KITAH GIMEL – 3rd GRADE

In Gimel, students continue to increase their reading skills, add some writing skills, look at Biblical stories with an ethical perspective and begin a deeper study of Israel.

Israel – Students will begin to studyIsrael to develop an understanding of how and why the country came to be.  Why it is important to Jews everywhere.  Who lives there?  What the major cities are.  Students should be able to:

  • locateIsraelon a map of the world
  • name the capital
  • tell several ways in which life for Jewish children is similar to and different from life for Jewish children inVermont
  • explain the Law of Return
  • give a reason why Jews care about what happens inIsrael

God- Students will further their discussions about God

  • they will begin to form a personal idea of God that can grow as the student matures
  • provide vocabulary for thinking and talking about God

Bible – study more of the Bible stories and begin exploring on a deeper level of motivation behind character’s actions.  Look back on the stories they learned in previous years but explore them from an ethical point of view.

  • new stories from the Prophets
  • emphasis on David- students should be able to:

                        -tell several incidents from his life

                        -tell who had the Templebuilt and why     

Hebrew – To increase Hebrew/prayer vocabulary with an emphasis on building reading and comprehension skills.

  • Students will be able to read the prayers and blessings they’ve learned since Ganon

-Some students may already know blessings if they are doing it at home; for those who do not, frequent repetition is essential

  • Students will learn service prayers and songs: Barechu, Oseh Shalom, Shalom Aleichem
  • Students will be taught to write in script; low emphasis on writing and too much class time should not be devoted to it.  However, it is important that when learning a language, all components are taught: reading, writing, speaking

KITAH DALET – 4th GRADE

Students begin an in-depth study of Jewish life cycle and lunar calendar.  The study of Torah and the Prophets are brought into deeper focus and are taught through stories, folk tales, play-acting, cooking and other projects.  Hebrew language intensifies as students continue learning the Saturday morning prayers necessary for B’nai Mitzvah and service leadership.

Jewish calendar – Students should be:

  • aware that although secular dates of Jewish holidays change, Hebrew dates do not.
  • able to explain how the Hebrew calendar is related to the lunar cycle
  • able to tell when the Jewish day begins and ends (sundown)
  • able to name some of the holidays, which begin on the full moon

Holidays and Life Cycle Events – Students should be able to:

  • describe how each holiday is celebrated, name several components
  • name the holidays in correct yearly order and tell in which season each occurs
  • go through life cycle events [birth to death] and name some customs on how each life cycle event is celebrated/commemorated

Hebrew – To increase Hebrew/prayer vocabulary with an emphasis on building reading and comprehension skills.

  • Students will learn service prayers and songs: Barechu, Oseh Shalom, Shalom Aleichem, Sim Shalom, Aliyah, begin learning Amidah
  • Students will increase reading and vocabulary skills
  • Students will increase script-writing skills through practice
  • Students will learn conversational vocabulary

KITAH HEY – 5th GRADE

Students study Jewish history from Biblical times to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE and its aftermath.  Hebrew language intensifies as students continue learning the Saturday morning prayers to deepen their understanding of the service and those prayers necessary for B’nai Mitzvah and service leadership.

Students will study selected topics from the Nevi’im and Ketuvim.  Who were the Prophets, Kings, and Judges?  Why do we remember them?  What issues and problems did they face?  Do we have similar issues today?

  • To study the Bible as a document, to explore how it is organized and to examine different types of material in it/different Biblical authors
  • Recognize the contributions of characters in the Torah, Nevi’im Ketuvim (TaNaKh or Tanach)

-each student will select a figure from Jewish history to research and make a presentation to the class, school or their families as to the significance of their particular hero and why s/he was chosen

  • Changes in religious practice – development of the synagogue, study and public reading of Torah

                  -role of rabbis and beginning of Oral Law – Mishnah & Talmud

  • Hellenistic Period and significant personalities

                  -JudahMaccabee

  • Roman period and significant personalities: Hillel, Shamai, Bar Kochba, Rabbi Akiva, events atMasada
  • Review 10 Commandments and their significance

Hebrew – To increase Hebrew/prayer vocabulary with an emphasis on building reading and comprehension skills.

  • Students will learn service prayers and songs by adding to those learned in previous grades
  • Students will increase reading and vocabulary skills
  • Students will continue to practice writing in script – low emphasis

Israel – Ancient Geography & every day life

 

INSTRUCTORS

Shelli GoldsweigShelli Goldsweig – Kitah Gimmel/Dalet, 3rd & 4th Grade

Shelli Goldsweig grew up going to a Hebrew day school from grade 1-8 where she learned Hebrew and Jewish studies for half of the school day. This is her third year teaching here at Temple Sinai. For the past two years she taught the fourth and fifth grade. This year she is teaching third and fourth grade. In her free time, Shelli likes to read, cross country ski, garden, cook, bike, and travel. She also loves spending time visiting her children and grandchildren who live in Toronto and New York City. Shelli’s favorite part about teaching here at Temple Sinai is having the opportunity to interact with her students and teach them things that make them proud of their Jewish heritage. She strongly believes that to know where you are going in life, you need to understand where you come from. Anytime she can add to her students’ knowledge in those areas, she feels good. 

placeholder femaleRenee Dauerman – Kitah Hey/Vav, 5th & 6th Grade Judaic Studies

From kindergarten to bat mitzvah, Renee Dauerman went to religious school at Temple Sinai and then attended Chai School classes until her confirmation. Renee is co-teaching fifth and sixth grade Judaic Studies with Holly Issenberg. This is her first year teaching here at Temple Sinai. In her free time, Renee liked to play tennis, hike, and spend time with friends. Her favorite part about teaching is working with kids of this age. She enjoys building relationships with the students so they can learn from each other within a religious context. 

placeholder femaleHolly Issenberg– Kitah Hey/Vav, 5th & 6th Grade Judaic Studies

Holly Issenberg was raised in shelburne and has attended Temple Sinai since she was three. She is currently teaching 5th and 6th grade Judaic Studies, and it is her second year teaching here. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and doing art. Her favorite part of teaching is being able to teach her favorite subject, history, and getting the kids to enjoy learning. She also really enjoys being with the kids.

Bruce ChlamerBruce Chalmer – Kitah Hey/Vav, 5th & 6th Grade Hebrew

Bruce Chalmer grew up attending a Conservative synagogue in Buffalo, NY. When he moved to Vermont, he became a service leader In Montpelier, where he taught and trained many students for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. This is Bruce’s fourth year teaching religious school at Temple Sinai. This year he is teaching fifth and sixth grade Hebrew. Bruce has also taught a number of adult education classes here over the past fourteen years and leads Torah study on Shabbat mornings. In his free time he likes to sing, play, and compose music. He also likes to travel and ride bikes with his wife, Morah Judy Alexander. His favorite part about teaching here at Temple Sinai is sharing his love of Judaism with a lot of wonderful kids and their families.

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