GRADE 6 

Sundays, 11:15 am - 1:00 pm;
Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:20 pm

Teachers: Cantor Robin Joseph + Dina Friedman

Grade 6 takes a journey through Jewish history, beginning with our earliest ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, and ending with the latest link in the chain—us! The children participate in interactive programming at each stage of the Jewish timeline, from role-playing a town meeting in a shtetl to simulating the journey to Ellis Island. To better connect our past and our present, students engage in three very special projects and events: our annual trip to the Lower East Side and the Tenement Museum; an oral report based on their interview of an immigrant to the US; and our Living Museum, in which the students curate an exhibit of important artifacts from their own families. Our Hebrew studies continue to prepare the children for all the prayers they will lead at their Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.  The students also learn the Torah cantillation skills they will need to chant their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah portions. We collect tzedakah every week in Grade 6, and the class selects an organization to which these funds will be contributed at the end of the school year.

GRADE 6 OPPORTUNITIES + EXPERIENCES…

  • Student Shofar Sounders for Grades 3 – 6. Learn + rehearse with Cantor Robin, and blow your very own shofar during our Family Services on Rosh Hashanah + Yom Kippur

  • Rosh Hashanah Family Service, followed by Family Holiday Activity, Monday, September 10, 2:00 – 3:45 pm

  • Yom Kippur Family Service, Wednesday, September 19, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

  • Opportunity to participate in or new 6-7 Club, a youth group led by Rabbi Ben Newman

  • D’rachim (“Pathways”) enrichment program for students in Grades 4-6, Sundays at 10:15 am, before Religious School class

  • Study Lounge available in the Temple lobby on Wednesday afternoons before class, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

  • Class screening of Fiddler on the Roof - Sunday, February 3 (Special late dismissal at 2:30 pm)

  • Class trip to the Lower East Side, Sunday, March 17

  • Grade 6 Family Shabbat Dinner + Service, Friday, May 3, 6:30 pm

  • Grade 6 Living Museum, curated by the students – Sunday, May 5

  • Sharing Community collection, led by Grade 6, Sunday, May 19

  • Tzedakah Day/Last Day of Classes – Sunday, May 19

Sunday ARRIVAL + DISMISSAL

Please note that on Sunday mornings, we begin with Assembly in the Sanctuary. We encourage all families to join us for their children’s Assembly. Dismissal for Grades K+1, parents will pick up their children directly from the classroom. Students in Grades 2+3 will be dismissed to the parking lot. 

Grades 4-6 will end the day with Assembly, starting at 12:40 pm. We encourage all families to join us.

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GRADE 6 SHABBAT AND FAMILY DINNER + SERVICE

Join your child’s grade for a Shabbat dinner at
6:30 pm with family, classmates, and teachers. Then, at 7:30 pm, we welcome the entire congregation to our lively Family Shabbat Service, in which your child’s grade will participate.

Friday, April 5
Families with students in all grades are encouraged to attend all our monthly Family Services.

THE SHARING COMMUNITY

Once a month, Temple Beth Shalom provides a lunch of baked ziti and loaf cakes for some 200 hungry men, women and children through The Sharing Community in Yonkers. As part of a continuing effort to make Tzedakah an integral part of our program, the Religious School will once again be leading this endeavor, and families in
Grade 6 will be asked to sign up on our emailed Google document to contribute:

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
As always, the entire congregation is encouraged to sign up to contribute food each month.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are also looking for Religious School Class Parents in all grades. We appreciate your input and invite you to share talents, interests, hobbies, and professions. We also need your help with Tzedakah project.