Congregation Beth El
Core Classes

The following classes make up the core curriculum for Congregation Beth El students. All core classes will be grade based and taught by Beth El educators. For questions on the Beth El core curriculum, please contact Rabbi Marshall

7th Grade

Kulam: Our Jewish Identity

Rabbi Marshall & Stacy Heyman

Kulam (meaning “Everyone,”) is a curriculum that uses dialogue prompts, games, Jewish texts, and other activities that encourages the students to ask big questions about where, why and how they belong while exploring issues of identity, equity, and justice with Jewish wisdom as a guide. 

8th Grade

Text Messages: How the Torah Relates to Teens

Ellen Fine

This class will dive into the weekly Torah portion and search for answers to questions relating to modern issues.  This class will show how the Torah can address topics relating to social justice, community and the Jewish people, interpersonal relationships, authority and rebellion, prayer, civility, and more.

9th Grade

Shoah (Holocaust): History of the Holocaust

Jason Landau

This class will focus on day to day life of victims living within Nazi occupied Europe. This course specifically studies the tragic change in the lives of Jewish citizens while also attempting to understand how such a tragic event could have taken place in history by analyzing Nazi propaganda and dehumanization of the Jewish people.

10th Grade

The Israel & Diaspora Connection

Rabbi Krupnick

The class will focus on the history of our attachment to Israel through all three sections of the Bible. The class will include geography, Israel in Talmudic times and the growth of the Diaspora.  Throughout the year students will research their family genealogy and create a project that displays their family history.  Students will also work on forming their own Jewish Mission Statement so they can clarify their own roles in strengthening the Jewish Diaspora as adults.

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