• down words to their roots, prefixes, and suffixes, as well as understanding the text itself.
  • In Grade 3, Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, primary commentator on the Chumash) script is introduced. In Grades 3-5, Rashi's interpretation and commentary are a significant components of instruction, and while students focus on the skills of reading and translating, they also work on developing their critical thinking skills through an understanding of Rashi’s questions.
  • The study of Navi (Prophets) begins in Grade 4 with Sefer Yehoshua (the Book of Joshua). In Neviim, the focus is mainly on understanding the events in each Navi's (Prophet's) writings and the lessons that can be learned from them. The goal is to finish one book of Prophets each year.
  • In Grades 6-8, students are introduced to the actual text of other commentators' writings. Before Grade 6, the these commentators' works are shared with the students in the context of what they are learning, but not through reading the actual itself.

Jewish Life/Dinim

Studying Dinim (laws) and Chagim (holidays) offers our students a special way to appreciate our Jewish holidays. Each grade learns laws and customs related to various aspects of Jewish life. These include units on the Beis HaKnesses (synagogue), Brachos (blessings), Shabbos (Sabbath), and Kashrus (dietary laws).Units of study are repeated in all grade levels, with new information added in each grade. The study of each Chag (holiday) is usually accompanied by a project, school-wide assembly, or other supporting activities and programs.

  • Younger grades celebrate Erev Shabbos (Sabbath eve) with treats, listening to Shabbos Zemiros (songs), or other special activities.
  • Students celebrate each Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the Jewish month) with an activity, treat or project.
  • Children give Tzedakah (charity) every day following Tefillos (morning prayers).
  • In both Pre-K and Kindergarten, students are encouraged to bring in Mitzvah notes (specifying good deeds that they did) each day. These notes are read, displayed, and celebrated in the classrooms. •Children in each grade study Yediyos Klalios (basic Judaic facts) in fun and creative ways in each grade, with special emphasis on these units in Grades 2 and 5.
  • All Judaic Studies subjects place a significant emphasis on integrating the subject with General Studies curriculum components, particularly in Grades 14. SUBH: Torah Sh'Bal Peh (Oral Law) COPY: Students use Talmudic reasoning and Machlokes (arguments) to discuss the laws as the Rabbis argued them. Modern educational research has verified that this age-old practice helps children develop critical thinking, logic, analysis, and evaluation skills today.
  • Mishna (Pre Talmudic Tanaic Literature)is introduced to our students in Grade 4. •Gemorah (Talmud) is a core subject for boys in Grades 6-8.
  • The focus in our Mishna and Gemorah classes is to bring the students to a level of application by using modern-day examples. We also focus on reading fluency and comprehension.
  • We offer an optional Mishna class on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and on vacation days for boys in Grades 6-8.