Living a Jewish Life
Living a Jewish Life Curriculum Overview
The focus of LJL is:
- Chaggim (holidays)
- Food and its role
- Jewish Values
- The Aleph Bet and basic Hebrew words and phrases
- Jewish History
By the end of their years in LJL Children will know:
- The basics of all major Jewish holidays and occasions
- Mitzvot (good deeds) names and practical application
- Brachot (blessings), the concept of halacha (Jewish law)
- A variety of traditional Torah stories and Bible people: Adam and Eve, Noah, forefathers and foremothers, the Tribes and Moses
- Jewish environmental values
Kindergarten - 1st Grade
Younger students will have more crafts-based learning, singing and games.
Students in the younger grades will focus on the Jewish calendar including holidays and Shabbat. Stories around the Jewish calendar year will bring to life symbols, customs, and ritual objects of the Jewish holidays, celebrated in the class community.
Through Jewish folktales, contemporary children’s literature, songs, crafts and stories of their own, students will explore Jewish life in different times and different places.
Students will begin learning to recognize Hebrew letters as well.
Jewish values, Hebrew, ritual and religion, mitzvot (commandments/actions)
Students learn ethical mitzvot and vocabulary for Jewish social action, based on Jewish heroes, our forefathers and foremothers.
Students will begin or continue to learn the phonetic association of the Hebrew letters.
Through art, song, and games, the students will live the Jewish year together. Students will also be introduced to Jewish Renewal practices and to concepts of God through stories in Genesis and Exodus.
Grades 4 - 5
Because 4th and 5th graders are developmentally ready, relevance to their own lives is important at this stage, along with engagement with the world around them.
Students will learn about chaggim (holidays), ancient Jewish history, relationship with the land of Israel, and relationships with others.
Students will focus on the Shema prayer as a covenant throughout history, and about mystical concepts such as the Tree of Life.
Students are also introduced to diaspora, the Holocaust, and Jewish identity.
By the end, students will understand the importance of acts of tzedaka (justice).