JUDAIC STUDIES CURRICULUM

 

Kindergarten and Grade One                                             Morah: Amanda Agata

Level 2 of the Chai curriculum is focuses on what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Through hands-on activities and class discussions, students will begin with a unit about Torah, tracing our people’s story from slavery in Egypt to liberation to entering a covenant with God.  They will then turn their attention to the Avodah (worship/spirituality) section of the curriculum, in which they will discuss their conceptions of God, and ways to connect with God. In their final unit, G’milut Chasidim (acts of lovingkindness), they will consider ways that they can care for elderly people, hungry people, and other people in need. They will explore what it means to be God’s partner in repairing the world.

 

 

Grades Two and Three                                                         Morah: Amanda Agata

Level 2 of the Chai curriculum is focuses on what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Through hands-on activities and class discussions, students will begin with a unit about Torah, tracing our people’s story from slavery in Egypt to liberation to entering a covenant with God.  They will then turn their attention to the Avodah (worship/spirituality) section of the curriculum, in which they will discuss their conceptions of God, and ways to connect with God. In their final unit, G’milut Chasidim (acts of lovingkindness), they will consider ways that they can care for elderly people, hungry people, and other people in need. They will explore what it means to be God’s partner in repairing the world.

 

 

 

Grades Four and Five                                                            Morah: Amanda Agata

Level 4 of the Chai curriculum is focuses on what it means to be part of the community. Through hands-on activities and class discussions, students will learn about Torah, Avodah (worship/spirituality) and G’milut Chasidim (acts of lovingkindness). In a section about Torah, they will consider the what it means to be a member of Am Yisrael (People Israel), and how our community gradually changed in the Torah. In their avodah unit, students will focus on keva (the practice of prayer) and kavana (the intention of prayer), while gaining a greater understanding of the prayers and rituals we practice on Shabbat. Finally, in their G’milut Chasadim unit, students will explore the responsibilities they have towards others in their community, and importance of making peace between friends, in our homes, and beyond.

 

Grades Six and Seven                                                            Moreh: Dan Van Leeuwen

Level 7’s theme is “Hineini – Here I am” This year they will explore stories from the book of Genesis in a new light—from Abraham’s journey, to the relationship between Cain and Abel, to the binding of Isaac, Rebekah and Isaac’s relationship, and the struggles between God and Abraham, and God and Jacob. Students will be asked to consider the many lessons the book of Genesis offers them. In the Avodah section, they will explore the Jewish lifecycle, from Bnei mitzvah to marriage, birth to death. They will look at the Jewish calendar, and explore their own Jewish identities. Finally, they will delve into Jewish ethics in friendship, acts of kindness, standing up for what is right, being slow to anger, to living generously and with compassion and courage.

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