Curriculum

To view the 2015-2016 Parent School Packet, which includes a curriculum overview, click here.

Our religious school meets on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

Albert Einstein said, “Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.”

We are blessed with an amazing faculty who understand and live by this quotation. Their love of and passion for Judaism will be the greatest lesson for our students. Classroom learning will have greater significance because of this.

Our goal is to create an environment in which each child can meet his or her potential on road of Jewish life.  Our curriculum is designed to help our students gain knowledge of and fluency in Hebrew prayer, a connection to Torah, a commitment to mitzvoth and a solid relationship with the Bolton Street Synagogue Community and the larger Jewish Community.

 

Friday Night Service Participation

Each class participates in one Friday night service each year. Class participation is in conjunction with our Friday family services.

Music Program

The goal of the BSS Religious School is to have our children be able to participate and sing along on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, and on holidays. Songs and prayers will be taught twice a month by our music specialists and class teachers will work with classes individually and in groups on a regular basis. 

CANDLES

 

Grade

Ages

Curriculum Overview

Gan Alef

4 and 5 years old (preschool and kindergarten)

  • Introduction of the synagogue to our four and five year old children
  • Familiarity with Jewish community, culture and heritage
  • Understanding of the Jewish Calendar  and Holiday cycle through active participation
  • Having fun while learning as a small group and becoming a part of  the Bolton Street Community

Alef

 

1st grade

  • We introduce the children to the Jewish values of Tzedakah (Charity), Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming Guests) and Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim (Kindness to Animals). They will begin their study of Torah, includes the creation story, Noah’s ark and Abraham and Sarah. Students start to learn the Hebrew alphabet and simple words from the prayer book. Basic prayers are introduced and explored throughout the year

  • Texts: The New Siddur Program: Reading Readiness, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 1

Bet

2nd grade

  • Jewish values of the year include V’ahavta L’reiecha KaMocha (Love Your Neighbor as Yourself), Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) and Re’ut (Friendship and Loyalty). Students will continue their Torah study with the stories of Jacob and Esau, Laban and Joseph. They will be introduced to additional Hebrew words and passages from the siddur, as well as new prayers from the liturgy
  • Texts: The New Siddur Program, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 1, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 1

Gimel

3rd grade

  • Students will explore the Jewish values of Kol Yisrael Averim Zeh Bazeh  (All Israel is Responsible for One Another), Anivat (Humility) and Ometz (Courage). Each value will be tied into the Torah stories surrounding the Exodus from Egypt. Formal study of prayers including the Barchu, Shema and Mi Chamocha will take place over the course of the year.
  • Texts: Hineni 1, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 1

Dalet

4th grade

  • Yirah (Awareness of Something Bigger than Ourselves), Yetzer HaTov (Incline Towards the Good) and Derech Eretz (Common Decency) are the values that this class will study over the course of the year. Torah stories related to these values which the students will cover include traveling to Mt. Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. Students will continue to expand their prayer book vocabulary and learn the prayers of Shabbat and various holidays
  • Hineni 1, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 2

Heh

5th grade

  • Jewish values of the year include Manhigut (Leadership), Selicha (Forgiveness) and Nedivut (Generosity). Deeper meaning of these values will be explored through the study of the judges and early prophets. Students will continue to expand their Hebrew vocabulary, gaining a greater proficiency in reading from the siddur. Prayers studied during the year include those found in the Amidah.
  • Hineni 2, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 2

Vav

6th grade

  • This year’s Jewish values on which students will focus are Kavod Horim U’Morim (Honor Your Mother and Father), Pikuach Nefesh (Saving a Life) and B’tzelem Elohim (In the Image of God). Through their study of select passages from the Hebrew Bible as well as a complete study of the Book of Esther, students will develop a deeper understanding and connection to each value. A class overnight in the synagogue is a program in which students are expected to participate, which allows the students to bond as a group. Additional prayers from the Shabbat service liturgy are read, explored and discussed
  • Hineni 2, Explorer’s Bible Vol. 2

Zayin

B’nai Mitzvah (12+)

  • Students will explore the Jewish values of Rodef Shalom (Pursue Peace), Talmud Torah (Study Torah) and Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof (Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue). An in-depth study of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, as well as the history and complex issues surrounding the State of Israel. There will be in-depth discussions about the prayer book liturgy and its meaning to Jews in the modern world. A class overnight retreat will take place over Shabbat, allowing students to enjoy a full, well-rounded Shabbat experience

  • Texts: Journeys Through the Siddur, Night, The Diary of Anne Frank