Golden Aleph: What You Need to Know
1 mid-week day
WHAT IS GOLDEN ALEPH?
The Golden Aleph Program is our new 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. And, the program is great for parents, too, helping you choose the time that is most convenient for your busy schedules and offering online support and study materials for helping your students if desired!
Step ONE: All students must master the aleph bet 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. Many students have passed already in our experimental practice this past spring! Assessments will be given every 2 weeks and teachers will help 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 in the next group. Students are expected to complete their aleph bet in their 4th grade year.
Step TWO: Students will be moved to new groups whenever they pass another level. After the Golden Aleph level, students will work in small groups 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.
SCHEDULE AND ATTENDANCE
80% attendance is required for children planning to have a bar/bat mitzvah, 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 accomodate busy schedules, each family chooses one of the following shifts. (T’fillah with Rabbi Steve will occur in the overlapping 1/2 hour on Weds & Thurs.No t’fillah during South Satellite Shift 5.)
- Shift 1 (3:30-5pm)
- Shift 2 (4:30-6pm)
- Shift 3 (3:30-5pm)
- Shift 4 (4:30-6pm)
Tuesday “South Satellite”:
- Shift 5 (off-site in Montecito, please inquire for timing)