K4-7th Grade Religious School
Sunday mornings 9:30am-12:00pm
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 and Eleventh grade students will participate in Affirmation with Rabbi Cohen and lead a special service in the spring to mark this milestone achievement.
Twelfth grade students will meet monthly with the Rabbi, Cantor, and/or Educator for discussions of current events and other relevant topics.
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.
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
Black Packets - Coming Soon!