The Upper School (Ages 8-13)

Teacher: Ayelet Pearl | Meets Shabbat morning (Saturdays), 10-11:30am


Students meet for an hour and a half each week on Shabbat morning (at the same time Shabbat morning services are going on).  By the time they become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the students will be comfortable reading Hebrew, participating in Shabbat services, and have a basic knowledge of Jewish stories, rituals, and values.   Because students will be learning with peers of slightly different ages, and are expected to be in the class for a number of years, each year will cover different variations of following topics.


By the end of each year, student will have advanced their knowledge in the following topics:

  • Alef-Bet: Reading and writing
  • Hebrew: Introductory vocabulary and where relevant to holidays, prayers, etc.
  • Torah: Stories, rituals, themes, mitzvot, and proverbs from the Torah as well as the rest of the Tanach
  • Services: Shabbat morning and holiday services - prayers, purposes, themes
  • Jewish History: Overview, specific events, key figures
  • Jewish Values: Themes, text-based, and real life application
  • Holiday and Ritual: History, context, and observance of different holidays and rituals

Preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Although specific Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation will take place outside of class (Bar/Bat Mitzvah track with ACI tutoring, with additional fees involved), older students will spend some in-class time learning about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process.


The upper school will meet every Shabbat morning on the top floor of ACI at 10:00 AM while school is in session.