KITAH VAV – 6th GRADE

Kitah Vav focuses on Jewish History throughout the ages, to the period just before the Holocaust.  In Hebrew they learn the balance of the morning prayer service.  Part of the program is a Kallah/Family Retreat where the students and their parents spend an overnight learning about B’nai Mitzvah, and studying their assigned Torah portions.  Additionally, an emphasis on mitzvah leading the students to think about what community service projects they would like to undertake.

Students will review Jewish history from the destruction of the Second Temple through the Middle Ages through modern day Jewry.  Deeper delving into the lives of significant Jewish historical figures.  Specific areas of study include:

            1.  Formation of the idea of Chosen People

            2.  False Messiahs

            3.  The Inquisition

            4.  Spread of Sephardim Jews

            5.  Jews in Eastern Europe

            6.  Development of the Judaic Movements

            7.  Zionism

            8.  Modern day Jewry throughout the world

Hebrew

  • To increase Hebrew/prayer vocabulary with an emphasis completing all the prayers necessary to lead Shabbat morning services

                        -Includes prayers before and after Haftarah

                        -V’Shamru

                        -Blessing over the Tallit

  • Students will continue to practice writing in script—low emphasis on writing, should not devote too much class time, perhaps 5-10 minutes per session

-After 3 years [grades 3, 4, 5 and now 6] students should attain mastery and fluidity in writing.

Torah Chanting - Students are expected to stay an extra half an hour after class from October-April to learn the Torah cantillation tropes.  This greatly improves their ability to learn their Torah portions.  In addition, they learn prayers and bimah etiquette and choreography.

 

KITAH ZAYIN – 7th GRADE

Students will work on homing their Hebrew skills, primarily conversational Hebrew, by getting them used to reading and speaking in front of people.  They will continue to increase their mastery of cursive writing.  In Judaic class the emphasis is on Israel and the Holocaust.

Hebrew

  • To increase conversational Hebrew vocabulary with an emphasis on building a level of comfort in speaking in front of people

               -Be able to carry on rudimentary conversations

               -To be able to translate from Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew

  • Students will continue to practice writing in script—low emphasis on writing, should not devote too much class time, perhaps 5-10 minutes per session

Israel

  • Expanding knowledge about the history of the present day State of Israel

                        -From the first Zionist Congress

                        -Modern-day Israel

Holocaust

  • Climate of anti-Semitism in Europe that led up to the Holocaust
  • Insidiousness of hatred
  • Creation of the State of Israel

 

 

 

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