Hebrew School

  • Core Goals
  • Hebrew in Religious School
  • Hebrew School Program
  • More Learning
  • Questions?

Learning Hebrew connects us to K’lal Yisrael, the Jewish people, and gives our students a common language to Jews around the world. Learning how to read and the meaning of Hebrew prayers gives our students an opportunity to develop a connection to their spiritual side and to thousands of years of Jewish history.

We would like to encourage our parents to be their child’s partner in the Hebrew learning process, regardless if they can read/understand Hebrew themselves. Parents can sit with their child while they practice Hebrew, take an adult Hebrew class themselves, and most of all be positive and supportive about the process. Attending services as a family as frequently as possible contributes immensely to the Hebrew learning process.

Our Hebrew program has 5 core goals as set forth by our Education Committee as of April 2014:

  1. Participate in services. Students are required to attend services and be able to follow along with the prayers and develop a connection to the congregation
  2. Connect to the Jewish People. Students will be able to connect to K’lal Yisrael, the Jewish people and our larger Jewish community.
  3. Prepare for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Students will be prepared and feel confident in their abilities as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  4. Be competent in Hebrew. Students will reach a high level of competency with their decoding of the Aleph-Bet (Hebrew alphabet)
  5. Be Positive and Open to Learning. Have a positive association with Hebrew and learning Hebrew

Hebrew in Religious School

In our Sunday morning religious school program we utilize the Hebrew through Movement Curriculum in our Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms. www.hebrewthroughmovement.org

Hebrew through Movement is a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and repeating to Hebrew commands based on James J. Asher’s Total Physical Response (TPR). Our HTM specialist visits each of the classrooms for 10-15 min a morning to engage our students in Hebrew learning activities to make the modern Hebrew language relevant and fun.

In addition, students in our Pre-K through 2nd grade learn the Aleph-Bet (Hebrew alphabet) and are exposed to Hebrew songs and vocabulary in order to prepare for their experience in our 3rd-6th grade Hebrew school program.

Hebrew School Program

Grade 3 to 6 can choose between three Hebrew school opportunities:

  1. Midweek Hebrew- Tuesday Afternoon 4:30-6:00pm*
    • A traditional Hebrew learning program with requirements for at home practice through online games and homework
    • Classes will be divided by Hebrew level based on enrollment and will be multi-age
    • Will incorporate service/prayer practice as a community and Hebrew songs/holiday celebrations
    • Assessments will be performed at the beginning of the school year, mid-year, and end of year
  2. Hebrew Boot Camp –Sunday morning 8:30-9:15am*
    • Meets before religious school beings
    • Requires an on time arrival
    • Twice a week 15 min online practice required
    • 3/4th graders and 5th/6th graders will be divided into two levels: Aleph (level 1) and Bet (level 2) for each pairing of grades based on assessments.
    • Assessments will be performed at the beginning of the year, mid-year and at the end of the year
  3. Individual Hebrew Tutoring (at an additional cost)
    • To accommodate families who are unable to attend mid-week Hebrew or Sunday Boot Camp, we offer this 3rd option
    • Students are expected to participate in twenty six (26) 45 min sessions with a private tutor either in person or online plus 2-3 group sessions at KI
    • Assessments will be provided 3 times a year
    • Professional staff person will monitor progress and provide curriculum

Our Hebrew curriculum will utilize a variety of resources such as Mishkan Tefillah prayerbook, PrayerTech online prayer practice, and additional games and books.

More Learning

In addition to the above Hebrew learning opportunities, students enrolled in grades 3-6 are expected to attend services according to the following requirements:

3rd grade:  3x a year
4th grade:  4x a year
5th grade:  5x a year
6th grade:  6x a year

You are welcome to attend services at ANY synagogue or Jewish institution world-wide for any service- Shabbat, Havdalah, a family member b’nai mitzvah etc.