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Hebrew Curriculum Overview

Hebrew School

Our formal Hebrew school program meets on Mondays or Tuesdays, from 4:00pm-6:00pm, beginning in third grade and concluding in sixth grade.   Students are divided into kitot (classes) based on their mastery of individual curricula for each kitah (class).   While kitot generally correspond to its students’ grade level, there are instances in which a student may begin the school year in a lower kitahor progress to a higher kitah than their secular school grade.  

Individualized Tutoring Program

We also provide an individualized tutoring program for those students who need to learn at their own pace and whose schedule prevents them from attending on Mondays or Tuesdays. Tutors meet with students weekly for 30-45 minutes at Congregation Shir Hadash for a total of 30 sessions (equivalent to the total number of sessions of the Hebrew School year), at a time that is most convenient for the student.  

There are also instances when students are unable to attend class on Mondays or Tuesdays for an extended period of time, but intend on returning to class when able.  In these cases, we encourage the student to enroll in the individualized tutoring program for the length of time they are unable to attend class, at a prorated rate.

Please note that students in this program enroll separately from our traditional Hebrew school program. 

Private Tutoring

For those students who are able to attend on Mondays or Tuesdays and need additional help, we will refer you to experienced tutors who are familiar with our curriculum.  Please note that tutoring for this purpose is an additional cost for you and is not included within tuition.

Goals for our Students

….to identify Hebrew letters and vowels, decode multi-syllable words, and understand special rules.

….to fluently read prayers associated with the weekly and Shabbat evening and morning services.-129

….to develop an awareness of key vocabulary and roots associated with the prayers found in the weekly and Shabbat evening and morning services.

….to have a greater sense of understanding of the weekly and Shabbat evening and morning service structure.

….to effectively describe personal meaning associated with the prayers found in the weekly and Shabbat evening and morning services.

….to identify the symbols and melodies of Torah trope, in preparation for chanting from Torah

….to be confident prayer leaders and have comfort when attending services at other congregations.

….to gain a sense of Jewish pride and connection to past generations.

….to familiarize students with a Hebrew vocabulary encompassing words associating with Jewish life.

Kitah Aleph (Third Grade)

In Kitah Aleph, students will learn basic Hebrew decoding skills, which include identifying Hebrew letters and vowels, reading multi-syllable words, and learning Jewish life vocabulary.  In addition, students will begin to understand the purpose of prayer and become proficient readers in select Hebrew prayers.  Students will also participate in a Family Shabbat Service with the clergy on Friday, February 2, 2019 at 7:00pm.   Services will be preceded with a class dinner at 6:00pm

Regularly reviewing material and practicing reading at home will help students hone the Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary they learn in class.  As such, students will complete weekly homework via a supplemental online component associated with our student’s textbook, Alef-Bet Quest.  Students will print out an online lesson summary when they have completed all the activities in a lesson and submit it to their teacher. 

Upon completion of this textbook, weekly homework assignments will reinforce prayer-based Hebrew reading.  Students will be asked to submit a weekly assignment form signed by their parents.  

Kitah Bet (Fourth Grade)

In Kitah Bet, students apply the decoding skills acquired in Kitah Aleph and formally begin study of key prayers and blessings in Jewish tradition.   Particular attention will be placed on understanding the prayers and structure of the Maariv(Evening) service on Shabbat.  In addition to becoming proficient readers, students will begin to develop a personal connection to the prayers themselves.  Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition.  Kitah Bet students also participate in weekly tefillah, where they will be exposed to the prayers and blessings associated with the Mincha(Afternoon) and Maariv (Evening) service and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  Students will also lead a Shabbat Service with the clergy on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00pm.   Services will be preceded with a class dinner at 6:00pm.

Regularly reviewing material and practicing reading at home will help students hone the Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary they learn in class.  As such, students will be assigned weekly homework.  To help parents work with their children, transliterations of prayers will be provided for their use only recordings of the prayers will be provided to ensure accuracy.    

Kitah Gimmel (Fifth Grade)

In Kitah Gimmel, particular attention will be placed on understanding the prayers and structure of the Shacharit(Morning) service on Shabbat.  In addition to becoming proficient readers, students will begin to develop a personal connection to the prayers themselves.  Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition.  Kitah Gimmel students also participate in weekly tefillah, where they will be exposed to the prayers and blessings associated with the Mincha(Afternoon) and Maariv (Evening) service and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  Students will also lead a Shabbat Service with the clergy on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10:30am.   A potluck Shabbat luncheon will follow services.

Regularly reviewing material and practicing reading at home will help students hone the Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary they learn in class.  As such, students will be assigned weekly homework.  To help parents work with their children, transliterations of prayers will be provided for their use only and recordings of the prayers will be provided to ensure accuracy.  

Kitah Dalet (Sixth Grade)

In Kitah Dalet, students will further their understanding of the prayers and structure of the Shacharit(Morning) service on Shabbat.  Attention will also be placed on the Torah service, Haftarah blessings, and trope (cantillation).  In addition to becoming proficient readers, students will begin to develop a personal connection to the prayers themselves.  Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition.  Kitah Dalet students also participate in weekly tefillah, where they will be exposed to the prayers and blessings associated with the Mincha(Afternoon) and Maariv (Evening) service and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  Students will also lead a Shabbat Service with the clergy on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:30am.   A potluck Shabbat luncheon will follow services.

Regularly reviewing material and practicing reading at home will help students hone the Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary they learn in class.  As such, students will be assigned weekly homework consisting of submitting recordings of their reading to their teachers.  

 

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