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Hei (5th Grade) Curricular Learning Objectives, Materials and Resources


Learning Objectives:

  • Hei students will review materials and concepts taught in Kitah Dalet.  Please see
  • Hei students will have the opportunity to eat together and recite brachot (blessings).
  • Hei students will have the opportunity to recite prayers on both Sunday mornings with Kitot Vav and Zayin and on Wednesday afternoon Tefillah with Kitot Gimel and Dalet.
  • Hei students will take the next steps of study with seven previous themes that they originally learned in the Gimel year from the ShalomLearning values curriculum: Teshuvah (Repentance), B'Tzelem Elohim (Being Created in the image of God), Gevurah (Using One's Inner-Strength to do what is right), Achrayut (Doing what we can to make the world a better place), Hakarat HaTov (Seeking joy and being grateful), Koach HaDibbur (Understanding the Power of Words), and Shalom (Helping to create a calmer and more peaceful world).  Mr. Sender teaches these Yahadut (Judaica) concepts as part of his sessions with Kitah Hei on Wednesdays.
  • Hei students will study units on the ceoncepts of Tochechah (forms of rebuke) and Brachot (blessings), using the Etgar Yesodi curriculum developed through the Jewish Theological Seminary.  The unit will be taught by Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.) on Sunday mornings.
  • Hei students will progress in their ability to read Hebrew fluently, while reviewing common prefixes and Hebrew words found in the Siddur Tier I and learning common Hebrew words found in the Siddur Tier II. (Please note that the links included to easily access these important, common Hebrew words).
  • Hei students will engage with concepts from A Kid's Mensch Handbook: Step-by-Step to a Lifetime of Jewish Values, by Scott E. Blumenthal, during their Sunday sessions with Mr. Allan Arnet.
  • Hei students are expected to chant from the Torah scroll at least once during the Hei year.
  • Hei students are expected to memorize the names of the Five Books of the Torah in both Hebrew and English.
  • Participation in Tefillah at SJS leads to student's ability to incorporate additional Jewish rituals at home.
  • Hei students will continue to practice finding a perek (chapter) and a pasook  (verse) of Torah in the Chumash.
  • Hei students will continue to participate as active members of a prayer community.  Hei students will continue to lead weekday and Shabbat prayer services from the bimah.  
  • Hei students will learn about the power of Jewish stories and be able to check out books on a regular basis in our School of Jewish Studies (SJS) Sifriyah (Library) on the second floor.
  • Hei students will be able to celebrate Shabbat as a community on the day that we help lead Friday night services and at our Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) throughout the year.
  • Hei students will come up with "Heblish" sentences, combining English and Hebrew words.


Materials and Curricular Resources:

Am Yisrael Congregation's Website:

Etgar Yesodi:

Hebrew In Harmony:

A Kid's Mensch Handbook: Step-by-Step to a Lifetime of Jewish Values:

Values and Ethics: Torah Topics for Today:

JPS The B'nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary:

ShalomLearning Curriculum Overview:

ShalomLearning Login:

B'nai Mitzvah Process and Preparation at Am Yisrael:

Siddur Lev Shalem:

Sefaria: A Living Library of Jewish Texts:


Review Common Prefixes:

Review Common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier I:

Learn Common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier II:

Center for Israel Education:

Consultation from Matan: The National Voice in Jewish Special Education:


Hei Schedule and Updates:

Please click here to access the Kitah Hei (5th Grade) schedule and class updates, which will be posted approximately once a week once the SJS year begins.

Revised 8-16-19, 15 Av 5779

Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780