Golden Aleph Hebrew

1 mid-week day: Private or Semi-Private lessons (not more than 3 students in a group)

Fee included in Grade Level tuition (Grades 4-6)


The Golden Aleph Program is our mid-week Hebrew program, (modeled after a successful program at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades). The kids love it!

Golden Aleph will help students progress at their own pace, let them work with small groups at similar levels and provide incentives to work towards new goals each week.  Now, during these unique times, Hebrew lessons will be private or semi-private only. This offers more opportunity for attention and progress with Zoom encounters and is great for parents, too, helping you choose the time that is most convenient for your busy schedules.  Once registered, watch Parent Square to select a preferred day, time and teacher (first come, first serve).

Step ONE: All students must master the aleph bet (with Jen Lewis) and be able to list the names of each letter and the sound that it makes, plus be able to list the sounds of the vowels in just 5 minutes. Assessments will be given every 2 weeks and students work towards improving each time they take it until they are, at last, a master of the aleph bet. When they become a master, they will receive a “golden aleph” dog tag necklace and be placed with a teacher who will help them turn their focus to decoding, reading fluency, and ultimately mastery of Hebrew prayer. Students are expected to master their aleph bet in their 4th grade year.

Step TWO:  The goal – level up! After the Golden Aleph level, students will work privately or in small pods on sets of prayers (five prayers per set). Their goal is to master the prayers. Mastery means being able to read the prayers with some fluency, understand and explain the meaning of the prayer overall and identify some key vocabulary words within the prayers. Each time they master a set of prayers, another dog tag will be awarded. 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students who are working in prayer groups are expected to complete a minimum of 1-2 prayer groups per year.

Step THREE: Continue through the groups and program, mastering all prayer groups AND also trope (Torah cantillation) with Cantor Mark. Trope is reserved  for 6th grade students. If all prayer groups are completed before the completion of 6th grade, there will be a conversational Hebrew offering for those accelerated students. The ultimate goal is to become a “Hebrew Ninjew”, accomplish mastery of the Saturday morning prayer service and be prepared to lead us in prayer at your B’mitzvah service and participate in services throughout your adult life!

TROPE CLASS:   Trope class will occur via Zoom, until further notice.  6th grade students enter Trope class with Cantor Mark, 3 months prior to the start of their personal Torah reading study.  (Approximately 8 months prior to your B’mitzvah date).  This class will meet on Wednesday afternoons. Watch for your invitation to begin with other students who have a B’mitzvah in the same season as you do!


80% attendance is required for children planning to have a B’mitzvah at CBB, so be sure to pick a day that suits your schedule for optimal attendance and success. Less than 80% attendance will require remedial tutoring at your own expense, if you plan to participate in the b’nai mitzvah program.

To accommodate busy schedules, each family will choose a good time for your mid-week Hebrew lessons. Please stick with your day and time thru January, when you will have an opportunity to make a change if needed.  Your private teacher will be waiting for you, whether in a Zoom Room or in person, so be sure to show up!

4th-6th grade students will be invited to a ONE TIME PER MONTH SERVICE LEADING PRACTICE T’FILLAH on a Saturday morning. This short learning service is critical in mastering and retaining the prayer learning that occurs during the week. Mark your calendars for this 45 minute monthly meeting.