Hebrew School Curriculum
Hebrew School is a five-year exploration of prayer for students in 3rd-7th grade. Our curriculum is oriented to making every child comfortable in the synagogue. This means developing a Hebrew "toolbox" in order to access the important texts of our tradition. This program prepares students for B’nei Mitzvah and serves as a foundation for a lifetime of Jewish practice and engagement. We offer two sessions on Wednesdays (4:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.) to accommodate family schedules.
T’filah (Prayer Service)
The highlight of Hebrew School each week is T’fillah in the Sanctuary. These services are a living laboratory, in which students explore the Hebrew prayers students are learning in class and bring the prayers to life. Students lead parts of these interactive and creative services. B’nei Mitzvah students read Torah to a community of their peers the week of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Overview: The goal of Shir Tikvah’s Hebrew curriculum is fluent siddur reading and an understanding of the key prayers in the Saturday morning service; prayers, blessings, and songs for home observance of Shabbat and the holidays; and selections from the Friday evening service.
When students have completed Hebrew School, they will be able to: