Palo Alto School for Jewish Education
5th Grade: American Jewish History
Main Focus - 5th
American Jewish history and community from the beginning to present. Learn about Jewish languages (Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew), their role in history, and their importance to the American Jewry.
Holidays and Celebrations - 5th
Participate in school-wide celebrations of major holidays; Hanukkah*, Purim*, Passover*.
Bible Stories - 5th
Read passages relevant to class. For example, Exodus (slavery) for Pesach, Leviticus (the scapegoat) for Yom Kippur.
Jewish Values and Ethics - 5th
Ongoing discussions of Jewish ethical issues related to the discussion of contemporary history and social conditions; for example, what it means to be a Jew, the meaning of tzedakah, etc.
History and Israel - 5th
As related to the study of American Jewish history.
Prayers, Blessings - 5th
Blessings for the holidays and Shabbat.
Music/Dance/Arts & Crafts - 5th
Class will read and perform several plays throughout the year.
Textbook - 5th
Challenge and Change: History of Jews in America
Teacher developed historical outlines.