Temple Beth Shalom

21 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4520

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Classroom Curriculum

Kindergarten/Grade 1 (Gan/Kitah Aleph)

This is a weekly, two-hour Sunday morning class for children ages 5-6 years old. Students will learn the Shabbat blessings, how to recite the Shema, the content of morning/evening rituals, the symbols in the synagogue, holiday symbols and stories, and Alef/Bet letters and vowels. Students participate in the K–Grade 2 Friday evening dinner and Shabbat blessings.

Grade 2 (Kitah Bet)

This is a weekly, two-hour Sunday morning class for children ages 7-8 years old. Students will learn how to vocalize two and three syllable words in Hebrew; will discover details of Jewish Holiday Symbols, Blessings and Customs; will track the Cycle of the Moon and Jewish Months; and will meet Biblical Figures/ Characters. Students will Show and Tell an experience of Shabbat in the Home. Students participate in the K–Grade 2 Friday evening dinner and Shabbat blessings. * combined with Grade 3/Kitah Gimel on Sundays.

Grade 3 (Kitah Gimel)

Children, ages 8 to 9, meet twice a week, Sunday and Thursday, for two hours each session. Students will learn how to read Hebrew sentences; will understand the core components of morning/evening services; will create a calendar of the holidays; will develop their own Siddur; and will acquire a more nuanced understanding of Biblical Stories/Personalities. They will participate in a Friday night service. * combined with Grade 2/Kitah Bet on Sundays.

Grade 4/5 (Kitah Dalet/Kitah Hey)

Children, ages nine and ten, meet twice a week on Sunday and Thursday for two hours each session. Students will learn to read and decode prayers that include a core vocabulary; will discover the different life cycle events; will make their own ritual objects (like Mezuzahs); will add their own prayer interpretations to their personal siddur; will focus on the Exodus narrative; and will learn about Israel as a country, people, and culture. Students will help lead a Friday night service in the Spring.

Grade 6 (Kitah Vav)

Children, ages eleven to twelve, meet twice a week on Sunday and Thursday for two hours each session. Students will learn the content of the Torah service; will discuss the weekly Torah portion while learning the books and themes of the Torah; will meet some famous Jewish personalities; will focus on the holidays between Passover and Shavuot; and will continue to discover the themes and content of weekly services. Students will lead a Shabbat morning service in the Spring.

Grade 7 (Kitah Zayin)

Children, ages twelve to thirteen, the B’nai Mitzvah Class, meet for two hours on Thursday for classroom instruction and on Sunday for individual B’nai mitzvah tutoring. Students will participate in an interactive class that will include several modes of learning including reading Jewish fiction; learning about themes of Yom Kippur and Repentance; outlining the specific petitions and prayers of the weekday Amidah; discovering the leadership qualities and attributes of Biblical prophets; exploring the Biblical book of Numbers; and preparing to enter the role of Jewish adulthood. Students will lead the Torah service on a Shabbat morning in the Spring combined with the sixth grade class.

Grades 8+ (TBS Teens Program)

The TBS Teens program (formerly SSTI) will be relaunched this year. It will meet approximately twice a month/every two weeks (on Sundays and Wednesdays depending on the week). The program will help teenagers articulate their personal values through a Jewish lens. Material will include popular TV shows and movies and will incorporate Holiday Celebrations and other innovative programming.



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