Beth Emet Beit Sefer - Overview of Programs
Gan Yom Rishon (ages 3-5)
Gan Yom Rishon is a child and parent/caregiver class. Each month, there is a different focus on Judaism and holidays, through various activities such as movement, cooking, and crafts. Gan Yom Rishon is on Sunday's from 9:45-10:45 am, we enjoy creative activities together, while exploring Jewish traditions and values. Sign up for the next segment starting on January 10.
Students attend Beit Sefer on Sunday mornings between 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This year, our program is virtual, and times of specific grade levels vary. Students are in small groups to maximize learning and build relationships between teachers and students. The curriculum includes Torah stories from the books of Genesis and Exodus, Jewish holidays, G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), the State of Israel, and prayer. Select Hebrew words related to these subjects are introduced, and our students participate in weekly Hebrew Through Movement activities.
Third through Sixth Grade Judaic Studies and Hebrew
Students attend Beit Sefer on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judaic studies and prayer-based Hebrew instruction are taught for one hour each on Thursdays and Sundays. This year, our program is virtual, and times of specific grade levels vary. Students are in small groups to maximize learning and build relationships between teachers and students. We use the Reform Movement’s CHAI curriculum which is based on the fundamental pillars of Judaism: Torah (text), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Each grade studies different passages from the Bible as the basis for exploration about the origins and meanings of our Jewish values and traditions. Together with our Cantor and teachers, students focus on specific aspects of the prayer service and engage in G’milut Chasadim and mitzvot that improve our world. Each grade level also focuses on age-appropriate aspects of the Jewish holidays as well as the people and land of Israel. Special events and programs for parents/caregivers with students are included throughout the school year.
Third through Sixth Grade Alternative Shiur B’internet (Lesson on the internet)
We offer an alternative hour of Hebrew class strictly for those students who cannot attend Beit Sefer on Thursdays. In addition to attending classes on Sundays, these students will also participate in an online class on Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Registration is limited and permission from the Director of Lifelong Learning is required prior to registration. Shiur B’internet ensures that all Beth Emet Beit Sefer students engage in Jewish learning and activities twice a week.