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Second and Third Grade Curriculum

Our goals for the second and third grade class are to develop the fundementals of their Hebrew school study through more intensive learning of Torah, Hebrew, prayer and Jewish ritual. Students will learn through a variety of activities that include text and media study, song, art, cooking and educational games.

Each class will consist of intensive Hebrew/prayer study through the Mitkadem program (scroll down for more information), as well as an experiential activity to engage students in learning about the subject of the day (Mitzvot, shabbat, holiday, etc).

Expectations for Second grade group:

  • learn to write Hebrew letters in both block and cursive style
  • begin learning Hebrew vowels
  • be introduced to basic Hebrew reading skills
  • develop their understanding of the basic Mitzvot
  • be familiar with the meaning and importance of the Ten Commandments
  • continue the study of Torah stories and Jewish holidays in more depth
  • learn about the country of Israel and their relationship to it through music, food, and stories

Once a student enters the third grade, they will begin their intensive Hebrew and Prayer study. The third grade builds on the core knowledge of the grades before and prepares students to complete their study toward the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

Expectations for Third grade group:

  • build on previous study of Torah and Hebrew
  • develop familiarity with the siddur
  • be introduced to basic Hebrew grammar
  • be able to read basic prayers for Shabbat, blessings over food
  • learn about family and community relationships and what we can learn from them about creating an ethical society
  • learn about the Jewish people's partnership with God (Brit, covenant)
  • learn about Jewish communities throughout the world
  • develop a more complex understanding of the land and culture of Israel

Mitkadem: Our New Hebrew Language and Prayer Curriculum

We are excited to implement a new program to our curriculum called Mitkadem.

Beginning in 2nd grade, Chavaya students will be introduced to the Mitkadem program to develop their Hebrew and prayer study. Mitkadem is a self-paced Hebrew prayer and ritual program designed to empower every child to learn Hebrew. The Mitkadem program consists of 23 levels that introduce grammar, vocabulary and reading. Students who prefer to work alone may do so, while others might be more interested in practicing reading with a partner. Students complete each packet individually or in small groups. 

Different from traditional textbooks, every ramah includes several booklets with five categories of activities:

  1. Hakdamah – Introductory activities that set the stage for the theme of each prayer and related activities. These serve as an “advanced organizer” for the unit and must be completed before moving to the remaining activities.
  1. K’riah – Reading activities that drill decoding skills, fluent reading of the prayer, and if appropriate, chanting of the prayer.
  1. Otzar Milim – Vocabulary activities drill key words and important phrases found within the prayer.
  1. Dikduk – Grammar activities teach and have students use roots, prefixes, and suffixes found within the prayer.
  1. Divrei T’filah – Activities emphasize concepts and critical thinking skills. In this section, students delve into the theological and philosophical ideology expressed in Jewish liturgy.


Meet Our 2nd-3rd Grade Teachers!

Jamie Honowitz

I am originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and am currently a junior at the University of Florida studying Public Relations. Aside from school, I work at The Agency at UF and serve as the Vice President of Chapter Development for my PRSSA chapter. I am also interested in writing and minoring in English. After attending Jewish Day School for nine years, I decided I wanted to continue my Jewish education and help children with Jewish studies as well. I am excited to be actively involved with B'nai Israel and looking forward to a great year!"  



Aaron Herschberg

I am a Biology major at the University of Florida. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and later moved to Dallas, Texas. Growing up, Judaism has been held as a top priority in my household. I attended Jewish Day School my whole life and have been truly active in the Dallas Jewish community. For high school, I attended Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Immense involvement in the Bnai Brith Youth Organization molded me into the kind, responsible, and driven Jewish man that I am today. The constant traveling and learning about my faith led me to find my passion in our religion. Something I hold truly valuable is the tight knit community of the Jewish people whether in a big city, like Dallas, or a smaller city, like Gainesville. I look forward to teaching and making a difference!