Religious School (Pre-K - 6th Grade)

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The Religious School provides opportunities for students to form a sense of community and a lasting connection to our synagogue and clergy. Through their participation, students will cultivate positive Jewish memories and friendships. The curriculum is designed for students to:

  • Gain a sense of pride and Jewish identity.

  • Understand Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and values of Conservative Judaism.

  • Demonstrate Jewish values through tzedakah and tikkun olam.

  • Understand the meaning and learning process of Bar/Bat Mitzvah and other important Jewish milestones.

  • Develop Hebrew reading and siddur literacy to become active and confident leaders in services.

  • Form a connection to Israel as the historic Jewish homeland and pride for its contributions to the world.

Curriculum: 
We are proud to be a partnering institution with The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). As a participant, we use the ISJL spiraled curriculum which incorporates ten key content areas: Community, Jewish Holidays, Mitzvot and Jewish Values, Tanach (Torah, Prophets, and Writings), God, Hebrew and Prayer, Israel, Culture and Symbols, Jewish Lifecycle Events, and Jewish History. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, nurturing students’ Jewish identity, equipping students to live rich and meaningful lives. 

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Introduction to Jewish holidays and Jewish values 
  • Kindergarten: Focus on Jewish holidays and stories from the Torah, and community
  • 1st Grade: Focus on Jewish holidays and the role mitzvot play in our lives
  • 2nd Grade: Exploration of the Jewish community and the students’ role in it and Israel as the Jewish homeland 
  • 3rd Grade: Development of Jewish concepts of God and their relationship with God and study of the values and messages of the Torah
  • 4th Grade: Overview of Prophets looking at their actions and impact on Judaism, and an exploration of the role God plays in our lives
  • 5th Grade: Focus on important Jewish values, living as Jews with milestone events and celebrations, and a remote tour of cities and regions in Israel
  • 6th Grade: Study of the Torah in greater depth, identifying major themes that occur, and the relevance the Torah has in our everyday lives
  • Hebrew: In the primary grades, the focus will be on learning Hebrew letters, the sound that each letter makes, and printing them. The 3rd grade year will be a transitional year as students start forming words and begin learning prayers. Students in 4th - 6th grades will focus on learning various prayers in the Shabbat evening and morning services.

To View This Year's Religious School/Sulam Handbook, Click Here

For more information call the Religious School Office at 713-255-8034

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