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Jacob Religious School Mission

Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Jacob Religious School strives to educate, encourage and nurture young Jews to be knowledgeable in the central texts of Judaism, committed to the Jewish community and engaged in the broader world around them. We do this through experiential learning, creative worship, and by fostering meaningful relationships between peers and with adult Jewish role models in order that graduates of the Jacob Religious School feel comfortable in a wide range of expressions of Judaism, continue to learn and practice Jewish traditions and embrace Jewish culture as they become adults.

Joint Jewish Educational Program Mission

The mission of the Joint Jewish Education Program (JJEP) is to develop a vibrant community of Jewish learners by providing an exemplary K-7 religious education program. JJEP builds upon the established collaboration between congregations Beth Shalom and Rodef Shalom, increases vitality in the classrooms, encourages interaction among students and families of different Jewish backgrounds, respects diverse approaches to Jewish practice and thought, delivers a nurturing, experiential Judaic curriculum, and engages our community’s best teaching talent, all while utilizing resources more effectively.

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Curriculum Overview
2012 – 2013  5773
May 29, 2012

Kindergarten
Morah, Morah Teach Me Torah; Shabbat, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew – letter and sounds, TPR (Total Physical Response), primary colors, numbers 1-10, seasons, Music, Art, Library, Dance

First Grade
Chai Curriculum, Morah, Morah Teach Me Torah, Jewish Identity, Simchat Torah, Chanukah,  Holidays, Israel, Hebrew – look alike letters, vowels, 2 letter combinations, sounds, TPR (Total Physical Response), all colors, numbers 1-15,  weather, Music, Art, Library, Dance

Second Grade
Chai Curriculum, Purim, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew – Primer Express, Z’man L’kro, beginning reading with one and two syllable words, TPR (Total Physical Response), colors, numbers 1-20, names for family members, Music, Art, Library, Dance

Third Grade
Chai Curriculum, Yom haAtzmaut, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew – Yesh lanu Lama, Shalom u’vracha, numbers 1-50, sounding out three and more syllable words, beginning Siddur reading, TPR (Total Physical Response), names of the months on the Hebrew Calendar, Music, Art, Library, Dance

Fourth Grade
Chai Curriculum, Pesach, Rosh Chodesh, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew – recognizing key words and phrases from the Siddur, decoding, TPR (Total Physical Response), Music, Art, Library, Dance

Fifth Grade
Chai Curriculum, Sukkot, Tu Bishvat, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew, Siddur reading, TPR (Total Physical Response), Music, Art, Library, Dance

Sixth Grade
Chai Curriculum, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Holidays, Israel, Hebrew, Siddur reading, beginning Trope, TPR (Total Physical Response), Music, Art, Library, Dance

Seventh Grade
Chai Curriculum, Holidays, Tzedakah and Social Action, Israel, Hebrew, Siddur reading, Trope, TPR (Total Physical Response), Music, Art, Library, Dance

Israel Curriculum

  1. Students will be knowledgeable about the Pittsburgh Jewish community’s relationship with our Partnership 2000 communities of Karmiel and Misgav
  2. Students will participate in local events and activities related to Israel
  3. Students will be actively seek to be informed about current events and politics in Israel (e.g. through school Tfillah assemblies)
  4. Students will participate in Israeli culture through music, food, literature, etc.
  5. Students will feel a desire to visit Israel – as a pilgrimage vs. a vacation

Chai Curriculum Core

    Torah is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students.
    Torah is real in our daily lives; it goes with us wherever we are.
    Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating Torah into our lives.

    Avodah
    Overall:
    Avodah is the work we do to find sacred connections to God, community, and self. Engaging in the work of avodah can bring order, beauty, meaning and insight to our lives and our community.

    G'milut Chasadim
    Overall:
    We have a responsibility to perform personal acts of g'milut chasadim to make the world a better and holier place

     

    Usual Weekly Schedule

    Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

    9:30 – 9:50        T’fillah
    9:55 – 10:35      Period 1
    10:40 – 11:20    Period 2
    11:25 – 12: 00   Period 3

    Third, Fouth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grade

    9:30 – 10:10      Period 1
    10:15 – 10:55    Period 2
    11:00 – 11: 30   Period 3
    11:35 – 12:00    T’fillah

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