At B'Yachad, we believe in providing a child with a well-rounded Jewish education. During the student's time in the school, he/she will learn Prayer Book Hebrew, Bible, Jewish History, Jewish Holidays, Israel, Jewish Calendars, Lifecycle Events, Tikkun Olam and Jewish Values.
Below is an overview of each of the subjects and what each grade will learn:
Hebrew and Prayer:
We believe that it is important for a student to learn to participate in Tifilah (prayer), eventually to lead Tifilah and also to understand the meaning and overall ideas of the prayer. Therefore, the Hebrew curriculum used at B’Yachad South Area Religious School is Hineni Hebrew Prayer Packets which focus on Hebrew reading, vocabulary, grammar and a deeper understanding of the themes of each prayer.
Jewish holidays are taught each year with a specific focus that is age appropriate and interesting to the students. This approach allows the students to focus on different aspects of the holiday each year and avoid repetition from year to year. The themes for each grade are:
K/1: Stories and Symbols of the holidays
2nd and 3rd Grade: Home, Family and Synagogue observance
4th Grade: History and Major Characters of Jewish Holidays
5th and 6th Grade: Holiday Themes in Modern Times
7th Grade: Holiday Observance Around the World
It is important for a student to learn not only Torah, but also Prophets and Writings. While the Bible curriculum builds from year to year, it also reviews in order to gain a more mature perspective on the Bible each year. The themes for each grade are:
K/1: Biblical Ancestors and Synagogue Objects
2nd and 3rd Grade: Biblical Heroes and an Introduction to Genesis
4th Grade: An overview of Prophets and Writings
5th and 6th Grade: A more mature look at Genesis and the 10 Commandments
7th Grade: An in depth study of the B'nai Mitzvah portions of the students in the class. Also, famous debates in the Bible and Rabbinic Texts.
Jewish History and Israel:
The Jewish history and Israel curriculum allows students to learn about their own personal heritage well as the history of Jews both in the United States and around the world. In addition, this portion of the curriculum allows students to gain a better understanding of Israel as a place and a homeland. The topics by grade are:
K/1: Israel through Language
2nd and 3rd Grade: An Introducation to Israel
4th Grade: Israeli People and Places
5th and 6th Grade: Modern Israel
7th Grade: Holocaust and Israeli Current Events
Jewish Calendar and Lifecycle Events:
"Jewish time" is something that students should be familiar with, as if they live through the Jewish calendar. Students should understand and feel connected with the four major Jewish lifecycle events. Over the years in the religious school, students will learn how we live, celebrate and commemorate their daily, weekly, monthly and yearly lives as Jews. Topics include:
K/1: Observation of the moon
2nd and 3rd Grade: Hebrew months, lunar calendar and Jewish holidays
4th Grade: Brit Milah/Baby naming
5th and 6th Grade: Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Weddings as lifecycle events (including a trip to the mikvah)
7th Grade: An In Depth Study of Lifecycle Events. In addition, a Study of Jewish Funerals
Jewish Values and Tikkun Olam
Each year a new Jewish value will be chosen as a focus for all grades within the school. It will be highlighted both in each individual class, as well as in school wide events. The 2016-2017 school year's theme will be "Tzedakah".