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), b’nei 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 time.
- Students learn in Chevruta in an individualized, 1:1 weekly format with an educator for 30-minutes a week to engage and develop Hebrew reading skills at their own pace.
- 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 reinforce material from Chevruta session.
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.
- Monthly family services led by clergy and educational leadership.
Programming for the JLL typically begins in the middle to end of September. The schedule for 5th grade is:
One Weekend + One Weekly Chevruta tutoring session
Sundays, 9:00–11:30am + One 30-Minute Virtual Tutoring session (Chevruta) offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.
Sharing Shabbat: Saturdays, 9:00am–12:00noon + One 30-Minute Virtual Tutoring session (Chevruta) offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.