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.
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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 (
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.
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 (
1. מִצְווֹת (
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.
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 (
1. The Torah has many characters who can teach us an array of valuable lessons.
2. מִצְווֹת (
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.
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.
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.
As students continue to develop intellectually and spiritually, and as they begin to prepare to become Bar Bat Mitz’vah, they will delve deeply into Jewish sources to critically examine the Torah.
Every week, students will study either one or multiple Torah portions. The lessons follow the order of the Torah, beginning with Genesis and ending with Deuteronomy. As they read, students will use a worksheet to identify what we have established as five main themes in the
Torah: Family Relations, Leadership, Miracles and Revelation,Mitz’vot
bein adam l’chaveiro, (mitz’vot between people and people), and Mitz’vot bein adam lamakom, (mitz’vot between people and God).
1. The Torah is a sacred text that can speak to us today.
2. There are themes that recur throughout the Torah that help us understand patterns in our history.
3. We interpret Jewish texts to look for meaning in our modern lives.
4. Mitz’vot are commandments.
5. God established a covenant with the Jewish people and we continue to work as partners with God today.
With the students’ increased maturity comes an ability to understand abstract concepts and to learn through processes of inquiry and discovery. The Seventh Grade curriculum responds to this intellectual, social, and emotional development. Through an in-depth exploration of the
Prophets and Writings, the Seventh Grade Curriculum provides an opportunity for students to visualize their role in the greater community. AB, students prepare to become B’nei mitz’vah, (children of the commandment) they explore how closely connected prayer and service were for the prophets found in the Hebrew Bible. This spiral contains an element of self-exploration in the form of several options for Long-Term Projects that allow students to become intimately connected to specific content areas. Students continue to develop their Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary, and learn to read and recite the Torah service and concluding prayers.
1. Judaism values learning and service.
2. The prophets spoke out against injustice in their time and can guide us in our own times.
3. We have an obligation to act justly in our community and the world.
4. The Writings contain a variety of wisdom literature.
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.
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.
Jewish Community Center
3600 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205
Sunday School: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hebrew School: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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“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
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Location: 3600 Dutchmans Lane
Sunday Hours: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesday Hours: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm