Grades 4 - 6: Jewish Living
Grades 4 – 6 meet twice a week; either Sunday/Wednesdays or Monday/Wednesdays.
4th and 5th Graders will participate in a retreat January 26 – 28 and 6th graders and parents will participate in the 6th Grade Shabbaton on February 10, 2018.
5th and 6th graders are also asked to participate in Tikkun Olam projects outside of the Religious School. Each grade will be honored in the Spring at a Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Grade 4: Jewish Living
Through participating in a Jewish community, our 4th grade learners focus on the Jewish lifecycle, including brit milah/bris, consecration, bar/bat mitzvah, and many other lifecycle events, up until the rituals of mourning. 4th graders also build on their basic Torah story skills through studying the Book of Genesis more deeply with Rabbi Miller. They will raise money to feed families on Thanksgiving and engage in other Tikkun Olam projects. 4th graders begin Hebrew decoding and continue developing a love of Hebrew through our Hebrew Through Movement program twice a week. The 4th graders sing and pray together in tefillah with our songleader and clergy, and will be honored during a Shabbat evening service in the spring (Date TBD). We are excited to announce that our 4th and 5th graders will participate in an exciting and engaging 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at URJ Camp Eisner January 26 – 28! More details will follow!
Grade 5: Jewish Peoplehood: Israel and Jewish History
Through participating in a Jewish community, our 5th grade learners focus upon Jewish History, Israel and the Holocaust. Toward the end of the year, the learners will do a presentation at our inaugural Grade 4 – 6 Israel Zimria celebration on Wednedsay April 18 (so save the date!) 5th graders practice their Hebrew reading skills twice a week, while also developing a love and energy towards the Hebrew language in our new Hebrew Through Movement program. They sing and pray together weekly during tefillah with our songleader and clergy, and will be honored during a Shabbat evening service in the spring (Date TBD). 5th graders are asked to participate in 2 Tikkun Olam activities during the year (outside of Religious School – more information will follow). We are excited to announce that our 4th and 5th grader will participate in an exciting and engaging 4th and 5th Grade Retreat at URJ Camp Eisner January 26 – 28! More details will follow!
Grade 6: Belief in Action
Through participating in a Jewish community, our 6th grade learners explore how we should engage with others and our community and experience the Jewish calendar through the lens of Jewish values. The spiritual path of Mussar states that Jewish values can only be learned through practice, so learners in the 6th grade are constantly being given the opportunity to learn, practice, and then reflect on the things they are learning together. During the fall, the 6th grade researches nonprofit organizations and conduct a school-wide vote for where to send our communal Tzedakah money. In the 6th grade, learners practice their Hebrew decoding and prayer skills in preparation for becoming Bar/Bat mitzvah twice a week. They also sing and pray together weekly during tefillah with our songleader and clergy. 6th graders are asked to participate in 4 Tikkun Olam activities during the year (out of Religious School – more information will follow). Our 6th grade families join together for a one day 6th Grade Shabbaton (see below).
Please note that 6th graders who have Fall Grade 7 B’nei Mitzvah in the Fall of 2018 will be expected to attend Rabbi Sirkman’s Thursday Doin’ Drash class in the Spring of Grade 6 at either 4:00 or 4:45 pm. Please note that in the Spring it is highly likely that there will be only one Doin’ Drash class at 4:45 – 5:30 pm.
Sixth Grade Shabbaton: A Shabbat of Learning for 6th Graders and Their Parents
All Grade 6 families will participate in a day long Shabbaton on Saturday February 4, 2018 (10 am – 4 pm at the Edith Macy Conference Center) with our Education Team and Clergy. More information will be sent via email.