Teacher: Morah Sally Hendelman
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.
Torah: Parashah Hashavua/Weekly Torah Portion:
Through the study of the weekly Torah portion, students will explore Jewish traditions, concepts, and values. Students will make personal connections to the Torah and be empowered to make personal decisions guided by Jewish values. For each Torah portion students will practice reading and discuss pasookim (verses) of Torah both in class and at home, as well as learn new Hebrew vocabulary with each Torah portion. Through this Hebrew reading practice, students will be prepared to read Torah in Junior Congregation whichever week they choose. In addition they will be assigned Torah readings to read in Junior Congregation twice a year.
Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills through all aspects of the curriculum, when practicing tefillot on Sundays and Wednesdays, during music class, and through the use of modern Hebrew phrases in class.
Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
Through engaging, experiential, and age-appropriate activities, students will explore the meaning of the Jewish holidays, including their rituals, mitzvot and the way they are celebrated in Israel. Students will share how their families celebrate Jewish holidays to enrich the classroom learning.
Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Sarah and David Saturday Morning Prayer Book, students’ Siddurim
Students will meet with Rabbi Fredda Cohen on Wednesdays to study and practice the Friday night and Shabbat morning services.
Students are encouraged to participate in our Junior Congregation program from 11am-noon on Shabbat mornings to connect with our BAS community and put into practice the tefillot they are learning.
Click here to listen to Shabbat and holiday prayers and songs.
Students will examine the influence of Jewish history on North American life today. Students will explore the themes of exile and return, and learn how the values and traditions that have defined our people for countless generations help us to understand our world today. In their study of Jewish history, students will also see how the role of the synagogue has changed and stayed the same throughout time.
Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Loving Kindness:
Kitah Hay will explore the Jewish value of Maot Hitim, providing Passover food for those who need it, as well as issues of hunger in our community. Kitah Hay will deliver Passover packages to elderly people in the Bronx who are homebound.
Our Chaverim (buddies) program gives Kitah Hay the opportunities to get to know Kitah Bet students and to strengthen our community across age groups. The fall parent visit will include time for the parents of the Chaverim in grades 2 & 5 to meet. We gather together for whole-school holiday celebrations, as well as for grade level family programs on Shabbat and Sundays during school.
Camp JRF Retreats:
Our youth have incredible opportunities to participate in Shabbat weekends at Camp JRF with youth from other Reconstructionist congregations in the fall and spring.