Curriculum

K, 1st & 2nd Grades

  • Begin to learn and recognize letters of the Hebrew alphabet, known as the Alef-Bet.
  • Celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat.
  • Learn about mitzvot (“good deeds”) which make our world a better place.
  • Appreciate the temple as a place to pray, study and celebrate.
  • Music & Prayer

3rd Grade

  • Recognize and learn to pronounce letters of the Alef-Bet, plus basic vocabulary and simple blessings.
  • Explore how challenges faced by characters in the Torah mirror those in our own lives today.
  • Learn how the Jewish calendar demonstrates our connection to the yearly cycle of holidays and Shabbat.
  • Recognize that the temple is a place to pray, study and celebrate.
  • Music & Prayer

4th Grade

  • Perfect Hebrew reading skills. Connect the language to holidays, Israel and the Jewish people.
  • Introduction to the study of Israel and discover how the Jewish people and each student is connected to that land.
  • Connect how characters in the books of the Prophets and Writings serve as role models to us today.
  • Know that the temple is a place to pray, study and celebrate.
  • Music & Prayer

5th Grade

  • Study opening prayers and blessings for the Shabbat morning services as well as home celebrations.
  • Recognize how the Jewish people and Judaism adapt in response to changing circumstances. Know the story of the Jewish people from life in ancient Israel through the 1880’s.
  • Understand how lifecycle events connect us to God, our traditions and Jewish history.
  • Be comfortable with the temple as a place to pray, study and celebrate.
  • Music & Prayer

6th Grade

  • Learn to chant Shabbat morning prayers, select Friday night prayers and blessings before and after Torah and Haftorah portions.
  • Explain how key events of the 20th century – the Holocaust in Europe, the immigration of the Jewish people to the U.S. and the foundation of the State of Israel – shaped the contemporary Jewish experience.
  • Take pride in the heritage of our people through stories of courage, creativity and leadership.
  • Come to the temple as a place to pray, study and celebrate.
  • Music & Prayer

7th Grade

  • Perfect the Torah service and concluding prayers.
  • Examine how the values expressed in Eilu Devarim (“the commandments”) prepare us for the transitions ahead.
  • Know that lessons learned from the Holocaust help us to act ethically.
  • Understand the role Judaism plays in our life and what it will be in the future.