Terri A. Ginsburg Religious & Hebrew School
Curriculum Overview: 2018-19

All pre-school 3 through 5th grade students enjoy regular library and Jewish music sessions.
Grades 1-5 also gather together for tefillah, a communal Jewish worship experience
led by Rabbi Josh, Cantor Regina, and/or Rabbi Daniel, each week.


Pre-School 3
·Dynamic and active approach for students and parents to explore Jewish holidays, symbols, and customs together
·Meets approximately once a month on Saturday mornings from 10:45am-12:30pm.

Pre-School 4
·Finding personal resonance in Torah stories, including holiday narratives
·Meets weekly on Saturday mornings from 10:45am-12:30pm

Kindergarten
·Bible Stories (Creation through Moses)
·Holiday Symbols & Celebration

First Grade
·Consecration
·Introduction to Tzedakah & Mitzvot
·Bible Stories (Moses through Jonah)
·Jewish Holidays

Second Grade
·Introduction to Hebrew Alphabet
·Jewish Symbols and Ritual Objects
·Our Synagogue: the Place, the People, the Symbols
·Torah:  Its Creation, Its Parts, Its Importance
·Jewish Holidays
·Trip to Matthaei Botanical Gardens to celebrate Tu B’Shevat

Third Grade
·Torah Portions
·Jewish Values
·Jewish Holidays
·Hebrew School begins with the basic Aleph-Bet, decoding skills.

Fourth Grade
·Jewish Calendar
·Prophets, Judges, and Kings
·Jewish Holidays
·Hebrew- reading fluency, simple liturgy

Fifth Grade
·Jewish Heroes: Challenges and Choices Our Leaders Made from Ancient Babylonia to Modern Israel
·Tzedakah (Mitzvah heroes & class mitzvah project)
·Jewish Identity
·Hebrew- reading fluency, advanced liturgy and prayer vocabulary

Sixth Grade
·Introduction to reading and interpreting Torah through sacred reading practices
·Exposure to Torah commentary, both ancient and contemporary
·Empowering students to interpret for themselves as they learn to craft divrei Torah
·Hebrew- review prayers, focus on the Torah service, opportunity to lead Shabbat worship

Seventh Grade
·Mitzvot through social action
·Mitzvot as an expression of Jewish identity
·New curriculum developed in partnership with Jewish Family Services
·Hebrew - B’nai Mitzvah Preparation

Eighth Grade
·Exploring the American Jewish Experience – what is it like, and what does it mean, to be a Jew in America today?
·What role have Jews played in the evolution of America, and what role do we continue to play?
·Trip to New York City in the spring
·Conversational Hebrew offered at separate time, TBD

Ninth Grade
·Introduction to rabbinic literature
·Exploring Jewish values through rabbinic text and discussion
·Madrichim (Classroom Aide) Training Program (approx. one Saturday morning per month)

Tenth Grade - Confirmation
·Led by Rabbi Josh Whinston
·Explores the personal nature and experiences of Judaism
·Examines public policy and decision making before taking part in L’taken, an advocacy program through the Religious Action Center
·Preparations for Confirmation Dinner and Service

11th-12th Grade Seminars 
·Jews on the Edge: Exploring Jewish Culture

Beginning this year, students in Grades 8-12 will take part in various electives.
These electives vary each semester and include a range of topics, such as:

·Current Events Through a Jewish Lens
·Jewish Cooking from Around the World
·Messages of Courage, Creativity, and Resilience: Narratives from the Holocaust
·Creative Jewish Expression: Music, Art, and Poetry
·Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
·the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
·and more!


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