Kitah Nachshonim - Our Grades 5&6 Class

The name of this class "Nachshonim" is inspired by the story of Nachshon, a brave biblical leader who first stepped into the Sea of Reeds during the Israelites' journey to freedom.  

Teacher: Moreh Danny Ori


Tanakh: Prophets
The Prophets: Speaking Out for Justice curriculum explores the lives of specific prophets and the Jewish values they exemplify with connections to modern day teens and adults who walk in the prophets’ footsteps.  Students will strengthen their Hebrew reading skills as they read verses from Torah and Prophets.  In addition they will learn verses of Torah to read in our youth service twice a year.

Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
The holiday curriculum actively engages the students in text study, hands-on experiences, thought-provoking questions that foster discussions about how they can enrich their lives Jewishly.  

Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Students study, practice, and find personal connections to the Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning service, including the Torah service and blessings.  
Rabbi Bronstein will lead grades K-6 in prayer regularly on Sunday mornings, and he will lead 3rd-6th graders in learning Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday evening) prayers from 5:40-6pm on Wednesdays once a month.
When families participate in BAS Friday night and Shabbat morning services, they connect to their BAS community, and the students live what they are learning.

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

Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills when participating in tefillot, singing Hebrew songs, using modern Hebrew phrases in class, and through the Hebrew in Harmony Hebrew and Tefillah program. This program builds the students' Hebrew reading and tefillah skills.
Through our Israel curriculum, students are immersed in a variety of aspects of Israel today: technological innovation, diverse population, politics, security, the environment, food, the arts, and sports. Kitah Vav will learn about modern Israel, as well as Israeli history. Music videos, photos, art projects, primary source documents, and more will bring their learning to life.                                                                     

Shirah (Music), Rikud (Dance) and Omanut (Art):
Students will participate in Shirah (music) with Moreh Daniel, including holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs.  Morah Lori will lead grades 3-6 throughout the year in Rikud (Dance) to learn traditional and modern Israel dances.  Students will participate in 2 Omanut (art) workshops with Beth Rosen.

Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Loving Kindness:
Kitah Vav will explore the value of Tzedakah, including how to make decisions about where to donate tzedakah based on Jewish values. They will organize a fundraiser for a tzedakah organization that the class chooses. 

Building community:
Our Chaverim (buddies) program gives Kitah Vav the opportunities to get to know Kitah Gimmel students, to strengthen our community across age groups. The fall Kitah Vav family program will include time for the parents of the Chaverim in grades 3 & 6 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 6th graders have to participate in youth programs, including youth events, and band. 

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