Lincoln Jewish Community School (LJCS)

The Lincoln Jewish Community offers many opportunities for pre-K through 10th graders to develop their Jewish knowledge and Jewish identity through education. We are committed to passing our Jewish tradition from generation to generation (L'dor V'dor).

A vibrant learning environment

The Lincoln Jewish Community School provides a learning environment focused on each child. Our small class sizes foster fun, friendship, and learning under the mentorship of caring teachers.

Classes meet during the school year on Sunday mornings (for all students) and on Wednesday evenings (for grades 3 and higher).

We use the ShalomLearning curriculum, which is focused on teaching Jewish values interactively and positively. Students begin their formal Hebrew study in 3rd grade.

Tuition for LJCS is included with membership at either Lincoln congregration.

Our Classes

Gan Simcha (3 years to Kindergarten)

Gan Simcha is the class for yeladim (children) from age three through kindergarten. Gan Simcha meets once a week, on Sunday mornings. Teachers focus on interactive Jewish learning through play, song, art, and stories. Each class includes songs that teach simple Hebrew.

1st-3rd Grade

Students in our early-grade school engage in stimulating, interactive hands-on activities that explore Jewish values and holidays. Basic Hebrew phrases, prayers, and the Aleph-Bet are taught in a small group environment.

4th-7th Grade

Students in upper-grade school classes advance their Jewish learning abuild positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Through the values, students explore Jewish text, history, tefillah, and holidays. A primary focus is on individual strengths and promoting a peaceful world.

Gesher and Hallah High (8th-10th Grade)
Following their B'nai Mitzvah, students spend their first year in Gesher (bridge). They then move to Hallah High (9th and 10th grade). The curriculum is focused on Jewish Values and becoming a Jewish adult. The groups join together for tzedakah projects and learning, meeting once a week on Sundays.

After Hallah High

Our 11th and 12th graders can apply to be LJCS madrichim (classroom assistants). We love to watch our older teens develop as leaders and role models for our younger students.

Beyond LJCS

Following their involvement with LJCS, many students join Hillel on their college campus. For more information about Hillel at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln visit their website. We are proud to have many Hillel students as teachers at LJCS.