Religious School Curriculum
Mishpacha: A program designed for four-year-old children (the year before a child begins Kindergarten) and their parent(s). Mishpacha meets twice a month to get a "taste" of Jewish learning and to connect to our Jewish community at Shir Tikvah. The purpose is to enrich Jewish family life and introduce youngsters and their parents to the synagogue, the Jewish holiday calendar, and the Jewish home. Expect lots of stories, songs, arts and crafts, and special holiday foods! Our goal is to "see the world through Jewish eyes." Children realize that they can hold Jewish objects, smell Jewish smells, see their families celebrate Jewish holidays, hear the sounds of songs and shofar. This tactile approach to Judaism is perfect for pre-schoolers. Parents also have the opportunity to meet and connect.
Kindergarten-Fourth Grade: Students explore the text of the Torah, the core stories of the Jewish tradition. Through the Chai Curriculum, the Union for Reform Judaism's movement-wide curriculum, our students explore Torah (text), Avodah (prayer), G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and Israel.
5th Grade: Our students take a hands-on approach to exploring the Jewish life cycle. This year our students are also exploring hunger and are hosting a food drive for Purim.
6th Grade: Leading up to becoming B'nei Mitzvah, our students connect with our Shir Tikvah prayer community by coming to Third Saturday Shabbat Morning services (10:30am) as a cohort. Before (9:30-10:25am) and after services (11:30am-12:30pm) they engage in learning connected to becoming an emergent adult. A highlight of the 6th Grade year is the in-depth study of the Prophets of the Bible culminating a Prophet Fair, where 6th graders teach the congregation about the Prophet of their Haftarah.
7th Grade: In their B'nei Mitzvah year, our students explore what it means to be an emergent Jewish adult. A major piece of this year is a Social Justice focus, through which students explore Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Another important piece of this year is the Judaism and Sexuality module taught to both parents and students.
8th Grade: Post-B'nei Mitzvah, our students all return to continue their Jewish learning. They explore what it means to be a part of the global Jewish community through their study of Jewish communities around the world, an exploration of other faiths and an in-depth unit on the Holocaust.
9th Grade: Our young adults explore the topic of Jewish Ethics. Additionally, the students and their parents take part in the second module of our Judaism and Sexuality Program.
10th Grade (Confirmation): Our students explore their own personal beliefs in this beloved year of Jewish learning. We are excited that our 10th graders (and some post-Confirmation students) will be journeying to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (The RAC) this winter for the L'Taken Seminar, a Social Justice Seminar in Washington, DC.