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Hebrew School (3rd– 6th)

Our Hebrew Programs

We look forward to working with your child in our Hebrew programs. Our formal Hebrew School program meets on Mondays or Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., beginning in third grade and concluding in sixth grade.  Our Individualized Tutoring program meets at a time that is convenient for the student and tutor.

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Hebrew School

Our formal Hebrew School program meets on Mondays or Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., 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).  Scroll down to see more details about our curriculum for each grade level. Class placement generally correspond to student grade level, but there are instances in which a student may begin the school year in a lower class or may progress to a higher class than their secular school grade.

What other requirements does the Hebrew school have? Hebrew School involves weekly homework and reading practice (15 minutes, 3 times a week). Each class participates in leading one Shabbat service during the year.

Individualized Tutoring (Alternative to Hebrew School)

We also provide an Individualized Tutoring program for those students who need to learn at their own pace or 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 number of yearly sessions offered by the Hebrew School), at a time that is most convenient for the student.  

There are instances when students are unable to attend class on Mondays or Tuesdays for an extended period of time, but intend to return to class when able.  In these cases, we encourage students 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 Individualized Tutoring program enroll separately from our traditional Hebrew School program. 

Goals for our Students

  • Identify Hebrew letters and vowels, decode multisyllable words, understand special rules, and identify the symbols and melodies of Torah trope, in preparation for chanting from Torah.
  • Read weekly and Shabbat evening and morning prayers fluently and develop an awareness of key vocabulary and roots associated with these prayers.
  • Lead prayer confidently, feel comfortable when attending services at other congregations, and gain a sense of Jewish pride and connection to past generations.
  • Become familiar with Hebrew vocabulary encompassing words associated with Jewish life.

Our Curriculum

3rd Grade - Kitah Aleph

  • Focus: Basic Hebrew skills, including identifying Hebrew letters and vowels, reading multisyllable words, and learning Jewish-life vocabulary.  Students will begin to understand the purpose of prayer and become proficient readers in select Hebrew prayers.  
  • Service Participation: Students will participate in a Friday evening Family Shabbat Service with the clergy, usually in February. Check with your Hebrew School teacher for the date. Services will be preceded or followed by a class potluck dinner.
  • Homework: Practicing reading at home will help students hone their Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary.  Students complete weekly homework via a supplemental online component associated with our student’s textbook, Alef-Bet Quest

4th Grade - Kitah Bet

  • Focus: Students apply skills acquired in Kitah Aleph and formally study key prayers and blessings.  Particular attention will be placed on understanding the prayers and structure of the Friday evening Shabbat service. Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition.  Students participate in weekly tefillah, where they will be exposed to the prayers and blessings and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  
  • Service Participation: Students will participate in a Friday evening Family Shabbat Service with the clergy, usually in February. Check with your Hebrew School teacher for the date. Services will be preceded or followed by a class potluck dinner.
  • Homework: Practicing reading at home will help students hone their Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary.  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.    

5th Grade - Kitah Gimmel

  • Focus: Kitah Gimmel students focus on understanding the prayers and structure of the Saturday morning Shabbat service.  Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition. Students participate in weekly tefillah, where they enjoy the prayers and blessings associated with the Saturday Shabbat services and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  
  • Service Participation: Students will lead a Saturday morning Shabbat Service with the clergy. Check with your Hebrew School teacher for the date. A class potluck Shabbat luncheon will follow services.
  • Homework: Practicing reading at home will help students hone their Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary. 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.  

6th Grade - Kitah Dalet

  • Focus: Students will further their understanding of the prayers and structure of the Saturday morning Shabbat service. Attention will also be placed on the Torah service, Haftarah blessings, and trope (cantillation).  Vocabulary exercises, hands-on activities, and discussions strengthen prayer knowledge and acquisition.  Kitah Dalet students also participate in weekly tefillah, where they experience the prayers and blessings associated with the Mincha(Afternoon) and Maariv (Evening) service and develop a connection with the weekly Torah portion.  
  • Service Participation: Students will lead a Saturday morning Shabbat Service with the clergy. Check with your Hebrew School teacher for the date. A class potluck Shabbat luncheon will follow services.
  • Homework: Practicing reading at home will help students hone their Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary.  Students will be assigned weekly homework consisting of submitting recordings of their reading to their teachers. 

Tuition

See tuition and fee details for the Hebrew School and alternative Individualized Tutoring programs.

Private Tutoring

For those students who are enrolled in the Hebrew School 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 the Hebrew School tuition.

Attendance

It is the policy of the Hebrew School that a child who misses any session needs to contact the teacher or class peers to make up missed work. If there are three absences in a row, the family may be required to engage a tutor to assist with the missed material.

Special Needs

In our Hebrew School program, we have a specially trained instructor who runs the “Learning Center.” She works with students who need individual or small group instruction. However, students spend most of their time in the regular classroom. 

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