Curriculum

  • Kindergarten & First Grade – My Jewish World & My Jewish Home
  • Second Grade – My Synagogue
  • Third Grade – “Genesis” & “God Talk”
  • Fourth Grade – “Exodus and Homeland” & “Israel”
  • Fifth Grade – “Prophets” & “Mitzvah/Torah Values”
  • Sixth Grade – “Jewish History: Space and Time”
  • Seventh Grade – B’nei Mitzvah Class
  • Eighth Grade (High School) – Leadership
  • Ninth Grade (High School) – Facing History and Ourselves
  • Tenth Grade (High School) – Confirmation/Conceptions of God
  • Eleventh & Twelfth Grade – Activism and Action & Senior Siyum (Graduation)

 

Kindergarten & First Grade
In our hands-on, music filled, drama enriched, and art focused K-1 class, our youngest learners are sure to find Jewish life exciting and engaging. In class, students are invited to not only learn about, but also to experience Jewish holidays, Bible stories, and Shabbat. During Tefillah and enrichment periods, our K-1 students will participate in lively prayer experiences and be introduced to the Hebrew letters and important Hebrew words each week.  The year is also filled with a number of legacy projects. Students and parents will make keepsake Shabbat candlesticks, participate in a canned food drive & bake sale for Second Harvest, and create gift baskets for the Ronald McDonald House. 

Second Grade
Our 2nd Grade students are invited to explore all aspects of their synagogue. Highlights of the year include a visit and “Chat with the Rabbi,” an experiential learning tour of the sanctuary, a temple-wide scavenger hunt, and chances to get to know TBS community leaders. Second graders participate in fun-filled holiday celebrations, continue their study of Bible stories, and serve as buddies to our kindergarteners and first graders. During Tefillah and enrichment periods, 2nd graders will also participate in lively prayer experiences and be introduced to the Hebrew letters and important Hebrew words each week. 

Third Grade
Our 3rd Grade students begin the year by exploring Genesis.  We make our foundational text come alive through drama, art, and kinesthetic activities.  In small learning communities, students are encouraged to ask questions and uncover new answers.  Their conversations will continue into the second semester as the students engage in “God Talk.”  Each session is based on a different fundamental question, beginning with “Why don’t we see or hear God today like they did in the Bible?”

Fourth Grade
Our 4th Grade students jump back into their Torah exploration in “Exodus and Homeland.”  In this wildly creative curriculum, students feel themselves a part of the Exodus story and experience the joys and disappointments of life in the Land of Milk and Honey.  In the second semester, students will fast forward in history to modern life in Israel.  Together, they will explore Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel, through our deeply experiential Israel curriculum. 

Fifth Grade
5th Grade students will jump into Mitzvot and Jewish Living as they explore the values and rituals we hold dear to our lives. Students will explore ritual mitzvot such as lifecycle traditions, wrapping tefilin, kissing the mezuzah, and more. The class will also get into the shoes of the biblical prophets, who provided us with a tradition to seek out justice and pursue ethical Mitzvot with passion.

Sixth Grade
In our 6th Grade class, Jewish History: Space and Time, students will be invited into our “TBS Time Machine,” as they travel through Jewish space and time, visiting Jewish communities from antiquity to the present, in diverse places around the globe. Through this course, our students will gain an understanding of, and appreciation for our rich history as a people.

Seventh Grade – B’nei Mitzvah
Students take part in our Tuesday afternoon program where they meet with the Rabbi and Cantor for their core classes.  Together, they explore what it means to be a Jewish adult, tackling issues from keeping kosher to observing Shabbat. The B’nei Mitzvah Class also meets on select Sunday mornings throughout the first semester of their seventh grade year (see schedule). The B’nei Mitzvah class is enhanced by a series of family programs and a special TBS seventh grade retreat.

Eighth Grade
Our 8th Grade students meet as part of our TBS High School program on select Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m (see schedule).  Our 8th graders engage in a study Leadership and Jewish Values both for those 8th Graders who will be serving as Madrichim in our religious school and as a broader look at continuing their Jewish journey from B’nei Mitzvah to Confirmation to Siyum (TBS Graduation) in 12th Grade. 8th Graders will also participate in Huggim or electives where they will mix with the other grades in the High School.  Classes will be on topics such as Modern Israel, Music, Youth Programming 101, Conversational Hebrew, and more.  As part of the High School, the 8th Grade Program also includes select Sunday activities where we take our high school community off campus for special field trips and events.  Included in the 8th Grade High School tuition is a special 8th Grade weekend retreat in Malibu, and three community-wide youth events as part of the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Adat Noar 8th Grade Program.  For more information on BJE programs visit www.bjeoc.org.

Ninth Grade
Our 9th Grade students also meet as part of our TBS High School program on select Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m (see schedule).  9th Graders will join our entire high school community for lunch and then continue learning within their own grade level on their own path to Confirmation and Siyum (TBS Graduation) in 12th Grade.  The 9th Grade topic will be an aspect of the “Facing History and Facing Ourselves” curriculum which examines human behavior, ethical choices through the lens of Jewish Values.  We will examine both the American experience with racism and bias and look at Genocidal experiences like the Holocaust, and the tragedies in Armenian, Rwandan, Bosnian, and Sudanese history.  9th Graders will also participate in Huggim or electives where they will mix with the other grades in the High School.  Classes will be on topics such as Modern Israel, Music, Youth Programming 101, Conversational Hebrew, and more.  As part of the High School, the 9th Grade Program also includes select Sunday activities where we take our high school community off campus for special field trips and events.  In addition to our own High School program, our 9th Grade students have the opportunity to join 9th-12th Graders from all over Orange County and Long Beach in the TALIT Program, a community-wide program sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education. TALIT includes a series of three 9th-12th grade retreats and other community wide events geared toward teens. For more information on BJE programs visit www.bjeoc.org.

Tenth Grade
In 10th Grade Confirmation class, students also join our TBS High School program on select Sundays from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (see schedule) for lunch and continued learning.  Confirmation students learn with our Rabbi and have an opportunity to reflect on their own Jewish identities and re-confirm their commitment to Jewish life on their way to 12th Grade Siyum (TBS Graduation).  Throughout the year, students will wrestle with foundational questions, such as: Who or what is God? How can Judaism guide my understandings modern and often controversial topics? How can I live an ethical life? Why and how do we pray? How can I affect change in the world? Students in 10th Grade also participate in a TBS Confirmation retreat to Joshua Tree National Park and lead the congregation in a Confirmation ceremony. 10th Graders will also participate in Huggim or electives where they will mix with the other grades in the High School.  Classes will be on topics such as Modern Israel, Music, Youth Programming 101, Conversational Hebrew, and more.  As part of the High School, the 10th Grade Program also includes select Sunday activities where we take our high school community off campus for special field trips and events.  In addition to our own High School program, our 10th Grade students have the opportunity to join 9th-12th Graders from all over Orange County and Long Beach in the TALIT Program, a community-wide program sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education. TALIT includes a series of three 9th-12th grade retreats and other community wide events geared toward teens. For more information on BJE programs visit www.bjeoc.org.

Eleventh and Twelfth Grades
11th and 12th Grade students also join the High School program on select Sundays from 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. for lunch and learning.  Our most senior students will meet in a joint class to study Activism and bringing a Jewish lens and Jewish values into their world – and onto the College Campus they will soon be joining. 12th Graders will also make a presentation to the congregation on this topic or one of their choosing – as their Siyum (TBS Graduation). 11th and 12th  Graders will also participate in Huggim or electives where they will mix with the other grades in the High School.  Classes will be on topics such as Modern Israel, Music, Youth Programming 101, Conversational Hebrew, and more.  As part of the High School, the 11th and 12th Grade Program also includes select Sunday activities where we take our high school community off campus for special field trips and events.  11th and 12th Grade classes prepare our students to navigate the world as young Jewish adults in college and beyond. This lucky group also get the opportunity to take a trip each year alternating between to New York City and Washington D.C. for the L’Takein Seminar.  In addition to our own High School program, our 11th and 12th Grade students have the opportunity to join 9th-12th Graders from all over Orange County and Long Beach in the TALIT Program, a community-wide program sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education. TALIT includes a series of three 9th-12th grade retreats and other community wide events geared toward teens. For more information on BJE programs visit www.bjeoc.org.