Terri A. Ginsburg Religious & Hebrew School
Curriculum Overview: 2018-19
All pre-school 3 through 5th grade students enjoy regular library and Jewish music sessions.
Grades 1-5 also gather together for tefillah, a communal Jewish worship experience
led by Rabbi Josh, Cantor Regina, and/or Rabbi Daniel, each week.
·Dynamic and active approach for students and parents to explore Jewish holidays, symbols, and customs together
·Meets approximately once a month on Saturday mornings from 10:45am-12:30pm.
·Finding personal resonance in Torah stories, including holiday narratives
·Meets weekly on Saturday mornings from 10:45an-12:30pm
·Bible Stories (Creation through Moses)
·Holiday Symbols & Celebration
·Introduction to Tzedakah & Mitzvot
·Bible Stories (Moses through Jonah)
·Introduction to Hebrew Alphabet
·Jewish Symbols and Ritual Objects
·Our Synagogue: the Place, the People, the Symbols
·Torah: Its Creation, Its Parts, Its Importance
·Trip to Matthaei Botanical Gardens to celebrate Tu B’Shevat
·Hebrew School begins with the basic Aleph-Bet, decoding skills.
·Prophets, Judges, and Kings
·Hebrew- reading fluency, simple liturgy
·Jewish Heroes: Challenges and Choices Our Leaders Made from Ancient Babylonia to Modern Israel
·Tzedakah (Mitzvah heroes & class mitzvah project)
·Hebrew- reading fluency, advanced liturgy and prayer vocabulary
·Introduction to reading and interpreting Torah through sacred reading practices
·Exposure to Torah commentary, both ancient and contemporary
·Empowering students to interpret for themselves as they learn to craft divrei Torah
·Hebrew- review prayers, focus on the Torah service, opportunity to lead Shabbat worship
·Mitzvot through social action
·Mitzvot as an expression of Jewish identity
·New curriculum developed in partnership with Jewish Family Services
·Hebrew - B’nai Mitzvah Preparation
·Exploring the American Jewish Experience – what is it like, and what does it mean, to be a Jew in America today?
·What role have Jews played in the evolution of America, and what role do we continue to play?
·Trip to New York City in the spring
·Conversational Hebrew offered at separate time, TBD
·Introduction to rabbinic literature
·Exploring Jewish values through rabbinic text and discussion
·Madrichim (Classroom Aide) Training Program (approx. one Saturday morning per month)
Tenth Grade - Confirmation
·Led by Rabbi Josh Whinston
·Explores the personal nature and experiences of Judaism
·Examines public policy and decision making before taking part in L’taken, an advocacy program through the Religious Action Center
·Preparations for Confirmation Dinner and Service
11th-12th Grade Seminars
·Jews on the Edge: Exploring Jewish Culture
Beginning this year, students in Grades 8-12 will take part in various electives.
These electives vary each semester and include a range of topics, such as:
·Current Events Through a Jewish Lens
·Jewish Cooking from Around the World
·Messages of Courage, Creativity, and Resilience: Narratives from the Holocaust
·Creative Jewish Expression: Music, Art, and Poetry
·Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
·the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict