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GIMMEL-VAV (3rd-6th Grades)

Lomdim B'yachad -- Learning Together

Students in grades 3-6 learn in a “Kibbutz-like” model, called Lomdim B'yachad -- Learning Together.  In this new and engaging educational model, learning happens in small multi-age groups, geared towards the students’ own interests. Students choose from a menu of options, including: Jewish History, Bible, Hebrew, Jewish Holidays, Israel and Jewish Prayer.

Our goal is to empower students to feel proud of their Jewish heritage and develop their leadership skills, so that each student is empowered to be a leader in their own unique way. Learning takes place in small groups, as well as in community, and we encourage families to participate in our weekend activities -- both in house and off campus. Families are also encouraged to take part in Kabbalat Shabbat, Havdalah and holiday experiences, forging new connections and friendships with other members of our community.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will choose from a variety of subjects and build their schedule according to their interests. For a full description of the learning activities, see below:

Tuesdays

Prayer with Rabbi Ben Resnick -- Students will experience prayer as a reflective tool as they actively engage in a short weekly prayer service, with excerpts from the Shabbat morning liturgy.  Services will explore the connections between body and soul, as well as create a sacred community, where the uniqueness of each participant is honored and included. 

Yoga Yeladim with Morah Emily Herzfeld -- Students will learn yoga through a Jewish lens, learning about Jewish values and how to impact the world through our actions and values.

Characters in Israel History with Morah Emily Herzfeld -- Students will learn about Israel history through its historical characters.  Learning will be done through short, individual and group projects, as learners construct a big picture of how individual actions can impact the course of history.  Students will learn about what makes a leader, and who were the main characters and context in the building of the State of Israel.

Art Torah with Morah Michal Ozeri -- Students will delve into the weekly Torah portion, elaborating on its key concepts and discussing how the portion’s takeaway can impact our daily choices.  Students will use diverse modalities of art, drama and games to grapple with the Biblical narratives, with the goal of constructing their personal understanding.  Emphasis will be given on the Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) lessons in each Torah Portion.

Hebrew Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Morah Sonia Levin -- Students will learn and expand on their Hebrew language acquisition, divided by their skill level.  Hebrew 1 -- Introduction to the Hebrew letters and vowels.  Hebrew 2 -- Reinforcement of reading, with special emphasis on fluency and comprehension.  Hebrew 3 -- The gateway from Hebrew reading to Modern Hebrew conversation.

Thursdays

Shirah Chadashah (New Song) with Morah Lori Weber -- Students will learn new and catchy songs from the Modern Israeli Songbook that will become part of their Hebrew vocabulary.  Students will learn the songs’ lyrics, tune and meaning, and will acquire a repertoire that will be part of our “Israfest” on Yom Ha’atzmaut.

“You Be the Judge” with Morah Amy Kessler -- You be the Judge is one of our most successful curriculum areas, based upon the book series You Be the Judge from Torah Aura.  Students are faced with real-life dilemmas for discussion, and later will be presented the Jewish legal answers.  Students can share their values, discuss ethics and take a first look into the Talmud, the codes and the wisdom of the Jewish legal process.  Each of the cases is drawn from actual headlines, posing realistic ethical problems that are submitted to the test of Jewish law in order to find the just solution.

Savta’s Kitchen with Morah Michal Ozeri -- A new look into Jewish communities around the world through their culinary traditions.  Students will learn about different Jewish communities, their history and customs, and bring home one yummy dish to be enjoyed by the whole family.  (Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.)  Students will build a repertoire of recipes, together with the stories about the different Jewish communities and cultures around the world.

Hebrew Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Morah Sonia Levin -- Students will learn and expand on their Hebrew language acquisition, divided by their skill level.  Hebrew 1 -- Introduction to the Hebrew letters and vowels.  Hebrew 2 -- Reinforcement of reading, with special emphasis on fluency and comprehension.  Hebrew 3 -- The gateway from Hebrew reading to Modern Hebrew conversation.

Israellink with Morah Amy Kessler -- Israellink curriculum is a series of units designed to help students discover their own unique Israel connection. Through experiential and project-based learning, students will use their critical thinking to understand Israel as an evolving nation.  This relational approach provides students with an opportunity to be inspired by, identify with and connect to a very old, extremely new and constantly evolving State of Israel.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Ben Resnick, Morah Lori Weber and Morah Ana Turkienicz -- At the end of the day, every Thursday, our Learning Center community comes together to welcome Shabbat. Students learn from Rabbi Resnick about the weekly Torah portion, celebrate important dates in the Life Cycle of their families, talk about their hopes for the upcoming Shabbat and recite together the Kiddush for Shabbat -- eating challah and drinking grape juice.  With Morah Lori, students will learn selected prayers for Kabbalat Shabbat.  Each week, a different group of students will be in charge of leading Kiddush. Parents are very welcome to join in when picking up their children.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Ana Turkienicz, Education Director, at: edudir@thepjc.org.

Wed, July 28 2021 19 Av 5781