chassidus has the unique ability to fortify the soul with the strength needed to live a life for G-d in the world today.  Our Chassidus curriculum includes:

  • Tanya
  • Sichos
  • Moshiach
  • Ma’amorim
  • HaYom Yom
  • Chassidic History
  • Da Ma Lihashiv
  • Niggun

 

Thirty percent of our Judaica courses are in the Written and Oral Revealed Torah. The main emphasis of these courses are to train the student in learning skills, thinking skills, enduring understandings of Judaica thought, and broad as well as subject specific knowledge. This includes the following subjects:

  • Torah
  • Jewish Law
  • Niviim
  • Kisuvim
  • Tefila
  • Jewish History

The main goal of our Judaica program is to strengthen each student’s Judaism and Chassidish behaviors and perspective through the study of Torah and integration of what is studied into everyday life.

General Studies 

BRHS requires that students complete a minimum of 20 units of credit in general studies to graduate from high school.  Students are expected to take courses from the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Civics/Constitution
  • History
  • Computer Software
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Consumer Education
  • Community Service

Electives

Every day there is an electives class for the girls to have healthy opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways, including but not limited to

  •  Kickboxing
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Guitar
  • Art
  • Wig Styling

Foreign Language Program

Through the study of the Hebrew, Yiddish and Aramaic, the student will better understand the classic texts of Bible, Jewish law and philosophy and the major Medieval Commentaries.  The study of the Yiddish language will help the student learn the religious texts written in the Yiddish language.  The knowledge of Aramaic allows the student to delve into the various Bible commentators and Talmudic study.

Language Arts Program

The student will develop and define her communication skills, both written and oral so that she will be equipped to function as a contributing member of the American society at large and the Jewish community specifically.  She will learn to express ideas, think critically and find creative solutions to contemporary problems through the skills that she has been taught in the study of the English language and literature.

 Mathematics

The student will develop an increased appreciation for the logic and beauty of mathematics.  She will become more comfortable with mathematical concepts and ideas and be able to apply them to everyday situations.  She will develop strong logical reasoning skills.

Science

Through the study of the sciences, the student will recognize and appreciate the greatness of G-d as the Creator and Maintainer of the world.  She will develop a healthy curiosity about the world and a desire to learn more about it.  She will be interested in conservation of the environment.

Civics

The school provides instruction in American patriotism, the principles of representative government, as enunciated in the American Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the proper use and display of the American flag, and shall require pupils to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily. No student shall receive a certificate of graduation without passing an examination on these subjects. This study will enhance the student’s appreciation for the United States as the true ‘country of kindness.

The school is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Federal Department of Homeland Security.

 


 An alphabetized listing of some of the Bnos Chabad student council programs and activities

 1)       Achdus (Unity) Event

To heighten achdus awareness, Bnos Chabad coordinates a variety of programs. Through these programs, the student’s feeling, connection, and responsibility to her fellow classmates and the general community are intensified.

A) Coordinating a “Sisters Program” between schoolmates

B) Arranging out-of-town students to eat a Shabbos meal with a different family in the community (to foster bonds with the general Lubavitch community)

C) Tzinus Project to intensify internal and external levels of modesty personally and communally

 2)       Chanukah and Purim Parties

The Bnos Chabad parties for these Jewish holidays develop the student’s programming and organizational skills as well as enhance the bonds between them.

 3)       Chassidic Holidays

The student gatherings organized by the students to celebrate Chassidic holidays develop the student’s skills in organizing programs, enhance the bonds between themselves and increase the student’s feeling as Chassidim.

 4)       Color War

The annual color war develops the artistic talents of the students and strengthens the bonding between them.

 5)       Independent learning

Bnos Chabad has organized on their own initiative a learning program every Wednesday morning before schools commences and every Thursday evening.  This program develops in the student the actualization of independent learning and fosters her appreciation for learning and the desire to continue learning independently.  Additionally, the girls instituted “Rebbe Time” – informal, nightly gatherings to share insights and inspiration.

 Bnos Chabad also prints learning booklets 6 times annually as self-study for the students to prepare themselves spiritually for upcoming Chassidic holidays.  These booklets are designed to achieve the same above mentioned goals.

 6)       International Bnos Chabad Convention

Annually the entire school travels to New York to commemorate the passing of the wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.  Through this experience, the student develops a connection to the international Lubavitch Chassidic community and a strengthening of her feelings for Chassidism.  She also develops fundraising skills as the students raise the funds to pay for transportation costs.

 7)       Interschool Activities

To strengthen the feeling of unity and brotherly love between the local Orthodox Jewish girls’ high schools, BRHS have initiated a number of interschool activities.  These activities aid in the development of organizational skills and foster a sense of responsibility and love for one’s fellow man.

8)       Lag B’omer Outing

An annual trip on the Jewish holiday of Lag B’omer is planned, arranged, and executed by the students.  The organization of the trip enhances the student’s skills in all of the above.  In addition, the trip fosters strong bonds between the students.

 9)       Jewish Outreach

Bnos Chabad arranges weekly and monthly excursions to various hospitals, nursing homes, shopping centers and apartment complexes for Jewish outreach.  The student develops a self-confidence in speaking with people of various age brackets and backgrounds regarding religious matters.  This project also develops a heightened awareness of one’s responsibility to one’s fellow as well as strengthens the ability to organize such activities.

 10)     Theater or Cinematic Production

Through the production, done annually, the student develops her creative talents, forms strong bonds with fellow students and develops the organizational and management skills necessary to execute a major production.

 11)     Mother- Daughter Weekend

Relationships between mothers and daughters are strengthened and deepened through this weekend which is filled with lectures, workshops and panel discussions — (and student-catered meals) entirely organized by the students.

 12)     Weekend Retreat

Annually the students organize a weekend together.  Through this weekend the student’s skills in organization and programming are enhanced as well as strengthening the strong bonds between the students.

13)       Symposium

Through the student organizing the symposium, she develops programming and organizational skills, as well as broadening her knowledge and interest in an array of subjects

                                                                                        

The school is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Federal Department of Homeland Security.