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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, for 30-minute sessions in small groups between 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., beginning in third grade and concluding in sixth grade. 


In keeping with our desire to introduce Jewish Life Vocabulary in our program, as well as avoiding an explicit differentiation between classes, we will no longer use the terms Kitah Aleph, Kitah Bet, Kitah Gimmel, and Kitah Dalet to distinguish between our classes. there will be new names for each class:

  • Rishonim, “Beginners,” (3rd Grade)
  • Kochavim, “Stars,” (4th)  
  • Chalutzim, (5th Grade) 
  • Bonim, “Builders,” (6th 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 45 minutes at Congregation Shir Hadash for a total of 29 sessions (equivalent to the total number of sessions of the Hebrew School year), at a time that is most convenient for the student. 

Please note that students in this Individualizd Tutoring program enroll separately from our traditional Hebrew School program. 

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.
  • 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.

Our Curriculum

3rd Grade -  Rishonim

In Rishonim, 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. 

Regularly reviewing material and practicing reading at home will help students hone the Hebrew decoding skills and vocabulary they learn in class. 

4th and 5th grade - Kochavim and Chalutzim

Students apply the decoding skills acquired in third grade and formally begin study of key prayers and blessings in Jewish tradition.   In addition to becoming proficient readers, students will begin to develop a personal connection to the prayers themselves.  Through the Hebrew in Harmony curriculum, students will engage with prayer intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.   They will experience prayer through multiple modalities, including music, movement, art, digital learning, and mindfully.   Our hope is that our students will not only learn prayer Hebrew skills, but find meaning in praying as a community.    Fourth and fifth grade 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.  Students will also lead two Shabbat Services with the clergy.

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.  

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 - Bonim

In Bonim, 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.

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. 

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. 

Sun, September 27 2020 9 Tishrei 5781