Sifrut: (formerly Beit Midrash) TBE's Literature-based Learning Program
for Students in Grades 4 and 5!
Sifrut (formerly Beit Midrash) engages 4th & 5th graders in rich, meaningful and experiential Jewish learning through age-appropriate works of literature and the study of our sacred texts. Both at home with their parents and in learning groups at TBE, students explore the characters and themes of each book within the context of Jewish life, text and tradition.
Chavurot (Book Groups)
Together with your child/ren, you’ll be responsible for completing and discussing several works of contemporary Jewish children’s fiction each school year. Guided curricular materials for each book will be provided, containing related information and discussion questions. Siftut meets 8 times a year plus 2 additional enrichment days, from 1:45-4:15pm on Sunday afternoons during this time students will gather as a community with their teacher to discuss each book.
In an experiential and hands-on learning environment, students will explore the characters and themes of each book within the context of Jewish life, text and tradition. In tandem with our Art-based (Omanut) and Science-based (Tagliyot) learning tracks, Sifrut sessions are centered around three overarching lenses: The Space Around Us/ סביבנו, The Space Between Us/ בינינו, and The Space Within Us/ בתוכנו. These lenses frame the exploration of a range of Jewish values, holidays, prayer and Biblical texts. This thematic consistency supports our culminating family programming during which families from each track will be able to learn, share and grow together as a more cohesive community while experiencing examples of the exciting things happening in each program.
Hebrew Learning & T'filah (Prayer)
Hebrew is an essential part of the Sifrut experience. Students participate in small-group Hebrew learning or receive Hebrew learning in a day school setting. Sifrut students participate in a half-hour of T’filah each Hebrew class. Led by members of our clergy and Ed Team, T'filah is a joyful time for prayer, singing, learning and reflection. Please join us anytime for this wonderful and engaging experience!
Junior Youth Groups (JELY Jr.)
Temple Beth Elohim's Junior Youth Groups, JELY Jr. offer additional opportunities for our children in grades K-5 to engage in fun, social programming and form connections across all of our programs. Led by members of our TBE Youth Team, events take place on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons throughout the year. Learn more >>