Gan (Kindergarten), Aleph (1st grade) and Bet (2nd grade)

Gan, Aleph & Bet ( Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grades) meet from 4:00 to 5:30 PM or 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Wednesdays or Thursdays, with an exciting age-appropriate Jewish environment for Kindergarten, First and Second Graders.

Young children easily warm to the beauty of Judaism. While not mandatory, the importance of early education demonstrates that young children quickly absorb and engage in meaningful ways with their faith. We strongly encourage participation in our Primary Experiences. Children of non-members are also welcome to enroll in K-2.

Gan (Kindergarten)

This early introduction to Jewish topics exposes our children to the message and meaning behind important Jewish concepts. The class covers the celebration of Jewish holidays, with an emphasis on the symbols and blessings that help us welcome Shabbat on Friday night. They learn to recognize the importance of the Torah: A Special Book, they explore the very first stories of the Bible (Creation, Noah, & the Tower of Babel). The class also begins an exploration of personal faith and spirituality using a storybook “Godtalk” curriculum designed to help students begin a dialogue about faith and belief. The introduction of the Hebrew aleph-bet begins.

Aleph (First Grade)

In first grade, our children continue the exploration of Jewish holidays building upon their kindergarten experience. More emphasis is placed on learning the rituals associated with each holiday. Students learn about the first Jewish family and other major Jewish personalities from Bereshit (Genesis). Students will have a basic introduction to the Land of Israel, as the homeland of the Jewish people (past and present). A re-introduction to the basic Hebrew alphabet and phonetics is presented through readiness activities. An exploration of basic Jewish values also begins in this grade. The class also continues the exploration of personal faith and spiritually using a storybook and a “Godtalk”curriculum designed to help students begin a dialogue about faith and belief. We are also excited to introduce a curriculum created just for our students entitled, “Seussical, Jewsical!” Using beloved Dr. Seuss stories, students will explore ethical and important Jewish themes such as kavod av v’am (honoring your mother & father) and communal prayer..

Bet (Second Grade)

Jewish Heroes! You can be one too! Students review the heroes of the Bible and their special stories, including: Moses, Joseph, Deborah, David, Solomon, and Elijah. Students use the journal, “The Giving Book” to explore tzedakah, gemilut hasadim, and other Jewish middot (values). Using games, and readiness activities, students begin Hebrew letter, vowel recognition, blending and reading. The class also continues the exploration of personal faith and belief. The class also learns basic brachot, and explores the meaning and reasons behind choosing Hebrew letter, vowel recognition, blending and reading. The class also continues the exploration of belief. The class also learns basic brachot, and explores the meaning and reasons behind choosing to do mitzvot.

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