CURRICULUM

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Our curriculum strives to give students and families multiple access points to Jewish learning, from Hebrew and prayer to history and holidays. Below is an overview of our curriculum by grade level, followed by information on our Hebrew curriculum and evolving response to Covid. Note that this page is best viewed on a computer and not a mobile device.

Grade
Hebrew / Tefillah
Text
Traditions / Ritual
Ethics / Mitzvot
Shorashim (PreK)

Hebrew through music and games

Being Jewish means...

Gan (K)

Intro to Aleph-Bet

Hebrew Greetings

Holidays & Shabbat

Jewish values through stories

How do we celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat?

What is a mitzvah?

Aleph (1st)

Identify shapes and sounds of the Aleph-Bet and vowels

Hebrew through Movement

Hebrew names for ritual objects

Celebrating Shabbat and holidays in synagogue and at home

Synagogue geography

Jewish values and mitzvot such as Bikkur Holim (visiting the sick) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests).

Bet (2nd)

Identify and write letters of the Aleph-Bet and vowel sounds

Hebrew through Movement

Days/Months of the Hebrew Calendar

Torah and weekly parsha through stories

Israel - People and Place

Jewish Calendar

Gimel (3rd)

Decode 2 - 3 syllable words

Identify and define Hebrew roots


Tefillah goals:

Barch, Shema, Brachot, Four Questions

Family relationships in the Torah

Exploration of mitzvot, ritual, and brachot

Jewish values in the home, including Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) and Kavod Av v'Em (honoring parents)

Dalet (4th)

Increase fluidity in decoding multi-syllabic words

Develop skills reading tefillot from siddur

Ability decode and write all Hebrew letters and vowels


Sing and identify key vocabulary from tefillah goals:

V'ahavta, Mi Camocha, Avot, Gevurot

Prophets

Jewish lifecycle

Ten Commandments

Hey (5th)

Increase fluidity in decoding multi-syllabic words

Develop skills to read tefillot from siddur

Ability decode and write all Hebrew letters and vowels

*Incorporate Hebrew script as able


Sing and identify key vocabulary from tefillah goals:

Torah Service, Ein Kolheinu, Aleinu

Kings and Prophets

Introduction to Jewish History from the Kings to Exile

Jewish customs around the world

Welcoming strangers

Diversity in Jewish tradition in the Diaspora

Vav (6th)

Develop sight decoding skills in siddur and identifying known tefillot.


Tefillah goals:

Readers Kaddish

Hatzi Kaddish

Kiddush

Haftarah Blessing

Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors)

American Jewish History and communities

Buiding a Kehillah Kedosha - a holy community


Values of food and gratitude

Tzedakah

Zayin (7th)

Amidah (Weekday and Shabbat)

Hallel

Shaarei Mitzvah text study; Shoah; History of Modern Israel

What does it mean to become a Jewish adult?

Exploration of Tzedek - Justice through mitzvot "ben adam v'haveiro" (between people) and "ben adam l'makom" (between people and God)

Havurat Shabbat

Participation in Junior Congregation and developing skills to lead Shabbat morning services

Introduction to trope and leyning

Family Torah and interactive parsha study

Gesher (Teens)

What do Jewish values have to do with social justice and anti-Racism?

 

HEBREW ~ עברית

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Hebrew at PSJC focuses on building foundational decoding and siddur skills and comfort with Hebrew Life Vocabulary and central Modern Hebrew terms and phrases. In our younger classes, students are introduced to the Aleph-Bet through letters and sounds. We begin decoding in third grade, through a self-paced curriculum.

TEFILLAH
 

תפילה

Tefillah (prayer / communal worship) is at the core of our Hebrew Curriculum.  We want our children to value the experience of Jewish prayer and language, as well as to be able to participate in Tefillah at PSJC and in Jewish communities around the world.  While Tefillah is only one of the ways in which Jews celebrate Shabbat and holidays, the language of the siddur is a powerful connection with K’lal Yisrael (the worldwide Jewish community) and in the life of a synagogue. 

HEBREW THROUGH MOVEMENT
 

עברית בתנועה

Hebrew through Movement  is a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew instructions.  It starts by laying a foundation of spoken Hebrew, and builds toward the goal of making the prayers in our siddur, as well as synagogue and Jewish vocabulary, more easily accessible within a limited learning time.  We will begin using Hebrew through Movement in the younger grades, to build a strong foundation for Hebrew language acquisition.

JEWISH LIFE VOCABULARY
 

מילים חיים

One of the important ways that we connect to the Hebrew language is through key Hebrew and Yiddish words and phrases that are part of contemporary Jewish life.  The curriculum will use and explore Hebrew terms (such as shalom, mazal tov, tikkun olam, yasher koach, tzedakah, and more) and be introduced thematically by grade This Jewish Life Vocabulary also includes terms used within the classroom and synagogue consistently, integrating Hebrew grammar lessons (such as roots and prefixes) with Judaic studies.  

MODERN HEBREW 
 

עברית מודרני

Modern Hebrew vocabulary and grammar is not the primary focus of the PSJC Hebrew Curriculum. Through use of phrases in the classroom, Hebrew through Movement activities, regular Hebrew games; Modern Hebrew chugim, and supplemental activities, students will develop a foundation in Modern Hebrew that can be built upon in later years. 

 

Every challenge opens the possibility to learn something new.

As we look towards a post-Covid programming year, our re-entry to in-person programming comes a chance to dream and imagine new models of learning and connecting. Check out some of the exciting things we incorporated while we were online the past year and stay tuned for updates on planning for the upcoming year. Want to learn more details? Sign up for a coffee chat with Aileen this summer or email to schedule a individual zoom meeting or phone call. 


*Decisions regarding building use and safety protocols will be determined in conjunction with the PSJC Covid Advisory Committee, Hebrew School Committee, and guidelines from the DOE/HHS/NYS.

SMALL GROUP & ONE-ON-ONE HEBREW

  • Weekly small groups 

  • Options for remote learning one-on-one for Hebrew skills for 3rd - 6th grade

  • Hebrew through Movement incorporated into grades K - 5th

SOCIAL JUSTICE & ANTI-RACISM

  • Opportunities for action projects (virtual, distanced, or on-site) throughout the year

  • View Jewish values through anti-Racism action and social justice lens

  • Resources for parents and families 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL LEARNING (SESL)

  • Tefillah incorporates meditation and mindfulness tools and uses SESL language to talk about prayer

  • We use themes from the parsha to build social-emotional skills

  • We prioritize community and relationship building

  • We focus on listening to each other and yourself