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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE OVERVIEW

Our Kindergarten through 5th grade students meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:30 AM. The morning begins with community connection. The entire school participates in a music-filled service and learns with a story about the weekly Torah portion and/or a reflection on Jewish moral values.  From there, our students go to their classrooms where their morning is divided among Judaica studies, Hebrew Through Movement, (a technique of teaching Hebrew through auditory learning and responding to Hebrew commands with movement),music, and time spent with our Rabbi and Cantor.

MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL AGE OVERVIEW

Our 6th to 12th grade students meet on Wednesday evenings from 4:30–7:00 PM. During this time, our students eat dinner together which builds community in our upper grades and allows our students time to socialize and bond with one another. Our sixth and seventh grades begin with a brief communal prayer service which reflects modern events and interpretations of our prayers. Please scroll down for further specific content by grade.

Class Descriptions

KITAH GAN/ALEPH (KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE)

Our Gan/Aleph class is introduced to mitzvot, Jewish holidays, and the Genesis stories with an emphasis on the story of Creation. They learn the Hebrew prayer, Sh’ma, and the brachot (blessings), associated with Shabbat. Our Gan/Aleph students explore the Hebrew language through Hebrew Through Movement, an interactive program in which students are exposed to modern Hebrew through active listening and movement.
Sundays 9:00-11:30 AM.
(Please note: Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.)

KITAH BET (2ND GRADE)

Our Kitah Bet class places a special emphasis on learning about tzedakah (righteousness), exploring different charitable organizations, and choosing a class tzedakah project. This unit culminates in a trip to the Pleasantville Food Pantry. Kitah Bet students learns Hebrew through Sam the Detective Stories and Hebrew Through Movement. Our students build upon their knowledge of Genesis by learning about the matriarchs and patriarchs in the Book of Genesis and how they can emulate their positive characteristics today. 
Sundays 9:00-11:30 AM.
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible. Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

KITAH GIMMEL (3RD GRADE)

For our Kitah Gimmel class, Shabbat experiential learning culminates in a Shabbat Family Program during which families come together to bake challah, sing, recite prayers in a welcoming family gathering on a Sunday morning. Our Hebrew Bible studies continue with learning about the ancestral stories of Jacob, Joseph, and the story of the Exodus. Our goal is to have our students be able to blend Hebrew consonants and Hebrew vowels by the end of the year.
Sundays 9:00-11:30 AM.
(Please Note: Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.)

KITAH DALET (4TH GRADE)

Beginning in Kitah Dalet, the morning is divided between Judaica and Hebrew studies with two different teachers. Our students gain Hebrew skills through a rotation of Hebrew game stations such as Hebrew twister and Hebrew football/basketball, depending on the season. In Judaica studies, our students embark on a “Be a Mensch” campaign, learning Jewish values and how we can implement and demonstrate the values in our lives. As part of our exploration into our Jewish values curriculum, our students plan and then, visit the elderly at a local nursing home. In doing this, the students participate in the Jewish value of kibud zekaynim, honoring the elderly. 
Sundays 9:00-11:30 AM. 
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible. Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

KITAH HAY (5TH GRADE)

Hebrew in Harmony is the digital-based curriculum core for our fifth and sixth grade students in which students learn Hebrew through learning traditional and contemporary melodies of Jewish prayers. As students delve into the history and meaning of our prayers, they also watch short videos of contemporary Jewish musicians and then students discuss the modern interpretations of these prayers. In Judaica studies, our fifth graders also learn about Jewish life-cycle events which includes mock Jewish ceremonies such as a baby-naming and a mock wedding. Watching our students come to CJL on a Sunday morning dressed up and excited for the mock wedding is truly memorable. Our fifth-grade students also are paired with an Israeli school and hold live video conferences with Israeli students of similar ages. Through regular correspondence with this school and students throughout the year, our students learn about Israel from their peers and how our Israeli brothers and sisters practice Judaism. They also learn how similar they are to one another as they embrace the same trends, widgets and iPhones! A highlight of the year is our field trip to the Eldridge Street Synagogue in NYC and learning about the Jewish history of the Lower East Side. Also no trip would be complete without also a trip to a famous bagel/bialy and candy shop!
Sundays 9:00-11:30 AM.
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible. Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

KITAH VAV (6TH GRADE)

Throughout the year, our students in Kitah Vav take part in multiple Judaica and Hebrew class rotations for a colorful and varied CJL experience. For Judaica, these rotations include Diverse Jewish Communities, History through Jewish Heroes, and Pathways through Torah. Students are exposed to different modalities of Hebrew learning through Hebrew through Harmony (learning Hebrew prayers through contemporary Jewish melodies), an Introduction to Cantillation (learning the music of Hebrew trope), a Hebrew blessings review class, and Hebrew through Movement (learning modern Hebrew through auditory commands). Our sixth-grade students learn and live the Jewish value of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) by visiting the residents of the Montrose VA Hospital. Our sixth-grade families participate in a Havdalah service in the spring. During this service, our students receive their own Hebrew prayer book, symbolizing the commencement of their journey toward becoming b’nai mitzvah, children of the commandments.
Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 PM.
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible. Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.

KITAH ZAYIN (7TH GRADE)

With bar/bat mitzvah on the forefront of their minds, our students begin their year with honing their Hebrew skills by practicing prayers for their upcoming b’nai mitzvah service. This is followed by an examination of the Holocaust and World War II, the establishment of the State of Israel, and an interactive unit on immigration to America. The core of the seventh grade Judaica curriculum is students planning and choosing their 18-hour community service/mitzvah project as part of their b’nai mitzvah journey. The year culminates in a presentation of student mitzvah projects, their connection to Jewish values, and a family Shabbat dinner and service.
Wednesdays 4:30-7:00 PM.
(Please note: Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.)

PATHWAY TO CONFIRMATION – (8TH/ 9TH GRADE)

The 8th/9th grade program is a blend of social, communal, and learning activities on a bimonthly basis. Once a month, our teens will meet in-person for a discussion on current events through a Jewish lens. Our second meeting will be an interactive online learning experience. 8th/9th graders also have the opportunity to participate in our Sunday morning Madrichim Program which will include leadership training and discussions on topical issues. Our goal is to cap the year with a class planned trip to NYC. Tuition includes cost of meals, class sessions Wednesday and Sunday, and class trips.

Bimonthly Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 PM
Sunday Madrichim Program 9:00–11:00 AM
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible. Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.



CONFIRMATION / POST CONFIRMATION (10TH - 12TH GRADE)

 

During the Confirmation and Post Confirmation years, students explore and deepen their identity as young Jewish adults and students learn to engage with Jewish texts and traditions on an adult level. They also learn how to apply Jewish values to their daily lives, and to their role as citizens of our greater community and our nation.  Rabbi Jaech teaches the Confirmation class and leads the class on a four-day trip to Washington DC to participate in the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar for teens. This trip culminates in a visit to Capitol Hill where the students make presentations to congressional staff.
At the end of the year, students lead a worship service in celebration of their confirmation. During the service, students speak about what they value about being a young Jewish adult. Temple Israel honors those who have been confirmed here by permanently displaying their class photographs in our downstairs hallway. 
Our Post Confirmation classes are taught by clergy and will include skill workshops on "how to do Jewish" such as ritual workshops on leading Kiddush for holidays, building a Sukkah, and leading a Passover seder to help our older teens prepare for their lives as young Jewish adults. In a seminar format with the guidance of clergy, students will reflect on how Jewish values can frame our thinking about current events in our nation and in Israel. 
10th - 12th grade teens may participate in our Madrichim Program on Sunday mornings with the culmination of a synagogue internship during their senior year. 
Bimonthly Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 PM
Sunday Madrichim Program: 9:00-11 AM
(Please note: Class Trips will occur only if health/safety conditions deem it possible.Class times may change according to evolving health concerns and safety regulations. In the fall, some classes may be a blend of in-person instruction and distance learning due to Covid-19 safety concerns.)

Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781