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  • Middle School

    The sixth grade engages in an in-depth Torah study of the book of Breishit. They engage with Mishnah Berachot, Pesachim, and Baba Messia. The study of Hebrew, Tefillah, and Israel continues in a developmentally appropriate manner, allowing our students to continue to engage and grow in these areas of study.

    The seventh grade engages in an in-depth Torah study of the book of Bamidbar. They delve into the Mishna of Chagim (holidays), and study the books of Shoftim (Judges) and Shmuel Alef (Samuel I). The study of Hebrew, tefillah, and Israel continues in a developmentally appropriate manner, allowing our students to continue to engage and grow in these areas of study.

    The eighth grade partakes in an in-depth study of comparative Judaism, Holocaust studies, and Zionism. In Tanach, they study the books of Jonah and Esther. In addition, they take on the leadership of tefillah for the entire school, and are engaged in the writing and presentation of d’var Torahs. The study of Hebrew, tefillah, and Israel continues in a developmentally appropriate manner, allowing our students to continue to explore and grow in these areas of study.

  • Lower School

    Hebrew is a core component of the Lower school Judaics curriculum. It is seen as a modern language in which we strive to achieve fluency in expressive spoken language, as well as functional literacy. Additionally, we use these skills to facilitate the study of ancient texts. Torah studies, holidays, Israel, and text study are also highlighted in these grade levels. Finally, tefillah is a part of each school day, and students learn not only to recite prayers, but delve into their meaning and significance.

    The K/1 class engages in the study of the weekly Parsha, exploring the characters and stories of the Torah while learning the Biblical Hebrew vocabulary that enhances their study of the Hebrew language. They engage in all of the Jewish holidays, learning their meanings, traditions, songs, and stories. Tefillah is a part of each day, and the K/1 students are introduced to many prayers, learning to recite and understand the meaning of each. Hebrew letters and vowels are learning, and both written Hebrew and spoken Hebrew is introduced. Hebrew is spoken regularly in the classroom, which helps to immerse students in the language, encouraging spoken Hebrew and vocabulary growth.

    The 2/3 grade studies the weekly Parsha, and uses their Hebrew decoding skills to attack small pieces of text to uncover the meaning and significance of these stories. Tefillah is a part of each day, and specific prayers are studied to encourage fluency in their recitation and understanding of their significance. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in daily Tefillah. Torah studies, more in-depth study of Hebrew, holidays, and Israel are additional pieces of the curriculum.

    The 4/5 grade engages in studies of the Tefillah, Parsha, holidays, Israel, and Hebrew, all on a more sophisticated and advanced level. In addition, the 4/5 grade studies the story of Joseph, and the book of Shmote. They begin the study of Mishna and delve into the multiple voices and perspectives that are such a significant part of the Jewish learning tradition. Students in these grades are also encouraged to take on more of a leadership role in Tefillah. The 5th grade learns Torah tropes and each student has their first Torah reading.