Fifth grade students deepen their understanding of Jewish life cycles, the Torah, holidays, and familiar prayers. They closely engage with Hebrew, building reading skills and comprehension throughout the year.
Through individual and class projects, students will:
- Explore the big question: “How do our traditions and spaces affect my identity as an emerging Jewish adult?”
- Delve into the Jewish life-cycle, looking closely at birth (naming/bris), bar/bat mitzvah/confirmation, conversion, marriage, and death/mourning.
- Examine the cycle of the year through the lens of the Jewish calendar.
- Explore holidays and the weekly Torah portion in class, during services, and during our 30-minute Torah/Avodah time.
- Engage in J-Lectives, initiatives that allow students to experience Jewish education beyond the classroom, in fun and meaningful ways with friends and family.
- Students learn in small groups (called Chevruta), for 40-minutes a week to engage and develop Hebrew reading skills.
- Individuals begin the year decoding Hebrew letters, and as fluency increases, they read, chant, and understand prayers.
- Communal prayer experiences during services on Saturday/Sunday reinforce Chevruta sessions.
- Weekly homework assignments review topics learned in class.
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.
- Weekend programs include a family service led by clergy and educational leadership.
- Parent sessions for our Sunday families include meeting with our scholar-in-residence, a hands-on program when B’nei Mitzvah dates are given, and a social action project.
- 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 5th grade is:
Alef: Sundays, 9–11am and a midweek 40-minute Hebrew tutoring session
Bet: Sundays, 10:30am–12:30pm and a midweek 40-minute Hebrew tutoring session
Sharing Shabbat: Saturdays, 9am–12pm and a midweek 40-minute Hebrew tutoring session
On weekdays and weekends, drop off is in the classroom or lobby. Pick up on weekdays is in the lobby. On weekends, pick up:
- For Alef students is in the main sanctuary at 10:30am for tefillah.
- For Bet students is in front of the Social Hall following Torah/Avodah time.
- For Sharing Shabbat is in the classroom.