Brian Avner, RJE
Director of Youth Education

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Hebrew Packets Available Online

Below are all the Hebrew packets, sorted by level.  Your student should know what packet they are working on.

Alef Bet Students should download the app Alef Bet Bullseye and practice learning letters and vowels.  If they want to take practice Alef Bet tests, they are available here, all four versions.

Aleph Bet Practice Tests

Practice Test A

Practice Test B

Practice Test C

Practice Test D

Blue Packets

Brachot

Barchu

Shema

V'ahavta

Mi Chamocha

Purple Packets

Amidah

Avot V'Imahot

G'vurot

Kedusha

Birkot Shalom

Black Packets - Coming Soon!

Dear Sinai School families,
I know that these past few months have not been easy for any of us and I applaud everything that you have accomplished with your family during this time. As we look ahead to the upcoming school year, I want to share with you our current plan for the year and how we came to that decision.

Our plan is to hold Sinai’s religious school remotely for the year. While we are hopeful that a vaccine or treatment will become available in the next 10 months, we will be moving forward with the plan that we will not be able to meet in person while keeping all parties safe during this school year. If a vaccine becomes widely available or there is another path to us gathering together safely, we will look into an opportunity to transition to in person learning.

This decision was made by myself, Rabbi Cohen, Jeri, the education committee, and the Sinai staff. We met a handful of times over the summer (via zoom) to discuss a number of possible scenarios for the upcoming year. Our discussions were guided by facts from the scientific and medical community about the virus, our Jewish values, and best practices from around the country in response to the pandemic.

Our curriculum this year will be focused on learning as a family. We will continue to meet digitally on Sunday mornings, and there will be additional, fully scripted learning activities and discussions to be done as a family between each session. Our hope is that these family activities are seen as an opportunity for you, as parents, to model what a Jewish adult might do, just as you model all the other facets of adulthood for your children. We want to help bring Judaism into your homes to create a Mikdash M’at, a small sanctuary, where you can experience the learning and holiness of Judaism that you would normally have in the synagogue, but from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Each week your family will have a short activity to do together either during a meal or during a little bit of downtime as a family. It could even be done as part of saying the Shabbat blessings together on Friday night. And these will not be restricted to only your immediate family. These activities could be done with grandparents, cousins, other extended family, or other friends within your social bubble that you gather with. Then, during our class on Sunday, students will have the opportunity to share and reflect on their own experience while hearing from their peers about their experiences.

For students in 3rd-6th grades, we will continue our Hebrew learning in one-on-one or two-on-one groups through zoom. Students will continue to work through their prayer packets and can schedule time with Brian to try to earn their dog tags and pass into the next set of prayer packets. These sessions will begin on September 15th.

Our Shabbat Shelanu program will be moving to Friday nights exclusively and include activities for us all to work on together while we are on zoom before Friday night services. Any supplies needed for those programs can either be picked up at Sinai or delivered in the week prior to the Shabbat. Our Shabbat Shelanu dates are Oct 9, Dec 11, Feb 26, and May 7.

8th-12th graders will still be invited to participate as madrichim in our Sunday morning and will meet separately on Sundays. Kesher (8th-9th grades) and Affirmation (10th grade) will still meet weekly. Post-Affirmation (11th-12th grade) will meet monthly.

I look forward to reconnecting with everyone soon and I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy as we move towards the end of summer and the school year beginning again.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to me ASAP so we can address them promptly and make this year a positive experience for everyone.

Thank you in advance for your engagement and be well,
Brian

K4-7th Grade Religious School

Sunday mornings 9:30-11:00am

Our Sunday mornings begin with Family Tefillah with our clergy before the students head to the classrooms with their teachers. In addition to classroom based learning, Sinai students have opportunities for experiential learning with our specialists in music, movement, art and cooking.  Throughout the year our students will also spend time with the Shin-Shinim (Israeli young adults doing a year of service in Milwuakee) to learn about Israel and make strong connections to Israeli teens.

 

Students who enroll in the Sinai school should be able to do the following by the time they complete their 7th grade year:

  • Have a connection to the synagogue and an understanding of the main ritual items in it
  • Be able to celebrate Jewish holidays both in the synagogue and at home
  • Have a personal connection to Israel, especially through repeated sessions with our Shin-Shinim
  • Be able to speak about their journey to understanding a connection with God or spirituality
  • Demonstrate how Jewish values impact their lives and guide them to make themselves and the world better
  • Explain how Jews have overcome challenges throughout history, including the Holocaust, and persevered through them to be the Jews we are today
  • Present a research project of their choice about a Jewish/Israeli topic of interest to them
  • Be able to explain why they are Jewish and how they connect to Judaism

3rd-6th Grade Hebrew Ninjas

20 minute tutoring sessions online

Students in 3rd-6th grade also meet on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays in our Hebrew Ninja program.  Hebrew Ninjas is a self-paced program that teaches students to read prayers, understand their general meaning, and the ability to translate a few of the key words in the prayer.  Students can work at their own pace to complete the Hebrew packets with the assistance of our Hebrew teachers.  As they complete certain benchmarks in the curriculum, they will earn different colored Hebrew dog tags on their way to becoming Hebrew Ninjas.

  • Mastering the Aleph Bet – Golden Aleph Dog Tag
  • Completing the first 5 Mitkadem packets – Kachol (blue) Dog Tag
  • Completing the next 4 Mitkadem packets – Sagol (purple) Dog Tag
  • Completing the final 7 Mitkadem packets – Shachor (black) Dog Tag and title of Hebrew Ninja

B'nei Mitzvah Preparation

Individualized study schedule

Our B'nei mitzvah students spend the year leading up to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah engaged in individual studies with our clergy and a Hebrew tutor which are scheduled throughout the week.  This is in addition to our regular Sunday program.

Prior to the start of their B'nei Mitzvah preparations, students complete a minimum of three consecutive years in the Youth Education Program, unless they attend an area Jewish day school.  For most youth, this means they should be enrolled in the Youth Education program no later than the 3rd grade. Special arrangements can be made for students with special needs to create a meaningful Jewish educational and B'nei mitzvah experience.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah year is one of anticipation, anxiousness and excitement. We view it as a family experience in which both the youth and family members devote a considerable amount of time and energy in preparation for this ceremony. In the Sixth grade year, we offer three Family B'nei Mitzvah Program learning sessions which are designed to help families deepen their understanding of the B'nei Mitzvah experience.

8th-12th Grade Program

Kesher – Sundays 11:00am-12:00pm

Our post B'nai Mitzvah students are a key part of our school and we are excited to welcome all of our 8th-12th graders to continue to be part of the school.  Students in eighth and ninth grades meet weekly with Brian Avner in a class based on their interests covering topics from current events, Arab-Israeli conflict, navigating Jewish value conflicts, and much more.

Tenth grade students will participate in Affirmation with Rabbi Cohen and lead a special service in the spring to mark this milestone achievement.

Eleventh and Twelfth grade students will meet monthly with the Rabbi, Cantor, and/or Educator for discussions of current events and other relevant topics.

Madrichim Program

8th-12th grade students may also work or earn volunteer hours working as teaching assistants in our Religious School on Sunday mornings. Participants are able to make a positive impact on Jewish children. The experience also makes them stronger candidates for summer jobs and helps them stand out on college applications.

For more information about our Youth Education Program, contact our School Administrator.