The Yachad curriculum is built as a ladder so that every year students explore and build on knowledge and experience. A core component of Yachad is building a strong Jewish Community. Students are given the space to learn and ask questions so that they can develop their Jewish identity.
Our curriculum is developed around six core concepts:
Torah: Text and Narrative
Avodah: Mitzvah (deed), Tefila (prayer) and Ritual
G’milut Chasadim V’derekh Eretz: Acts of Loving-kindness, Jewish Values and World Citizenship
Israel: Land, People and Culture
Ruach V’Khavanah: God and Spirituality
Ivrit: Hebrew and Jewish Language
Our Jewish Studies curriculum aims to educate out students about Jewish culture and ritual, knowledge of Jewish lifecycle events and the study of how our collective history informs events that take place across the Jewish community today. We also educate our students about the creation of the modern state of Israel and its biblical roots.
We have developed our own Hebrew program called Hebrew through Enrichment for our Kindergarten through 6th grade students. The foundation of our Hebrew teaching is that students should experience, interact and engage with hebrew language so that they become comfortable with the language and sounds of Hebrew. Hebrew phonics, sight words and reading are introduced gradually. Let’s Learn Hebrew Side by Side, a 12-Week, 1 to 1 Hebrew Decoding and Reading program, is utilized with each student prior to B’nei Mitzvah tutoring. Tefila and prayer participation is extremely important to our community, we use weekly Interactive Learning Tefila so that students engage in services and make their way through the siddur (prayer book). Our Hebrew curriculum gives every child the opportunity to gain familiarity with modern and liturgical Hebrew, prayer, and reading by the time they reach B’nei Mitzvah age.
Yachad offers various opportunities throughout the year to celebrate Shabbat as a community including Kabbalat Shabbat dinners and services, Shabbat lunches, Havdalah gatherings, and other hosted Shabbat experiences.
Kindergarten through High School students are expected to regularly attend Shabbat morning services. Shabbat is a time that allows us to build community, learn prayers, and become more comfortable in services. Attendance at Shabbat services is extremely important in the years leading up to a child’s B’nei Mitzvah. Students in 2nd – 8th grade who do not attend Yachad classes on Saturday, are required to attend a minimum of seven Shabbat services throughout the year. There is also a monthly Yachad kiddush following services.