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.
Hebrew / Tefillah
Traditions / Ritual
Ethics / Mitzvot
Gan K'tan (PreK)
Hebrew through music and games
Being Jewish means...
Intro to Aleph-Bet and Hebrew Greetings; Jewish life vocabulary for Holidays & Shabbat
Jewish values through stories
How do we celebrate Jewish holidays and Shabbat?
What is a mitzvah?
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
Jewish values and mitzvot such as Bikkur Holim (visiting the sick) and Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests).
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; introduciton to Israel
Identify the sound and name of every letter, write the letters in block and script. Decode 1 -2 syllable words and Identify and define Hebrew roots
Tefillah goals by sound include: Barchu, 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)
Identify and write the letters in block and script. Increase fluidity in decoding multi-syllabic words; begin to develop skills reading tefillot from siddur; Ability decode and write all Hebrew letters and vowels
Sing and identify key vocabulary from tefillah goals, including V'ahavta, Mi Camocha, Avot, Gevurot
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, including: the Torah Service, Ein Kolheinu, Aleinu
Kings and Prophets
Introduction to Jewish History from the Kings to Exile and Jewish customs that developed around the world.
Welcoming strangers. Diversity in Jewish tradition in the Diaspora
Develop sight decoding skills in siddur and identifying known tefillot.
Tefillah goals include Readers Kaddish, Hatzi Kaddish, Kiddush
and the Haftarah Blessings
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors)
Buiding a Kehillah Kedosha - a holy community
Values of food and gratitude and a hands-on exploration of Tzedakah as a relates to creating a just world.
Amidah (Weekday and Shabbat) and Kedushah, Hallel
Shaarei Mitzvah texts including Torah, Mishnah, Talmud, and modern commentary; Shoah; Contemporary Israel History
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)
Participation in Yad Squad and developing skills to lead Shabbat morning services. Introduction to trope and leyning
Family Torah and interactive parsha study
What do Jewish values have to do with social justice and anti-Racism?
HEBREW ~ עברית
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 (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 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.
HEBREW THROUGH MOVEMENT
JEWISH LIFE VOCABULARY
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 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.
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