Or Shalom’s Bet Sefer Curriculum 2016-17
Or Shalom’s Bet Sefer (school) connects students to their Jewish community and heritage by introducing them to Jewish holidays, history, values, and the Hebrew language. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners and support them in their growth along their Jewish journey through song, dance, art, cooking, study and community service.
In each grade our studies include learning about Torah, prayer, mitzvot (commandments), social justice, and the Jewish people. Our Hebrew program helps our students become familiar with the Hebrew language and with the liturgy of the Shabbat services, recognize key Hebrew root words, and understand the big ideas of each prayer. All children engage in music, tefilah (prayer), and the study of Jewish holidays and Israel.
This year, our school theme is Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: “Ve’a’avta le’re’acha kamocha” (“treat others as you wish to be treated”) Leviticus 19:18
To put this theme into practice, we will focus on appreciating the uniqueness of every person and adding our own voice to support those around us. Hand in hand with this is the importance of a diverse and vibrant community.
Part of the school curriculum at Or Shalom's school, includes additional events besides coming to school on Mondays or Sundays. These are:
- Attending Shabbat @ the Table – on the second Friday of the month - gathe and share dinner with the Or Shalom community
- Participating in some of Or Shalom's community wide holiday celebrations, such as Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover Seder, and others.
- Once a year Host a Traveling Shabbat (Shabbat Ba'Bayit) on the 1st Friday of the month at your home.
- Attending a Friday evening Shabbat service and a Saturday morning B'nai Mitzvah shabbat service.
- Participating in School’s Tikkun Olam projects.