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Hebrew in the SCJLL 

Elements of Hebrew:  K – 2nd Grades 

Hebrew is an important element of the K-2 curriculum, woven into the JLL lesson each week. Kindergarteners are introduced to basic spoken Hebrew including common phrases, colors, numbers, Shabbat vocabulary, and more. In 1st grade, students are formally introduced to the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, learning a new letter each week through hands-on activities in the classroom. In 2nd grade, students dive into pre-reading phonetic skills through structured weekly mini-lessons.  

Hebrew Through Movement:
K – 2nd Grade and Beyond 

Hebrew Through Movement introduces Hebrew in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive first link between children and Hebrew. Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) is supported by the latest brain research on learning, providing an aural foundation for Hebrew that opens the door to more facile Hebrew decoding and reading.  HTM was adopted as part of the JLL curriculum three years ago. Each year, we further integrate HTM into our school program. 

Hebrew Pods: 3rd – 6th Grades 

After being introduced to Hebrew in their K-2 JLL (Jewish Learning and Living) classes, students in 3rd – 6th grade attend school an additional hour each week for study in our Hebrew pod program.  Pods are offered on-campus or online through Zoom. Each Hebrew pod is: 

  • Small in size (usually from 38 students) 

  • Grouped according to students’ ability so that each student gets the attention they need to thrive 

  • Follows the same progression through our Hebrew curriculum so that every student advances through the curriculum at their own pace 


There are four levels to the curriculum, each with its own area of focus: 

  • Level 1: The Aleph-Bet and Diving into Reading 

  • Level 2: Blessings of Shabbat, Holidays, and Mitzvah 

    • Mitzvah Blessings 

    • Shabbat Blessings 

    • Shema 

    • The Four Questions 

    • Bar’chu 

    • Havdalah Blessings 
    • Yom Tov Blessings 
    • Shehecheyanu 
  • Level 3: Elements of Prayer 

    • V’ahavta 
    • Amidah 
    • Mi Chamocha 
    • Hashkiveinu 
    • Hatikvah 
    • Yotzer Or/Ma’ariv Aravim 
  • Level 4: Stepping into B’nai Mitzvah Preparation 

    • Torah Blessings 
    • Friday Night Kiddush 
    • V’shamru 
    • Vayomer (the 3rd paragraph of the Shema) 
    • Tallit and Tefillin Blessings 
    • Aleinu 
    • Ashrei 
    • Haftarah Blessings 


All students start at Level 1 regardless of what grade they are in when they begin the program.  Children who start the program in 3rd grade (as most do) will usually complete  all four levels during grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.  Students who start later than 3rd grade will progress according to their ability and may require extra tutoring in order to complete the entire curriculum by the end of 6th grade.

Family communication and attendance are critical to the success of the Hebrew pod program.  We expect students to attend their pods every week.   If a student falls below 75% attendance, we notify the family so that we can work proactively to help insure each student’s success.  We also send home progress reports twice every year so that families can be updated on their child’s achievements. 

Hebrew Practice Resources 

Click here for links to our Hebrew pod textbooks and a list of recommended online Hebrew practice apps and games.  

Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782