Welcome to the 5783 (2022-23) School Year
Below you will find descriptions of our offerings in the Lee and Frank Goldberg Family Religious School. Please read through the grade(s) that are applicable to your family to learn about our plans for the year, which combine familiar topics with reimagined approaches to teaching that encourage students to actively participate in their learning process. Parents of students in grades 3-6 should take a close look at our newly designed Hebrew program, which will meet each student where they are in their Hebrew learning and help them to achieve attainable goals to raise confidence in their language acquisition abilities.
To Register, contact Bethany Eisenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for ShulCloud login and membership information.
For questions about the upcoming school year and Religious School programming, contact Rose Orlovich at email@example.com.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Pre-K and Kindergarten classes will be focused on learning about holidays, ritual objects, basic prayers, and Jewish traditions. Their classes will meet with clergy, the ShinShin from Israel to do Hebrew Through Movement, a song leader, and our library specialist to supplement their classroom learning.
1st and 2nd Grade
1st and 2nd grades will have classroom home-bases like our younger students, but will be focused on learning about Israel like our older students. They will meet with our ShinShin for Hebrew Through Movement and exposure to Israeli culture, sing Hebrew songs with our song leader, learn about Israel through stories with our library specialist, and meet with our clergy, in addition to their classroom learning.
3rd-6th Grade Judaica
Our 1st through 6th grade students will spend the year learning about various parts of Israeli history and culture. They will meet with specialists to explore:
– Science and Technology: Israel is a leader in scientific and technological advances. Our students will explore these with hands on activities.
– Art: Israeli artists and architects have created world-famous artistic contributions. Our students will learn about and create their own stylistic interpretations of this art.
– Cooking: Israel is a melting pot of food from all over the world, from French pastries to hummus from Egypt! Students will experiment with ingredients and recipes from all over Israel.
– Bibliodrama: Through storytelling and theater, our students will engage with Israel’s rich history and modern culture.
3rd-6th Grade Hebrew
Sundays 9:00-11:30am and Wednesdays OR Thursdays (online) 4:30-5:10pm
Our 3rd through 6th grade Hebrew instruction will be in its first year of a transition into a proficiency-based Hebrew program, that our education team has custom created for our community at Beth Israel, called Hebrew B’Yacad (Hebrew Together).
Students will progress at their own pace through learning the Hebrew alphabet and showing mastery of the letters and sounds and then through the prayers needed to lead a shabbat service. As students demonstrate proficiency and understanding of either the alphabet or set groupings of prayers, they will move to new groups. This is multi-grade, content-based learning program with concrete milestones will help students to feel a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of community among our 3rd-6th grade students.
7th grade will start off with snack and social time and then move into an hour of class, followed by a 20 minute tefillah experience. They will spend one semester focused on social justice and service projects and one doing a deep dive into Jewish artists and creative representations of their bar/bat/bnai mitzvah torah portions.
Madrichim in Training (8th grade and up)
This program trains our teens to become teaching assistants in our Religious School program and provides basic job skills. Students must complete this class prior to working in the Religious School.
We will start with 30 minutes of dinner, followed by an hour of class. Each semester will have a different class for all grades ranging from preparation for the Platt Youth to Israel trip, to Trying on Traditions, and much more!
If you have any questions about our programming for the school year, please reach out to Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited amount of Religious School scholarship funding is available by request. If you would like to request tuition assistance after submitting your registration form, please complete our Religious School Scholarship Request Form by clicking here.