Religious School Curriculum

The Community Synagogue’s curriculum uses a value-based approach to Jewish education. In addition to the components of teaching Jewish festivals and Hebrew, Jewish studies are organized in order to enable our students to embrace seven key values that we see as central to Judaism.

 

These key values are:

Kedushah               Holiness                   

Talmud Torah         Importance of Study

Kehillah                  Community

Mispacha                Family

Tikkun Olam           Repairing our World

Ahavat Olam           Love of Israel

Klal Yisrael              Unity of the Jewish People

Ivrit                            Hebrew Language and Prayer

We want our children to grow up with a sense of what it means to be a Jew and to have positive feelings about their Jewish identity.  Therefore, in each grade, we seek to introduce students to new concepts and challenge them to explore their Judaism in new ways. 

Our curriculum has been designed with our school goals in mind, so as to provide each child with a well-rounded, engaging Jewish education.  Each grade has a specific curricular focus for their yearly studies.  In addition, Hebrew language and learning about the holidays are built into each grade’s curriculum.  The themes & topics for each grade are as follows (more specific Curricular Pages available for each grade):


Kindergarten - L’ChaimTo Life
Jewish Time - Introduction to Shabbat, holidays and synagogue
Sunday, 9:00 - 10:45 am           

Grade 1- Bereshit Bara Elohim - In the Beginning God Created
Jewish Living – Investigation of Jewish practices, beliefs & holidays
Sunday, 9:00 - 10:45 am


Grade 2 - Im Tirtzu Ein Zo Agada - If You Will it, It is No Dream
Jewish World- Introduction to People & Land of Israel and Exploration of Jewish values
Sunday, 9:00 - 10:45 am AND Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Grade 3 - Eitz Chaim Hi L’mahazikim Bah -
It is a Tree of Life to Those Who Hold It Fast
Jewish Revelation - Examining the stories of the Torah and our relationship with God
Sunday, 9:00 - 10:45 am AND Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


Grade 4 - Klal Yisrael - The Jewish People/The Community of Israel
Jewish People - Introduction to life cycle traditions and study of Israel 
Traditional Track - Sunday, 9:00 am - 10:45 am AND Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

FLAME Track - Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm for class and monthly Family Learning Mornings and Social Action Projects.*

* See FLAME Information under Family Education for more information.  

   

Grade 5 - Talmud Torah - The Study of Torah
Jewish Text – Deeper exploration of Torah and its teachings
Traditional Track - Sunday, 9:00 am - 10:45 am AND Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

FLAME Track - Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm for class and monthly Family Learning Mornings and Social Action Projects.*

* See FLAME Information under Family Education for more information.  


Grade 6 - Shorashim - Roots
Jewish Roots – Study of Reform Judaism, Jewish questions & Holocaust
Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 
Torah Study - Beginning Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6th Grade students will attend Torah Study on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 10:15 am.


Grade 7 - MPOW Experiencing how Jewish values can MPOWer you, your community & your world.  
Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

For Grade 7 Students ONLY - Shabbat Torah Study, 9:00 - 10:15 am - 7th Grade students are expected to attend Torah Study on Saturday mornings through Saturday, December 16, 2017


Hebrew Program

Our Hebrew curriculum seeks to offer our students an exciting introduction to the Hebrew language and to actively engage the students in their Hebrew studies.

The goals of the Hebrew program are:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation in reading/decoding the Hebrew language.
  • To have students excited about and engaged in their Hebrew studies.
  • For students to see Hebrew as a living language.
  • For students to feel comfortable and able to participate in Jewish prayer.

Hebrew letter shapes and names are first introduced in kindergarten; in first grade students begin writing the letters; students begin to read phonetically in the second grade; and by third grade, the students have solidified rudimentary reading skills.  The program for students in the fourth through sixth grades reinforces and builds upon reading skills, introduces basic, conversational Hebrew, and develops synagogue fluency, enabling students to read and comprehend the basic prayers of our worship services with ease.  In the sixth grade, students also begin a B’nai Mitzvah prayer track through which they will work on fluency of their prayer goals for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

Religious School Goals

- By understanding our covenantal relationship with God within a Reform context, our students will learn to describe their sense of what is sacred or holy. They will respond to the miracles and mysteries of our world with an awareness of the presence of God in our lives.

- Our students will identify themselves as Jews deeply rooted in the shared values of family and community and the close partnership that exists between them.

- Our students will learn the historical experience of the Jewish people and how to apply it to their lives today.

- Our students will value participating in a life-time of learning and living Judaism.

- Our students will identify the range and diversity that exists within the Jewish world, while demonstrating a connectedness to Jews in all countries and of all beliefs and practices.

- Our students will express a love of Israel (her land and her people), appreciating how Zionism and the Jewish homeland are central for Jewish life today.

- Our students will apply Torah as lived through the Reform Jewish experience to every aspect of their lives, leading to a commitment to the ethical teachings of our tradition.

- Our students will learn about and observe the ritual mitzvot related to Shabbat, holidays, life-cycle and prayer, knowing what is required in order to respond appropriately within a Reform context.

- Our students will feel comfortable with and will achieve a level of competence in Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.  Students will be able to read prayer book and biblical Hebrew, demonstrating “key word” comprehension, and they will appreciate that Hebrew is a living language, the vocabulary of Jewish life.