Hebrew is the universal key to Jewish prayer. It unlocks a deeper connection to Judaism and God and is a part of every students’ Jewish path to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Temple Sinai uses the Torah Aura Curriculum which logically graduates the learning each year. We are dedicated to teaching the techniques to read as well as key vocabulary and the meanings of the prayers so that each student has an opportunity to practice their Judaism with meaning and purpose. We meet each Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30 for class and before class there is a break from school for some downtime in our auditorium with a snack and some cartoons from 3:30 – 4:00.
Beginner Hebrew – Our first year 3rd and 4th grade students learn the letters and vowels in the Hebrew language and how to combine them to begin to read simple words and basic prayers.
Every student is given a summer practice packet and asked to spend 15 minutes, 2-3 times a week doing practice reading. And at the beginning of the year for all Hebrew students beyond beginners we spend the first several weeks reviewing the basics to get the students back in the swing of Hebrew. Excellent attendance for Hebrew school is invaluable to the students as they learn building blocks each week that inform the next week of class.
2nd Year Hebrew – The prayers of Friday night – Kabbalat Shabbat – Welcoming the Sabbath are taught along with the purpose and meaning of the service and the special celebration of Shabbat in the home and at Temple with the community.
3rd & 4th Year Hebrew – The prayers of Saturday morning – Shacharit Shabbat – Shabbat morning service are taught. These are the prayers that every Bar and Bat Mitzvah leads during their service and of course after that time they participate in prayer as a Jewish adult with the community. Purpose, meaning and the difference between Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit Shabbat prayers are emphasized as well as deepening their connection to God through prayer.
5th Year Hebrew – This special year of a child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah they learn the Torah service as well as the concluding prayers. They also spend time during this year with Cantor Colman learning their Torah and Haftarah portion as well as receiving private tutoring in order to individually polish their prayers and public presentation skills.