Religious School Curriculum

Terri A. Ginsburg Religious & Hebrew School Curriculum Overview: 2021-2022

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 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 10:45an-12:30pm

Kindergarten

  • Bible Stories (Creation through Moses)
  • Holiday Symbols & Celebration

First Grade

  • Introduction to Tzedakah & Mitzvot
  • Bible Stories (Moses through Jonah)
  • Jewish Holidays

Second Grade

  • 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

  • Exploring Jewish Heroism throughout History
  • Hebrew– reading fluency, advanced liturgy and prayer vocabulary

Sixth Grade 

  • Jewish Sacred Reading
  • Moving Traditions
  • Hebrew– review prayers, focus on the Torah service, opportunity to lead Shabbat worship

Seventh Grade

  • Led by Cantor Regina Hayut
  • Tzedakah
  • Jewish NGOs
  • Moving Traditions
  • Hebrew – B’nai Mitzvah Preparation

Eighth Grade

  • Jewish Memory and History
  • The American Jewish Experience

Confirmation – Ninth & Tenth Grades

  • 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

  • Adapts each year to the specific interests and needs of our students