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School Schedule & Youth Programming


05.30.2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


06.03.2017 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


06.04.2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


07.09.2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


08.13.2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 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.

    • Mastery of the sounds of all Hebrew letters
    • Mastery of the sounds made by the Hebrew vowels, including kamatz katan
    • Begin to decode short Hebrew words and/or syllables
    • Oral mastery of the following prayers: Barchu, Sh’ma, La’asok, Mi Chamocha, Torah Blessings
    • Brief review of the Hebrew alphabet and vowels sounds
    • Learn Hebrew blessings for most occasions: food, mitzvot, Kiddush, Havdalah, Shabbat, holidays, Birkat Hamazon, the Four Questions
    • Understanding of these prayers and the “prayer formula”
    • Oral mastery of the following prayers: Morning Blessings, V’ahavta, Adonai S’fatai, Avot v’Imahot, Tallit Blessings
    • Lead Mah Tovu and Sh’ma at Family T’filah on Sunday.
    • Reinforce Hebrew decoding.
    • Reading focus on Hebrew syllabication and pronunciations of longer Hebrew words
    • Learn to recite and understand the basic meaning of the following prayers: Barchu, Yotzer Or, Sh’ma, V’ahavta, Mi Chamocha, Avot v’Imahot, G’vurot, Kedushah, Oseh Shalom, Sim Shalom and Shalom Rav
    • Oral mastery of the following prayers: G’vurot, Kedusha, Shira Chadasha, Tzur Yisraeil, Yotzeir Or, Ahavah Rabbah (chatimah only)
    • Lead Barchu, Yotzer Or (sung section) and Mi Chamocha at Family T’filah on Sunday.
    • Reinforce Hebrew decoding.
    • Learn Torah Trope (cantillation) with Cantorial Soloist Abby Gostein or Cantor Robbi Sherwin
    • Orally master and understand the basic meaning of the following prayers: Ein Kamocha, Av Harachamim, Ki Mitzion, Baruch Shenatan, Sh’ma / Echad Eloheinu, Gadlu, Torah blessings, Haftarah blessings, Aleinu, Chatzi Kaddish, Ein Keloheinu, Adon Olam
    • Lead Morning Blessings, V’ahavta, Avot v’Imahot and G’vurot at Family T’filah on Sunday.
    • Reinforce all prayers learned in preparation for bar/bat mitzvah
    • Further explore Friday night and Saturday morning prayer services
    • Lead Chatzi Kaddish, Yotzer Or (spoken section, Vayomer, Shira Chadasha and Tsur Yisrael at Family T’filah on Sunday.