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Religious School Curriculum

Our new curriculum has been designed with the end goal in mind, focusing on big ideas that have lasting value beyond the classroom. Our goal is to inspire deep learning, encourage students to ask questions, and to prepare our young Jews to take on meaningful, authentic, and comfortable roles within their Jewish community. 

Students will have study, create, play, sing, read, and taste their way through Jewish culture, prayer, and ideologies. With each exposure, learners gain knowledge and confidence which will help them grow along their Jewish journey.

Hebrew is gently introduced at the earliest opportunity through sensory play and movement classes with our Education Director, Rabbi Carolan. As students gain an ear for the Hebrew language, they learn the letters of the Alef-Bet and begin decoding. In preparation for B'nei Mitzvah, students practice their reading and comprehension skills while analyzing the meaning of prayers and discuss the purposes and benefits of having an active prayer life.  

Each grade is framed by a Hebrew phrase, big ideas, and enduring understandings to help contextualize and connect students' educational experiences. The essential questions encourage our learners to actively engage with material and make meaning for themselves with their teachers as facilitators, rather than repeat memorized facts and sound bytes. 

Enrollment is always open! We encourage you to speak with our education director to ensure your student has an easy transition to our school and to review any questions or concerns you might have.


Chag Sameach! - Happy Holiday!

Az y’malei s’chok pinu ul’shoneinu rina.
Our mouths shall be filled with laughter, our tongues, with songs of joy.
-Ps. 126:2
   Main Focus: 
  • Creative Play & Holidays 
   Big Ideas: 
  • We are part of the Jewish People
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • I can learn through exploration and play.
  • I am safe in and loved by my community.
  • I am learning about who I am and becoming a good Jewish citizen.
  Essential Questions: 
  • Why celebrate Jewish holidays?
  • What’s special about being Jewish?


1st & 2nd Grades

Eitz chayim hee lamachazikim ba, v’tomcheha m’ushar.
It is a tree of life to those who grasp it, and its supporters are happy.

-Proverbs 3:18

 Main Focus: 
  • Torah Stories & Its Heroes
   Big Ideas: 
  • We are part of the ongoing Jewish story.
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • The Torah teaches me how to be a part of the Jewish people.
  • The laws and rules found in the Torah help us live a meaningful life filled with holy moments.
  Essential Questions: 
  • Who are some of the important characters in the Bible, what are their stories, and why are they important in my life and in my family’s life?
  • How am I like the people in the story and how am I different?
  • What values can I learn from these characters?
  • Why do we read the Torah over and over again?


3rd & 4th Grades
"L’chol z’man v’eit, l’chol-cheifetz tachat ha’shamayim. 
To everything there is a season; a time for every experience under heaven." -Ecclesiastes 3:1

 Main Focus: 
  • Life Cycle & God
   Big Ideas: 
  • Life is cyclical.
  • We can mark time Jewishly.
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • Life is cyclical
  • Life cycle events help connect us to the Jewish people, God, and Torah.
  • Public and private celebrations help us process what is happening in our lives.
  • There are many different and legitimate ways to think about God, including questioning God’s existence.
  Essential Questions: 
  • How does ordinary time become holy time?
  • What is special about “Jewish Time”?
  • What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish community?
  • When is God?


5th & 6th Grades

Vayivra Elohim et-ha’adam b’tzalmo; b’tzelem Elohim bara oto
God created humanity in God’s image; in God’s image, God created it

-Gen. 1:27

 Main Focus: 
  • Mesch-y-ology
   Big Ideas: 
  • We can improve our lives and the lives of those around us by focusing on our values & virtues.
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • We have a responsibility to perform acts of g’milut chasadim for the people we encounter in our daily lives.
  • We can experience God in our world, in others, and within ourselves by engaging in acts of g’milut chasadim.
  • We strengthen the vitality of the Jewish people when we engage and take responsibility for one another.
  Essential Questions: 
  • How do I become the best version of my self?
  • Why/how does my behavior make a difference in the world
  • What do I do when I feel conflicting emotions or that my values are being threatened?
  • How do I maintain my sense of self within a group context?
  • How do I use Jewish values to guide my behavior? 


7th & 8th Grades

B’chol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatza miMitzrayim.
In every generation, one must look upon himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt.
-Talmud, Pesachim 116b

 Main Focus: 
  • Jewish History
   Big Ideas: 
  • Our Jewish history helps form our Jewish present and future.
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • History comes alive when we study the words and actions of those who came before us, add our voices, and make it relevant to our lives.
  • Jews are connected to one another through our shared history.
  Essential Questions: 
  • Why is Judaism so focused on telling the stories of the past?
  • How does history shape our story and who I am?
  • How does history inform the present and future? 


Chai School (9th-12th grades)

Ein sicha eila t’filah.
Conversation is a form of prayer.
-Talmud, Berachot 26a

  Main Focus: 
  • Ethics & Decision Making 
   Big Ideas: 
  •  We can make decisions
    deliberately and Jewishly.
  Enduring                  Understandings: 
  • By delving deeply into the sacred texts, we can uncover multiple voices of authority within our text that can help guide us in our own decision making process.
  • Study can place our decisions in a holy context.
  • Throughout time, Jews have analyzed, interpreted, and commented on Jewish texts. Through rigorous study, we become active participants in this ongoing process.
  Essential Questions: 
  • How can texts that illuminate competing values help us through complicated situations?
  • How can I be my best self?
  • How do Jewish values help me help others and myself?
Mon, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779