Gesher Judaic Studies Program is based in Florida, but has moved to live online Zoom classes so students from all across the country can participate.
Parsha / Meets once a week / 45 minutes
Each week, explore the weekly Torah portion. Learn about the creation of the world, the Jewish people, and the key points in each Parsha. In this class, we discuss the stories in the Torah portion, Divrei Torah, as well as Jewish values. Every week, a parsha packet will be provided to students to review the parsha at home on Shabbat. Because this class is content-based, rather than skill-based, it is appropriate for kids in grades K-6. There is also a separate Parsha class offered for kids in grades 4-6 that is geared more towards older students.
Dinim (Holidays and Jewish law) / Meets once a week / 45 minutes
Learn all about the customs and laws of upcoming Jewish holidays, as well the meaning behind each one. When there is no upcoming holiday, we'll delve into topics such as Shabbat, Birchat HaNehenin (Brachot on food), Tefilah, and the Hebrew months. Suitable for kids in grades K-3. A separate Dinim section called Dinim 2 is offered for kids in grades 4-6.
Hebrew Reading / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class is suitable for students who can recognize Hebrew letters, but have not yet begun to read Hebrew. We'll review the Students will learn the Alef-Bet and then focusing on learning how to read Hebrew. By the end of the yearlong course, students will be reading short Hebrew stories. The next level if this class would be Hebrew 1.
Hebrew 1 / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class is suitable for students who can read easy Hebrew words and short sentences. We will focus on basic Hebrew comprehension, words that are commonly used in Ivrit, including things like body parts, school words, numbers, days of the week, and family words. Students will also work on writing Hebrew print letters and be able to move to Hebrew 2 at the end of the yearlong course.
Hebrew 2 / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class will cover the basics of conversational Hebrew, specifically speaking in both declarative and questioning sentences. Students will demonstrate ability to write simple and complex sentences in the present tense, learn how to write Hebrew script, and learn how to understand short Hebrew stories. Students will also develop ability to answers questions in Hebrew which reflect understanding of a passage read in a story.
Chumash 1 / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class is for children who read Hebrew phonetically but have never learned Chumash before. The class will focus on the mechanics of breaking apart a Pasuk, isolating prefixes, suffixes and Shorashim. For each half of the year, we will focus on a different Perek in Sefer Bereishit to build these skills. Students will be mailed a Chumash workbook before the beginning of the year.
Chumash 2 / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class is for children who have learned Chumash before and can move at a quicker pace than Chumash 1. Students will gain comfort reading and translating multiple Pesukim at a time, and will review key skills learned in Chumash 1, such as breaking apart a word in Chumash into its component parts to translate it. The class will also introduce the children to Rashi. Students will learn how to identify Rashi's question and answer. We will begin the year in the second half of Bereishit and will focus on one Perek each semester to work on these skills. Students will be mailed a workbook for class before the beginning of the year.
Chumash 3 / Meets twice a week / 45 minutes
This class will be taught at a higher level and move more quickly than both Chumash 1 and 2. We will move through an entire Perek within a few weeks, learning multiple Pesukim and multiple Meforshim each class. Students will also learn themes of entire episodes in the Torah. = This class requires comfort with both reading and translating the Chumash text and Rashi. We will be starting in Parshat Bamidbar.
Navi / Meets once a week / 45 minutes
This class will study the early prophets and will focus on the storyline, characters, and themes of these books. The class will be geared towards older elementary students.
A student should pick one class from the Hebrew class choices and one level from the Chumash class choices.
Sample Class Videos
Parsha Class - Chukas/Balak
Chumash 1 Class