Big Ideas for Each Level of CHAI
Each core level contains 27 complete one-hour classroom lessons in Torah, Avodah and G'milut Chasdadim, plus family education lessons. The CHAI lessons follow a curriculum model known as "backward design," as outlined in the book Understanding by Design (UbD) by Wiggins and McTighe and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). This approach, and that of the CHAI curriculum is designed so that student learning will go beyond the specific classroom activities and will reach a deeper enduring understanding, establishing the basis for later Jewish learning and living.
The lesson overview provides a comprehensive outline of all of the lessons in the curriculum.
Enduring Understandings: Torah Strand
Torah is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students.
Torah is real in our daily lives; it goes with us wherever we are.
Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating Torah into our lives.
Level 1: I am part of the ongoing story of Torah and the Jewish people
Level 2: The Torah teaches me how to be part of the Jewish people.
Level 3: The laws and rules found in the Torah can help us to live a life filled with holy moments.
Level 4: With the promise of a holy land (Eretz Yisrael), we as a holy people (Am Yisrael) have a responsibility to work towards becoming holy by observing the brit (covenant).
Level 5: The prophets were focused on reminding the Jewish people how God wants us to live, and their messages are at the heart of Reform Judaism.
Level 6: Studying Jewish texts allows us to explore our relationship with God and reflect on the ways God is continuously revealed to others and to ourselves.
Level 7: My life is reflected in and reflects Torah.
Enduring Understandings: Avodah Strand
Avodah is the work we do to find sacred connections to God, community, and self. Engaging in the work of avodah can bring order, beauty, meaning and insight to our lives and our community.