Welcome to Fifth Grade Hebrew at Or Chadash Religious School!
5th Grade Hebrew
Teacher - Rabbi Joe Forman
Students continue the study of the prayer service by studying the Shabbat morning Amidah and selected prayers for Shabbat evening. Students learn key prayer words and roots to help them better explore the meaning of the blessings of the prayers and songs for the Shabbat evening services. Students examine the themes of each prayer and relate each of them to their own experiences and lives.
Students in Fifth grade will explore relevant Jewish values and show how those values underlie the meaning of the prayers. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the prayers and the activity of praying. We continue to explore the meanings of roots -- the basis of understanding the meanings of our prayers.
5th Grade Jewish Studies
Teacher - Wendy Solomon
Just as the baking of a delicious challah requires the proper proportion of yeast, water, and flour, so the nurturing of a good Jew requires a balance of ingredients. The sages called these "ingredients" torah, avodah, and gemilut chasadim - study, worship, and righteous deeds. And so it is appropriate that our religious school curriculum is built around these three broad themes. First we learn a particular lesson (study) then we integrate that learning into a network of values that we "rehearse" regularly (worship - what Mordecai Kaplan called the "catechism of Jewish life"). And then having evaluated, not alone - but significantly, with our community - what we have learned, we apply that learning to tikun olam, the thoughtful and measured work of repairing the world we live in.
This year we will focus much attention on how the Jewish people was created, how our ancestors interpreted the reason for our coming into being, and what this understanding of our history means in terms of Jewish philosophy and practice today. To help us along we will have the expertise of one of American Judaism's foremost historians, Jonathan Sarna, whose new text is directed at just this age group and speaks of "tradition and change" - a good handle on Reform Judaism as well. Our core curriculum also includes an examination of the deeper meaning of the prayers the children are learning to read in Hebrew. To this educational cholent we will also include the weekly collection of tzedaka, activities involving drama and debate, regular sessions with student cantor Kathy Gohr, and participation in Religious School assemblies and holiday programs.
But we teachers can only succeed in this if we are agents of your own expectations. It is thus crucial that our curriculum reflects your own values. For this reason I encourage you to meet with me, to become fluent in what I will be teaching your child, and to show your support for this teaching by the words and deeds of your own lives.
I look forward to this and to all that the year ahead will bring.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Documents, Downloads and Resources
2 loaves of plain challah
16 juice boxes of 100% juice (Apple Juice, Juicy Juice, Apple & Eve, etc.)
If class is canceled due to inclement weather, we will skip that week's snack leader and keep to the schedule provided below.
|9/18||Snack to be provided by Miss Wendy|
|10/16||Elle (Special Program: Juice & Granola Bars)|
|5/14||Mitzvah Day - snack provided by Or Chadash|