ZAYIN - 7th Grade

ZAYIN (7th grade) - AGE 12

2 DAYS/WEEK – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS -- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Teacher: Morah Havi Pesso

Contact: [email protected]


The Program:

Students will continue to develop their Hebrew langauage skills as they master the Torah and the Havdalah services.  They will learn about Misnah (Pirkei Avot) and Midrash in order to understand how the Torah inspired the development of commentary and related literature.  Students will discuss modern day life decisions and will debate the Jewish Law perspective on them, with the use of text study.  Students will learn about Jewish History from the time of the Holocaust up to the birth of Modern Israel.  They will learn about the different "Edot" (groups) in Israeli society and their different traditions and customs.  They will discuss themes on Jewish Identity and reflect on how Judaism impacts our choices and actions.  Students will learn about the different denominations in Modern Jewish practice and how to make good choices in life informed by Jewish identity.

Key Competencies:

Torah/Mishnah: Examine their own lives and seek personal meaning in Torah and Pirkei Avot and related text.  Define the meaning of living Jewishly, related to acts of Tzedakah (righteous Giving) and Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place).  Find meaning through different exegesis tools.  Write and present a D'var Torah.

Prayers: Demonstrate mastery of Tefillot (prayers) and B'rachot (blessings) associated with the Torah and the Havdalah services, as well as learning about the purposes and meanings of the Kaddish and its origins.  Lead Kiddush in Kabbalat Shabbat and Torah Service on "Shabbat Mishpachah".

Hebrew: Continue the study of Hebrew language, both as a modern means of expression an as a vehicle for prayer.  Understand the importance of Hebrew in Jewish life

Jewish History/Israel: Learn the History of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish Communities, the Haskalah, Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the Birth of Israel; reflect on how Judaism has evolved over time.  Discuss and participate in making ethical choices using Jewish values as a lens. Actively participate in Havdalah service, reflecting on how Jewish History and the traditions from the different edot impact our lives today.

Learning Materials:

Hebrew: “Ulpan Bet”

Teffilah: "Sefatai Tiftach 3", " “Siddur Sim Shalom” and other siddurim

Torah/Mishnah: Pirkey Avot, Mishnah, "You be the Judge" and "Learning Torah" (Torah Aura)

Jewish History/Israel: "Jewish History: The Big Picture", "The Cardinal's Snuff Box" and "The Atlas of Great Jewish Communities"

Special Activities:

~Parent's Orientation

~Sukkot Celebration

~Visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage/NYC

~Hanukkah Celebration

~B'nei Mitzvah Family Dinner

~Tu B'shvat Celebration

~Purim Celebration

~Pessach Celebration

~Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration & BBQ

~Shabbat Mishpachah

~Hiddon Ha-Torah

For More Information, please do not hesitate to contact: Ana Turkienicz, PJC Education Director, @ [email protected].