Curriculum

Our curriculum is aligned with guidelines of the Conservative movement. Children learn Hebrew through prayer, Jewish history, ethics and values, rituals, customs and holidays.  Our teaching philosophy combines practice and theory.  By participating in Junior Congregation with their families, our students have the opportunity to lead different parts of the service on a regular basis, raising their level of comfort and preparing them for becoming B'nai Mitzvah.


Program Areas

Curriculum By Grade


CHESED AND MISHPACHA - Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

CHESED AND MISHPACHA - Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

We encourage all congregants with school-age children to participate in both Chesed and Mishpacha. Participation serves as an opportunity to make early connections and to build relationships between families who begin Religious School in Kindergarten and those whose join closer to Bar/Bat Mitzvah age.

The dates for both Chesed and Mishpacha are listed in the CBJ Religious School Calendar. A parent representative from your child’s Religious School class that corresponds with your child’s grade will contact you via e-mail or phone to remind you of the upcoming event.

Chesed at CBJ on Saturday mornings from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Chesed program is a family learning program based upon the study of values by each grade in the synagogue. Chesed, meaning loving-kindness, reflects the Jewish values we will be studying and putting into practice. During the school year, the family of each grade comes together one Saturday a year to learn about social action and Torah. This very rewarding program connects families and teaches children about loving-kindness. Please check the website for your child’s scheduled Chesed date.

The Chesed topics per grade: Please check the calendar for specific dates.

• Kindergarten - Baal Tashchit - Protecting the Environment

• 1st grade - Taa'ar Ba'alei Chayim – Taking Care of Animals

• 2nd grade - Hachnasat Orchim - Hospitality

• 3rd grade - Kavod La'ze'kenim - Honoring the Elderly

• 4th grade - Kibud Av V’Em – honoring parents

• 5th grade - Ma'achil Re'evim - Feeding the Hungry and Eating Home with Family

• 6th grade- Bal Tashchit - global environmental awareness

• 7th grade - Kavod L'Zkenim - connecting personally with CBJ seniors

This program includes both the Religious School population as well as any students who are of that particular grade level (i.e., Day School students).  Everyone is encouraged to take part and make learning and social action a part of this experience.

Mishpacha Please check the calendar for specific dates. 

Mishpacha is a Hebrew word that means family. Our Mishpacha program is an opportunity for families in each grade to participate in a social activity while at the same time learning about a meaningful subject. Each grade’s Mishpacha program takes place once a year, usually in the home of one of the class members. Please check the website for your child’s scheduled Mishpacha date.


JOURNEYS - 6th and 7th GRADERS

The overall goal of Journeys is to create a bond of understanding between students and parents within the context of becoming a Jewish adult. This innovative program helps to make the B’nai Mitzvah experience both broad and meaningful. Through role play, discussion, and textual study of Jewish values, 6th and 7th grade parents and students are given a deeper understanding of what it means to celebrate this milestone in life, and can explore ways to approach the transition into adolescence. Please check the calendar for specific dates.


TEEN PROGRAM: 8th, 9th and 10th GRADE STUDENTS

8th Grade on Mondays - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

9th and 10th Grade on Mondays - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The 8th and 9th Grade Program will be looking at issues in the students lives (body image, peer relationships, decisions about drugs/smoking/sexuality, etc.) from a Jewish point of view. Ritual Director Bill Futornick will be the primary teacher and coordinator of the program. He will also spend some time in the kitchen teaching Jewish cooking, and there will be a service learning (tikkun olam) element to the program.


CHAGIGAH CEREMONY

Chagigah comes from the word Chag which means celebration. We celebrate as our 7th graders reach this moment in their Jewish education. Our 7th graders will lead Shabbat service in the main service starting at 10am. They receive a special gift and will be honored with a group Aliyah, following which we will join together in blessing our children. After the service, there will be a kiddush lunch.


CHAGIM (HOLIDAYS)

Instructors will teach and review the concepts and customs of the Jewish holidays throughout the year. In order to expose students and their families to holiday customs, we have several events throughout the year that Religious School families and other congregants are invited to attend.


GENERAL OVERVIEW

Download this general overview of our curriculum.


KITAH GAN (KINDERGARTEN)

Torah/Bible - Students will be introduced to the concept of God, becoming familiar with various Torah characters and stories

Judaica - Students will be introduced to the major Jewish holidays, Shabbat, the Jewish home, and synagogue

Hebrew - Students will be exposed to Hebrew letters and begin to learn their names and sounds

Israel - Students will gain familiarity with the Land of Israel, its people, and its culture

Tefillah (Prayer) - Students will learn the following prayers/blessings:

  • HaMotzei (Bread)
  • Borei Pri HaGafen (Wine / grape juice)
  • Blessing over Shabbat Candles
  • Blessing over Hanukah Candles (first blessng)
  • Shehecheyanu

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom.  The students and their families will be given the opportunity to participate in the monthly Young Family Shabbat Service

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays

Chesed - Tzedakah Project: Collecting new pajamas and other needed items for children who are in homeless shelters

Mishpacha - Theme: Tzedakah


KITAH ALEF (1ST GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will learn about characters and events from other parts of the Tanach (Hebrew Bible).

Judaica - Students will have an opportunity to learn about Jewish holidays, the Jewish home, the synagogue, and Israel using art/crafts in addition to the set lesson materials.

Hebrew - Students will learn the names and sounds of all the Hebrew letters and vowels.

Israel - Students will gain familiarity with the Land of Israel, its people, and its culture.

Tefillah (Prayer) - Students will learn the following prayers:

  • HaMotzi (Bread)
  • Borei Pri HaGafen (Wine / grape juice)
  • Blessing over Shabbat candles
  • Hanukah candles – be able to follow whole prayer
  • Shehecheyanu
  • Shema – one line
  • Blessing Formula – Baruch atah . . .

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom.

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Young Family Shabbat - The students and their families will be given the opportunity to participate in the monthly Young Family Shabbat Service.

Chesed - Value: Ba’al Tashchit—Protecting the Environment; Project: Family Park/Beach Clean Up

Mishpacha - Theme: Synagogue


KITAH BET (2ND GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will explore the weekly sidrah (Torah portion) through age-appropriate study and art based activities.

Judaica - Students will begin a deeper study of Jewish values, holidays, and Shabbat, including learning about the Havdalah (separation between Shabbat and a new week) rituals. Art projects will be integrated into areas of study.

Hebrew - Students will learn to read Hebrew letters and vowels, moving from learning the letter sounds to the beginning level of reading the language putting the letters and vowels together into words. They will learn to write the letters in block print.

Israel - Students will learn about the Land of Israel, its people, and its culture.

Tefillah (Prayer) - In addition to reviewing all prayers previously taught in Kindergarten and First grades, students will learn the following prayers:

  • Barchu, Shema – Two lines
  • Modeh Ani
  • Four Questions for Seder
  • Havdalah Blessings
  • Festival Candle Blessing
  • Lulav/Etrog Blessing
  • Blessing over Hanukah Candles
  • Ein Keloheinu
  • Adon Olam

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom.

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish Holidays.

Junior Congregation - Students will begin to attend the weekly Junior Congregation services.

Chesed - Value: Pikuach Nefesh—Saving of Lives; Project: Blood Drive

Mishpacha - Theme: Shabbat


KITAH GIMEL (3RD GRADE)

Torah/Bible - To increase the students knowledge of texts from different books of the Tanach (Hebrew Bible).

Judaica - Students will engage in an expanded study of Jewish values, and increase their knowledge of Jewish holidays.

Hebrew - Students will first reinforce their knowledge of Hebrew reading/writing skills. They will then move from basic decoding/reading skills into the ability to read full sentences in Hebrew.

Israel - Students will participate in an age-appropriate exploration of the Land of Israel, learning about both the ancient and modern history of Israel.

Tefillah (Prayer) - In addition to reviewing all previously taught prayers, the students will learn:

  • Ma Tovu, Barchu, Shema – two lines
  • V’Shamru
  • Torah Blessings
  • Ein Keloheinu
  • Adon Olam

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom. They will also review prayers for Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira.

Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira - Students will attend and lead the weekly Junior Congregation services. They will also lead one of the monthly Rockin’ Shabbat Shira services.

Chesed - Value: Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim—Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Project: Collect donations to give at a visit to the Peninsula Humane Society

Mishpacha - Theme: Ahavat Torah (Love of the Torah)


KITAH DALET (4TH GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will engage in a study of the Parashat HaShavua, the Torah portion of the week.

Judaica - Students will engage in an expanded study of Jewish holidays and their understanding of Jewish concepts of God.

Hebrew - The students will use a review book at the beginning of the year. They will then begin studies in the Level 1 Hebrew textbook that will use prayer as a tool in helping the student to learn relevant Hebrew words, ideas, and concepts.

Israel - Students will gain a deeper understanding of modern-day Israel.

Tefillah (Prayer) - In addition to reviewing all previously taught prayers, the students will learn:

  • Barchu, Shema/V’ahavta, Ahavah Rabbah, Ahavat Olam
  • Mi Chamocha (morning and evening versions)
  • Torah Blessings
  • Food Blessings
  • Blessings over Mitzvot

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Music - Learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli, and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom. They will also review prayers for Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira.

Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira - Students will attend and lead the weekly Junior Congregation services. They will also lead one of the monthly Rockin’ Shabbat Shira services.

Chesed - Value: Bikur Cholim—Visiting the Sick; Project: Chanukah visit to the residents at Woodside Terrace.

Mishpacha - Theme: Jewish Home.


KITAH HEY (5TH GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will engage in a detailed study of the Parashat HaShavua; studying in depth the meaning of the weekly portion.

Judaica - Students will engage in an expanded study of Jewish holidays and Jewish history.

Hebrew - Students will begin with a book that will enable them to briefly review their Hebrew skill-set after being away for the summer break. They will then continue the course of study in the second-level book, using prayer as a tool to further explore Hebrew language and grammar.

Israel - Students will gain a deeper understanding of modern-day Israel.

  • Tefillah (Prayer)
  • The students will learn:
  • Avot, Gevurot, Kedusha, Modim
  • Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav
  • Chatzi Kaddish, Aleinu, Shalom Aleichem

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli, and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom. They will also review prayers for Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira.

Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira - Attend and lead the weekly Junior Congregation services and lead one of the monthly Rockin’ Shabbat Shira services.

Chesed - Value: Ma’achil Re’evim—Feeding the Hungry; Project: Helping when Beth Jacob is hosting the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Mishpacha - Theme: Torah/Parshanut.


KITAH VAV (6TH GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will engage in a weekly review of the Parashat HaShavua, studying the Torah portion of the week. Explore and study Midrash.

Judaica - Detailed study of the Jewish life-cycle; studying the system of trope to enable the student to read the Torah and Haftarah; an in-depth dialogue on the meanings of Jewish prayer.

Hebrew - Students will continue the study of Hebrew, increasing their facility with the language and deepening their understanding of Jewish prayer.

Israel - Students will discuss current affairs and issues facing the State of Israel.

Tefillah (Prayer) - In addition to reviewing all previously taught prayers, the students will learn:

  • Blessings before and after the Torah service
  • Blessings for the Haftarah
  • Taking the Torah out
  • Torah Service
  • Returning the Torah
  • Kaddish Shalem
  • Torah and Haftarah trope

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli, and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom. They will also review prayers for Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira.

Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira - Students will attend and lead the weekly Junior Congregation services and lead one of the monthly Rockin’ Shabbat Shira services.

Chesed - Value: Kavod La’zekenim—Honoring the Elderly; Project: Elder interviews and presentation at services.

Journeys - Participate in the Pre-B’nai Mitzvah Journeys Program.


KITAH ZAYIN (7TH GRADE)

Torah/Bible - Students will engage in a weekly review of the Parashat HaShavua, studying the Torah portion of the week.

Judaica - Students will engage in an in-depth study with Rabbi Ezray on a variety of topics including mitzvot, Jewish ethics and values, and the Holocaust.

Hebrew - Students will engage in a review of all materials learned up to this point in addition to adding Hebrew vocabulary words.

Israel - Students will discuss current affairs and issues facing the State of Israel.

Tefillah (Prayer) - The students will review all previously taught prayers, concentrating on those needed for Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation.

Art - Students will engage in age-appropriate art projects that will enhance the learning experience. Projects will vary based on lessons, values, and Jewish holidays.

Music - Students will learn age-appropriate holiday, Israeli, and general Jewish/Hebrew songs with the Cantor and in the classroom. They will also review prayers for Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira.

Junior Congregation and Rockin’ Shabbat Shira - Students will attend and lead the weekly Junior Congregation services. Lead one of the monthly Rockin’ Shabbat Shira services.

Chesed - Students will participate in Class Social Action Projects with Rabbi Ezray.

Journeys - Students will participate in the Pre-B’nai Mitzvah Journeys Program.


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