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Teachers of Hebrew Language and Jewish Heritage in the Diaspora are expected to teach Hebrew as a language of heritage that shapes Jewish identity.
Click here to view the technical requirements for iTaLAM.
The material that will be taught in the Hebrew Language unit called “Chayei Yom Yom” is divided into two main topics: “In the Classroom” and “In the House”. In this unit the students meet and get to know their classmates and they get better acquainted with the students in the virtual class that simulates the real class, they learn the cycle of the day in respect to dressing, washing and proper nutrition while emphasizing the Jewish laws and customs associated with everyday Jewish life.
The knowledge base for teaching Judaism, called “Chagim”, focuses on preparations for each holiday and the Torah laws associated with the holiday. By teaching the preparations for the holiday, the symbols associated with the holiday are reviewed and the main concepts and ideas of the holiday which were taught in 1st Grade. The students also learn the Torah source of the main laws that are observed during the holiday, the historical background of the holiday and the connection between the holiday and the land of Israel.
The Shabbat track is based on the view that Shabbat is a central and unifying component of Israel’s heritage. The program is an exciting, fascinating and varied experience. The contents and songs appear in the style of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities and enable diversity and identification of all streams and communities.
The program begins with preparations for Shabbat and presents seder Shabbat with seven sections:
The students learn about the uniqueness of Shabbat, its values, holiness, memory, peace, family and more. The Shabbat routine corresponds to the seder hayom section on the Hebrew track and with the six days of creation and Shabbat in Bereshit from the Torah track. The program includes a digital track featuring a performance of the song Seder Yom Shabbat in a spectacular clip, presentations of Lecha Dodi and Havdala poetry, activities, games, songs and creativity.
iTaLAM Torah studies comprise a rich learning experience in which the main goals are as follows:
1. To make the Torah accessible to students and to give them the ability to listen, read, and understand what is written in the Torah
2. To empower students with the desire to study Torah
3. To develop skills that will enable students to become independent and enthusiastic Torah scholars, innovators, and creators.
In the iTaLAM curriculum, we recommend that students in second grade study the first half of Chumash Bereshit, Parashot Bereshit to Vayera. The main subjects are:
At the same time, the program is modular, and many schools teach the courses at a different pace, over the span of second and third grades.
The Torah track is coordinated with the other tracks of the second grade program: creation, seder hayom, seder hashavua, the seasons of the year, and likewise enables learning through multiple intelligences and adapted instruction in the process of construction, thus enabling each student to learn, enjoy and love the Torah as a principle of life, and to find meaning and connection to their personal lives.
The program includes a digital track with animated videos to illustrate the biblical text, internalizing activities, games, and an invitation to be creative – all this through an innovative experience.