Education

 

  • 8:45am - 10:00am               Early Sunday Hebrew  at Temple Emanuel
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm           Regular Sunday program at Temple Emanuel
  • 4:30pm - 6:00/6:30pm       Midweek Hebrew program at Ahavas Israel
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm               Midweek Hebrew program located in Holland - satellite site

 

 GAN KATAN (PRE-PRE KINDERGARTEN) 

Goals:  Introduce students to the concept of “What is Jewish”. 

Objectives: The students will:

1.  know the basic Jewish signs and symbols – where they are seen in our congregations and in our community and how they connect us as Jews. 

2.  celebrate the Jewish holidays as they occur, their sounds, sights, smells, tastes and textures.  This class will be held as a parent-child class with parents learning along with their child to help integrate learning into home participation.

Structure:   One hour class with parent/guardian every Sunday

 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Goals:  Understand the concept of “being Jewish” and having a Jewish identity using the Cleveland JECC curriculum for preschool -“Me and You, Jew and Jew”- experience Jewish holiday symbols, foods and traditions.

 

Objectives: The students will:

1.   be introduced to customs, ceremonies, symbols and foods of the Jewish holidays.

  1. be involved in playful activities which will introduce them to the Mitzvot that every Jewish child is expected to fulfill, including honoring your parents, telling the truth, and returning lost property.
  2. hear and use basic Hebrew phrases in the classroom and at home

Structure:   Service, 1½ hour core class, Hebrew through play and music weekly.   

 

KINDERGARTEN

Goals:  Continue building the foundations of Jewish life and practice through the Cleveland JECC kindergarten curriculum “Me and You, Jew and Jew”.  Explore the traditions of the holidays.

 

Objectives: The students will:

1.   recognize the ritual items at home and in the synagogue associated with Shabbat and holidays, and identify their purpose.

2.   recite in Hebrew the Shema, Motzi, Kiddush, Shabbat candle blessing, and Modeh Ani,

3.   begin identifying Hebrew letters and basic Hebrew vocabulary

4.   participate in holiday and Shabbat rituals as they occur in the cycle of the year

5.   identify Biblical and post-Biblical characters as they occur in the cycle of the year, and their connection with mitzvoth.

6.   demonstrate a basic understanding of Tzedakah and Mitzvot, and become active participants.

Structure:   Service, 1½ hour core class, Hebrew through play and music weekly

 

Grades 1 through 7will be using the CHAI curriculum, developed by the Union for Reform Judaism, and adapated by Rabbi Krishef to include the Conservative traditions.  Each core level contains lessons, developed by master educators, in the areas of Torah (Bible), Avodah (prayer), and G’milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) that are connected by a thematic strand.  The CHAI lessons follow a curriculum model known as “Understanding by Design”(UbD), ensuring that student learning will go beyond the specific classroom activities and will reach a deeper Enduring understanding-concepts that provide the foundation for a lifetime of Jewish learning and living.

 

1ST GRADE

Enduring Understandings: My Jewish acts help me discover the beauty and order of sacred time and my place in the Jewish story

Objectives: The students will:

1.   discover through B’reishit (Genesis), that they are part of the ongoing story of Torah and the Jewish people.

2.   develop a sense of beauty and order of sacred time through Avodah

3.   become Mitzvah Heroes when they perform acts of g’milut chasadim

4.   learn basic Hebrew vocabulary and be able to recall the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet

5.   develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games

Structure:   Service, 1hour Chai class, ½ hour Hebrew through music, ½ hour enrichment

 

2ND GRADE

Enduring Understandings: Studying Torah can teach us important lessons about how God wants us to live. 

Objectives:  The students will:

1.   discover through Shemot (Exodus) that Torah teaches us how to be part of the Jewish people.

2.   understand that Jewish celebrations and rituals help us express our relationship with God.

3.   learn that we can make the world a better place by performing g’milut chasadim – acts of loving kindness in our everyday lives.

4.   develop basic reading skills using printed material as well as on-line games for enrichment

5.   develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games

Structure:   Service, 1 hour Chai class, ½ hour Hebrew through music, ½ hour enrichment

 

HEBREW – 3RD Grade –the students will learn each letter as a class, then have the opportunity to practice with on-line games and enrichment activities to reinforce learning.  The students will have a 1 hour class during Sunday school, and attend either Wednesday afternoon midweek Hebrew school from 4:30-6 and/or early Sunday morning Hebrew from 8:45-10am.  There will be a home workbook and students will record assignments that will be emailed to their teacher for evaluation and feedback.   

3RD GRADE

Enduring Understandings: The laws and rules found in the Torah can help us to live a life filled with holy moments.

Objectives:  The students will:

1.   understand how the laws and rules in Vayikra (Leviticus)can help us to live a life filled with holy moments

2.   discover that through Avodah we can make our lives and the world more kadosh-holy

3.   appreciate that each individual act of  g’milut chasadim can make the world kadosh

4.   continue to develop Hebrew reading skills with printed and on-line enrichment

5.   develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games

Structure: 1 hour Hebrew every week, 1 hour Chai each week, ½ hour music once a month.  Additional 1½ hour of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek and/or an extra hour on Sunday.

 

HEBREW-4TH -6TH grade, 4th,  5th and 6th grade will use the Behrman House Heneini and Hebrew through Harmony curriculums.  Both curricula use traditional and digital components to conform to different learning styles.  The student will have access to hear the prayers, play games, and record the prayers and email recordings to the teacher for feedback.  There will be one hour of Hebrew on Sunday during school plus an additional 1½  hour of Hebrew on Wednesday after noon at Midweek Hebrew from 4:30-6 and/or early Sunday morning from 8:45am-10am. 

4TH GRADE

Enduring Understandings:  We made a “brit” (covenant) with God to be a Holy People.  We learn from our ancestors so that we can continue the tradition of holiness.

Objectives:  The students will:

1.   Understand that the promise of a Holy Land-Eretz Israel, as learned in B’midbar (Numbers), and D’varim (Deuteronomy) comes with working toward becoming holy.

2.   appreciate the importance of praying with Kavanah (intention), and understand the reason for Keva (fixed prayer), which together help us make sacred connections.

3.   relate how our acts of g’milut chasadim affect people we encounter in our daily lives.

4.   continue to develop Hebrew reading skills and understanding through the PrayerTech curriculum, an on-line resource

5.   develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games

Structure:1 hour Hebrew every week, 1 hour Chai each week, ½ hour music at least once a month.  Additional  hour of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek  and/or extra hour on Sunday.

5TH GRADE

Enduring Understanding: We can all make a difference in the lives of others. We need to develop a sense of who we are and what we can achieve.  

Objectives: The students will:

1.   understand that the words and messages of the Prophets in Nevi’im remind us how God wants us to live

2.   discover that prayer will lead to personal reflection and can strengthen our relationships to community and God

3.   develop a responsibility to support and sustain the Jewish community- K’lal Yisrael and develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games

4.   continue to develop Hebrew reading skills and understanding through the PrayerTech curriculum, an on-line resource

Structure:  1 hour Hebrew every week, 1 hour Chai each week, ½ hour music once a month.   Additional  hour of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek  and/or extra hour on Sunday.

6th GRADE

Enduring UnderstandingExploring our personal and communal role in Revelation, we find sacred connections to God, community and self.

Objectives:  The students will:

  1. apply wisdom from theK’tuvim-Writings, to issues in their lives and in the world.
  2. understand what it means to stand at Mount Sinai, and associated responsibility
  3. learn from Jewish sources about their responsibility to protect nature and the environment, help those in need, and care for animals.
  4. develop a connection with Israel through song, dance, stories and games
  5. continue to develop Hebrew reading skills and understanding

Structure: 1 hour Hebrew every week, 1 hour Chai each week, ½ hour of enrichment weekly.Additional  hour of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek  and/or extra hour on Sunday

7th GRADE

Enduring Understanding:

Our development as emerging Jewish adults is closely linked to our ethical behavior (middot) and the performance of acts of g’milut chasadim.

Objectives:  The students will:

1.   develop a personal sense of Jewish identity through Torah and prayer

2.   apply Jewish ethical behavior (middot) and gimilut chasadim to become Jewish adults and members of the community

3.   investigate the significance and customs of Jewish life cycle events

4.   explore the branches of Judaism – understanding the differences and similarities

5.   virtual visit to Israel

Structure:   2 ½ hours of core curriculum incorporating discussion, participation in mitzvah projects, and activities.  Optional for Temple students: Additional 1 ½ hour of study on Wednesday at Midweek Hebrew.

8th GRADE:

Objectives:  The students will:

1.   discover the journey of the Jewish people including Sephardic and Eastern European traditions, introduction to Yiddish, traditional foods, dance and music. 

2.   evaluate the concepts of bigotry and prejudice and investigate the historical events that led to the Holocaust

  1. gain an understanding of the events that led to the Holocaust, with a visit to the Holocaust museum to reinforce their learning experience
  2. develop social action projects to help them understand their personal responsibility of Gimilut Chasadim
  3. develop a connection to Israel

Structure:  2 ½ hours of instruction, discussion and mitzvah projects.

9th  GRADE

Students will examine Jewish immigration to America and its influence in our lives using the art of photography.  We will use a curriculum called “The Jewish Lens” which focuses on Jewish values and Jewish communities worldwide through photography.  Each student will develop a sense of Jewish identity using their own photograph to tell their story.  Students will travel to New York City and are introduced to Jewish immigration and culture.

Israel – The students will develop an understanding of the history and significance of the Jewish state of Israel. They will learn about how Israel has become the leader in technology, medicine and research, developing a sense of pride. It will enable our children to have an educated discussion, to defend the Jewish position, and to develop a connection with Israel.

Structure:  there will be a 2 ½ hour core class including some time for socialization

10th, 11th, 12th  GRADE

1.   The students will be introduced to World religions – the basic beliefs and practices. This class will be outside the classroom as much as possible. The students will be able to analyze and compare the similarities and differences between each religion and Judaism, in an effort to help develop understanding and tolerance.  Students will visit different local congregations – Hindu, Moslem and Christian, to meet with religious leaders and observe different  rituals and traditions.

2.   They will discuss questions that teenagers often have about Jewish life, reading articles from a variety of texts as a way to begin conversations. Can I be Jewish and not believe in God? Why do we not believe in the Messiah?  Why do some people hate Jews?  Do Jews believe in heaven?  Do we have a soul? Is the Torah true?  Are we a religion or a nation or a people?  Why should I care about Israel?  Do I have free will?  If there is a God why is there so much suffering in the world?  What is the meaning of life?  Does prayer work?  Why should I care about being Jewish?  

3.   develop a connection to Israel

The 11th/12th grade will have the option to aide in the younger classerooms, join class, go on class trips, or any combination.

March thru end of Year

Tenth grade students will have separate tracks with their own congregation to prepare for Confirmation

As a theme for our school this year we will focus on Mitzvot (commandments), and Middot (Jewish ethical behavior),  and how we can all put them into action.  Each month we will focus on a different mitzvah or middah.  The students will work with their teacher, classmates and family, “to learn and to do”.