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Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad envisions an inclusive Jewish Community where all youth possess a deep sense of belonging and find in their Jewish identity a profound source of confidence, pride, and purpose.

General Info

Head of School: Beverly Weinberg

Grade Levels: K-8

2018-2019 Parent Handbook

Quick Info

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Sunday, NOV 18

SPECIAL CHANUKAH DAY AT KENESSETH ISRAEL 10-12 

Wednesday, NOV 21

NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING

SUNDAY, NOV 25

NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING

Rabbi Wolk Visits א

Rabbi Wolk visited Kita Aleph and showed them a mini Torah Scroll

Nov 11 @ LBSY

Learning is always fun at LBSY!

our judaic Curriculum

Kindergarten focuses primarily on Jewish Holidays, stories from the Torah, and Community. Using these three content areas as a backdrop, other areas like מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) and Jewish values are introduced along with the main content areas. For the first time, students gain exposure both to what Jews do and why they do certain things.

Kindergarten illuminates many Jewish rituals, customs, and traditions, while also giving them an introduction to the religious school experience as a whole. We expect students to be familiar with, but not necessarily understand, the content they learn.

Big Ideas:

1. Celebrating Jewish holidays is an essential aspect of Jewish identity.

2. The Torah contains stories that teach us how to live our lives.

3. Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people.

First Grade focuses primarily on Jewish Holidays and מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments). The curriculum illuminates how מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) play a role in daily life and continues to build the knowledge of Jewish holidays established in Kindergarten. Using the two main content areas as a backdrop, the lessons touch on the concept of God as well. The activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate, enabling the students to begin recalling information about the content they learned.

Big Ideas:
1. מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot) are commandments that can be applied to our everyday lives.
2. God is a central part of Judaism and we all explore God in our own way.
3. Judaism is filled with many celebrations.
4. Hebrew is made up of letters that make different sounds.

The Second Grade focuses primarily on values, community, lifecycle, and Israel. The curriculum connects students to Israel by teaching about its people, places, and traditions. It explores lifecycle events from birth through death, and how these rituals can build a meaningful Jewish life. It focuses on Jewish values, specifically kindness. Lastly, it familiarizes students with the synagogue/temple and the community it creates. Students also review Jewish holidays as they occur.

Big Ideas:
1. Judaism gives us many values by which to practice kindness and live our lives.
2. Jewish communities support us even though they may look different from one another.
3. Meaningful Jewish rituals enhance each part of the Jewish Lifecycle.
4. Israel is a welcoming country with its own customs, people, and places.
5. Hebrew is a language made of special characters that we can use to read, write, and pray.

The Third Grade focuses primarily on God, תוֹרָה (torah, Torah [instruction/scroll of the five books of Moses]), מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments), Jewish values, and Jewish holidays. The curriculum explores Torah using The Explorer’s Bible Volume 1: From Creation to the Exodus, and it investigates God through a different word or characteristic in several lessons. Every lesson connects students to a mitzvah or Jewish value of the week.

Big Ideas:
1. The Torah has many characters who can teach us an array of valuable lessons.
2. מִצְווֹת (mitz’vot, commandments) and Jewish values connect to Jewish Holidays.
3. Hebrew is a language made of special characters that we can use to read, write, and pray.
4. God can have a role in our everyday lives.

The 4th Graders are guided to think critically about concepts such as God and Jewish text. This curriculum focuses on prophets found in the תַּנַּ”ךְ (TaNaKh) by giving an overview of their actions and impact on Judaism. Through the lens of different Jewish holidays, students will explore God and the role that God plays in their lives. Holidays will be studied with increased sophistication to build on knowledge from previous years, as students learn the history of different Jewish holidays and the values they express.

Big Ideas:
1. Studying the prophets can teach many important lessons and Jewish values.
2. The Jewish people have a sacred partnership with God.
3. There are unique customs and values associated with each Jewish holiday.

The fifth grade focuses on their own lives as Jewish people.

The students are taken on a “Jewish Journey” through the lens of eight important Jewish values. Students develop an understanding of these values and are asked to explore them in order to apply them to their lives. Not only are these values the focus of their own unit, the lessons and guidance they provide are carried through to the units on the lifecycle and Israel.

The lifecycle unit concentrates on the entirety of the Jewish lifecycle, from birth to death. Students have the opportunity to discuss these milestones that link all Jews. Using a variety of sources, students continue to build a historic understanding of the land of Israel. By going on a remote tour of cities and regions in Israel, students are able to picture themselves there.

Big Ideas:
1. Jewish values help guide our behavior and inform our choices.
2. Our lives are journeys marked with events from the Jewish lifecycle.
3. Every Jew should have a knowledge of the modern State of Israel and the history of the land.
4. Jewish values help us connect to every aspect of Judaism, including the lifecycle and the State of Israel.

Eighth grade can and should serve as a springboard into a lifetime of future Jewish learning.

This year, students will study three key concepts that shape Jewish life today: the Jewish diaspora, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel.

An understanding of all three of these topics is crucial as students become knowledgeable Jewish adults. Since we in the United States are a diaspora Jewish community, understanding what Jewish peoplehood means to a group spread all around the world is important. Because the Holocaust played a pivotal and devastating role in our collective history, engaging with it is similarly crucial. Finally, because Israel is the only Jewish state in the entire world, a comprehension of its history, politics, and culture is essential.

Big Ideas:
1. Jewish communities can be found all over the world.
2. The history of Jewish communities helps us understand our present-day communities.
3. The Holocaust was a major and tragic event in world history.
4. The world has a responsibility to remember what happened in the Holocaust to make sure that something similar does not happen again.
5. Every Jew should have knowledge of the modern State of Israel.
6. The State of Israel is a complex place, home to lots of different kinds of people, cultures, and beliefs.

Eighth grade can and should serve as a springboard into a lifetime of future Jewish learning.

This year, students will study three key concepts that shape Jewish life today: the Jewish diaspora, the Holocaust, and the State of Israel.

An understanding of all three of these topics is crucial as students become knowledgeable Jewish adults. Since we in the United States are a diaspora Jewish community, understanding what Jewish peoplehood means to a group spread all around the world is important. Because the Holocaust played a pivotal and devastating role in our collective history, engaging with it is similarly crucial. Finally, because Israel is the only Jewish state in the entire world, a comprehension of its history, politics, and culture is essential.

Big Ideas:
1. Jewish communities can be found all over the world.
2. The history of Jewish communities helps us understand our present-day communities.
3. The Holocaust was a major and tragic event in world history.
4. The world has a responsibility to remember what happened in the Holocaust to make sure that something similar does not happen again.
5. Every Jew should have knowledge of the modern State of Israel.
6. The State of Israel is a complex place, home to lots of different kinds of people, cultures, and beliefs.

Location

Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205

School Hours

Sunday School: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hebrew School: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Phone & Email

502-802-3855
lbsy.bev@gmail.com

Our Head of School

“I am so overjoyed to be back working with your children, ensuring that they are infused with a love for Judaism and connected to their heritage.”

Beverly Weinberg

Head of School

Get In Touch

Location: 3600 Dutchmans Lane

Telephone: 502-802-3855

Email: lbsy.bev@gmail.com

Sunday Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Wednesday Hours: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm