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Kita Zayin (B'nai Mitzvah Preparation Class)

10 to 15 minutes of every class is devoted to preparation for leading the 11:30 a.m. T’fillah.

Students will alternate leadership and responsibilities for designing the service.

September/October

Parashat HaShavuah - 20 minute study of weekly Torah portion (Torah talk)

Reading drills

  • Perfecting the words

Introduction to Torah trope “the tastes of the reading”

  • Peer tutoring
  • Preparation for learning to chant together

Journal writing

  • Opening prayer/ Finding God’s presence in the world

Prayer review and study

  • Selected preliminary prayers
  • Shma and its blessings
  • Amidah (Avot v’imahot, Givurot, Kedushah)
  • Torah Service

Prayer vocabulary

  • Working on our milon- building a Hebrew dictionary

Preliminary discussions - Class Mitzvah project

November

Parashat HaShavua

  • Torah talk
  • Special Sunday text study with parents
  • “Finding meaning in my Torah portion; a guided journey of exegesis”

Reading drills

  • Making the words old friends/forwards and backwards

Trope study

  • Learning to chant Torah together as a class
  • Translating all the way

Journal writing

  • Shabbat prayer/ Gratitude prayer
  • Introduction to Torah

Prayer Study

  • Torah Service
  • Shabbat prayers (Kadshaynu, V’shamru, Yismihu)
  • Hoda’a (prayer of gratitude)

Prayer and text vocabulary

  • Working on building our Milon
  • Vocabulary games

Practicing the leadership role in class

December

Parashat HaShavuah

  • Torah talk

Trope Study

  • Class chants Torah during Religious school T’filla
  • Presents mini-drash (commentary of verses chanted)

Journal writing

  • Shabbat/Gratitude prayer
  • Class portion mini-drasha

Prayer Study

  • Torah Service
  • Shabbat prayers (Kadshaynu, V’shamru, Yismihu)
  • Hoda’a (prayer of gratitude)

Prayer and text vocabulary

Class Mitzvah project

January

Parashat HaShavuh

  • Torah talk
  • Students practice drashot in class

Trope study

  • Learning Haftarah trope, cantillation for the prophets

Journal writing

  • Introduction to Haftarah
  • Class time provided to work on individual writings

Prayer study

  • Practicing leadership role in class and in school T’fillah
  • Review of all prayers learned
  • Sim Shalom
  • Haftarah blessings

Peer tutoring

Prayer and text vocabulary

Class Mitzvah project

February

Parashat Ha Shavuah

  • Torah talk
  • “Understanding mitzvot; taking a closer look at all 613 in the Torah”

Trope study

  • Class haftarah text study. Learning a portion together.

Journal writing

  • Class time provided to work on individual writings

Prayer Study

  • Practicing leadership role in class and in school T’fillah
  • Review of all prayers learned
  • Sim Shalom
  • Haftarah blessings

Peer and outside tutoring

Post B’nai mitzvah students given opportunity to

  • Tutor peers and younger students

Preliminary work on end of year “Celebration service”

Prayer and text vocabulary

March

Parashat HaShavuah

  • Torah talk
  • Students practice drashot in class

Trope study

  • Class Haftarah text study

Celebration Service

  • Those that have become Bar/Bat Mitzvah take on leadership role in designing service

Theme is chosen-students work on modern day teaching from text learned. Creation of Storahtelling

Journal writing

  • Introduction to Haftarah
  • Class time provided to work on individual writings

Prayer Study

  • Practicing leadership role in class and in school T’fillah
  • Review of all prayers learned

Peer and outside tutoring

  • Post B’nai mitzvah students given opportunity to
  • Tutor peers and younger students

Vocabulary

  • Games
  • Building Milon

April

Parashat HaShavuah

  • Torah Talk

Trope Study

  • Class Haftarah text study

Celebration Service

  • Class works on Service. Combining components of all area of learning from religious
  • School experience/storahtelling writing

Prayer Study

  • Practicing leadership role in class and in school T’fillah
  • Review of all prayers learned

Peer and outside tutoring

  • Post B’nai mitzvah students given opportunity to Tutor peers and younger students

Vocabulary

  • Games
  • Building our Milon

May

Parashat HaShavuah

  • Torah talk

Celebration service on erev Shabbat.

  • Class practices service they will lead on the Bimah
  • Class perfects teachings given, prayers led, and haftarah chanted within the service

Review of all prayers learned. Storahtelling practice on Bimah

Peer and outside tutoring

  • Post B’nai mitzvah students given opportunity to Tutor peers and younger students
Fri, November 22 2019 24 Cheshvan 5780