Yom Sheini, 24 Shevat 5777
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School Schedule & Youth Programming

Feb
26

02.26.2017 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Feb
27

02.27.2017 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mar
1

03.01.2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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.

In order to master our prayers, additional practice time is required outside of our 70-minute Hebrew school sessions (22-25 sessions/year). Teachers will be in regular contact with parents regarding the prayer(s) students are currently learning and will provide reinforcement assignments for home. It is expected that students will spend approximately 60 minutes reinforcing their Hebrew learning each week outside of school including, but not limited to, attending and participating in weekly Shabbat services and practicing on the Behrman House online learning center. As Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaches, this practice time will increase, as each student learns their own Torah and Haftarah portion. Consistent practice over an extended period of time will make the B’nai Mitzvah process a smooth one for both students and parents.

A great way to master these prayers is to:

  • Participate in T’filah (prayer service) at Temple Beth Shalom Religious School
  • Attend Shabbat services regularly, both Friday nights and Saturday mornings
  • Use the B’nai Mitzvah CD (provided to families in the Fall of your child’s 5th grade year)
  • Make it a habit to always point to the Hebrew words in prayers as you sing or speak them, or as they are sung/spoken during services or class time
  • Always practice your prayers aloud. Hebrew can feel like a tongue-twister sometimes and the physical practice of tricky words or passages helps get through the “twisty” feeling.
  • When trying to master a prayer, learn it one line or “comma group” phrase at a time, building one small chunk onto the next.
  • Visit the Behrman House website to reinforce your class lessons at the online learning center!