Kitah Hay - Grade 5

Teacher: Rabbi Shoshana Hantman

Jewish Living and Learning—Pe'ulot Point Program
At Bet Am Shalom, we recognize that some of the most powerful Jewish learning takes place outside of the classroom, often while we are together as a family. Jewish learning happens while attending services, delivering Purim baskets, welcoming neighbors, celebrating Shabbat at home, and reading a book on a Jewish topic. To encourage this kind of learning and to accommodate families' busy schedules, we have created a system in which our families can customize the learning for our children.
The Pe'ulot Point program (pe'ulot means "activities") allows us to choose activities and services that most interest our families. Each student in grades 3-6 is required to earn 18 pe'ulot points a year. Click here for more information.


Torah: Parashah Hashavua/Weekly Torah Portion: 
Through the study of the weekly Torah portion, students will explore Jewish traditions, concepts, and values. Students will make personal connections to the Torah and be empowered to make personal decisions guided by Jewish values. For each Torah portion students will practice reading and discuss pasookim (verses) of Torah, as well as learn new Hebrew vocabulary with each Torah portion. Students will study and practice reading verses of Torah in Hebrew and learn vocabulary from these verses.  They will read a couple verses of Torah in Shabbat No'ar, our youth service, three times a year. Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills through all aspects of the curriculum, when practicing tefillot, during music class, and through the use of modern Hebrew phrases in class.

Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
Through engaging, experiential, and age-appropriate activities, students will explore the meaning of the Jewish holidays, including their rituals, mitzvot and ways they are celebrated in Israel.  Students will share how their families celebrate Jewish holidays to enrich the classroom learning.

Jewish History:
Students will examine the influence of Jewish history on our lives today. Students will explore the themes of exile and return, and learn how the values and traditions that have defined our people for countless generations help us to understand our world today.  Students’ study of biblical and ancient Israel connect with their study of Torah and Chagim.

Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Students will study and practice the Friday night and Shabbat morning services.  In the spring during class time, our 4th-6th graders will bake the desserts for a Family Shabbat Dinner.  When families participate in BAS Friday night and Shabbat morning services, they connect to our community, and the students live what they are learning.

Click here to listen to Shabbat and holiday prayers and songs.

Shirah (Music) and Omanut (Art):
Kitah Hay will join Kitah Vav for Shirah (music) ~2 times a month. The music curriculum includes holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs. Kitah Hay will participate in Omanut (Art) workshops twice a year that are integrated into the curriculum.

Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Loving Kindness:
Kitah Hay will explore the Jewish value of Maot Hitim, providing Passover food for those who need it, as well as issues of hunger in our community. Kitah Hay will deliver Passover packages to elderly people in the Bronx who are homebound.

Building community:
Our Chaverim (buddies) program gives Kitah Hay the opportunities to get to know Kitah Bet students and to strengthen our community across age groups. The fall family program will include time for the parents of the Chaverim in grades 2 & 5 to meet. We gather together for whole-school holiday celebrations, as well as for grade level family programs on Shabbat and Sundays during school.

Youth Events:
Click here to see the many opportunities 5th graders have to participate in youth programs, including youth events and band. Our 5th graders are invited to attend the spring retreat at Camp JRF with youth from several Reconstructionist synagogues.

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