2nd and 3rd Grade Judaic Studies
¨ Torah – Studying the Book of Sh’mot (Exodus), students learn how God wants them to live, and Vayikra (Leviticus) students learn to live lives filled with holy (kadosh) moments
¨ Avodah (“work” to find sacred connections to God, community and self) – Getting to know God through Jewish stories, holiday celebrations and rituals, students are able to express their relationship with God
¨ G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) – Performing acts of g’milut chasadim, students learn they can make the world better; they learn how individual acts of loving kindness can make the world more kadosh (holy)
Our 2nd/3rd Grade Parent Connection Reading Program enables parents to function as Jewish educators at home. By students bringing home and reading Jewish, age-appropriate books with parents, conversations about being Jewish become part of everyday life. Our Parent Connection library includes current, entertaining and educational children’s books which explore all aspects of Jewish life.
2nd and 3rd Grade Hebrew Studies
Both 2nd and 3rd grade students are introduced to basic Hebrew prayers, holiday related and common vocabulary words appropriate for this age group.
Through an informal and fun 3rd Grade Hebrew family education class, students and parents begin a slightly more structured approach to Hebrew which:
¨ Introduces Hebrew letters and vowels through innovative activities that accelerate letter recognition
¨ Demonstrates that Hebrew is read from right to left and develops simple “decoding” or reading skills
¨ Offers basic Hebrew vocabulary with picture cues linking letters to words
¨ Introduces Hebrew script writing
¨ Prepares students for a more formal approach to Hebrew, beginning in 4th grade