Gimel (3rd grade), Dalet (4th grade) and Hey (5th grade)

Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00-5:30 PM or 4:00-6:00 PM

As children enter Elementary School Education, we begin learning and loving the Hebrew language. The goal of our program is not only to enable our students to pray in Hebrew, but also to engage them in thoughtfulexplorations of prayers, meanings and spirituality. Our Judaics components continue to envelop our children in the warmth of ritual, the diversity of our history and the triumphs and challenges of living Jewishly today. Gimel – Hey (3-5th grades) offer a unique program  with a two-day mid-week choice of either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:30 PM or 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Gimel (Third Grade)

In third grade, our students learn to read and write Hebrew using a new series called Alef-Bet Quest and Kol Yisrael that comes with interactive CD for home use. All students will acquire Hebrew reading readiness in preparation for learning the prayer service. Students begin a dialogue with God by exploring the stories of Genesis and the relationship of our patriarchs and matriarchs to God and history. Students explore modern Israel, holidays, being a mensch, tzedakah, and more. Students in this age group will be presented with their first Siddur, and work to understand the order of a service. Students also experience a special Consecration during Shavuot. The class also continues the exploration of personal faith and spirituality using the book, “Who Knows God?” designed to help students continue a dialogue about faith and belief.     

Dalet (Fourth Grade)

Children in fourth grade continue their mastery of Hebrew reading. They learn the Shema section of the Shabbat morning service and begin work on the Amidah. Children learn about the Mezuzzah, Tefillin, and Tallit. The Torah continues to be studied with a special documentary series called Walking the Bible which utilizes text, stories, video and more to expose the class to the stories and places scholars believe our Torah history happened. Students will be exposed to the p’shat (plain meaning of the text) and the d’rash (explanation or interpretation of the text.) The book “Partners with G-d” designed to help students continue a dialogue about faith and belief.

Hey (Fifth Grade)

The Hebrew portion of this class focuses on the Amidah section of the Shabbat Shacharit Service. Shabbat is explored once again through Havdalah’s rituals and symbols. Students will also take an in depth look at the Land of Israel, utilizing the Yachdav curriculum through the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, that partners our students with children from Israel who are also completing the same material. Utilizing SKYPE and other interfacing technology, our students connect to their Israeli counterparts. Students also study the history of diaspora & American Jewish history. Additionally, students take part in a four week curriculum based on Hana’s Suitcase: A Holocaust Story.

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