The Flame in Our Name

1. Our Mission is to create wholeness

What we believe:

Classic Jewish texts explain that one of the basic missions of each Jew is to reveal the inherent unity in all of creation: to create wholeness within the world, our community, our families and ourselves.

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • At Lamplighters, we develop and utilize a fully integrated curriculum between Judaic and secular studies: there’s no barrier between them.

  • Parents and teachers share the responsibility of educating the whole child, through an alignment of values.

 

2. be a p'nimi - Living from the inside out

What we believe:

Not everything can be understood at face value. Sometimes we need to dig deeper to hit the truth - to go beyond what’s obvious. To seek the potential we aim to actualize.

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • At Lamplighters, we believe in the potential of every single one of our students. And when we are oriented toward the potential of a child, to what's beyond the surface, we never give up on him. There’s always something we can adjust in our environment to meet the needs of each child -- it is our duty and our privilege to do so.

 

3. Let's control ourselves

What we believe:

To be a successful Jew is to thrive in life of rules and boundaries - to be a “mensch.”

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • A Jewish Montessori classroom is a community and therefore requires proper structure and respect from its members to function properly. Order, Coordination, Concentration, and Independence foster overt and consistent expectations of children, predictable routines in the classroom, clearly defined workspaces, choice and orderly activities and interactions.

 

 

4. education is an organic living process

What we believe:

Schools are not stagnant places of learning. We are growing “living things,” not building machines. Education cannot take place in an institution -- to be truly customized, the educational environment needs to be crafted around the child.

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • Lamplighters Yeshivah utilizes behavioral science to design learning interactions that work for each child. We believe that the behavior of students, educators and administration is adaptive and elastic -- growth is always possible. Success - whatever that looks like for each individual - is always attainable.

  • We believe in open-sourced education. Partnering with other educators and creating platforms for educators to exchange valuable data is the foundation of chinuch for Lamplighters Yeshivah.

“I feel empowered as a teacher to draw a different roadmap for every child. With the support we receive at Lamplighters, we can always brainstorm and come up with solutions that work. I see this every day, with every child” --Morah Tzirl Niasoff (Preschool Learning Specialist)

 

5. awareness Of the other

What we believe:

Jewish values inculcate a sense of “bitul” and humility - an awareness that we are each part of an interconnected web of responsibility.

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • A school community modeled on Chassidic ideals and Montessori principles encourages gratefulness and humility - and just like any community, it requires proper boundaries and respect from its members to function properly.

‘We need to make it nice for the next person!’ is something we always say in our classroom after a child is finished with a particular work. Also, children need to respectfully ask before joining another child’s workspace or rug. Nothing is taken for granted” --Morah Gavi Goldberg, Lead Preschool Teacher

 

6. be a lamplighter

What we believe:

You have a unique mission in this world, something that Hashem needs you, and only you, to accomplish. When a person is attuned with that special mandate to uplift the world in her unique way, when her actions are rooted in this individual power, and when her energy and passion for doing good is contagious to others - that is being a Lamplighter.

What this looks like at Lamplighters Yeshivah:

  • At Lamplighters, children learn that they are unique and needed by others and G-d. We believe that every child is capable of being carrying out his or her own mission in his or her own way -- and this belief colors the way we speak, teach and interact with every student.

  • Aspire to inspire: In our multi-age classrooms, elder children serve as leaders to the younger; younger children are inspired by watching the work of older children.

"Friends, look. All these candles look very different right? Tall ones, short ones, blue ones, white ones. But they all have something in common - they have fire.
So too all the Yidden, all Jews, also look different from one another, right? An older lady, a new born baby, a Mommy, a Tatty, all look so different. But guess what? We all a spark of light, a piece of Hashem, right inside of us... We all have a Neshama, a soul." -- From a lesson about the nature of the Soul