Seekers Holistic Hebrew School Learning Goals
TORAH- Wisdom and Skills for Lifelong Learning
- Students will gain skills in understanding Torah as a resource for wisdom that they can turn to for their entire lives.
- Students will be able to understand the Torah reading cycle.
- Students will learn two essential Torah stories per month.
- Students will grasp the basic skill of interpreting the Torah. They will study commentary on the Torah as well as develop their own Midrashic interpretations.
- Students will practice and familiarize themselves with physical scrolls, ark, basic vocabulary and the choreography of the Torah service.
MITZVAH FOR EVERY MOMENT (VALUES)
- Students will gain an understanding of Jewish/universal values based on Torah
- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of mitzvot/commandments
Students will cultivate consciousness-raising, demonstrating awe, gratitude, compassion, generosity, stillness through music, movement, body awareness/yoga, chants, songs and drumming.
- Students will understand the different concepts of God in Judaism and be able to articulate their concept of God.
- Students will know the basic food blessings and the blessing for new beginnings (shehechiyanu).
- Students with their families (family services) will learn the meaning of and be able to sing the core prayers of the Shabbat morning service and will understand the flow of a Shabbat morning service.
- Students will learn to decode prayerbook and biblical Hebrew.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic Jewish vocabulary and will have a familiarity with spoken Modern Hebrew.
- Students will understand that the Jewish calendar is an earth-based solar-lunar calendar based on the natural cycles, history and Torah stories
- Students will learn the stories, customs/practices of and values expressed through Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu b’Shevat, Purim, Passover, Yom Ha-Shoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut/Yom ha-Zikaron (Israel Independence/Memorial Day)
- Students will learn about the importance of tikkun olam and will respond to current events, including climate change, world Jewry and other urgent issues as identified by the larger Romemu community. Students will be inspired, supported and challenged by their Jewish values and community.