Kadimah Scholars are an integral part of the Park School of Buffalo community, and participate in all the regular clubs, activities and sports offered by Park. At the same time, our Judaism and Jewish observance are fully embraced and welcomed at Park, whose student body and faculty already include a diverse representation of religions, cultures, races, ethnicities and nationalities. Students are encouraged to wear kippot or tzitzit if they choose, but are not required to do so except during Hebrew and Judaic classes or Kadimah Scholars programs.
Hebrew and Judaic Studies classes are fully integrated into the Park curriculum as classes offered alongside other languages or supplemental class periods, so the students do not miss core subjects. Additionally, Kadimah Scholars students pray every morning before school, and are able to bentsch (say Grace After Meals) after lunch every day. We also celebrate Shabbat every week, as well as all the holidays. Special annual programs from legacy Kadimah Academy that we have continued at Park include our Community Chanukah Party and our Model Seders, and we also distribute apples and honey school-wide for Rosh Hashanah, erect a Sukkah on the Park grounds, host a Tu B’Shvat Seder, and mark Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim.
Additionally, Kadimah will be sponsoring programs through Park School of Buffalo and other institutions in the Buffalo, NY area. These programs are in their planning stages. Check back here soon for more information.