Our 6th grade students identify their connection to Israel and examine the history of the Holocaust. They closely engage with Hebrew prayer and text, building fluency throughout the year. Through individual and class projects, students will:
- Explore the question: “How does our history affect my identity as an emerging Jewish adult?”
- Discover the geography, history, and culture of the modern State of Israel.
- Examine their own identities, how they define themselves in relationship to others and how this affects their “universe of obligation.”
- Examine historical events leading up to Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) and the Holocaust, as well as personal stories of individuals living in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. Click here to view one of our project-based initiatives.
- 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 reviewing material from fifth grade and continue to explore, read, chant, and understand new prayers.
- Communal prayer experiences during services (tefillah) 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, an on campus retreat for families in the year prior to the B’nei Mitzvah year, 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 6th grade is:
Alef: Sundays, 9–11am and a midweek 40-minute Hebrew tutoring session
Bet: Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm and a midweek 40-minutes Hebrew tutoring session
Sharing Shabbat: Saturdays, 9am-12pm and a midweek 40-minute Hebrew tutoring session
Drop-off on weekdays and weekends is in the classroom or lobby. Pick up on weekdays following Chevruta is in the lobby. On weekends, pickup:
- For Alef students is in the main sanctuary at 10:30am for tefillah.
- For Bet students is in in front of the Social Hall following Torah/Avodah time.
- For Sharing Shabbat is in the classroom.