Jewish Living and Learning—Peulot Point Program
At Bet Am Shalom, we recognize that some of the most powerful Jewish learning takes place outside of the classroom, often while we are together as a family. Jewish learning happens while attending services, delivering Purim baskets, welcoming neighbors, celebrating Shabbat at home, and reading a book on a Jewish topic. To encourage this kind of learning and to accommodate families' busy schedules, we have created a system in which our families can customize the learning for our children.
The Peulot Point program (peulot means "activities") allows us to choose activities and services that most interest our families. Each student in grades 3-6 is required to earn 18 peulot points a year. Click here for more information.
Students will explore Torah in connection with their study of Jewish holidays, Life Cycle, and Middot (Jewish virtues). Kitah Gimmel's Torah study will be guided by these questions: What does it mean to be holy? How can I be holy? How can a time or space be holy? Students will explore and experience mitzvot (sacred acts) and middot (virtues) in the Torah such as the power of our words, caring for others, living on Jewish time, and caring for the earth.
Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
Experiencing the Jewish Holidays
Through engaging, experiential, and age-appropriate activities, students will explore the meaning of the Jewish holidays, including their rituals, mitzvot, and the way they're celebrated in Israel. Students' holiday experiences outside of class will enrich their understanding of and personal connection to each holiday.
Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Kitah Gimmel practices singing Friday night and Shabbat morning tefillot. Students explore the meaning of the prayers to make personal connections. They will personalize the covers of their own new Siddurim, which they will receive during our 3rd Graders & Parents B'yachad (Together) program. When families participate in BAS Friday night and Shabbat morning services, they connect with our BAS community, and the students live what they are learning.
Click here to listen to Shabbat and holiday prayers and songs.
Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills when participating in tefillot, singing Hebrew songs, using modern Hebrew phrases in class, and through the Derech Binah and Hineni 1 Hebrew programs.
Kitah Gimmel will learn about the major cities and sites of Israel, the diversity of Israel’s people and cultures, our modern and biblical ties to the Jewish homeland, and the geography of Israel. In the process the students are introduced to simple Hebrew vocabulary and the mitzvah of love of Israel, ahavat Tzion. Israel is also integrated throughout the curriculum in their Torah, holidays, and tefillah studies. Morah Ziva shares her own experiences in Israel with the children.
Students will build connections with their Kitah Vav chaverim (buddies) throughout the year. We gather together for whole-school holiday celebrations, as well as for grade level family programs on Shabbat and Sundays during school.
Shirah (Music) and Omanut (Art):
Kitah Gimmel will participate in Shirah (music) 1-2 times a month on Wednesdays with Kitah Bet. The music curriculum includes holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs. Kitah Gimmel will participate in 2 Omanut (art) workshops that are integrated into the curriculum.