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JEWISH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CURRICULUM APPROACh

Key focus areas: 
Religious character
Ethical awareness
Love of Judaism
 
Congregational Learning = Learning through Experiences
 
How are we going to elevate the learning and experiences for our community?
 
1. Holistic Calendar
Goals—Moments of religious family celebration
Social connections
Extension of classroom experiences
 
2. Family Programs & Shabbat Swap
Goals—Moments of religious family celebration
Social connections
Extension of classroom experiences
 

3. Tefilah and Hebrew
Goals— Proficient, participatory Jews

Maximize tefilah skills through Hebrew. Primary focus is on Hebrew they will need to actively participate in our congregation – through siddur, humash, the rituals and songs with which we celebrate and mark moments in our community

Skills and opportunities they need to participate in congregational life. 

4. Grade-specific curriculum & experiences
Goals— Building blocks
Experiences that are special for each grade to look forward to
When learning about holiday, new themes/angles each year
Hebrew by grade
 


 

gan, kindergarten

Core Questions
What does it mean to be a part of a synagogue community? Why is being Jewish special?

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Core subjects
Introduction to:
    Synagogue life, Holidays, Torah, Prayer, Shabbat, Jewish Home

Family Programs
Mezuzah creation 
Shabbat Celebration

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ALEPH, 1ST GRADE

Core Questions
What does it mean to have a “shem tov” a good name?
Learning the Hebrew letters and our Hebrew name. How do we celebrate Shabbat and why? Why do we pray?

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Core subjects
Hebrew letter recognition and letter sounds
Hebrew names
Secondary introduction to
    Synagogue, Holidays, Torah 
Introduction to brachot—blessings and tefillah--prayer

Family Programs
Epic Passover Adventure
 

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bet, 2nd grade

Core Questions
How do we make Shabbat special? Why is Shabbat so important?
How does the Jewish calendar year work?

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Core subjects
Jewish calendar—Hebrew Calendar
Shabbat at home—”Home” Siddur
Hebrew— Shalom Uvracha
Letter blending, vowels, writing cursive, 
Simple word development, reading and recognition
Intro to the siddur and the Shaharit morning service—Siddur Lev Kehillah
 
Family Programs
Time Travel

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gimmel, 3rd grade

Core Questions
How do we celebrate the holidays of our tradition? What do the Tishre holidays do and what is their focus? What are mitzvot and how do they relate to me?

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Core subjects:
The Holidays in the Month of Tishre: Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simhat Torah—Tishre Challenge
Food Blessings challenge
Secondary foundation of Hebrew reading and writing—Shalom Uvrakha
Letter blending, vowels, writing cursive, 
Prayer—Siddur Lev Sholom
 
Family Programs:
Family Siddur Cover Program

dalet, 4th grade

Core Questions
How do the stories in the Torah inform my daily life and choices? What meaning do I find in stories from 2,000 years ago? What does Avraham teach us about faith?

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Core subjects:
Introduction to Torah study—Lekh Lekha and Abraham
Explore Judaism as a religion of questioning
Shaharit Morning Service—Siddur Lev Sholom
Hebrew — Hineni Hebrew Series, building proficiency in reading and writing
Havdallah 
Monthly – Questions with the rabbi
Family Programs:
Havdallah Workshop

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hay, 5th grade

Core Questions
What does it mean to be a part of the Jewish people in creating a relationship with God?
How does one become a leader?

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Core subjects
Exodus, Passover and Haggadah
Purim and Megillat Esther
Prayer—Shabbat Shaharit—Morning Service Siddur Lev Sholom
Maariv Evening Service—Siddur Maariv Aravim
Hebrew — Hineni Hebrew Series, building proficiency in reading and writing
 
Family Programs
Sh'mot Family Program, March 22

vav, 6th grade

Core Questions
How do ancient rituals speak to me and how do I want to incorporate them into my own life? What moments in history inform our practice, thoughts and identity today?

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Core subjects
Shabbat Shaharit—Morning Service, Siddur Lev Shalem
Tallit and Tefillin
Torah Service & Torah Trope
Vayikra—Leviticus and Bamidbar—Numbers
Hebrew — Hineni Hebrew Series, building proficiency in reading and writing
 
Family Programs
Raising the Bar (and Bat) Mitzvah Program
Tallit and Tefillin
Passing the Torah

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b'nei mitzvah, 7th grade

Core Questions
What does it mean to become a bar or bat mitzvah? How do I show up in the world as a Jew?

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Core subjects
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Skills Preparation 
Understanding the meaning of becoming a bar/bat mitzvah and Jewish ethics with the Rabbis
Tzedakah in Action, Mitzvot
 
Family Programs
B'nei Mitzvah Launch
Passing the Torah
Saturday learning with the Rabbis (September – January)

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8th grade

Core Questions
What is my opinion on the many other topics in Judaism and Jewish culture beyond the skills and rituals?

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Core subjects
Jewish beliefs about God
What is Judaism?
What is Conservative Judaism and how is it different than other denominations?
Global Jewry
Israel
 
Special Programs
Trip to Los Angeles, subject to change based on schedule and safety protocols

9th grade

Core Questions:
How can I navigate an ever-changing world through the lens of the Jewish thought?

 

Core Questions
What is my opinion on the many other topics in Judaism and Jewish culture beyond the skills and rituals?Core Questions
What is my opinion on the many other topics in Judaism and Jewish culture beyond the skills and rituals?Core Questions
What is my opinion on the many other topics in Judaism and Jewish culture beyond the skills and rituals?

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Thursday night teens

Core Questions
What are the questions that you as Jewish teens want to explore? How can you play a role in leading our community?

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Core subjects
Community dinner
Planning events
Leadership education
Young adult education
 
Special Programs
Trips each year to be developed

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Sat, December 5 2020 19 Kislev 5781