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Building on the lower school curriculum "Being Jewish/Doing Jewish" and "Our Torah Family Tree", our middle schoolers will focus on Jewish peoplehood and begin to explore their place in the community. 


Jewish Peoplehood

Grade 4 – Creating Sacred Moments
In this class, our students will ask how do Jews mark lifecycle events: brit/baby naming, consecration, b’nei mitzvah, confirmation, weddings, divorce, death? How do we mark sacred moments with our families and friends?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) as well as participating in Hebrew Through Movement during Religious School hours.  Students are also engaged in Small Group Hebrew until they become b'nei mitzvah.

Grade 5 – The American Jewish Experience
Our 5th Graders will learn about the American Jewish experience by asking where do I come from? What is my family’s history in America? Am I a Jewish American or an American Jew? What is the history of Jews in Rhode Island and at Temple Beth-El? Where do we see the American Jewish experience reflected today culturally?

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service).  Students are also engaged in Small Group Hebrew until they become b'nei mitzvah.

Grade 6 – Am Yisrael/Eretz Yisrael
                       (the people & land of Israel)

In this class, using resources from the iCenter, students will seek to answer questions about the “Alef Bet of Israel”.  How is Israel the cornerstone of one’s Jewish identity?  Where does Israel fit in Jewish tradition?  What are the stories of the people and land of Israel that connect to our Temple Beth-El and Rhode Island Jewish community? How did the Holocaust impact the creation of the State of Israel and what are the lessons we learn from that part of our history that still resonate today.

Students begin learning Hebrew by attending a weekly Tefilah* (worship service) during Religious School hours.  Students are also engaged in Small Group Hebrew until they become b'nei mitzvah.

My Place in the World

Grade 7 – The B’nei Mitzvah Seminar
As our seventh grade students prepare to become b’nei mitzvah, they will seek to answer the questions, what does it mean to be a Jewish adult/who am I as a Jewish adult? What does it mean to be a Jewish leader?  What is my responsibility with repairing the world. They will lead our younger students in prayer to enhance their preparation for leading the congregation on the day of their b’nei mitzvah.

Partnering with Moving Traditions, we will be offering family education programming and a series of experiential programs geared towards sixth and seventh graders. All family sessions are designed for pre-teens and their parents to learn together, to listen to one another’s perspectives, and to enrich the meaning of the b’nai mitzvah as a lifecycle ritual.

 


*Each week includes Tefilah so that we create community, provide an opportunity to share special events, celebrate student accomplishments, prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays as well as pray and sing together. Sometimes we do this as an entire school. The other weeks, our students will have tefilah in three groups (PreK-Grade 2, Grades 3-7 & Grades 8-10) led by clergy, educators and song leaders.

Sun, August 18 2019 17 Av 5779