Kehillat Limmud K – 7th Grade

Kehillat Limmud is our Kindergarten – 7th grade religious education program. It designed to engage students in a learning experience that challenges critical thinking through total engagement. Students learn through experiential learning, project-based methodology, the arts, and cooperative & inquisitive learning methods. Our program is based on the belief that students learn best in a communal environment when they work together to both teach and learn from one another. We have, in many cases, eliminated standard classroom teaching in favor of group learning that depends more upon a variety of learning materials and methodologies. In addition, we provide opportunities for families to learn together, often on Shabbat, to engage in living Jewishly together. 

Kahillat Limmud takes place primarily on Sundays from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.

  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade T’fila

    We value spending time learning and participating as a youth community in weekly prayer. Kindergarten – 2nd grade students participate in a weekly t’filah (service) which is also open to all families, as well as bi-weekly music from our music specialist. 

  • Kindergarten

    The focus of our Kindergarten is a basic introduction to the synagogue – including both the ritual objects and celebrations, as well as the clergy, Shabbat and the holidays, Mitzvot, and Jewish values as they apply to the self.

  • 1st Grade

    First grade builds on the children’s knowledge of Jewish holidays, beginning Genesis Torah stories, Jewish values as they apply to the self, and Aleph-Bet Yoga.

  • 2nd Grade

    Our second graders learn Torah stories from Genesis and Exodus, Jewish values as they apply to the self, more in depth learning about Jewish holidays, and beginning Aleph-Bet recognition.

  • 3rd-6th Grade

    3rd-6th grade students also have opportunities for t’filah (services), music, social justice programs, and youth group programs on Sunday mornings.

    All 3rd-6th graders attend Kehilat Limmud on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am-12:00 pm, and have either an hour of in class Hebrew during the week or participate in our online Hebrew tutoring program.

  • 3rd Grade

    Third grade students study their Judaics curriculum together with 4th graders in a looped curriculum, while learning Hebrew separately. The Year I Judaics curricula are the Joseph and Moses narratives. The Year II Judaics curricula are Jewish holidays and Israel. These are taught in Judaics “electives” which may include Arts & Culture, Jewish music, video making, games, Odyssey of the Mind and more! Hebrew focuses on beginning reading and decoding skills. 

  • 4th Grade

    Fourth grade students study their Judaics curriculum together with 3rd graders in a looped curriculum, while learning Hebrew separately. The Year I Judaics curricula are the Joseph and Moses narratives. The Year II Judaics curricula are Jewish holidays and Israel. These are taught in Judaics “electives” which may include Arts & Culture, Jewish music, video making, games, Odyssey of the Mind and more! Hebrew focuses on learning shorter prayers and blessings which include short brachot, Bar’chu, Ma’ariv Aravim & Yotzer Or, The Four Questions, and Kiddush.

  • Fifth Grade

    Fifth grade students study their Judaics curriculum together with 6th graders in a looped curriculum, while learning Hebrew separately. The Year I Judaics curriculum is Jewish history. The Year II Judaics curricula are Jewish life cycle events and the Holocaust. These are taught in Judaics “electives” which may include Arts & Culture, Jewish music, video making, story telling, games, Odyssey of the Mind and more! Hebrew focuses on learning prayers including Sh’ma & V’ahavtah, Mi Chamocha, and the Amidah.

  • 6th Grade

    Sixth grade students study their Judaics curriculum together with 5th graders in a looped curriculum, while learning Hebrew separately. The Year I Judaics curriculum is Jewish history. The Year II Judaics curricula are Jewish life cycle events and the Holocaust. These are taught in Judaics “electives” which may include Arts & Culture, Jewish music, video making, story telling, games, Odyssey of the Mind and more! Hebrew focuses on learning the Torah service as well as the blessings for Torah and Haftarah

  • 7th Grade

    Seventh grade is a unique program that serves to meet the growing needs of middle school students, while acknowledging that this is the year in which many of our students become b’nai mitzvah. Taught by our Youth Engagement Coordinator and high school leaders (madrichim), this class focuses on important values and life lessons through the lens of the weekly Torah portion. Additionally, students have the opportunity to discuss and learn about current events. 

At NVHC, we believe strongly that our children are vital members of our community. We want our youth to feel that NVHC is their synagogue too – a place where they feel safe, comfortable, and valued. Our community offers youth group opportunities, organized by grade, that offer a variety of opportunities for your child to build their own Jewish community and strengthen their own connection to NVHC and their peers. 

Whether your child is interested in exploring more about Judaism, leadership, starting new friendships or bringing existing ones out of our educational opportunities, our programs have something for everyone! 

Want more information, have a question, or a youth group program that you would like to make happen? Contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Sam Blum.

Throughout the year, we offer approximately 4 events for our 3rd-5th graders and 6 for our 6th and 7th graders. These events are mostly social and give students an opportunity to build bonds with their peers outside of the classroom. Our events for middle schoolers also provide leadership opportunities.