Religious School K-12 Curriculum

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  • Torah: Creation, Adam & Eve, Noah, Tower of Babel, Abraham, Rebecca, Jacob & Esau, Joseph
  • Holidays: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Shabbat, Chanukah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Shavuot
  • Alef/Bet: introduction to the letters

1st Grade

  • Torah: Moses, Israelites, Ruth & Naomi, David & Goliath, Solomon, Jonah, Esther
  • Holidays: emphasis on Shabbat and review all other holidays
  • Being Jewish: Mitzvot, the Synagogue, Jewish Symbols, Israel, Life Cycle, Learning at Home
  • Alef/Bet: review/introduction to the letters

2nd Grade

  • Torah: Emphasis on Exodus and Moses, Avodah, Gimilut Chasadim
  • Israel: basic introduction, cities and regions, holy places, foods
  • Holidays: review of all holidays
  • Hebrew: name and sounds of letters and vowels, intro to vocabulary

3rd Grade

  • 10 Commandments
  • Israel: Jewish Homeland, Narratives, Culture
  • Review of Early Bible stories

4th Grade

  • Mensch: Being a Mensch to yourself and others, having a good moral character
  • Life Cycles: Traditions, Blessings and Symbols
  • A deeper look into Bible stories

5th Grade

  • Torah: Prophets
  • History: Ancient Israel to 1880’s America

6th Grade

  • History: Birth of Zionism to our time
  • Modern Israel: establishment, religious significance, major leaders, government, industry, technology, military
  • God: Emphasis on God and our relationships to God as well as others

7th Grade

  • Leadership: Ancient and modern Jewish leaders
  • Mitzvot: Class project reflecting their interests
  • Values: Kehila Kedosha (Holy Community), Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming the stranger), Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh (All Jews are responsible for caring for another)

8th Grade

  • History: Holocaust Studies
  • Israel: technology and culture

9th Grade

  • Comparative religion:  Christianity, Judaism, Islam
  • History: Reform Judaism, core beliefs

10th Grade

  • God: Perspectives on theology
  • Hebrew: Confirmation Service
  • Living deliberately and making moral choices based on Jewish texts and values

11th/12th Grade

  • Social Justice: Using the values of Reform Judaism to influence our community and our country
  • Being Jewish: Living Jewishly outside of Temple Beth El: preparing yourself for a successful Jewish life on campus