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Sixth Grade (Vav)

Tanach is the central focus of study for sixth grade students. Learning how Torah and Haftarah portions are related as they study the Prophets helps students understand how the Bible is constructed as well as the Shabbat Torah Service. In music, students learn Torah and Haftarah cantillation, skills they will need in studying for Bar or Bat Mitzvah. SIxth graders complete the Hebrew prayer curriculum and begin to fine-tune their reading fluency of the Shabbat liturgy. Explorations of the meanings of our prayers are included in class lessons. Values, ethics and tzedakah are also key components of the curriculum. Families are invited to a program to introduce the experience of B'nai Mitzvah at Temple Israel.

Seventh Grade (Zayin)

Students in seventh grade follow several tracks of study.

Hebrew

  • Fine-tune their reading skills and discuss the meaning of the Shabbat liturgy for which they will be responsible during their B'nai Mitzvah
  • Introduced to Biblical Hebrew in order to gain familiarity with the type of Hebrew they will see in their Torah and Haftarah portions
  • Begin to learn modern, conversational Hebrew, as spoken in Israel today

D'var Torah (10 week course)

  • Develop the skills used in Torah interpretation (Midrash)
  • Study rabbinic commentaries on the Bible
  • Create a first draft of their B'nai Mitzvah D'var Torah
  • Practice presenting their D'var Torah publicly

Israel (10 week course)

  • Study the history of modern Israel with special attention to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Discuss current events in Israel as they unfold

American Jewish Experience (10 week course)

  • Examine the history of Jewish life in America
  • Explore how American culture has influenced the Jewish community
  • Learn about the differences between Reform Judaism and Judaism's other branches

Holocaust

  • Study the history of the Holocaust
  • Relate the lessons of the Holocaust to current events and issues concerning prejudice and intolerance