Jewish Life

About this program

During our weekly Jewish Life sessions, students learn about and experience Jewish festivals, Shabbat, traditions and Israel, as well as basic Hebrew. The sessions are fun and engaging, and include craft, music, enjoyable group activities and snacks. At many schools we run special assemblies for Jewish festivals.

The Jewish Life program is open to Jewish students in the school at which the program runs. Sessions run either before school for 45 minutes (from 8 – 8.45 am), at lunchtime for 30 minutes (during the school lunchtime) or after school for 90 minutes (from 3.30 – 5 pm). The longer before and after school sessions include more in-depth study of Hebrew and Jewish traditions.

Aims

Our students develop the knowledge and skills to fully participate in Jewish communal life, as well as a love and appreciation for Jewish practice. Each Jewish Life session is built around our year-long curriculum, which aims to foster a strong sense of Jewish identity within each student. Learning basic Hebrew letters and words forms a foundation for future Hebrew study. The program also helps to build friendships with other Jewish students across year levels, fostering a stronger sense of community within each school.

Fee Assistance

UJEB’s policy is that no child misses out. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please apply for a payment plan and/or reduced fees. 

Our Programs

Program

Age

Time

MUST ATTEND SPECIFIC SCHOOL

Locations

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Jewish Life (JL)

Primary

Curriculum

UJEB is the sole approved provider of Jewish education in government primary schools in Victoria through the Jewish Life program. UJEB is unique as it is the only Jewish educational organisation that is approved, accredited and endorsed by the Department of Education and Training to provide programs at government schools.

Our Jewish Life curriculum is innovative and engaging, and our program is inclusive. Our mission is to equip learners with the tools needed to passionately participate in Jewish life, by facilitating positive and inclusive Jewish learning experiences. Our tools include our community, our rituals and practices, our homeland, our values, our texts and our language.

The curriculum is built around the Jewish calendar of festivals, and builds knowledge and skills for participating in Jewish Life. This includes festivals and cultural events, such as Friday night kiddush, the family seder and the high holidays. The curriculum also focuses on connecting our learners to their Jewish identity through our common values, language, homeland and texts, ensuring a meaningful and enduring connection to our community.

During each session our engaging and interactive activities encourage a love for our culture, and ensure that Jewish learning is a positive experience. Our children grow into proud, passionate and active members of the Australian Jewish community, and Australian society as a whole.

UJEB’s Jewish Life curriculum is designed to cater to 2 levels and alternates between 2 different year plans, so children will learn a different program each year. Level 1 is from prep – grade 2, and level 2 is grades 3 – 6.

Curriculum

Term 1
TOPIC YEAR 1 YEAR 2
Jewish year: birthdays and festivals
Jewish days, weeks & months
Heroes
Stand up, don’t stand by
Participating in a seder
Contributing to a seder
Term 2
TOPIC YEAR 1 YEAR 2
Israel’s birthday: achievements to be proud of
Geography: cities towns and Kibbutzim
The story and practices
The characters
Rules are important
Jewish peoplehood
Term 3
TOPIC YEAR 1 YEAR 2
Chessed – respect
Tikkun olam – a better world
Our synagogue
A special wall – the Kotel
Teshuva – the best me I can be
Teshuva – caring for my friends and family
Term 4
TOPIC YEAR 1 YEAR 2
The sukkah – appreciation
The 4 spices – unity
We are family – the main families in the Torah
Becoming a nation – Living in ancient Israel
Jewish pride
Lighting the way, a positive example

Participating Schools

Brighton Beach Primary School

Carnegie Primary School

Caulfield Junior College

Caulfield South Primary School

Clifton Hill Primary School

Coatesville Primary School

Elwood Primary

East Bentleigh Primary School

Gardenvale Primary School

Kingswood Primary School

Llyod Street School

Malvern Primary School

McKinnon Primary School

North Eastern Jewish Centre

Margret River WA

North Eastern Jewish Centre

Southmoor Primary School

Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School

Valkstone Primary School

Wesley College - Elsternwick

Participating Schools