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Congregation B’nai Torah’s Religious School strives to provide students with meaningful and positive experiences promoting a passion for lifelong Jewish learning. 
 
Program Overview
 
Sessions are structured around z’man kehillah (community time), tefillah (prayer), Yahadut (Judaics), and Ivrit (Hebrew).
 
Z’man Kehillah is a time for fostering friendships and building community in the classroom. Through formal and informal activities, students have an opportunity to catch up with their friends, make new connections and develop as a cohort. 
 
Tefillah is a time for students to become familiar with Conservative liturgy and to develop a personal and communal prayer practice, understanding that:

  • Prayer connects us with God; the primary means of communication between human beings and God
  • Prayer connect us with other Jews, serving as a link to other Jewish communities, past present and future, and around the world
  • Prayer connects us with ourselves, providing an outlet to express our appreciation and gratitude, our frustrations, and our innermost desires 

Yahadut develops and strengthens our students’ core Jewish knowledge. Students learn about holidays and the Hebrew calendar, mitzvot (commandants) and values, Torah, Israel, history and lifecycles. Yahadut is enriched through shirah (music), omanut (art) and bishul (cooking).
 
Ivrit is a modern, living language. As students learn to decode (sound out letters), they also begin to build an active Modern Hebrew vocabulary. Students also learn siddur Hebrew to develop the capacity to participate in a Hebrew-based prayer service and in the Jewish community.

Students in 3rd- 6th grade follow the Shalom Learning Curriculum. See below for more detailed information for each grade.
 
Overview by Grade
 
Students in Kindergarten learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of Modeh Ani and Shema
  • Yahadut: Beresheit (Genesis)
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focus on rituals and application of Shabbat and Tu B’shvat
  • Ivrit: Names and sounds of Hebrew letters and know the sequence of the alef-bet
  • Special projects: Synagogue Scavenger Hunt, Family Tu B’shvat Seder


Students in First Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of V’ahavta and Mah Tovu
  • Yahadut: Sh’mot (Exodus)
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focus on Sukkot
  • Ivrit: Review Hebrew letters, learn sounds of vowels
  • Special projects: Field trip to Zoo Atlanta; Sukkot Family Program

 
Students in Second Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of Barchu and Ma Nishtana (Passover Four Questions)
  • Yahadut: Navigating a Tanakh, mitzvot and lifecycles
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focusing on Passover
  • Ivrit: Decode (sound out) single syllable Hebrew words; writing Hebrew letters
  • Special projects: Field trip with JF&CS to Kosher Pantry; Tanakh Presentation

 
Students in Third Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of Mi Chamocha, Amidah Intro, and Birkhot Ha-shachar
  • Yahadut: Shalom Learning Curriculum through the lens of self; units on B’tzelem Elohim, Gevurah, Achrayut, HaKarat HaTov, Koach HaDibbur, and Shalom
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focusing on Purim
  • Ivrit: Decode (sound out) Hebrew; writing Hebrew letters; build an active Modern Hebrew vocabulary
  • Special projects: Field trip to Atlanta Botanical Garden; Purim Puppet Play

 
Students in Fourth Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of V’shamru, Ashrei, Psalm 150 (Halleluyah), Birkat HaMazon (time permitting)
  • Yahadut: Shalom Learning Curriculum through the lens of family; units on B’tzelem Elohim, Gevurah, Achrayut, HaKarat HaTov, Koach HaDibbur, and Shalom
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focusing on High Holy Days and Yom Ha’atzma’ut
  • Ivrit: Reinforce Hebrew decoding (sounding out); build on Modern Hebrew vocabulary; develop siddur Hebrew vocabulary, learning key root words important in liturgy
  • Special projects: Field trip to MLK Center; Israel and Yom Ha’atzma’ut Festival

 
Students in Fifth and Sixth Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Meaning, application, and content of Lecha Dodi, Aleinu, Torah Service, Kiddush
  • Yahadut: Shalom Learning Curriculum through the lens of Peers; units on B’tzelem Elohim, Gevurah, Achrayut, HaKarat HaTov, Koach HaDibbur, and Shalom
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays, focusing on Passover
  • Ivrit: Build on Modern Hebrew vocabulary; develop siddur Hebrew vocabulary, learning key root words important in liturgy
  • Special projects: Holocaust and field trip to Breman Holocaust Museum; Passover Family Program


Students in Seventh Grade learn:

  • Tefillah: Regular participation in minyan; from 9:00-9:30 on Sunday mornings, and from 6:15-6:30 on Tuesday evenings; leading a service, writing a d’var Torah
  • Yahadut: Role of philanthropy in Jewish tradition; mitzvot  
  • Holidays: Overview of all Jewish holidays
  • Ivrit: Build on Modern Hebrew vocabulary
  • Special projects: Six mitzvah-related field trips corresponding the values being taught in class; running school-wide tzedakah campaign
Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779