Anshe Tikvah Mitzvah School Info
Sunday Mitzvah School (K-7th Grades 9:30-10:30am) and Midrasha (8th-12th Grades 12:00-1:00pm) will be virtual until it is safe to meet in person once again. Hebrew Classes are online and online tutoring sessions are scheduled individually. Please contact Judy Jury for more information or click to access the Online Registration form.
Our 2020-21/5781 Mitzvah School Curriculum
Essential QuestionsWhat is a mitzvah hero?How can I be a mitzvah hero?How does Judaism call upon us to act in the world?Why does God want us to rest and reflect?How do I act in the world in a way that demonstrates that I rest and reflect?
Enduring UnderstandingsA mitzvah hero deliberately performs Tikun HaOlam (repairing the world) by using their gifts, talents, time, energy and resources.I can become a mitzvah hero through pursuing answers to the questions asked by Danny Siegel: What are the other person’s needs?; What am I good at; What do I like to do?; Whom do I know?; Why not help others? and then get up and do--kum v’aseh.Judaism is a religion that is grounded in deed not creed in which social justice is key. Jews are commanded to act in this world to make it a better place.In Judaism, resting and reflecting requires action. We demonstrate our resting and reflecting through our actions and in doing so fulfill the commandment to rest and reflect.Acting in a way that demonstrates shemitah (rest and reflection, literally sabbatical) is complex. There are social, economic, cultural, racial, justice, autonomy, geographic, and political factors that make-up the complexities of demonstrating shemitah.I can demonstrate shemitah as an individual mitzvah hero and also in the company of others in my local, national and international community. At times the challenges of demonstrating that I rest and reflect can feel overwhelming and when I feel overwhelmed by the challenges of repairing the world, I remember the Rabbis’ teaching in Pirke Avot 2:16 “It is not your job to complete the task, neither are you free from doing the work.”
Mitzvah MomentsDuring the year we will take field trips to the following to participate in Mitzvah Moments that tie into the learning done while in class and/or online.Sukkah BuildingThe ArkNature PreserveSolar-IllinoisGidwitz PlaceHorcher FarmThe Chicago Stress Relief CenterBody and Brain Yoga Tai ChiLabyrinth WalkShabbat Challenge
The Hebrew curriculum is a prayer reading, chanting and comprehension curriculum. Students learn prayers at their own pace. Prayers may include:Tallit BlessingBarchuYotzer OrMa’ariv AravimAhava RabahAhavat OlamShemaV’ahavtaMi ChamochaAvot v’ImahotGevurotKedushahOseh ShalomAyn KamochaKi MitziyonTorah Service ShemaGadluL’cha AdonaiTorah BlessingsV’zot HaTorahHaftarah BlessingsAytz Chaim HiAleynuMourner’s KaddishChatzi KaddishHolidays prayers and blessings Click here for a printable version of our 2020-21/5781 Mitzvah School curriculum