Temple Shalom

William and Charlotte Bloomberg Jewish Community Center
Temple Shalom

Hebrew School Curriculum

Gan Katan (Preschool) –Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

  • Learn about Jewish holidays and customs through stories and activities, crafts, song and movement
  • Explore Jewish values, e.g., listening to parents, showing kindness/sharing with others
  • Introduction to prayer through snack time blessings
  • Familiarity with Hebrew words and phrases incorporated throughout program
  • Value Tzedakah and create class fund donated at the end of the year (continues for all grades)

Gan Yeladim (Kindergarten) –Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

  • Recognize Hebrew letter shapes and sounds using “Alef-Bet” folders, singing, and yoga
  • Learn modern Hebrew phrases/words, especially during snack time conversation
  • Participate in experiential holiday activities utilizing the 5 senses, e.g., seeing and hearing the shofar and tasting apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah; feeling the lulav and smelling the etrog on Sukkot, etc.
  • Appreciate the synagogue as a place of worship, study and celebration, with a focus on learning the Shema prayer

Kitah Aleph (Grade 1) –Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Learn Hebrew letters and vowels, as well as key words that begin with each letter
  • Build classroom vocabulary, e.g. kitah (class), morah (teacher), talmid/talmidah (student), etc.
  • Explore Mitzvot curriculum including, Tzedakah (Helping the Needy), Visiting the Sick, Feeding the Hungry, Taking Care of the Earth, Welcoming Guests, Guarding Our Tongue and Talmud Torah (Jewish Studies)
  • Focus on Bible stories and holidays through stories and discussion, games and craft projects

Kitah Bet (Grade 2)  Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Engage in Hebrew reading curriculum, focusing on decoding using letter and vowel cards and building fluency through oral reading, games and exercises
  • Learn about modern Israel through stories and explore the country’s contributions to the world through art, music, medicine, technology, and inventions
  • Discover Jewish holidays, traditions and customs

Kitah Gimmel (Grade 3) – Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Begin Bible curriculum with stories from Creation to Exodus by reading interpretations of the text and personalizing them with their own midrashim (explanatory stories) and identifying core Jewish values
  • Read Hebrew blessings and Shabbat/Festival prayers, learning key vocabulary words
  • Sing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem
  • Participate in leading prayer services

Kitah Dalet (Grade 4) – Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Explore the Jewish prophets, through reading and discussion of Bible curriculum, from Sinai to the Nation of Israel
  • Expand knowledge of Shabbat morning prayers
  • Practice conversational Hebrew with peers
  • Discover Israel and the sacred texts and enjoy visits by Shinshinim, Israeli young ambassadors

Kitah Hey (Grade 5) – Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Examine Jewish History from Ancient Israel to the 1880’s with opportunities to compare life today with our ancestors, and explore how Judaism has evolved and adapted over time
  • Learn about the Holocaust and Israel, maturing their understanding of our history
  • Master Shabbat prayers, including reading, chanting and discussing the significance of the Torah and Musaf Services
  • Practice writing cursive Hebrew

Kitah Vav (Grade 6) – Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Examine Jewish History from the Birth of Zionism to the present, using discussion prompts that develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the historical timeline
  • Research and present project on noteworthy Jewish role models
  • Learn the prayers led upon becoming a B’nai mitzvah in the Torah and Musaf service
  • Enrich Hebrew fluency through the creation of short Hebrew conversational skits

Kitah Zayin (Grade 7) – Sundays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Learn about the establishment of the state of Israel, more in-depth understanding of modern Israel, as well as our relationship as American Jews
  • Learn the structure of the Torah and how the Haftarah relates to the weekly Torah portion
  • Master B’nai Mitzvah prayers
  • Participate in B’nai TELEM, a Tikkun Olam (Improving the World) curriculum focusing on social justice and volunteer during site visits
  • Study American Jewish history in an interactive hevruta style (in partners) artifact discovery program, designed by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia

Teen Initiative (TSTI) (Grades 8 -10) –2-3 evenings per month, plus additional service-learning visits

  • Participate in Hebrew College’s Prozdor Teen Open Circle courses on-site at Temple Shalom
  • Engage in informal discussion sessions on various Jewish themes, such as Jewish music, Talmud, the Holocaust, Jewish cooking, Israel, etc.
  • Strengthen understanding and commitment to Tikkun Olam (Improving the World) through monthly volunteer service visits to local organizations
  • Participate in the monthly minyan (prayer service)
  • Serve as madrichim (classroom assistants) for younger grades (optional)

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