Chavaya is inspired by the powerful learning and identity formation that takes place at Jewish camps and in youth groups. Groups learn together in two-grade units through art, music, stories, Aydah (unit) time, bayit time (small groups) and more. At Chavaya learners feel a deep connection to the Temple Israel community and the Jewish community as a whole, and are able to express how Judaism is relevant and meaningful to themselves.
Each year an Aydah (unit) focuses on specific curricular topics. Topics are taught on a two-year cycle. Our groups are each named for a part of the Aytz, a tree, and represent our vision of children’s educational and personal growth. Hebrew is introduced in the Shorasheem (1st and 2nd grade) unit through letter and sound recognition. In the early years Chavaya participants are introduced to the Hebrew letters through the curriculum, “Phonetic Hebrew Decoding.” Participants learn how letters sound, and how letters are written. As children read more accurately and their skills are reinforced and become more fluid, the remainder of the vowels are then introduced. This approach enables students to read phonetically almost any text in either classical or modern Hebrew.
An important layer of our Hebrew curriculum is Kavanah time. Kavanah means “intention” and provides our children with the opportunity to explore the meaning of the prayers and how they relate to their lives’. We strive to create a feeling of comfort and familiarity with Jewish prayer, which will permit participants to fully engage in the ceremonies and rituals of Jewish life.
|Aydah (Unit)||Translation||Year A||Year B*|
|Seeds||Bible stories, the parts of the Torah, Shabbat, Havdallah, Holidays, Introduction to Modern Hebrew||NA|
(1st and 2nd grade)
|Roots||Middot (Jewish values), Modern Hebrew and Holidays||Bible stories in Genesis, Modern Hebrew and Holidays|
(3rd and 4th grade)
|Buds||Bible stories in Exodus, Israel and the Land, Holidays, Introduction to letters and vowels for 3rd and 4th graders, Prayer Hebrew for 4th graders||Prophets, Bible stories in Leviticus, Holidays, Introduction to letters and vowels for 3rd and 4th graders, Prayer Hebrew for 4th graders|
(5th and 6th grade)
Bible stories in Numbers, the State of Israel, Holidays, Prayer Hebrew, *Trope for 6th grade (cantillation for learning Torah and Haftarah)
|Bible stories in Deuteronomy, Lifecycle, Holidays, Prayer Hebrew, *Trope for 6th grade (cantillation for learning Torah and Haftarah)|
|Trees||Introduction to WWII and the Holocaust, Prayer Hebrew with a focus on leading Shabbat worship, and Moving Traditions B’nei Mitzvah Program**||NA|
*In the 2017-2018 programming year we are in Year B.
** Moving Traditions is a nationally recognized Jewish organization that supports identity formation and strengthens knowledge of the self through Judaism.
|Group||Year A||Year B*|
|8th and 9th Grade||Developing a Personal Ethic: Jewish decision making processes, Caring for our Bodies, Jewish Values in Relationships, Moving Traditions**||Asking Questions of our Tradition: Wrestling with difficult texts, Rabbinic Tradition of Debate, Seeing Modern Issues through a Jewish lens, Moving Traditions**|
|10th Grade (Confirmation)||Confirmation Program and Celebration: Social Justice Trip to Washington DC, exploring Jewish theological traditions, articulating a personal theology, Moving Traditions**||NA|
|11th and 12th Grade||College Preparation (grade specific), Israel on Campus, Comparative Judaism, Moving Traditions**||
College Preparation (grade specific), Israeli Society, Comparative Religion, Moving Traditions**
*In the 2017-2018 programming year we will be in Year B.
** Moving Traditions is a nationally recognized Jewish organization that supports identity formation and strengthens knowledge of the self through Judaism. Females and males will meet separately and have a group leader to guide them through activities.