4th / 5th Grade
Fourth graders will learn the Hebrew months and the corresponding holidays, customs and traditions. They will become proficient in various significant blessings, including the Shema & Ve’Ahavtah, Hatikvah, Havdallah & holiday blessings. The religious concepts introduced are community, what is a brit and the Temples, both the history and significance. In Torah practice, they will begin to learn the Jewish names of the Torah, our forefathers and mothers and be introduced to the Mishnah. They will continue to learn about Israel, their major cities, history and modern attractions. The fourth graders will improve upon both the reading and writing skills of Hebrew, and develop a broader modern Hebrew vocabulary.
In fifth grade, the kids will build their Jewish life-cycle understanding, as a guide or path of life. This involves learning of various Jewish life-cycle moments, including Brit Milah, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, marriage ceremonies and Shalom Bayit (Peace in the home.) They will review and reinforce the names of Hebrew months and their holidays, begin their work on the Amidah and Torah blessings. Additionally, they will continue learning the Hebrew names of the Books of the Torah and highlights from the Book of Genesis, concepts, values and events in the Book of Exodus. For Hebrew they will focus on reading fluidity, and continue to build a vocabulary from prayers and modern Hebrew. In studying Israel, they will learn more of the meanings of the Jewish state and identify the three regions of Israel and her major cities.