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Third Grade is a great time to be a part of CBI!

In addition to Jewish art, music, tefillah (prayer services), cooking and other exciting Jewish activities, CBI Third Graders spend their Sunday School Class time studying the stories of Biblical heroes from the books of the Prophets. They learn about kings, judges, warriors, and prophets from the Hebrew Bible.

Third Graders also join us on Wednesdays for Hebrew School Classes! In addition to eating pizza and seeing their Sunday School pals, they study the Hebrew of the prayerbook.

Third Grade classes meet at Congregation Beth Israel on Sundays, 9-11am.


Third Grade Judaica Curriculum  

Theme/Topic: Prophets and Prophecy in the Jewish Bible

Our third graders study the exciting and dramatic stories of the prophets. Prophets comfort the people when they are troubled; and trouble the people when they are comfortable. Prophets helped some leaders become kings and helped some kings rule the nation. Many prophets were teachers.  The stories of the Biblical Prophets teach us Jewish values – what Jews have always believed and what Jewish values guide our lives now. The lives of the Biblical Prophets give us examples of how to and how not to behave. Some prophets got very tired of doing the right thing. Some prophets became more like performance artists – doing something big so everyone would think more about their teachings.  Students will learn about many prophets, including: Amos, Devorah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Moses, Miriam,

Synthesis Project: Student Journal – What the Prophets Taught Me 

Questions Our Students Might Ask

Who were the prophets?

Why should I read the Books of the Prophets?

Why did so many prophets have to fight?

What do the prophets’ stories have to do with me?

Why aren’t there any prophets now?

Sample Objectives

By the end of this course, all students will be able to…

  1. Describe at least two prophets that they admire. Explain why they admire those prophets.
  2. Name at least one of the Major Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
  3. Describe at least one ‘episode’ in the Bible where God talked with a prophet
  4. Name at least one of the prophets connected to Pesach/Passover – Moses, Aaron, Miriam. Explain the connection between the prophet and the holiday.
Our Alef Hebrew Curriculum  
Special Events  

Shabbat Participation - Our 3rd Grade and Alef Class Shabbat Proneg and Service will be Friday, February 21, 2013, 7pm. Of course, our students are invited to any and all Shabbat events in addition to their evening on the bima. Each grade is invited to participate in leading a prayer at Shabbat services for our CBI community on one Friday night during the academic year. On the night your grade participates in services, we encourage you to bring something to share with your friends and family at our Proneg before services. Alternatively, your family may choose to make a donation towards the event when you register for classes. You can donate by emailing Pam Hanna. A “Proneg” is our Oneg Shabbat snack and celebration before services begin each Friday at 6pm in Koen Foyer. Please click here to learn more about Proneg Participation.

What We Are Reading in Third Grade  

A Child’s Bible: Lessons from the Prophets and Writings, by Seymour Rossel, published by Behrman House

Book People: Book Three - Prophets & Writings, A Workbook by Joel Lurie Grishaver (ARE)

The Magician’s Visit: A Passover Tale, adapted from a story by I.L. Peretz, retold by Barbara Diamond Goldin, and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (Penguin Books)

Miriam’s Cup: A Passover Story, written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Bob Dacey (Scholastic Press)

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