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Class Descriptions and Goals Kindergarten-7th grade classes for 2022-2023 (5783)

All Kindergarten-7th grade classes begin together for Tefila as one community

Kindergarten Connection: $180.00

(Monthly, dates to follow) Sunday 9:15am-11:15am

This monthly program is custom tailored to engage our youngest learners in fun and meaningful experiences that will spark a passion for Jewish learning. The goal of Kindergarten Connection is to connect young families and their children to our temple community and create a pathway to Jewish teachings and traditions through storytelling, art, song, and play. By the end of Kindergarten your youngest learners will have familiarity with some Hebrew words, phrases, and important people in our community. We meet monthly on Sundays.

1st Grade: $1445.00

Sunday 9:15 am-11:15 am or Monday 4:15 pm-6:15pm

Our first-grade weekly curriculum forms the foundation of our young learners’ Jewish education by exploring “Jewish building blocks”. We build on the Kindergarten curriculum through additional Hebrew phrases as related to different holidays and familiarity with stories found in the Torah. Our curriculum also introduces additional rituals of the holidays in an interactive and hands-on experience. Weekly they will have time for tefilla which will introduce our learners to prayers and the concept of praying.

2nd Grade: $1445.00

Sunday 9:15 am-11:15 am or Monday 4:15 pm-6:15pm

This is the first year we introduce the modern state of Israel (i.e. cities, people, and culture). There is also a significant focus on age appropriate immersive social action programs that building strong friendships between classmates. Hebrew vocabulary, prayers and concepts expand with additional programming led by Rabbi Wilfond and Cantor Kapustiansky.

3rd Grade: $1624.00

Sunday 9:15am-11:15am or Monday 4:15pm-6:15pm

During the third-grade year Hebrew studies pick up. Instead of being a smaller aspect of the program, the study of Hebrew gains in importance with familiarity and blending of Hebrew letters, vowels, words, and phrases. We will also be diving deeper into Torah stories found in the 5 Books of Moses and theological topics that begin to touch on big topics such as the Holocaust and what does Judaism have to say about “when bad things happen to good people.”

4th grade: $2100.00

Sunday 9:15am-11:15am or Monday 4:15pm-6:15pm

Our fourth-grade curriculum begins to focus on reading and chanting Hebrew prayers. This year also spends time learning the meaning of the Hebrew prayers, exploring the difference between listening and hearing. Plus, familiarizing our children with rituals surrounding lifecycle events. By the end of 4th Grade, liturgy will take on new meanings as we delve into inspiring, immersive, and experiential content.

5th grade: $2100.00

Sunday 9:15am-11:15am or Monday 4:15pm-6:15pm

In our 5th grade program, student learning is focused on Jewish values, history, and the Jewish connection and complexities surrounding Israel. Students expand their knowledge of Jewish history by applying the historical understandings to their own life situations as they see themselves as a link in the chain of Jewish history. Their Hebrew learning picks up right where it ended in the previous grade as students continue the journey of learning Hebrew, prayers, and the themes found in our liturgy.

6th grade: $2100.00

Sunday 9:15am-11:15am or Monday 4:15pm-6:15pm

Sixth Grade curriculum focuses on understanding Jewish heritage and about themselves through deeper conversations on immigration including Jewish immigration to America. We explore the role of rescuers, the resistance, our remembrance, and the rebuilding efforts that have taken place in connection with the Shoah (Holocaust). In the Hebrew curriculum, 6th graders add to their base of prayer knowledge and become more comfortable reading the prayers and understanding their meaning. Our goal is to have confident Hebrew readers who are excited to apply their skills when preparing to become Bar and Bat Mitzvah.

7th Grade: $1792.00

Sunday 9:15am-11:15am or Monday 6:15pm-8:15pm

Seventh Grade curriculum will offer a series of relevant speakers and actively engage in immersive activities related to exploring their Jewish identity, a lifelong process. Our Jewish learning process begins with ourselves to better understand who we are, what we think, and how we relate to those around us. At the end of the year, students should be able to articulate what it means personally to be Jewish, what role Judaism plays in their life and what they hope it will be in the future. Dinner will be served from 6:15 to 6:45 and is optional for students to attend. (Dinner fee is separate.)

Please contact Stephanie Ben Simon, Education Director, for any further information at