Grade 7


Seventh Grade (Zayin)

Students in seventh grade follow several tracks of study.


  • 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


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