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School Program and Curriculum

School Program and Curriculum

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HEBREW SCHOOL PROGRAM

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We are enthusiastic about the beautiful lessons that Judaism has to offer, and we hope to transmit that excitement to the children through the excellent Hebrew School program at Chabad.

 

The Chabad Hebrew School offers an outstanding program that will give your child a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Judaism, and will instill in your child the faith, beauty and values of our heritage.

 

All lessons will be taught in a manner that will give the children a great appreciation of our rich Jewish heritage.  Role-playing, arts & crafts, and songs will be incorporated to help make the lessons enjoyable.

 

 

HEBREW LANGUAGE:

Children will learn to recognize and identify the names of all Hebrew letters.  They will begin reading simple words after learning how to blend the sounds.  Additionally, they will begin to learn how to write the letters in the Hebrew script.  Hebrew vocabulary is a basic part of the program - Children will learn Hebrew words related to current themes.

 

Older children who are already more advanced in their reading ability, will continue to practice and increase their fluency in reading, and will also develop comprehension in various traditional Jewish texts, such as the book of the Chumash (Bible) and Neviim (Prophets).

 

 

MITZVOT:

Children will be taught the meaning of Mitzvot - Torah commandments - and will be encouraged to enjoy the experience of doing mitzvot.  Some mitzvot emphasized are Tzedakah, loving one another, kindness to living creatures, hospitality, honoring parents, mezuzah, and brachot (blessings). The teachers will help each child develop a consciousness of proper Torah behavior towards others - Midot Tovot - which is the acquisition of desirable character traits.

 

 

HOLIDAYOBSERVANCES:

Children will learn to appreciate the special quality and holiness of Shabbat and Holidays.  They will become famili ar with the historical background, customs, and observances of each festival throughout the year.

 

 

PRAYER AND BLESSINGS:

Children will start to learn simple, basic prayers and blessings.  As they progress they will learn more prayers and what is appropriate to say at which times.

 

 

JEWISH HISTORY:

Children will learn to view our Avot (patriarchs) and Imahot (matriarchs) and other Jewish heroic figures as role models.  They will be taught morals and ethics from people highlighted in the weekly Torah portion.  The children will learn about and gain an appreciation for the land of Israel and its people

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Chabad Hebrew School curriculum by class level

 

Kindergarten-1st grade

 

 Singing of basic prayers (Modeh Ani, Torah Tziva, Shma Yisrael etc.)

Aleph –Bet Scrapbook-recognition of names and sounds of the Aleph-Bet plus simple Hebrew words.

The what and why of the Jewish holidays-stories, customs and traditions

Torah/History- Six days of creation, Noah, Patriarchs and Matriarchs, 12 tribes

 

Second grade

Additions to basic prayers

Basic Hebrew reading with simple vocabulary

Jewish holidays-additional customs and observances

Torah/history- The book of Shmot-the story of the Jews in Egypt and their redemption

 

Third and Fourth Grade

Further prayer development, Morning blessings, Ma Tovu, Adon Olam

Aleph champ-Basic Hebrew reading, mastery of all vowels, understanding words in our prayers

Jewish Holidays- historical background

Torah/History-The book of Numbers-Moses and the Jews in the desert

 

Fifth-Seventh grade

Advanced prayers

Advanced Hebrew Reading, comprehension

Jewish holidays-around the year with the Jewish Calendar

Torah/history- The story of Joshua through the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (books of the prophets)

Or (depending on year and grade divisions-modern Jewish history (second temple era through current times)

 

In addition, each class studies a Jewish life Topic each year. This year the whole school will be focusing on Jewish life in the home.

 

Chabad also offers, monthly Friday night dinners, Monthly Junior congregation on Shabbat day and Monthly early Sunday morning minyan program( for older boys class) in order to maximize the Hebrew School experience.

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