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Congregation Beth HaTephila

An Engaging, Inclusive, Reform Congregation in the Blue Ridge Mountains


3rd – 6th Grade Judaics

Our 3rd – 6th grade Judaics curriculum is based on the Chai Curriculum, designed by the Union for Reform Judaism to help our students explore the concepts of Torah, Avodah (Prayer), and G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness) over the course of the six years leading up to the b’nai mitzvah years. The curriculum spirals upward, so that over time, their understanding of these three concepts grows in depth and complexity over time. What follows are the focuses of the curriculum, according to the year they are taught:

  • 3rd Grade – Holiness and Rituals
  • 4th Grade – Israel: the People and the Land
  • 5th Grade – Prophets
  • 6th Grade – K’tuvim (the sacred scrolls)
  • Music – Each week in Religious School, we open our day in song during a part of our day we call “Kehila Tephila” (community prayer). Students, teachers, madrichim (teaching assistants), and parents join together in joyful songs (and often dance!) to get our day started right! 
Wed, July 17 2024 11 Tammuz 5784