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Curriculum

A child’s Jewish education involves more than a student “feeling that he/she is Jewish.”  Learning to be a Jew means both a familiarity with a body of knowledge and the practice of unique behaviors.

As we stated above, the guiding educational philosophy at every grade level is to instill in students a love of learning and Judaism, an understanding and knowledge of prayers, holidays, history, and ethics, and the tools for exploring Jewish questions and issues that are relevant to their lives.  Our program incorporates art, music, and hands-on learning for all students.  Additionally, each grade prepares a special Shabbat service for the congregation. The specific educational concepts targeted at each grade level are outlined below. Our curriculum is evolving to best meet the needs of our students and families.

Gan – Kindergarten

Introduction to the aleph-bet, Hebrew numbers, and Hebrew letter recognition
Introduction to Jewish holidays – (including appropriate Bible stories)
Discovery of Judaic customs and synagogue rituals
Introduction to Hebrew blessings, prayers, and songs

Aleph – 1st Grade

Development of aleph-bet and decoding of one syllable Hebrew words and vocabulary
Discover the synagogue and synagogue life including studying with clergy, using sacred ritual items, and learning how to be a part of all services and celebrations.
Introduction to Jewish Values and Jewish Community including tzedakah
Introduction to Jewish music, Dance, Stories, and Art
Study of Bible Stories in Genesis and Exodus and their messages
Development of Hebrew blessings for Shabbat & Jewish holidays, including mastery of the Shema and proficiency in Ma Tovu, Modeh Ani, Shalom Aleichem, and Barchu

Bet – 2nd Grade

Mastery of aleph-bet and beginning to decode basic Hebrew words
Introduction to writing Hebrew words (manuscript)
Development of Hebrew vocabulary (in Hebrew book and holidays)
Introduction to Bible – Creation to Exodus
Development of understanding of Jewish customs, ceremonies, and symbols
Development of blessings and individual prayers, including proficiency in the beginning of the V’ahavta, Aleinu, (first paragraph), Psalm 150, Oseh Shalom, Adon Olam, and Lecha Dodi, Avot of Amidah

Gimel – 3rd

Development of Hebrew reading proficiency & comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar
Development of Hebrew printing
Mastery of Hebrew vowels
Mastery of holiday customs
Development of Bible study
Introduction to Israel: culture, language, and geography
Introduction to formal prayer, including working towards mastery of previously mentioned prayers and blessings as well as V’shamru, Lechu N’ranena, Romemu, Hashkivenu, and Mi Chamocha,

Dalet – 4th

Mastery of Hebrew Alphabet and vowels
Mastery of Hebrew printing
Development of decoding and reading skills
Development of Bible – Story analysis and values within narratives
Development of tefillah skills and knowledge of tefillot, including mastery of previous mentioned prayers as well as Shalom Aleichem, Lecha Dodi, Barchu, Shema/ V’ahavta
Special Units of Study:  Jewish Lifecycles and How to Be a Mensch

Hay – 5th

Mastery of reading skills, fluency
Development of prayer
Development of language
Mastery of Hebrew handwriting — printing
Development of Bible – (Prophets and ethics)
Mastery of the entire Kabbalat Shabbat service
Special Unit of Study:  Israel

Vav – 6th

Development and mastery of prayers
Begin study & preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah (including learning Trope and meaning of each trope)
Development of Bible – (study of parshiyot)
Development of Structure and sentences in Torah verses
Mastery of Friday night Maariv Service
Special Unit of Study:  Mitzvot

Zayin – 7th

Development of Bible – (analysis of parshiyot)
Mastery of Shabbat Morning prayers and their meanings
Class social action project
Development of language, grammar & vocabulary
Special Units of Study:  Big Jewish Questions and Holocaust

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