3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 Weekday Services: M-Fri: 7:00am/Sun: 9am; Sun - Thu: 7:30 pm

Our Dalet Class

YudiMeet your Dalet Jewish Studies teacher, Yudi Rine!
“I’m excited to join our faculty this year teaching Kitah Dalet and Heh. I’ve taught the Read Hebrew America program, the Aleph Champ program, worked at the Associated Talmud Torah summer program, and as a substitute teacher. I also hold a BA in Photography from Columbia College, and live with my wife and 3 children in Chicago.”

Meet your Dalet Hebrew and Tefillah teacher, Rutie Nakar!
Ruth NakarShalom! Just so you get a better sense of who I am, I’d like to share a little bit about myself and why I love teaching.
I was a high school teacher in Israel and a counselor and also worked with foreign students in other countries. I came to the United States twenty eight years ago and married my husband Meir Rotstein and we have 2 boys (twins).
For me, teaching is a calling.  It is even more meaningful for me to teach here at the Academy where lots of students want to learn how to speak Hebrew and strengthen their Jewish identity and culture.”

Hebrew Curriculum
In Kitah Dalet we build upon the strong Hebrew foundation laid in Kitah Gimmel. Using the Shalom Ivrit II, and Siddur Shema Yisrael, students strengthen their reading fluency, learn tefillot, build their vocabulary, and begin to learn to conjugate verbs.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Comfortably read a whole paragraph in Hebrew.
  • Conjugate verbs in the present tense
  • Demonstrate a Hebrew vocabulary of at least 200 words
  • Match gender and number between nouns and adjectives
  • Fluently recite the ashrei, baruch she’amar, and the first paragraphs of the amidah
  • Answer simple questions in Hebrew

Jewish Life Curriculum
Overview:  With Kitah Dalet we begin using a values-based curriculum developed by Shalom Learning.  The curriculum explores 7 Jewish values; teshuva (taking responsibility for your actions), b’tzelem elohim (honoring the image of God in ourselves), gevurah (using ones inner and outer strength), achrayut (doing what you can to make the world a better place), hakarat hatov (seeking joy and being grateful), koach hadibbur (understanding the power of words), and shalom (helping to create a calmer, more peaceful world).  The full version of the curriculum spans from 3rd through 7th grade, and revisits these values each year from a new perspective. The 4th grade curriculum examines these values through the perspective of self, thinking about how each value is both personally meaningful and expressed.  Students engage with these values through project-based learning, conversations in class and at home, text study, and the arts.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of chet, the four steps of teshuvah, mitzvot, and the four species
  • Plan a service learning project
  • See how mitzvot can make our family and community stronger
  • Understand how we are personally responsible to make the world a better place, even if we can never make it a perfect place
  • List the ten commandments and how they are applicable today
  • Understand the importance of fulfilling promises to God and each other and what to do when we fall short, and much, much more!