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August 2016- May 2017
“Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing the bride through a veil.” ~Hayim Nachman Bialik (a Jewish poet)
Hebrew School is every Sunday that Religious School is in session (click here for calendar), from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. (That will give them a break after Religious School, between 12:00 and 12:15, during which they can eat lunch.)
If you have any questions, please contact the Religious School director. Ilana Knust.
Hebrew is an ancient and sacred language spoken by Jews around the world and through the ages. Learning Hebrew is one way to connect with our heritage and understand what being a Jew means. Hebrew links Jews of all places and generations.
At Beth-El our main goals for our Hebrew program are:
1) Fostering love and appreciation of Hebrew as a living language as well as the classic language of prayer and Torah.
2) Preparing students for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and lifelong participation in Jewish worship.
To implement the two goals we have two tracks in our program.
Sundays all students–even the minority not planning Bar/Bat Mitzvah–should gain an appreciation of Hebrew as a living language and a key to Jewish self-understanding. Students should know that concepts like Shalom, Torah, and Tzedakah can never be fully expressed in translation (“hello/goodbye/peace, Pentateuch, charity”). Furthermore, part of the miracle of the state of Israel reborn is the renaissance of the Hebrew language as a spoken tongue, and something which binds Jews wherever they may live.
1. Know Shabbat and Holiday blessings.
2. Know their Hebrew names.
3. Use simple conversational Hebrew (reading and writing) using the books:”time to read”(Zman Leekro)one and two(4th -6th ) ”Kriah v’od” (1st -3rd )
4. Students will be engaged in discussion: Why do we pray? And hopefully will learn to pray with “Kavanah” (intention).
5. Students will learn to identify root words found in the Siddur to help them comprehend the meaning of the words. (prayers and conversational Hebrew).
Click here for the Hebrew curriculum chart by grade.
We look forward to a productive, informative year at Beth-El. Parents are always welcome to come and be a part of the class.