Judaica


In addition to the Judaic curriculum integrated into the classroom, CJP also provides a Judaica program. The Judaica program is holiday-driven, and it is led by a specialist who also works with teachers to implement Judaism in the classroom. Below, you can see the outline of the Judaica program for the 2015-2016 school year, including the holidays taught and the main activities completed in Judaica. During the weeks in which there was not a Jewish holiday, the Judaica classroom focused on Bible stories and Jewish cultural themes such as Hebrew literacy.

Rosh Hashana

  • Rosh Hashana is a time of new beginnings
  • Symbols and traditions of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur

  • Yom Kippur is a time to say "sorry" for our mistakes and work to improve ourselves
  • Rituals of Yom Kippur

Sukkot

  • Customs of Sukkot including building and decorating a Sukkah
  • Sitting and eating the Sukkah

Simchat Torah

  • Holiday marks the end and the beginning of reading the Torah
  • The Torah is a collection of stories about the Jewish People
  • The Torah teaches us how to be good people through mitzvoth

Chanukah

  • We light the Chanukiyah to remember the miracles of Chanukah
  • Miracle of the victory
  • Miracle of the oil

Tu B'Shevat

  • It is a New Year for the trees
  • Reinforcing ties to Israel by eating fruits associated with the land
  • Planting trees in Israel

Purim

  • We read the story of Esther from the Megillah
  • Purim is a festive holiday celebrated with food and costumes for disguise

Pesach

  • We were slaves
  • We were feed by God with the help of Moses
  • Students will learn Dayeinu, the Four Questions, and other age-appropriate songs/blessings for the sedar
  • Students will recognize the symbols on a seder plate and explain their significance

Counting of the Omer

  • This is the time that the Jewish people waited to receive the Torah

Yom Ha'atzma'ut

  • Israel's birthday
  • Israel is the homeland for the Jewish people and is a special place for us
  • Students will identify the Israeli flag and use dramatic play to visit special places in Israel

Lag B'Omer

  • An outdoor celebration of a day to rejoice!

Shavout

  • The Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai and became God's chosen people

 

Judaica Concepts and Torah Teachings

  • Hachnasat Orchim (Hospitality) – Judaism teaches us to welcome visitors and treat our guests nicely.
  • Shomrei Adamah (Caring for the Earth) – We are partners with God in taking care of our planet.
  • Tzedakah (righteousness) – We are commanded to perform acts of loving kindness.
  • B’tzelem Elohim (In the image of God) – Everyone is created in God’s image. We are special because God is a part of us.
  • Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick) – Judaism teaches us to take care of people who are sick.
  • Tzar Ba’alei Chayim (Caring for Animals) – Judaism mandates being kind to all of God’s creatures.
  • My Synagogue – The synagogue is a place for prayer, study, Jewish community, fun, and love of the Torah.
  • Talmud Torah – Within the Torah are the stories about the Jewish people and God.
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