K-7 Curriculum at a Glance

Kindergarten & Grade One                

Jewish Values; Bible Stories; Jewish symbols; God and Creation; Shabbat; the Sanctuary; Holidays; Hebrew Reading Readiness; Select Hebrew Language Units; Blessings for food, Shabbat & holidays; Select prayers; Jewish music, arts & crafts; Israeli dance. Family Programs: Family Chanukkah Festival; Family Passover Program

Grade Two                 

CHAI Torah Curriculum: Relevance of Torah and God in my life; text study from the Book of Exodus; Jewish Values; Bible Stories; Shabbat and Holidays; Pre-Primer Hebrew Reading; Select Hebrew Language Units; Blessings for food, Shabbat and Holidays; the Torah Scroll; Select prayers; Jewish music, arts & crafts; Israeli dance.

Family Programs: Family Chanukkah Festival; Family Shabbat Program. Grade 2 & 3 Family Pizza Social with Social Action.

Grade Three               

My Hebrew Name and its Significance: Hebrew Reading for fluency; Select blessings and prayers; Jewish Values; Bible Stories in Genesis & Exodus; Holidays; Jewish crafts;  Jewish music, Israeli dance.

Family Programs: Chanukkah Family Festival; “Oneg Chayim,” The Jewish Life Cycle Program; Grade 3 Hebrew Name Family Service; .Grade 2 & 3 Family Pizza Social with Social Action.

Grade Four

Bible Stories in Genesis & Exodus via chapter/verse in Tanakh, asking: How is Torah relevant in my life? Modern Israel; Jewish Values; Hebrew: Friday evening Shabbat Prayers & blessings I, concepts and skills; Holidays; Jewish music; Israeli dance. Family Programs: Family Chanukkah Festival; “Our Israel” with Israeli Rishon.;

Grade 4 & 5 Coffee Cake Family Social with Social Action.

Grade Five

The Jewish values’ messages of our biblical Prophets & Kings, with puppet plays and puppet theater; Philosophical Inquiry with Biblical Text: Parashat Hashavua (Torah portion of the week). Using the unique inquiry method, students will ask philosophical questions of the text to make personal meaning for their own lives.; Friday evening  Shabbat Prayers II, concepts and skills; Holidays; Jewish music; Field Trip to Ellis Island or the Tenement Museum with guided tour of the Lower East Side.

Family Programs: Family Chanukkah Festival; “My Own Torah Portion;” Grade 4 & 5 Family Coffee Cake Social with Social Action.

Grade Six

Pirke Avot: Ethics of the Fathers (Values to Live By); Reform Judaism; Values-dilemmas; Jewish History: What has enabled the Jews to survive?  18th-20th Century Judaism, with a special unit on our family ancestors and their immigration experience;  B’mitzvotav Pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program of Torah, Worship and Acts of Kindness; Hebrew skills and concepts for the Shabbat Morning Prayer Service; Haftarah Cantillation;  Holidays; Jewish music; Field Trip to Ellis Island or the Tenement Museum with guided tour of the Lower East Side. Family Program: “Reforming Judaism,” a Jewish History Program; NFTY “6,7,8” social events; NFTY 6 & 7 Kallah (retreat).

Grade Seven

Seventh graders continue their study of Jewish history with a Holocaust Studies program in the fall semester. We use the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) curriculum that highlights a great deal of Holocaust survivor testimony.  There is an accompanying field trip is to The Jewish Heritage Museum, NYC. Grade 7 students will also wrestle with the Jewish values that relate to challenging pre-teen and teen issues.

January will provide a Grade 7 “Mini-mester,” that includes opportunities for interaction in the outstanding Temple Sinai High School Program. Students will have a high school “buddy” and will select a high school elective class in which to participate for 2 January sessions, 12:15-1:00pm. They will enjoy participating in two 8th grade core-class experiences and several opportunities to “schmooze” with friends during the high school “snack & social” period. This “taste of high school” will help our pre-teens to feel comfortable with continuing beyond Bar/Bat Mitzvah into our wonderful teen high school program.

On Wednesdays, Grade 7 students will enjoy a Judaic course, The Life Cycle of a Jew.  In addition, Hebrew prayers for Bar/Bat Mitzvah fluency will be practiced September through December and Conversational Hebrew for Teens will be enjoyed January-May. 

Students  attend the NFTY “6,7,8” youth group social events and the NFTY 6 & 7 Kallah (retreat).