Grades 4 - 6
Grades 4 – 6 meet twice a week; either Sunday/Wednesdays or Monday/Wednesdays.
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. They raise money to feed families on Thanksgiving, making meals for the homeless, and for the Galilee Circus, an Arab-Jewish circus in northern Israel that hopes to create relationships of love between two fractured communities. They practice their decoding skills once a week, as well as develop a love of Hebrew in our Hebrew Through Movement program twice a week. As is with all our grades, as the year progresses, they learn about Jewish holidays and the values that undergird each. The 4th graders sing and pray together in tefillah, and are honored on March 17th during Shabbat. Please click here for more information about the 4th Grade.
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Through participating in a Jewish community, our 5th grade learners engage with two separate subjects; Jewish history and Israel. In their Jewish history class, they discuss “Thick Burger Questions”, or questions that test their assumptions of Judaism and Jewish living. The class is structured on what questions the learners themselves are asking. In their Israel class, the 5th grade engage with heroes/heroines of Israel, geography and its cities and sites, major innovations that Israel has made to the world, and more. At the end of the year, the learners do a research project that they then teach to the rest of the 4th/5th/6th grade community at the Israel Faire. When holidays approach, each learner gets both a historical approach and a World Jewry approach, learning about how holidays at celebrated in Israel and the Diaspora. They sing and pray together weekly during tefillah, and are celebrated on January 20th during Shabbat. In the 5th grade, they 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. Please click here for more information about the 5th Grade.
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Through participating in a Jewish community, our 6th grade learners focus on 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. The focus of the year is on 5 distinct values; learning, the power of speech/silence, gratitude, humility, and awe. At the end of the year, the 6th grade researches nonprofit organization, based on the values learned, to figure out where the tzedakah raised post-Thanksgiving should be donated. After research, they make promotional videos for the rest of the religious school to see, and then are voted on by the entire school. In the 6th grade, learners practice their Hebrew decoding and prayer skills in preparation for becoming bar/bat mitzvah twice a week. Please click here for more information about the 6th grade.
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Please note that 6th graders who have Fall Grade 7 B’nei Mitzvah 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.