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2019-2020 RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CURRICULUM

YEAR A – TEAM 2 & 3 ~ STORIES AND LESSONS OF THE TORAH

8/25 WEEK 1 TORAH – WHAT MAKES UP A TORAH?
9/8 WEEK 2 WHAT’S IN THE TORAH?
9/15 WEEK  3 STORIES OF BERESHIT – Bereshit, Noach, Lech Lecha
9/22 WEEK 4 STORIES OF BERESHIT – Vayiera, Chayei Sarah, Toledot
9/29 WEEK 5 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY  CURRICULUUM:  ROSH HASHANAH – High Holiday Season
10/6 WEEK 6 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  YOM KIPPUR – High Holiday Season
10/13 WEEK 7 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SUKKOT -Our First Sukkah
10/20 WEEK 8 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM: SIMCHAT TORAH – The Flying Letters
10/27 WEEK 9 STORIES OF BERESHIT – Vayetze, Vayishlach, Vayishev
11/3 WEEK 10 STORIES OF BERESHIT – Miketz, Vayigash, Vayechi
11/10 WEEK 11 STORIES OF SHEMOT – Shemot, Va’eira, Bo
11/17 WEEK 12 STORIES OF SHEMOT – Beshalach, Yitro, Mishpatim
12/8 WEEK 13 STORIES OF SHEMOT – Terumah, Tetzaveh, Ki Tisa
12/15 WEEK 14 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  HANUKKAH – Return of the Junkyard Menorah
1/5 WEEK 15 STORIES OF B’MIDBAR – B’midbar, Naso, Behaalotecha,
1/12 WEEK 16 STORIES OF B’MIDBAR – Chukat, Balak
1/26 WEEK 17 STORIES OF B’MIDBAR – Pinchus, Matot, Masei
2/2 WEEK 18 STORIES OF DEVARIM – Devarim, Va’etchanan, Eikev
2/9 WEEK 19 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  TU B’SHEVAT –Honi the Circle Maker
2/23 WEEK 20 STORIES FROM DEVARIM – Re’eh, Shoftim, Ki Teitze
3/1 WEEK 21 STORIES FROM DEVARIM – Ki Tavo, Nitzavim, Vayelech
3/8 WEEK 22 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  PURIM – The Purim Project
3/15 WEEK 23 STORIES FROM DEVARIM – HaAzinu, V’zot Haberachah
3/22 WEEK 24 YEAR END IN REVIEW, SIYYUM
3/29 WEEK 26 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  PESACH – A Passover Story
4/5 WEEK 27 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRIUCLUM:  YOM HA ATZMAUT – The Story of Israel
4/26 WEEK 28 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SHAVUOT – Why God Chose Mt Sinai
5/3 WEEK 29 END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES – AMAZING RACE ISRAEL

 

Suggested Resources:

 

  • The Jewish Children’s Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Sheryl Prenzlau, Pitspopany Press.
  • The Explorer’s Bible – Volume 1: From Creation to the Exodus, Scott Blumenthal,  Behrman House.
  • The Explorer’s Bible – Volume 2: From Sinai to the Nation of Israel, Scott Blumenthal, Behrman House.
  • A Child’s Bible: Lessons from the Torah, Seymour Rossel, Behrman House.
  • A Child’s Bible: Lessons from the Prophets and Writings, Seymour Rossel, Behrman House.
  • The Gift of Wisdom – the books of prophets and writings, Steven Steinbock, URJ Press.

 

8/25 Week 1 The Torah – what makes up a Torah?
Goals: Students will learn that the Torah is the five books of Moses.  It has five parts.  Each book captures different stories of a longer historical narrative.  Each time we read the Torah, we uncover and discover new interpretations.  The Sofer writes the Torah.  There are many specifics and adornments on the Torah itself.  It is kept in the Ark.

Vocabulary:  Torah, Tanach, Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikrah, B’midbar, Devarim, Sofer, Sefer Torah, etzei chaim, yad, wimple, mantel, rimonim, keter, aron hakodesh,

Resources:  Yoni the Yad, H. Bogot

Vocabulary:  Tanach, Torah, Ne’viim, K’tuvim.

 

9/8 Week 2 What’s in the Torah?
Goals: Students will hear an overview of what is in each book of the Torah.  Learn the Hebrew names of the books of the Torah.  Explore one or more stories to share with others in the class. Begin to navigate how to find stories in the Torah.  Learn blessings for the study of Torah.  Learn Torah blessings for Aliyah.

Possible Torah workshop from Chabad.

Review the parts of the Torah from last week.

 

9/15 Week 3 Stories of Bereshit
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Bereshit through Lech Lecha.

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Bereshit In the Beginning Creation, Adam and Eve
Noach Noah Noah and the Ark, flood, brit, rainbow, tzaar ba’alei Chayim, Tower of Babel Blessing for a rainbow, significant of the dove, animal care, communication
Lech Lecha Go Forth! Abram and Lot, Hagar, God’s Promise to Abraham Another brit

 

9/22 Week 4 Stories of Bereshit
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Vayiera through Toledot

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Vayiera And God appeared Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham has a son Asking to save at least a few – bargaining with God; Akeidat Yitzchak
Chayei Sarah Life of Sarah Finding a wife for Isaac Rivkah, animal care, kindness
Toledot Generations Twins: Jacob and Esau; Jacob steals the birthright. Blessings, birthrights, shalom bayit

 

9/29 Week 5 Rosh Hashanah
Goals:  Students will review Rosh Hashanah by concentrating on the whole school curriculum:  High Holiday Season

 

10/6 Week 6 Yom Kippur
Goals:  Students will review Yom Kippur by concentrating on the whole school curriculum:  High Holiday Season

 

10/13 Week 7 Sukkot
Goals:  Students will review Sukkot by concentrating on the whole school curriculum: Our First Sukkah.  Students will create a family bead for the Sukkah.

 

10/20 Week 8 Simchat Torah
Goals:  Students will review Simchat Torah by concentrating on the whole school curriculum:  The Flying Letters

 

10/27 Week 9 Stories of Bereshit
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Vayetze through Vayishev

Vayetze: And he went out – Jacobs Ladder (Sulam), Laban’s Tricks

Vayishlach:  And he sent – Jacob fights the Angel, Shimon, Levi and Shechem; Children of Israel

Vayishev: And he settled – The Coat of Many Colors

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Vayetze And he Went out Sulam Yaakov, Lavan Dreams, wrestling with God, angels
Vayishlach And he sent Jacob fights the Angel, Shimon, Levi, and Shechem, Tribes of Israel Twelve sons of Jacob – 12 tribes.
Vayishev And he settled The Coat of Many Colors Favoritism, jealousy, arrogance

 

11/3 Week 10 Stories of Bereshit
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Miketz through Vayechi.  Class Siyyum celebration.

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Miketz And the end of Pharaoh’s Dream, Joseph Meets his brothers Interpretation of dreams, famine.
Vayigash And he drew near Joseph reveals his identity; Joseph makes new laws Forgiveness, being in charge
Vayechi

 

And he lived Jacobs switches hands, Ways of God.

 

11/10 Week 11 Stories of Shemot
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Shemot through Bo.

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Shemot Names Slaves in Egypt, Moses is Born, Moses’ life, Burning Bush Story of Moses, his relatives.  Adoption and his name.
Va’eira Appeared God’s Miracle, Ten Plagues
Bo Go! Ten Plagues, The first Passover

 

11/17 Week 12 Stories of Shemot
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Beshalach through Mishpatim

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Beshalach When he sent out Parting of the Red Sea, Mi Chamocha, manna, Amalek
Yitro Jethro Mt. Sinai
Mishpatim Laws The Laws of the Torah

 

12/8 Week 15 Stories of Shemot
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Terumah through Ki Tisa.

Vayikra: And he called – God calls Moses, Animal sacrifices, Rising, Peace, Sin, Guilt and Meal Offerings,

Tzav: Command! – Kohen/Kohanim, Thanksgiving offering, Kashrut, Aaron and sons

Shemini:  Eighth –Aaron and sons begin, Nadav and Avihu, Kashrut

Tazria: She bears seed – infection of Tzaraat

Metzora: Infected one – Tzaraat of a house.  Gossip.

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Terumah Offering The Mishkan Building of the mishkan, responsibility, donation
Tetzaveh You shall command The Eternal Light Ner Tamid
Ki Tisa When you elevate Census, Golden Calf, 2nd Ten Commandments Breaking the commandment, Moses goes up the mountain again.

 

12/15 Week 14 Hanukkah
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of Hanukkah through the whole school curriculum:  Return of the Junkyard Menorah

 

1/5 Week 16 Stories of B’Midbar
Goals: Students will review the stories from Bamidbar through Behaalotecha

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Bamidbar In the wilderness Counting the people, Levites Who are the Levites?
Naso Elevate! Sotah, Aaron blesses the people, Mishkan completed Blessings
Behaalotecha In your uplifting Lighting the Menorah, Second Passover, travelling in the desert, quail. Miriam’s punishment Eating and complaining, what is manna?  Miriam gossips

 

1/12 Week 16 Stories of B’midbar

Goals: Students will review the stories from Chukat through Balak.

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Chukat Law Red Cow, sins of Moses, Aaron dies, snake attack, Sihon and Og
Balak Balak Balak the Prophet, Talking donkey, Balaam Care of animals, curses.  What comes out of mouths is important

 

1/26 Week 17 Stories of B’midbar
Goals:  Students will review the stories from Pinchus through Masei

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Pinchus Phinehas Pinchus saves the people, counting people, daughters of Zelafchad, Joshua, Festival of Sacrifices
Matot Tribes Battle against Midyan, cooking utensils and kashrut Fins and Scales
Masei Journeys of Borders of the land of Israel, cities of refuge, living in Israel Safe places, Israel as a home

 

2/2 Week 18 Stories of Devarim
Goals;  Students will review the stories from Devarim through Eikev

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Devarim Words The end of 40 years, remembering the spies, and the battle What took so long, the route,  the commitment
Va’etchanan Pleaded Moses pleads with God, Cities of Safety, 10 Commandments, the shema, the future, chosen 2nd rendition of the ten commandments, mezzuzot, responsibility of the Torah
Eikev As a result… God’s reward, miracles in the desert, a new land, 2nd part of the shema V;ahavta

 

2/9 Week 19 TuB’Shevat
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of TuB’Shevat through the whole school:  Honi the Circle Maker

 

2/23 Week 21 Stories of Devarim

Students will review the stories from Re’eh through Ki Teitze

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Re’eh See! A blessing and a curse, false prophets, laws of kashrut, three major festivals Pilgrimage festivals, what is a prophet?
Shoftim Judges Judges and policemen, King, Kohen, prophets, cities of safety, witnesses, rules of war Why are laws needed?  More than just commandments.
Ki Teitze When  you go out Rebellious son, lost property, being kind, crime and punishment, shatnes and tzitzit Mixed fabrics as not being kosher.  The symbol of a tallit.

 

3/1 Week 23 Stories from Devarim
Goals:  students will review the lessons from KiTavo through Vayelech

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
Ki Tavo When you enter in First fruits, blessings and curses
Nitzavim Standing Agreement with God, where to find the Torah, a choice
Vayelech And he went Joshua becomes a leader, hak’hayl ceremony

 

3/8 Week 22 Purim
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of Purim through the whole school holiday curriculum:  The Purim Project

 

3/15 Week 24 Stories from Devarim
Goals:  Students will review the lessons from the stories of HaAzinu and V’zot haBerachah

Parashah Translation Themes Notes
HaAzinu Listen! Poem of Moses
V’zot haBerachah And this is the blessing Moses blesses the tribes, Moses dies

 

3/22 Week 22 Year End in Review and Final Siyyum
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of the books of the Torah and of the year.  Choose to recall and tell their favorite lesson or story.  Plan and participate in a Siyyum celebration.

 

3/29 Week 25 Pesach
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of Pesach through the whole school holiday curriculum: A Passover Story.

 

4/5 Week 27 Yom HaAtzmaut
Goals:  Students will review the lessons of Pesach through the whole school holiday curriculum:  The Story of Israel

 

4/26 Week 28 Shavuot
Goals:  The students will review the lessons of Shavuot.  Review the year of lessons.

 

5/3 Week 29 Amazing Race Israel
Goals: Students will participate in an end of year event.

YEAR A – TEAM K/1 – LET’S EXPLORE BEING JEWISH:  MITzVAH OR BUILDING JEWISH LIFE

8/25 WEEK 1 EiluD’varim, Lev Tov, ShloshahDevarim
9/8 WEEK 2 Tzedakah, SichlutHalev
9/15 WEEK  3 Derech Eretz, MachrioL’ChefZechut
9/22 WEEK 4 Shmirat Lashon, ErechApayim
9/29 WEEK 5 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY  CURRICULUUM:  ROSH HASHANAH, HacaratHatov
10/6 WEEK 6 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  YOM KIPPUR. S’lichah, Tshuvah
10/13 WEEK 7 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SUKKOT, Shimush Chachamim
10/20 WEEK 8 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM: SIMCHAT TORAH, Consecration, S’hema, Teach Your Children…
10/27 WEEK 9 God Creates Everything, Anavah
11/3 WEEK 10 Brachot and T’filot, Ohev et Hamakom
11/10 WEEK 11 Shabbat, Simchah
11/17 WEEK 12 Hiddur Mitzvah, Chavayrut
12/8 WEEK 13 Havdalah
12/15 WEEK 14 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM: Hanukkah, Ometz
1/5 WEEK 15 To be determined
1/12 WEEK 16 Talmud Torah, Sho-aylu’mayshiv
1/26 WEEK 17 BikkurCholim, Shmirat Ha-ozen
2/2 WEEK 18 HachnasatOrchim – Welcoming Guests, OhevetHabriyot
2/9 WEEK 19 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  TuB’Shevat, ShmiratHaTeva
2/23 WEEK 20 Shalom Bayit, Ma’amido Al Hashalom
3/1 WEEK 21 Tikkun Olam, Tzar Baalei Chayim
3/8 WEEK 22 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  PURIM, Tzedek
3/15 WEEK 23 Kibbud Av v’Aym, Shomayau’Mosif
3/22 WEEK 24 Feeding the Hungry, Pikuach Nefesh
3/29 WEEK 25 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLDIAY CURRICULUM:  PESACH,  Herut
4/26 WEEK 27 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRIUCLUM:  Yom HaAtzmaut – What and where is Israel. AhavatYisrael
5/3 WEEK 28 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SHAVUOT SYMBOLS

YEAR A – TEAM 5/6 ~ LIFECYCLE AND ISRAEL

8/25 WEEK 1 The Circle of Life – what makes up a Jewish lifecycle
9/8 WEEK 2 Jewish Lifecycle: BIRTH, NAMING, BRIT MILAH/BRIT HABAT
9/15 WEEK  3 Jewish Lifecycle: BIRTH CONTINUED, WHAT’S IN A NAME?, WIMPLES
9/22 WEEK 4 Jewish lifecycle: FAMILY EDUCATION NAME PROJECT
9/29 WEEK 5 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY  CURRICULUUM:  ROSH HASHANAH – High Holiday Foods
10/6 WEEK 6 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  YOM KIPPUR – High Holiday Foods
10/13 WEEK 7 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SUKKOT -Harvest Food
10/20 WEEK 8 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM: SIMCHAT TORAH – Consecration, How to Have an Aliyah
10/27 WEEK 9 Jewish Lifecycle: FAMILY, Honoring Father and Mother, Shalom Bayit
11/3 WEEK 10 Jewish Lifecycle:  ADOPTION AND CONVERSION, Mikvah, Why we are all Jews by choice?
11/10 WEEK 11 B’NAI MITZVAH: History of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Study of Torah, mitzvot, taking on adult responsibility
11/17 WEEK 12 B’NAI MITZVAH: Blessings, D’var Torah, Mitzvot, Aliyot, celebrations
12/8 WEEK 13 WEDDING– customs, symbols, dating, anniversaries, ketubah
12/15 WEEK 14 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  HANUKKAH – Hanukkah Foods
1/5 Week 15 WEDDING:  Chuppah, ceremony
1/12 Week 16 WEDDING:  Mock Wedding
1/26 Week 17 Confirmation – history of the custom, pledges of commitment
2/2 Week 18 Death, Mourning and Burial– what happens when people die?  What are the customs of memorial?
2/9 Week 19 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  TU B’SHEVAT Food
2/23 Week 20 Death and Mourning:  how do we prepare for a Jewish funeral?
3/1 WEEK 20 Israel:  where and what is it?  History of Israel for Jews.
3/8 WEEK 22 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  PURIM Food
3/15 WEEK 23 People and places of Israel
3/22 WEEK 24 Modern Culture and Technology in Israel
3/29 WEEK 25 Year End in Review
4/5 WEEK 26 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  PESACH Foods
4/26 WEEK 27 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRIUCLUM:  YOM HA ATZMAUT – HaTikvah
5/3 WEEK 28 WHOLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM:  SHAVUOT Foods