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.

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.

Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills when participating in tefillot, practicing the Shabbat morning Torah service, and singing Hebrew songs. Students will practice reading and discuss the meaning of verses of Torah to read in our youth and family service twice a year.

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, debates, simulations, 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 Nachshonim 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 Nachshonim students opportunities to get to know younger students, which strengthens our community across age groups.

Youth Events
Click here to see the many opportunities 4th-7th graders have to participate in youth programs, including youth events, and band.