The focus of Grade 6 is on building Jewish life skills, understanding rituals, continuing to explore Jewish identity, and preparing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Specific elements of the curriculum include:
- Leading the Jewish community in tefillah (weekday afternoon and Shabbat morning worship)
- Understanding the Mitzvot of Talmud Torah (the study of Torah) and wearing a tallit and kippah
- Developing drash writing skills
- Exploring the student’s relationship with God and prayer
- Understanding the history and meaning of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
- Studying about tzedakah and gemilut chasadim
- Understanding how to choose an appropriate “Mitzvah project” by learning about and exploring Mitzvot in which they find meaning
- Building a community of peers
Tefillah (Prayer)/Ivrit (Hebrew Language Studies)
As students near the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, they review all elements of the Torah service. Grade 6 students participate in the Shabbat morning service at the Grade 6 Shabbaton, attend Shabbat Mishpacha services on the 3rd shabbat of each month, and participate in Gesher Erev Shabbat services throughout the year. It is expected that Grade 6 students will be decoding Hebrew fluidly and Hebrew script writing will be introduced and/or reinforced through games and activities.
Students will also attend a community Bar/Bat Mitzvah in order to experience this beautiful ritual in the Shir Tikva community.
The Grade 6 Tzedakah Initiative focuses on the theme of hunger and feeding the hungry. All tzedakah collected in class will be donated to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger (mazon.org). In addition, all Grade 6 students and their teachers will participate in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger in Boston on Sunday, May 4, 2014, to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger in the Boston area.
#1-4: The Mitzvah Awareness Program
The family education program for Grade 6 is comprised of a series of four sessions that focus on becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This program is an integrated component of the Grade 6 year and the B’nai Mitzvah preparation process. Students and parents study the three basic categories of Mitzvot (commandments): Torah, worship, and acts of love and kindness toward others. The sessions take place throughout the year outside of the regular school schedule, either on Sunday afternoons or weekday evenings. For more information regarding B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Shir Tikva, visit our web pages.
January 24-26, 2014 - URJ Eisner Camp, Great Barrington, MA
The Shabbaton is an opportunity for our Grade 6 students to articulate their own personal Jewish identity as they begin the process of Bat/Bar Mitzvah. Through the course of a winter weekend, students will have the occasion to participate in a variety of fun and interactive Jewish learning experiences and explore what it means to be part of a sacred community celebrating the beauty of Shabbat.
As part of the Shabbaton students will learn from and with our rabbis, cantor, and professional educators, as well as their teachers and some of our talented madrichim. The Shabbaton takes place at URJ Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner Camp in the Berkshires and runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. If we're lucky, we'll have plenty of time for sledding!