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 is a time of new beginnings
- Symbols and traditions of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year
- Yom Kippur is a time to say "sorry" for our mistakes and work to improve ourselves
- Rituals of Yom Kippur
- Customs of Sukkot including building and decorating a Sukkah
- Sitting and eating the Sukkah
- 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
- We light the Chanukiyah to remember the miracles of Chanukah
- Miracle of the victory
- Miracle of the oil
- It is a New Year for the trees
- Reinforcing ties to Israel by eating fruits associated with the land
- Planting trees in Israel
- We read the story of Esther from the Megillah
- Purim is a festive holiday celebrated with food and costumes for disguise
- 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
- 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
- An outdoor celebration of a day to rejoice!
- 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.