3rd/4th Grade

At this level, students begin to use small group discussions and research to explore relevant topics. Teachers continue to enliven lessons with crafts, games, music, drama, and foods. Classes on holidays go into more depth, exploring deeper meanings relevant to secular Jews today and origins of the holidays. Teachers also introduce students to common Jewish prayers.

Topics covered include:

  • Rosh Hashanah
  • The Jewish Calendar
  • Shabbat
  • The Torah & the Talmud
  • Bible story: Adam & Eve
  • Bible story: Cain & Abel
  • Jewish value: menshlichkeit
  • Bible story: the life of David
  • Hebrew: ancient & modern
  • Yiddish
  • Jewish humor
  • Mitzvot: 613 Commandments
  • Jewish values: justice, activism, helping the oppressed
  • Jewish heroes: reports by students
  • History: the Diaspora: Jews dispersed around the world.
  • Family histories/origins.
  • Purim
  • History: Jewish immigration: the major waves.
  • Ellis Island
  • History: life on the Lower East Side,
  • More recent immigrants: Russian Jews
  • Lifecycle Jewish Events: what they are, how Jews do them
  • Yom Kippur
  • Yiddish
  • Synagogue and worship
  • Simchas Torah
  • The 10 Commandments
  • Jewish Value: Charity/Tzedakah
  • Discussion about Hanukkah
  • Jews in the News
  • Bible story: Abraham & Isaac
  • Kosher Laws
  • Bible story: Jacob & Esau
  • Bible story: Joseph and his brothers.
  • Hebrew
  • History: Ghettos and Shtetls
  • History: Zionism
  • History: Israel, 1948-today
  • Ashkenazim & Sephardim
  • Shavuot