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Harry B Kellman Academy

2901 Chapel Ave W
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-1632

Phone:
(856) 667-1302

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At Kellman Academy we are committed to cultivating the spiritual lives of our children through the teaching of mitzvah and a dedication to academic excellence through the teaching of leadership skills, critical thinking skills and healthy self-esteem in each individual student. The soul of all our programs is our faculty. Consequently, intensive staff development is a central component of our school with faculty striving always to grow and to learn ourselves.

Our academic program is an intellectually challenging program that maintains high standards for the class while paying attention to the needs of the individual child. Differentiated instruction – meeting the needs of students with a wide variety of academic levels, learning styles, interests, and talents – is a cornerstone of our approach to education. Cooperative learning with flexible and fluid learning groups is a regular part of classroom life, alongside opportunities for full-class instruction and discussion as well as experiences in which students are able to work on their own.

Kellman Academy is affiliated with the Conservative Movement and accredited by the Solomon Schechter School Association. Our curriculum and religious practices are a product of Conservative ideology, in which Judaism is studied in its historical perspective and is viewed as a living religious and cultural heritage. We teach our students the major features of American civilization and Western culture and foster pride in the United States and an interest in actively promoting its welfare. The Academy affirms its commitments to Judaism and to the United States; as such it seeks to integrate the two civilizations in its programs, staff and students.

In keeping with the religious outlook of the Conservative Movement, which combines traditional Halachic observance with a modern evolutionary outlook, we emphasize that Mitzvot Maasiyot, the norms of traditional observance, are a necessary part of the fullest expression of Jewish life and daily forms of observance such as Kashrut, Tefillot and Brachot are incorporated into the school day. We believe it is our task to instill Jewish moral values in our students including respect and concern for others, honor of parents, honesty, hospitality, care of animals and nature, and love of learning. The creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and its national institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to the State of Israel and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare. While emphasizing an involvement in the Jewish community and the State of Israel, we attempt to develop an attitude of respect and concern for America and its values and to promote understanding and good will toward those of other faiths.

We view the Hebrew language as an essential key to be used to open the door to Jewish culture and history and to make possible a familiarity and facility with such classical texts as the Bible, the Mishnah, the Talmud and the Siddur.

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Excerpted from the preschool's website