Students in Dor l’Dor will learn in detail the structure and meaning of our synagogue services, skills that will prepare them for Bar and Bat Mitzvah and beyond. This experience will include a Tefillah laboratory where they will have an opportunity to practice the prayers they will chant during services in a fun and interesting way.
The students will explore the rich diversity of Jewish thought and practice as they explore the variety of Jewish expressions, both the modern movements and their off-shoots as well as the ancient practice we read about in the Tanakh (Bible). In the second semester, students will learn about the religions of our neighbors as they explore the faiths of their friends who are not Jewish. Field trips will be part of the class. In Hebrew, the main focus will be the Torah service and concluding prayers. We will practice reading and leading the service in preparation for becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Modern Hebrew will be explored with an emphasis on Israel.
Students will continue their Hebrew instruction, reviewing the Shabbat service while learning prayers and rituals that we encounter in other services, our daily lives, and throughout the Jewish calendar. Students will also explore the roots of anti-Semitism, the rise of the Nazis, and the Shoah. In the spring, we will explore the history of the development of the Modern State of Israel and our connection to it as a people. In Hebrew, the students will do a deeper exploration of the meaning of the Shabbat and Weekday services, practicing skills learned and discovering new ways of looking at prayer.