The intensity of the Judaic Studies Program requires advanced levels of logical and sequential thinking skills and raises the ethical consciousness of the students. The teaching of Jewish values is introduced at the earliest of ages and reinforced throughout the grades. The study of Torah begins early on with the study of the weekly Torah portion. By way of dramatic play and crafts projects, the youngest student learns to assimilate the lessons of theTorah for our time.
The Chumash (the Five Books of Moses) is introduced at the end of the first grade, as students begin to master Hebrew reading skills.
Throughout their study of Torah, students are presented with the challenge of utilizing original text material.
In second and third grade emphasis is placed on the book of Bereshit (Genesis) as the origins of the Jewish people unfold. In third grade the students begin the study of Rashi commentary and begin to analyze the language, structure and meaning of Biblical Hebrew. In fourth grade focus is placed upon completing the book of Bereshit and beginning the book of Shmot.
In fifth through eighth grades the students begin a program that allows them to study each book of the Torah each year, so that by the time they graduate they would have exposure to all Chamisha Chumshei Torah ( the entire five books of Moses).
The study of Navi is begun in the fourth grade and the books of Joshua and Judges are completed. In each of the succeding grades one book of the first prophets is studied and completed. Thus, students who graduate our school will have completed all Neviim Rishonim. (Joshua,Judges,Samuel 1 and 2, and Kings 1 and 2. In addition they would have completed the books of”Yonah” Esther” and Ruth”.