In 3rd & 4th grades, students follow a curriculum based on seven core Jewish values – teshuva (return), b’tzelem Elohim (honoring the image of God), gevurah (strength), achrayut (responsibility), hakarat hatov (gratitude), koach hadibbur (power of speech), and shalom (peace). 3rd graders study these values through the lens of “family” and 4th graders study them through the lens of “self.” Through these values and lenses, students explore Jewish text, history, prayer, holidays, community, and more.
In 5th grade, students continue to apply their knowledge and insights from 3rd and 4th grade as they learn about Jewish life cycle events and the Biblical wilderness narrative.
A key component of Sunday mornings is giving students time to connect with their peers. We do this every Sunday through a rotation of social action, youth group, sports, and art activities. We also offer a variety of youth group programs and activities throughout the year! Click here to learn more about our youth groups.
Hebrew is a signifier of Jewish community and peoplehood, and the way to access so many parts of our tradition, ancient and modern. Through the Hebrew in Harmony curriculum, our Hebrew program uses the power of music to engage students on an emotional level with all these aspects of Hebrew. In addition to prayers, our curriculum engages students in modern Hebrew study as a way to form connections with Israel and Jews across the world.
There are two components to our Hebrew program – a Sunday morning class, separate from students’ Judaics class, and a midweek session. All midweek Hebrew will take place online. Students will be able to choose either small group learning that meets with one of our Hebrew teachers or 1:1 Hebrew tutoring.
The levels below are a broad guideline. We welcome students at any Hebrew and grade level and will do everything we can to help them feel comfortable and confident in their Hebrew learning.
Students in Hebrew I (typically third grade) can expect to learn letter and vowel recognition as well as basic decoding skills.
Students in Hebrew II (typically fourth grade) can expect to learn short blessings (such as Barechu and blessings over food), Ma’ariv Aravim/Yotzer Or, the Four Questions, Kiddush, and Havdalah.
Students in Hebrew III (typically fifth grade) can expect to learn Sh’ma/V’ahavtah, Mi Chamocha, Avot v’Imahot, G’vurot, and K’dusha.