4th Grade

Our 4th grade students explore Hebrew through demonstration and exploration. Using a project-based approach, students discuss and analyze Torah stories, lift-up Jewish values and holidays, and make connections to their own lives. This year (2019–2020) students focus on the Book of Genesis (Beresheet) and the High Holidays, considering big questions such as:

  • Who were the Avot v’ Imahot, patriarchs and matriarchs, and what were their experiences?
  • What is the purpose of a Kehillah, a community, and how do we build one together?

There will be discussions, games, music and arts-based projects, concluding with a revised visual Tefillah—created with our third and fourth grade learners for our High Holiday services in September 2020!

Learning Hebrew

Students explore Hebrew through demonstration and exploration. It is immersive, laying the foundation for language acquisition.

  • Students experience the language by hearing, watching, and responding to Hebrew commands in our “Hebrew Through Movement” program. Fourth graders build on their foundation from the previous year, adding new words related to Jewish holidays, blessings, and celebrations.
  • Classes participate in weekly music curriculum, incorporating Hebrew in traditional and contemporary songs.
  • Students engage with prayer services (tefillah) twice a week for 30 minutes and once a week for 60 minutes for Sharing Shabbat; ensuring familiarity with and repetition of our most prevalent prayers.

Family Time at the JLL

The Lab’s goal is to make Hebrew and prayers, as well as synagogue and Jewish vocabulary, accessible to our students and families.

  • Each of our weekend programs includes a weekly family service, led by our clergy and educational leadership.
  • Special family programs are held throughout the year, including a WRTeam at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an off-site apple picking trip, the Sukkah Slam, Shabbat celebrations, and more! See the JLL calendar for details.


Programming for the JLL typically begins in the middle to end of September. The schedule for 4th grade is:

Alef I: Sundays, 9–11am and Tuesdays, 3:45–5pm
Alef II: Sundays, 9–11am and Wednesdays, 3:45–5pm
Bet I: Sundays, 10:30am–12:30pm and Tuesdays, 3:45–5pm
Bet II: Sundays, 10:30am–12:30pm and Wednesdays, 3:45–5pm
Sharing Shabbat: Saturdays, 9am–12pm and Thursdays, 3:45–5pm

Drop off/Pick up

On both weekdays and weekends, drop off is in the classroom or lobby. Pick up on weekdays is in the lobby. On weekends, pick up:

  • For Sunday Alef students is in the main sanctuary at 10:30 am for tefillah.
  • For Sharing Shabbat and Sunday Bet children is in the classroom.