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Mornings are one of our favorite times to be at Har Shalom. The campus comes alive with community, conversations, smiles and wonder. Our learning builds each year to help children develop their own thoughts and strengthen their individual and collective Jewish journeys.

What sets our program apart?
  • Experiential curriculum
  • Weekly parent communications
  • T’filot & Shira
  • Interactive Hebrew reading, writing, speaking & decoding
  • Chuggim: book buddies, special guests, madrichim group times
  • Participation in Saturday morning Shabbat services
  • Developing and implementing mitzvah projects in every grade
  • Holiday festivals that include art, cooking, and games

The CHAI Curriculum will lead students on an exploration of key values and principles of Torah, worship, and acts of loving kindness that build both Jewish identity and community with the help of this comprehensive, spiraling curriculum core and companion student workbooks.

CHAI articulates enduring understandings for each of its 3 core strands:
  • Torah is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students. It is real in our daily lives and goes with us wherever we are. Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating Torah into our lives.
  • Avodah is the work we do to find sacred connections to God, community, and self. Engaging in the work of avodah can bring order, beauty, meaning and insight to our lives and our community. 
  • G'milut chasadim is our way of being personally responsible for making the world a better and holier place.

Each core level contains one-hour, scripted classroom lessons in Torah, avodah and g'milut chasadim, plus family education lessons, and is designed to allow our teachers broad flexibility in structuring the school year and in adapting to student needs. Companion student workbooks for each level provide a place for student work and reflection as well as serve as a portfolio for assessment.

The Big Ideas/Essential Questions for each level are:

Level 1: Discovering Myself in the Jewish Story.

  • What is the story of Torah? What does it mean to be part of the story and the Jewish people?
  • How is striving for connection to God (avodah) like work? What can I learn about what it means to be a Jew through the practice of prayer?
  • What is an act of loving kindness (g’milut chasadim)? What can I learn about it from the story of the Jewish people?

Level 2: The Personal Relevance and Power of Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim

  • Why is Torah different from other books? How can Torah study help me in everyday life?
  • What can I do to connect with God? How do prayer, ceremonies, and celebrations affect my world?
  • Why do we do acts of g’milut chasadim? What difference does it make?

Level 3: K’dushah (holiness)

  • How can understanding and observing the rules and laws found in the Torah make my life more holy?
  • How can doing the work of avodah make my life, the lives of others, and the world more holy?
  • How can g’milut chasadim make the world a better, holier place?

Level 4: Me and My Community

  • What does it mean to be a member of Am Yisrael? As a member of Am Yisrael, what is my connection to Eretz Yisrael?
  • How does the act of participating in fixed prayer keep my relationship with God, the Jewish people, and with myself in good shape?
  • How do my actions affect the people around me?

Level 5: Judaism and the Power of Community

  • How can I as a Jew understand how God wants me to live through the writings of the prophets?
  • What can I learn about what it means to be Jewish through the practice of prayer?
  • What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish community?

Level 6: Sacred Texts- What do they Mean in Our Lives Today?

  • What do our sacred texts have to teach me about my relationship with God?
  • How can my understanding of sacred texts strengthen my relationship with God and connect me to the Jewish community?
  • How does my involvement in acts of g’milut chasadim help me to discover and understand God?

Level 7: Hineni- What Does it Mean to be a Responsible Jewish Adult?

  • How do voices of previous generations of Jews help me find myself in the Torah?
  • What are the prayers, ceremonies, and practices that define us as Jews?
  • How can middot lead to acts of g’milut chasadim? Why are middot essential to living as a Jew?

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Hebrew Learning Overview

Hebrew should be fun, encouraging and a positive experience. It must also be effective. Our unique program introduces songs and letter sounds in fun, meaningful ways to help students embrace the love for Hebrew.

  • Alef-Bet Builders: Using creative mediums and manipulatives to build and recognize Hebrew letters
  • Oral Immersion: A program designed to introduce Hebrew speaking into the classroom beginning in preschool
  • Storybook Themes: “A Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Goodnight Moon” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” are being introduced in both English and Hebrew
  • Z'man Likro & Z'man L'Tefilah: Engaging curriculum starting in 2nd grade!
  • Interactive games, writing activities and connection to Hebrew sounds, letters, words and phrases
  • Students will use interactive writing, reading and relating techniques to learn and embrace the Hebrew language throughout the year
At a glance…

Preschool - 2nd graders enjoy hands-on learning stations, activities, chuggim such as Jewish book buddies, dance, interactive madrichim activities, special guests and weekly rituals they have developed to build a safe learning community and strong friendships.

3rd - 6th graders delve into Jewish history, cultural Israel, values-based learning, Torah and Tanach studies and most of all, feeling comfortable in developing their own questions and sharing their thoughts. Chuggim include Jewish book buddies, dance, madrichim activities, special guests and by 6th grade, occasional walks for “Sidrah Starbucks.”

7th graders embark on a year of active mitzvot learning. Building community is an important part of this year as B’nai Mitzvah students, so all activities connect to that goal. In addition, students engage in deeper study, connections with community members such as the Gabbai, Rabbi and head of the Chevra Kaddisha. 7th graders take field trips connected to mitzvot throughout the year and host their annual Hospitality Dinner, a community favorite.

Our Madrichim Enrichment Program is active, involved and community-oriented. 25% of our students are teens, staying connected through our programs, especially the Madrichim Enrichment Program. Teens work in the kitchen, classrooms, creating programs to share in the classrooms, design camp day stations and learn about values and life through enrichment studies.

Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyyar 5782