Questions for the Ride Home

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KWhat sound does Bet make? How did people help baby Moses?
1-2What is Torah? Why should we read the Torah? What “sacred” items do you have in your life? Etz Chayim Hi: Being a tree that is always growing and learning! 
3What does k’dushah mean? What is holy to you, to our family, and in Judaism?
4When should you say a blessing?  What are you grateful for? Promote  a sense of gratitude for food, natural wonders, shabbat and mitzvot.
5-6What is the Tanakh? How many sections are there in the Hebrew Bible? What does K’tuvim (writings) mean?
7What does “ashrei” mean and why would there be a prayer about how we feel in God’s house?  What was Abraham’s journey about? In what way is your life a journey?
HSWhat secular and religious practices exist in your home (if any). If not, how would you like that to be different? What age group/role do you want to serve in the school this year? Kindergarten vs. 6th grade, etc. Why this age group? What role do you want to serve in the classroom? Why?

Judaism Lesson Overview

KMiriam & MosesIn our own lives we can choose how we allow others to be treated.  We can watch while people or family members get hurt or we can try to help others lead happy and healthy lives.
1-2Introduction: What Is Torah?How is the story of Torah different that other stories I might read, and how is it the same? How is the Book of Genesis like a journey? What do I have in common with the people in the Torah?
3Introduction to Vayikra/Leviticus Parashat K’doshim:  HolinessWhat does k’dushah/holiness mean?  What people, places, actions and things are Kadosh/holy?
4Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and the B’ritWhat is Am Yisrael?  What is Eretz Yisrael?  What is the bri’t that connects Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, and God?  In addition to exploring these concepts, this lesson introduces the skills necessary to find citations in the Bible.
5-6Introduction to K’Tuvim/WritingsWhat is K’tuvim/Writings?  What type of literature is found in K’tuvim/Writings?  How did God reveal God’s self to our ancestors and how does God reveal God’s self to us today?
7Lech L’cha:  The Journeys We TakeWhat is the journey Abraham is asked to take?Why would Abraham want to take such a journey?  What blessings can Abraham expect to receive and what are the things he might be afraid of?
HSThe Birth of Our People, Monotheism and the Early IsraelitesToday we are guided by the same core ethical values as our ancestors.  Our ancestors’ ability to balance the need for change with their commitment to Jewish tradition continues to inspire us.

K-3 Hebrew Lesson Overview

LetterTransliteration & TranslationWord of the DayTransliteration & TranslationLesson
בֵּית כְּנֶסֶת
House (bayit)
Synagogue(Bayt Kenesset)

1-2בּ ת תּ  Bet, Tav, Tavבַּת מִצוָהבַּר מִצוָהתוֹרָהBat Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah
3בּ ת תּ ש
patah kametz
Bet, Tav, Tav, Shin
Vowel “ah”

4-7 Hebrew Lesson Overview

MannabergBrachot (blessings for food and Shabbat)Blessings are a daily part of Jewish life.
SchickerKiddushRead the Kiddush correctly.  Recognize the root of קדשׁ and find it in the prayer.  Understand how melody can help connect us to the meaning of a prayer.
SpivakAshreiRead and understand the opening lines of Ashrei.  Discuss how being content can lead to happiness.

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