The fifth grade will be learning about Jewish life cycle events and rituals, with a focus on a Jewish wedding. They will put together a mock wedding event, which will include their own interpretation of the various parts. The event will be open to the community. The students will also discover that our history is the story of a determined people with an emphasis of incorporating Jewish values in our daily lives. They will study the timeline of major historical milestones such as: exile in Babylon and the creation of the Talmud, the Roman domination of Judea, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem - Tisha B’Av, the Sephardic Diaspora, and the Revolution and Emancipation. They will also learn about Mitzvot (commandments) throughout the year: Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick), Tzedakah (Charity), and Kashrut (dietary laws).
The students will continue to focus on fluency and mastery of prayers and will move on to grammar, suffixes, prefixes, vocabulary, and Hebrew language enrichment.
The students will study the entire Friday night service, including the Amidah prayers: Avot v’Imahot, Gevurot, Kedushah, and in the second semester, the Yotzer Or Prayer.