Education

 

  • 8:45am - 9:50am               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.

  2. 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.

  3. hear and use basic Hebrew phrases in the classroom and at home

Structure: Assembly, core class, Hebrew through play, music weekly, periodic art enrichment  

 

 

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: Assembly, core class, Hebrew through play, music, periodic art enrichment  

 

Grades 1 through 7 will 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 Hebrew vocabulary through play and music

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

Structure: Assembly, Chai class, ½ hour Hebrew through Movement and music, periodic art 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 games for enrichment

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

Structure: Assembly, Chai class, ½ hour Hebrew, periodic art enrichment  

 

HEBREW – 3RD Grade – Using the Torah Aurah program, Tiyulim, 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 5-6:30 or early Sunday morning Hebrew from 8:45-9:50am.  There will be a home workbook and students will prepare home recordings through the Tiyulim program that will be emailed to their teacher.  


 

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 art, song, dance, stories and games

Structure: Assembly, 1 hour Hebrew every week, 1 hour Chai each week, ½ hour music once a month, periodic art enrichment  

Additional 1½ hour of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek  or an extra hour on Sunday.

 

HEBREW-4TH -6TH grade,  4thgrade will use the Zeman Likrah, 5th grade will use the Heneini 1-2 curriculum and 6th grade will use the Heneini 3 curriculum.  All grades will be using the textbooks as well as the on-line learning center which includes audio examples of the prayers, games, and ability to record the prayers and email recordings to the teacher, available in the classroom and at home. There will be one hour of Hebrew on Sunday during school plus an additional 1½  hour of Hebrew on Wednesday afternoon at Midweek Hebrew from 5-6:30 or early Sunday morning from 8:45-9:50.  

 

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

  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, periodic art enrichment.    Additional  1½ hours of Hebrew on Wednesday at Midweek  

5-6:30 or extra hour on Sunday early morning 8:45-9:50.

 

 

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, periodic art enrichment    Additional  1½ hour of Hebrew on Wednesday from 5-6:30 at Midweek  or extra hour on Sunday from 8:45-9:50

 

6th GRADE

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

 

Objectives:  The students will:

  1. apply wisdom from the K’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 music once a month, periodic art enrichment    Additional  1½ hour of Hebrew on Wednesday from 5-6:30 at Midweek  or extra hour on Sunday from 8:45-9:50.

 

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. continue to develop Hebrew skills through weekly conversational Hebrew program

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

Structure:  Assembly, 1-2 hours of core curriculum incorporating discussion, participation in mitzvah projects, 20 minutes of conversational Hebrew, periodic art projects and music.  

Optional for Temple students, required for Ahavas Israel students: Additional 1½ hour of study on Wednesday at Midweek Hebrew- 5-6:30.

 

8th GRADE:

Objectives:  The students will:

  1. discover the journey of the Jewish people including Sephardic and Eastern European history, traditions, music, art, food.

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

  3. gain an understanding of the events that led to the Holocaust, with a visit to the Holocaust museum to reinforce their learning experience

  4. develop social action projects to help them understand their personal responsibility of Gimilut Chasadim

  5. develop a connection to Israel

Structure:  Assembly, 2 hours of instruction and discussion, periodic art and music, 20 minutes of conversational Hebrew.

9th GRADE

Students will examine Jewish immigration to America and its influence in our lives using art, music, food, dance, language, and theatre.  They will compare the immigration experience to that of Israel with its culture and history.  The students will develop an understanding of the significance of the Jewish state of Israel in our world today in the area of technology, research and medicine and human rights, promoting a connection to Israel.

Students will travel to New York City and are introduced to Jewish immigration and culture.

Structure:  Assembly, 2 hours of instruction and discussion, periodic art and music, 20 minutes of conversational Hebrew.

10th GRADE  

The students will learn about many different religions, visiting several different houses of worship throughout the city and creating a dialogue with members of the congregations.  They will be able to identify similarities and differences to their own beliefs and traditions.  They will also discuss “hot topics” of interest to them and the “Jewish response” to encourage discussions.

Structure:  Assembly, 2 hours of instruction and discussion, periodic art and music, 20 minutes of conversational Hebrew.

 

March thru end of Year

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

 

11TH AND 12TH GRADE CLASSTIME AND MADRICHIM PROGRAM

The focus will be on current social problems that face each student as an American and as a Jew.  Through discussion and debate, the students will gain a better understanding of the responsibility each of them has to become an ambassador for Tikuun Olam.  

 

The students will use the Packing for College curriculum. Packing for College can transform a time of tension into a time of exploration and communication; it can help make the transition period between high school and college a part of the life cycle of families.

Students will also have the opportunity to connect with other Jewish teens from larger Jewish areas, and visit Hillel at MSU.

 

Structure:  Assembly, 1 hour of instruction and discussion, periodic art and music, 20 minutes of conversational Hebrew.   During the second half of the day they will have the opportunity to work as a madrich(ah) –aide- in the classrooms of younger students.  

 

As a theme for our school this year we will focus on Mitzvot, and how we can all put them into actions.  Each month we will focus on a different mitzvah.  The students will work with their teacher, classmates and family, “to learn and to do”.  We will also encourage individual classes to participate in a “Mitzvah Day” experience where the students will be involved in various projects throughout the community.