Middle School Judaic Studies


IMG 2572-0001Judaic Studies Department

In our Middle School, we present a rich curriculum in Limudei Kodesh that encompasses all areas of Judaic knowledge, text, and values and which continues to build a solid foundation of Hebrew language skills. Our curriculum is text based: in all our Judaic studies subject classes - Tefila, Torah, Nevi’im, Halacha, Mishna, Talmud, Jewish Thought and Jewish History students use original texts and commentary and embrace Torah Sh’B’Chtav and Torah Sh’B’al Peh. We have been in the forefront of new curricula using programs such as Bonayich, TalAm, and Neta. We strive to produce graduates who are serious about shmirat mitzvot, fluent in Hebrew, proficient in Jewish source texts and who reach a level of comprehension that allows them to become independent Bnei and Bnot Torah passionate about their Jewish heritage and values.

We emphasize character education and middot development, encouraging children to think about the moral value of their actions towards continuous improvement. We provide opportunities for community service, social activism and involvement, tzedaka campaigns, and projects to support and connect with the Jewish community here and in Israel. Throughout all our studies, we foster an atmosphere of respect, sharing and caring for one another in the true spirit of V’Ahavta L’Re’acha Kamocha.

Hebrew Language Acquisition

We present a spiral curriculum that builds a solid foundation of Hebrew language skills. We use an Ivrit B’Ivrit approach and teach Hebrew as a Heritage language. We have been in the forefront of new curricula and of understanding of how a child acquires and develops a new language. We have successfully piloted two innovative Ivrit language arts programs—The Tal Am program for our middle grades, and the Neta program for the 7th and 8th grades.

Torah Studies

Our curriculum is text based. In all our Judaic studies subject classes - Tefila, Torah, Nevi’im, Halacha, Mishna, Talmud, and Jewish Thought students use original texts and commentary and embrace Torah Sh’B’Chtav and Torah Sh’B’al Peh

In our Mishna and Talmud studies we have piloted and implemented the emerging Bonayich curriculum. It is based on the deep understanding and mastery of the Revadim system- understanding the Talmudic text through discovery of historic layers of various periods in the development of the Talmud, and how each layer is woven together to create a tapestry of Torah Sh’B’al Peh. Both V’shinantam and V’Dibarta Bam programs in Mishna and Gemara have been successfully implemented in our Middle School to produce students who are comfortable and proficient in studying the Talmud text. 

In addition, this produces graduates who are fluent in Hebrew, proficient in Jewish source texts and who reach a level of comprehension that allows them to become independent Bnei and Bnot Torah learners. 

Middot & Chesed

We create a hands-on experiential environment where children learn about Jewish values and customs through demonstration, study, discussion and practice. Through our Limudei Kodesh, we emphasize character education and middot development, encouraging children to think about the moral value of their actions towards continuous improvement. We provide opportunities for community service, activism and involvement, tzedaka campaigns, and projects to support and connect with the Jewish community here and in Israel. Throughout all our studies, we foster an atmosphere of respect, sharing and caring for one another in the true spirit of V’Ahavt

 

 

Upcoming Events

September

13Preschool Open School Night at 7:30 pm at SV

18K-4 Open School Night at 7:00 pm at HT

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