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CLAL Curriculum


Sunday Schedule and Curriculum

Students in Torah Tots- 7th grade meet on Sundays from 9:30-12:00.  CLAL Sunday sessions are divided by grade. 

Our Sundays begin with an all school assembly called, Z’man CLAL.  The assembly is very “campy” and includes Havdallah, Hatikvah, Shira (singing), monthly birthday celebrations, and announcements. 

After Z’man CLAL, students go to their classrooms. The curricular theme for the year is "Torah, Avodah, G'milut Chasadim.”  In developmentally appropriate ways, we will hear Torah stories, meet the people, discuss the messages the Torah teaches and wrestle with some of the challenging ideas presented.  In our study of avodah, prayer, our students will learn about special prayers in Judaism, think about the question “why pray”, and have time with Rabbi Graetz to ask questions.  In our study of G’milut Chasadim, acts of loving kindness, students will have the opportunity to think of big and small ways that they can make the world a better place.  Students will learn about these topics through experiential learning with games, stories, art, dance, music, dance, outside recess time, and snack. We also learn about and celebrate holidays as they occur throughout the year.

Weekday Schedule and Curriculum

Weekday Curriculum

For our weekday sessions, families have the option for their students to come either Monday or Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday (depending on if they come once or twice a week). Our Monday and Tuesday programs are the same and our Wednesday and Thursday programs are the same. Mondays/Tuesdays include individualized Hebrew programs, Hafsakah (recess), snack, and our experiential Tarbut (culture) program. Wednesday/Thursdays include individualized Hebrew programs, Hafsakah (recess), snack, and an interactive journey through the Torah. 

Our Hebrew program is a tefillah (prayer) based Hebrew program that is self-paced. Students work with their teacher to build their reading and prayer skills.  We also have conversational Hebrew groups for those students who have completed the curriculum.

Tarbut, which means culture, is one of CLAL’s most popular programs. The purpose of this program is for students to learn about different edot (communities) in Judaism around the world through a variety of activities.  Activities can include omanoot (art), musica (music), bishul (cooking), architectura (building), drama (drama) and tikshoret (journalism).  This year we will be learning about Jewish communities in three Israeli cities: Argentina, South Africa and India. 

Illustrated Torah
This year, we will finish our illustrated Torah project and study the final two books of the Torah.  Each week, students will learn about a Torah portion and then add their own interpretation to the illustrated Torah.

7th Grade Schedule and Curriculum

Classes for Kitah Zayin (7th grade) will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:30-12:00pm and on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00pm-6:00pm. 

Sunday Mornings
We feel that Sunday mornings are when the school is most alive and we want our Kitah Zayin students to continue to be part of that. One of our goals for this program change is to strengthen our student's facility with tefillot and increase their comfort with prayer service and Jewish ritual. To that end, following Z'man CLAL, students will participate in morning tefillah with Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, Ami Berlin and/or Miriam Cohn. Sunday curriculum will also include interactive study of Torah, G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and hadracha (leadership). Students will also enjoy a weekly bagel brunch.

Wednesday Afternoons
The curriculum for Wednesday afternoons will include the Holocaust and the history of Israel. Our students study the history of the Holocaust and its impact on the Jewish people and the world around us,  and learn about the events that led up to the establishment of Israel and the events that occurred in Israel's history between then and today.  


Sat, July 13 2024 7 Tammuz 5784