The Beverly Goldstick z”l Curriculum for 21st Century Learning

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Junior Kindergarten

Students will explore the Seven Days of Creation; symbols and foods of the Jewish holidays; Shabbat evening prayers; and will build a foundation to talk about God. Students will learn about Israel as the Jewish homeland; the places and people that make up a synagogue; and how to be a good community member by giving tzedakah and caring for the earth.

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Senior Kindergarten

Students will explore the stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, and the Tower of Babel; Israeli food and symbols connected to major Jewish holidays; and how to show gratitude to God. Students will learn about being a mensch; wearing kippah, tallit, and tefillin; and what goes on in a Sanctuary.

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First Grade

Students will explore the stories of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs; how human beings can partner with God; and the core stories of each of the holidays. Students will learn about how Jews arrived in America; the physical contours of the land of Israel; and core mitzvot like welcoming guests and feeding the hungry.

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Second Grade

Students will explore the stories of Genesis and Exodus; how we can communicate with God; and what actions we can take to observe each of the holidays. Students will learn about the global Jewish Diaspora; what it means to make Aliyah to Israel; and the Ten Commandments.

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Third Grade

Students will explore the weekly Torah portion; the prayers of Havdalah and Ma’ariv (evening service); and will delve into multi-week intensives on Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Pesach. Students will learn about the different populations that make up Israel; the mitzvot of keeping kosher and tzedakah; and will begin exploring the lifecycle by looking at rituals for welcoming new babies.

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Fourth Grade

Students will explore the Books of Jonah, Esther, and Ruth; the Shabbat morning prayers; and will delve into multi-week intensives on Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, and Shavuot. Students will learn about the geography and map of Israel and its neighbors; prayer obligations and disability justice; and will continue their exploration of the lifecycle with a focus on conversion.

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Fifth Grade

Students will explore the leadership of Joshua, Deborah, Yael, Samson, and King David; different names for God; and each of the holidays through the lens of the arts. Students will learn about Israeli artists and architects; the mitzvot of Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) and Lashon Hara (refraining from gossip); and will continue their exploration of the lifecycle with a focus on weddings.

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Sixth Grade

Students will explore the weekly Torah portion with commentary; the holidays through the lens of prayer and liturgy; and an overview of American Jewish History. Students will learn about the Torah service; mitzvot related to social justice; and will continue their exploration of the lifecycle with a focus on B’nai Mitzvah and divorce.

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Seventh Grade

Students will explore the Prophets; why bad things happen to good people; and how holidays are celebrated in Israel. Students will learn about the formations of Zionism and Israel; environmental justice; and will continue their exploration of the lifecycle with a focus on death and mourning.

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Eighth Grade

Students will explore Rabbinic texts (Mishnah, Talmud, etc.); modern Israeli history; and mitzvot related to sex and sexuality. Students will learn about anti-Semitism; the different denominations of Judaism; and comparative religions.

Beverly Goldstick z”l

Beverly Goldstick’s z”l, passion for meaningful causes came from her Jewish heart. Whether it was her avid support of education, a sacred cemetery in disrepair, special education, and educational technology, to name a few, she was dedicated to making community members enriched and Jewish life, enhanced. It is Anshe Emet’s hope that the Beverly Goldstick Curriculum for the 21st Century strengthens your school and the Jewish hearts of your children.