Judaic Studies Curriculum

Our goals are to imbue the children with a love for their rich Jewish heritage and traditions, and the skills that will enable them to study Jewish texts.  Throughout our day, there is a focus on learning traditional Jewish morals and values and incorporating them into daily behavior.  Songs, stories and fun activities reinforce topics learned and show students the richness of Judaism.

Biur Tefilla:  Daily prayer

We begin each day with Tefilla.  We learn the meaning of the prayers we are saying and what concepts we should be focusing on during prayer.

K’riah and K’sivah: Reading and Writing Hebrew

Our first-grade students perfect their Hebrew reading and learn how to write Hebrew script.  Older students practice and reinforce these skills.

Chumash:  In-depth study of selected topics from the Torah

We begin our study of Chumash at the end of first grade, after the students have acquired proficiency in Hebrew reading.  Our focus is on acquiring the skills necessary to learn and understand the original text.  This includes translation skills, knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, and root words, and the ability to break down and translate sentences.  In the older grades, we begin the study of commentaries to encourage questioning that leads to a deeper understanding of the text.

Parsha:  Broad study of the weekly Torah portion

Our study of the weekly Parsha acquaints the students with the characters, events and laws of the Torah.  As we teach the storyline, we discuss the Jewish morals and values we encounter, and how they can be practically integrated into our lives.  Coloring sheets, projects, thought-provoking discussions and essays make the Parsha come alive for the students.

Yahadus:  Study of Jewish history and culture

Throughout the year, we learn about each Jewish holiday. We look at the holidays in both a historical and contemporary perspective, the stories behind the holidays and how they lead to the laws and customs we practice today.  The students feel the atmosphere of the holiday with songs, crafts, and ‘trial-runs’ of what they will actually do on the holiday.

In between holidays, we learn different units of Jewish laws and customs applicable to daily life.  Charts and activities help motivate the students to integrate practices learned into their daily behavior.

Ivrit:  Hebrew language

Our students are immersed in a Hebrew environment, leading to a mastery of conversational and written Hebrew.  Common Hebrew phrases are integrated into the classroom, objects are referred to by their Hebrew names, and instructions are given in Hebrew.  We build up Hebrew vocabulary with weekly lists and various games and activities.  Hebrew grammar is taught in a clear, methodical way, enabling the students to understand the various rules and structures and apply them to any root word.  The students practice their language skills by reading and writing Hebrew stories, poems and essays.

Navi:  Study of the Prophets (optional class)

We learn the history of the Jewish nation from the time they entered the land of Israel, as written by our prophets, from the original text. Our students are able to follow the storyline through the text. The main ambition for this class is for the children to be able to take the lessons they learn from the past and apply them to their lives.

In fourth grade, we begin with Sefer Yehoshua.  We continue with Sefer Shoftim in fifth grade, Shmuel Alef in sixth grade and Shmuel Beis in seventh grade.