Curriculum

Overarching Goals: Hebrew and Judaic Studies

  • Students will gain both an affective (heart) and cognitive (mind) proficiency of a variety of prayer services. Over a course of 9 years, the students will read, chant, and lead Tfillot and perform Torah a reading during classes and during assembly services. The students will appreciate prayers as a spiritual experience, connecting to G-d and bonding with their community and their congregation.
  • Students will read and write in Hebrew according to their grade level development as outlined by the Temple Sinai Hebrew program. Through an emphasis of learning skills, textual comprehension, Tfillot, and higher order thinking, students will engage in written and conversational Hebrew.
  • Students will recognize Jewish sacred texts and gain an understanding of the history of the Jewish people through engagement in 21st century learning and teaching. Kinesthetic, visual, audio, interactive, reading, and writing are all learning styles that will emphasize higher order thinking at Temple Sinai.
  • Students will celebrate the Jewish holidays and be familiar with the history, mitzvot, blessings, and other rituals associated with each holiday as they develop their Jewish identity and Jewish lifestyle.
  • Students will understand the tenets of Reform Judaism as well as Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, and Temple Sinai will continue to work openly with all denominations and religions.
  • Temple Sinai will continue to promote Jewish values that are in the core of our code of conduct. Our students will strive to act kindly to their community, appreciate diversity, promote human rights, and understand business and behavior ethics, inferring from Jewish history and seeing in literature the relevance to today’s issues.
  • Students will gain an appreciation for the Jewish community through Tikkun Olam projects and through community involvement. Temple Sinai will partner with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Friends of the IDF, Jewish Family Services, JCC, 3 Square Food Bank, and many other community organizations to bring the sense of community and partnership to our students while embracing Judaism and values.
  • Temple Sinai students and staff will continue to strengthen their association with Our Congregation, acquiring religious guidance and experiencing teachings from the Congregation’s clergy; Temple Sinai students will partner with the Congregation by playing a vital role in services, programs, holidays, and special events.

Curriculum by Grade

Kindergarten

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum for the Kindergarten is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Daily life in class, at home and outdoors, and the Grade 1 album
  • Avodah: Shabbat and Parashat HaShavuah.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: The High Holidays, Hanukkah, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Pesach &

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the Holidays program of Migdalor (Lighthouse from SHY Publication). This program enhances the knowledge of the Jewish holidays through Hebrew vocabulary and through various fun and academic activities.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 1 Torah (ordered for each child)
  • Chai Level 1 Avodah (use copies)
  • Chai Level 1 Gmilut Chasadim (use copies)
  • Migdalor Lagan Holidays (ordered for each child)

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1st Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum for the 1st grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the Holidays program of Migdalor Holidays (Lighthouse from SHY Publication). This program enhances the knowledge of the Jewish holidays through Hebrew vocabulary and through various fun and academic activities.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 1 Torah (ordered for each child)
  • Chai Level 1 Avodah (use copies)
  • Chai Level 1 Gmilut Chasadim (use copies)
  • Migdalor Lagan Holidays (ordered for each child)

2nd Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum for the 2nd grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the Holidays program of Migdalor Hebrew I (Lighthouse from SHY Publication). This program introduces the Hebrew Language in a colorful and exciting way, and prepare our students to the 3rd grade through creative academic activities.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 2 Torah (ordered for each child)
  • Chai Level 2 Avodah (ordered for each child)
  • Chai Level 2 Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)
  • Migdalor Hebrew Part 1 (5 ordered. Copies are needed)
  • Shalom Uvracha (copies are needed)

3rd Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum for the 3rd grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 3 Torah, Avodah, Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)

Tuesday School (Hebrew Studies)

The Hebrew school program will focus on the teachings of the Hebrew language on all its aspects. We will use the Migdalor Hebrew II (Lighthouse from SHY Publication) as our prime Hebrew studies program in the 3rd grade. This program starts a journey of Hebrew Learning in a colorful and exciting way, and instills various language skills such as recognition of letters and vowels, reading, writing, basic vocabulary, and more.

Hebrew school also encompasses prayer services led by Cantor and students. Our teachers will use Shalom Uvracha Alef/Bet (Behrman House Publication) to support our teaching of prayers and to elevate our Hebrew proficiency through traditional texts and songs.

Materials:

  • Migdalor Hebrew Part 2 (5 ordered. Copies are needed)
  • Shalom Uvracha Alef/Bet (copies are needed)

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4th Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum of the 4th grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding Holidays program Jewish Holidays (Behrman House). This program introduces the Jewish Holidays through the year, and bring forth rituals, texts, and foods unique for each holiday.

Count Me (???? Publication) will support our educational goal of enriching our students with values, Tikkun Olam projects (healing the world), and exemplary behavior in society.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 4 Torah, Avodah, Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)
  • Jewish Holidays (Behrman House Publication) (copies are needed)
  • Count Me: Jewish wisdom in Action (Behrman House) (copies are needed)

Tuesday School (Hebrew Studies)

The Hebrew school program will focus on the teachings of the Hebrew language on all its aspects. We will use the Alef Bet Quest (Behrman House Publication as our prime Hebrew studies program in the 4th grade. This program continues the journey of Hebrew Learning in a colorful and exciting way, focused on reading and writing full sentences, expanding the Hebrew vocabulary, and more. Hebrew school also encompasses prayer services led by Cantor and students. Our teachers will use Kol Israel 1-3 to support our teaching of prayers and to elevate our Hebrew proficiency through traditional texts and songs.

Materials:

  • Alef bet Quest (copies are needed)
  • Kol Israel 1-3 (copies are needed)

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5th Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum of the 5th grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the program Making a Difference as a Tikkun Olam enrichment (healing the world), with emphasize on participation of teens in various acts of kindness around their community and around the world.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 5 Torah, Avodah, Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)
  • Making a Difference (Yael Gvirtz) (Copies are needed)

Tuesday School (Hebrew Studies)

The Hebrew school program will focus on the teachings of the Hebrew language on all its aspects. We will use the Ready, Set, Go Alef Bet (Behrman House Publication as our prime Hebrew studies program in the 4th grade. This program continues the journey of Hebrew Learning in a colorful and exciting way, focused on reading fluency and writing full sentences, expanding the Hebrew vocabulary, and more. Hebrew school also encompasses prayer services led by Cantor and students. Our teachers will use Hineni 1 (Behrman House Publication) to support our teaching of prayers and to elevate our Hebrew proficiency through traditional texts and songs.

Materials:

  • Ready, Set, Go Alef Bet (copies are needed)
  • Hineni 1 (copies are needed)

6th Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum of the 6th grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the program It’s a Mitzvah as a Tikkun Olam enrichment (healing the world), with emphasize on understanding different Jewish commandments and their contribution to the community we live in.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 6 Torah, Avodah, Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)
  • It’s a Mitzvah (Bradley Artsen Shavit) (ordered for each child)
  • Investigating Israel (URJ Chai) (copies are needed)

Tuesday School (Hebrew Studies)

The Hebrew school program will focus on the teachings of the Hebrew language on all its aspects. We will use Hamikra’ah Migdalor II (Behrman House Publication as our prime Hebrew studies program in the 4th grade. This program continues the journey of Hebrew Learning in a colorful and exciting way, focused on reading fluency and writing full sentences, expanding the Hebrew vocabulary, and developing verbal skills in Hebrew. Hebrew school also encompasses prayer services led by Cantor and students. Our teachers will use Hineni 2 (Behrman House Publication) and Sfatai Tiftach (Torah Orah Publication) to support our teaching of prayers and to elevate our Hebrew proficiency through traditional texts and songs.

Materials:

  • Hamikra’ah Migdalor II (copies are needed)
  • Hineni 2 (copies are needed)
  • Sfatai Tiftach (copies are needed)

7th Grade

Sunday school (Religious Studies)

The curriculum of the 7th grade is based on the URJ Chai Program which is organized along three inter related tracks:

  • Torah: Favorite stories from the Torah with commentary and class assignments.
  • Avodah: Connecting to God through prayers and rituals.
  • Gmilut Chasadim: Learning of values and acts of kindness.

In addition to the Chai program, we are adding the program Jewish Heroes Jewish Values as an enrichment for the learning of Jewish history through individual heroes who made an impressive impact on the Jewish people and on the world.

Materials:

  • Chai Level 7 Torah, Avodah, Gmilut Chasadim (ordered for each child)
  • Jewish Heroes Jewish Values (Bradley Artsen Shavit) (ordered for each child)

Tuesday School (Hebrew Studies)

During the Hebrew school we will focus on the teaching of the Hebrew language on all its aspects. We will use Hamikra’ah Migdalor IV (SHY Publication) as our prime Hebrew studies program in the 7th grade. This program continues the journey of Hebrew Learning in a colorful and exciting way, focused on reading fluency and writing full sentences, expanding the Hebrew vocabulary, and more. Hebrew school also encompasses prayer services led by Cantor and students. Our teachers will use Hineni 3 (Behrman House Publication) to support our teaching of prayers, and to elevate our Hebrew proficiency through traditional texts and songs.

Materials:

  • Hamikra’ah Migdalor IV (copies are needed)
  • Hineni 3 (copies are needed)

Download the grade by grade curriculum for Hebrew and Judaic studies:
TSRS 2014 15 Grade by Grade Curricula summary

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