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Curriculum Cycle

Our school operates on a four-year curriculum cycle, with the entire school focusing on one theme for the entire year. This model allows us to dive deeply into a theme and explore it in all of our programming throughout the year. Every week, each class will study the same topic at their developmentally appropriate level. This model also allows for more learning across age groups. The four years of our cycle are:

Torah תּוֹרָה (our central Jewish text)

Avodah עֲבוֹדָה (Jewish practice)

Derekh Eretz דֶרֶךְ אֶרֶץ (Jewish values)

L'dor v'dor לְדוֹר וָדוֹר (Jewish history)

Derekh Eretz

Our theme for 5780 (2019-20) is "Walking the Path of Derekh Eretz: Living an Ethical Jewish Life"

Over our year-long study, there are four enduring understandings that we hope all of our students will internalize: 

  • As Jews, we have a responsibility to be concerned with and act on behalf of the well-being of others.

  • Jewish tradition guides us in making choices that bring greater kindness, compassion, and justice into the world.

  • When I live with derekh eretz I feel good about myself.

  • I am a part of the ongoing story of the Jewish people when I live with derekh eretz.

Over the year we will focus on foundational topics like: Mitzvah, Brit, Tzedakah, and Gemilut Chasadim. We will also learn about and practice specific mitzvot, like bikkur cholim (visiting the sick), hachnasat orchim (hospitality), and lo ta'amod al dam re'echa  (not standing idly by). 

Family Engagement

We know that family involvement strengthens our community, builds relationships, and is key to children engaging with their Jewish education. This year we are adding enhanced family engagement opportunities, both on Sunday mornings and at other times. Check out the attached family engagement document for more details.

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