Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people. It is the language of the Torah, the language of our prayers, and the language spoken in our homeland, Israel. Hebrew language is part of the curriculum at Temple Beth Shalom from kindergarten through high school, whether it is learning the Hebrew aleph-bet (alphabet), prayers, or vocabulary used in Israel today.
Modern Hebrew is introduced to our Kindergarten-2nd graders during Sunday Religious School through an interactive curriculum, Chalav U’dvash, with a Hebrew puppet named Bentzi!
In the 3rd grade, students begin attending mid-week Hebrew school. In addition to learning the alef-bet and beginning basic prayers, third graders participate in a Modern Hebrew program called Hebrew through Movement.
At Temple Beth Shalom we enable students to understand the service liturgy and to develop into capable adults who feel comfortable praying in any Jewish setting and leading services in a reform context. To that end, our 4th – 6th graders learn the prayers that are part of our daily, Shabbat, and holiday observances.
Students in 7th grade are NOT required to attend Hebrew School, and are instead expected to work independently with their bar/bat mitzvah tutor.