The grade three curriculum is based on the concept that a strong connection to Israel is an important aspect of a connection to Judaism in the 21st century. That connection is forged through learning about Israel’s unique culture, history, language, people, institutions and Jewish life, as well as the physical make up of the land. Students discover what it means to have a uniquely Jewish love for Israel as an idea and a physical reality in the world. Hebrew is also an integral part of the year, as the students learn to put the letters together into sounds and eventually into reading words! Third grade students work on learning on the Shabbat evening blessings as well as Shema and Barchu by ear.