Kitah Hay - Grade 5

Teacher: Rabbi Shoshana Hantman


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. 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, twice 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 words in class.  

Yiddish: Students will learn Yiddish phrases throughout the year.

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 how the values and traditions that have defined our people for countless generations help us to understand our world today.  

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 have 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. 

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