Our youngest students enjoy a fun, active class gathering which includes stories, music, art, and Jewish values. The K-2nd Grade explore the landscape of Jewish life, are introduced to the Alef-Bet, traditions and values, with activity centered hands on multi-sensory approaches. We love seeing many of our Tot Shabbat children join us on Sunday mornings for their grade’s diverse and exciting play time.
In Judaic studies, the students gain insights into Jewish values, together with our fourth grade students. This is the year they learn Hebrew language skills, including the Alef-Bet letters and vowels, and they begin to build a Hebrew vocabulary.
In Judaic studies, the students gain insights into Jewish values, including discussions of ways they can live Jewishly according to the principles of gemilut chasadim (loving-kindness). In Hebrew class, they fine-tune their reading skills and begin learning Shabbat prayers and blessings. They continue to build a Hebrew vocabulary.
Our 5th graders explore Jewish values such as b’tzelem Elohim, that we are each created in God’s image. This is, in part, about how we all have opportunities and the responsibility to be inclusive to the marginalized, and how sometimes we all need accommodations made for us. Supporting each other is what lets us all survive and thrive. The dignity of being a human but also the responsibility to respect others is the two-sided nature of being b’tzelem Elohim. In Hebrew, the students continue to learn Shabbat prayers and Torah text such as the V’ahavta, and they review the ones they learned in Grade 4. The students learn to read the prayers, and then learn to chant them.
Continuing to study Jewish values, our sixth graders learn about many important ethics. One of the themes they explore is gevurah, the strength of heroes and why being strong helps us and our loved ones. In Hebrew, the students continue to review Shabbat prayers and blessings from previous years. They learn to read and chant Torah blessings and other components of the Shabbat morning service.
One of the many Jewish values our seventh graders discuss and explore is Teshuva, a theme from High Holy Days which is relevant all the days of the year. The value of Teshuva asks us to “turn over a new leaf” and become better people through introspection and chesbon hanefesh, accounting of our personal souls. In Hebrew, the students continue to review Shabbat prayers and blessings from previous years. They learn to read and chant Torah blessings and other components of the Shabbat morning service.