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    Beged Kefet Hebrew School: Middle School Classes

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    The Beged Kefet Hebrew language school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

    Our middle school classes are for sixth through eighth grade students with prior knowledge of reading and writing in Hebrew. Placement in various classes is based on a student assessment taken at the end of the fifth grade in Beged Kefet, or when they enroll in the school.  In addition, we also offer a blended middle school class for beginning readers. Placement in this class is dependent upon an evaluation either prior or post registration.

    These classes continue to focus on developing Hebrew language skills in all aspects of the language—reading, speaking, writing and comprehension—while emphasizing Israeli cultural aspects through a variety of texts and subjects that are relevant to the students. One of the school's goals is to create a social framework for youth with similar backgrounds and interests while celebrating the holidays and providing opportunities to lead age-appropriate workshops. The curriculum also prepares students for high school level classes.

    Middle school classes meet once a week for an hour-and-a-half. The schedule for each class can be found on the Campuses page. Information about tuition and fees can be found on our Registration Guidelines page.

    Middle School Classes

    Beged Kefet is proud to offer a three-year program that focuses on issues of identity and belonging in a thoughtful and enjoyable way. The content is adapted to suit each grade level and develops alongside the students during this important time of adolescence and the formation of their personal identity. Each school year is divided into four units of study that all culminate in a final project. Beged Kefet sees and believes in the importance of helping the students shape their identity during these adolescent years. With this perspective, we have incorporated unique content for each year and grade that supports the students' construction of their personal identity.

    In 6th grade, the theme is identity and belonging with an emphasis on the journey towards Bar and Bat Mitzvah. The students will undergo a special program, developed by Beged Kefet itself, where they will learn more about social circles, gender roles, Israeli-Jewish identity, have the opportunity to visit a synagogue, and learn more about their personal family history.

    Beged Kefet is honored to be able to collaborate with "Anu - The Museum of the Jewish People", formerly known as Beit Hatfuzot, as part of  the international program My Family Story. The program accompanies teens from all around the world, who are approaching their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, in creating a project that showcases their families' roots in a meaningful way.

    In 7th grade, the theme is social responsibility and community engagement. The students will learn the importance of taking responsibility and being involved with the community in which they live, think critically about both the social and environmental reality that surrounds them, have the chance to speak with activists within the community, dive deep into the concepts of charity and justice, and analyze their place within the Jewish community. In addition, the students will volunteer during the school year, either as a group or individually, and participate in unique projects in collaboration with other organizations in the community. The volunteering opportunities will especially focus on working with the elderly, in conjunction with the program subject of "intergenerational connection", created in collaboration with the Israeli ministry of social equality and "Anu - The Museum of the Jewish People".

    In 8th grade, the theme is the State of Israel and Israeli society. The students will learn about various aspects of Israel, including the social, geographical, and cultural aspects of the country. The students will participate in a series of meetings, hosted by professional facilitators, of the program "Israel for REEL", the flagship program of the [email protected] for Israel education. In these meetings, the students will learn about topics such as home and belonging, Arabs in Israeli society, the relationship between religion and the state and more, by watching short clips from Israeli movies and TV shows in Hebrew. Through this media, the students will be able to open up and have discussions about the many layers of Israeli society. The program is run in partnership with the Ma'aleh School of Film and Television in Israel and the Israeli TV station "Reshet 13". During regular classes, the students will also learn about prominent Israeli personalities, important and historical sites in Israel, and about the nature and culture of the country. 

    Guiding Principles for Learning

    • Lessons will be conducted in Hebrew only, while utilizing teaching techniques familiar to the students.
    • The program focuses on two main competencies: communication and linguistics. Communication competency focuses on the ability to understand and speak in complete complex sentences, as well as being able to express an idea, explain a decision and describe an emotion using appropriate language for each circumstance. Linguistic competency focuses on familiarity with different genres, text, and writing styles. Additionally, this competency focuses on the student's ability to produce different kinds of written text using proper language, spelling, grammar, expanded vocabulary, meaning, configuration and syntax. The two competencies complement one another in the students' journey to develop literacy skills.

    For any questions, please contact us by email at [email protected] or contact the head of middle school programs, Tal Zilberstein Paz, via email at [email protected].


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