In the Rothman Religious School, we believe that in today’s world it is necessary for our students to approach Judaism in creative and engaging ways. Our goal is to create a loving, supportive learning environment that speaks directly to the needs and interests of our students. We believe that we can achieve this goal by using an “out of the box” approach which is based upon all five senses.
Our Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. At the Rothman Religious School, we use this type of active and engaged learning to inspire our students and their families to obtain a deeper knowledge of Judaism, its rituals and values.
Below is an outline of our Project Based curriculum for this coming year:
K – 2nd Grade: Bible Experience – “Feeling” the Bible
“היהדות היא חלק בלתי נפרד ממני כשם שאני חלק בלתי נפרד מן היהדות” “Judaism is an integral part of me just as I am an integral part of it.”
In these grades, we seek to instill in our students an enduring understanding that the Jewish story is their story; that the Bible tells the story of the Jewish people, and they are a part of this story.
Research shows that students remember more than 85% of what they actually experience. With this in mind, we supplement traditional learning techniques with hands-on projects. Our students experience the Biblical stories through model building, painting, planting, creating and more! These memories – and the Jewish values that accompany them – last a lifetime.
3rd Grade: “Judaism through Food”
“אם אין קמח אין תורה”
“If there is no flour, there is no Torah”
Food not only nourishes the human body, but it also feeds the Jewish soul.
In this Grade, the students will experience Judaism through traditional classroom-based learning and through the art of Jewish Cooking. This allows them to connect personally to their own unique Jewish culture and heritage in a way that is exciting, interactive and delicious!
We will publish chosen recipes once a month on our website. Parents are welcome to participate in the cooking portion of class together with their children. The class will be taught by our own renowned Chef Marla!
4th Grade: They were – Therefore, we are.
“We stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us”
“דע מאין באת ולאן אתה הולך.” “You need to know where you came from in order to know where you are headed”
In this Grade, students explore their own inter-generational connection to Judaism starting from the story of Creation and up to today’s world. Using tools such as Google Maps, historical archives and more, students discover what forces influenced Judaism through the years and how they continue to affect them today.
5th Grade: The Torah is an open dialogue between its stories and our hearts
6th grade: “Understand Judaism as a part of who I am.”
Biblical Performing Arts
Judaism is an evolving religious civilization reflecting peoplehood, community, history, the arts and ethics. Our goal in these grade levels is that students begin to explore how they view Judaism and their own Jewish beliefs.
By combining these two classes we will allow the students to discover their own unique understanding of Judaism through different types of media such as Photography and the Preforming Arts. Our students will use their own passions and interests in and outside of class in order to achieve this goal.
7th grade: Exploring my own Beliefs
Kavod – “Betzelem Elhokim”
Judaism is an evolving religious civilization reflecting peoplehood, community, history, the arts and ethics.
We will expose our students to different types of Jewish movements starting in the first century A.D. and ending in contemporary America. Our goal is that the students will take their favorite elements from those movements and will start forming their own individual belief system. This will be facilitated by different means.