5th & 6th Grade


Sundays, 9:00 am -11:00 am or 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:15 pm  - 6:15 pm

5th & 6th grade students are assigned to a Jewish Studies class the opposite hour of their Hebrew choice.

Hebrew Choices:

• Prayer Hebrew
• Conversational Hebrew
• Prayer Jamming
• Preyer through the Visual Arts
• Individual Instruction


5th & 6th Grade Hebrew Choices

Prayer Hebrew

Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Are you competitive? Like playing games? Working in teams? Teacher Betty Hainsfurther, eagerly awaits students who want to learn reading and/or chanting Hebrew prayers through games, technology and good old drill. Students can explore the meaning of the prayers through asking big life-relevent questions. This class is a two-year cycle covering the prayers used in our midweek and Shabbat services.

Conversational & Prayer Hebrew

Sundays, 9:00 am and Tuesday
Jump, run, stop! Put a ball on your head! Turn! Do you like moving around, doing active, multi-sensory, fanciful things while learning Hebrew? Want to learn both how to speak modern Hebrew and read prayers? This class offers both disciplines whereas our other Hebrew classes focus primarily on teaching prayers.

Prayer Jamming

Sundays, 11:00 am and Tuesday
Do you play a musical instrument or two? Do you like singing in a choir or the shower? Cantor Goldstein, Alan Goodis, Machoniks, and Selah members invite 5th and 6th graders to bring their voices, guitar/ukelele, drums, wind, brass or string instruments (piano provided) for a Jewish jam session. Students will increase their musical skills while obtaining insights into prayers and mastering their tunes and words.  This class helps lead midweek services for 5th-7th grades.

Prayers through the Visual Arts

Sundays, 10:00 am and Tuesday
Want to work with pastels, chalk, ink, clay, silk and dozens of other materials? Zoya Nudelman invites you to the Art Studio to learn new techniques, gain exposure to Jewish artists as you play with different media exploring and interpreting prayers, and enhance your prayer reading skills.

Prayer Sport

Sundays, 9:00 am
Calling all athletes! Join Cantor Goldstein and Rabbi Daniels for an hour of Hebrew drills and rigorous physical training! Each class session includes an intense core workout paired with a deep dive into the Hebrew prayers that comprise a traditional Shabbat service. All participants must also play an organized team sport outside NSCI to enroll.  Space is limited for this new class.  A lottery will be held for those who register by July 6, 2016.

Individualized Hebrew Instruction

Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Do you learn best in a structured, small group or one-on-one environment? Are you too easily distracted? Lynn Friend and her cadre of professional educators and machoniks are here to assist every child to be successful learning Hebrew and become a bar/bat mitzvah. Each child in the Individualized Instruction program works on their own Hebrew or Jewish studies learning plan that includes bookwork, computer games, and board/card games.

If you feel this class is appropriate for your child, please contact Dr. Roberta Goodman, Education Director, robertag@nsci.org.  Students are only assigned to this class with the approval of the parent(s), Education Director and the teachers.

6th grade only Hebrew Choice:

Selah – 6th & 12th grade
Rehearsals on Sundays, 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Perlman Sanctuary
Selah is a group of 6th – 12th graders who sing and/or play musical instruments and who work with Cantor David Goldstein and noted song leader and composer, Alan Goodis. Selah creates ensembles to lead worship and become comfortable with song leading. Folk, rock, jazz, etc. are all part of the program.


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Adult Blessing Class

Family Shabbat Experience

Special Programs and Extras for 5th & 6th Graders

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