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CHAI: Jewish Family Education Volume 2: Jewish Living

Two volumes of complete sessions for parents and children of grades two through seven learning together.

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Two volumes of complete sessions for parents and children of grades two through seven learning together. Volume One topics include: Shabbat, the High Holy Days, Chanukah, Passover, and Yom HaAtzma-ut Volume Two topics include: Reform Judaism, Torah, preserving the Earth, g'milut chasadim, and showing kavod/respect.

There is a wonderful Parents Shabbat Workbook that would enhance every family's Shabbat table available, and a How-To Manual designed to assist your congregation in making Family Education at your synagogue effective. If you do not yet have Family Ed programs, this Manual will take you through the process to start them.

Click here for additional CHAI Curriculum support and sample lessons.

About the CHAI Curriculum

Lead students on an exploration of key values and principles of Torah, worship, and acts of loving kindness that build both Jewish identity and community with the help of this comprehensive, spiraling curriculum core and companion student workbooks.

The CHAI Curriculum is built on three strands - Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim - using the principles of backward design outlined in Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design (UbD) to focus on the enduring understandings we want students to take with them in order to establish a strong basis for later Jewish learning and living.

CHAI articulates enduring understandings for each of its core strands:

•        Torah is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students. It is real in our daily lives and goes with us wherever we are. Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating Torah into our lives.

•        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. 

•        G'milut chasadim is our way of being personally responsible for making the world a better and holier place. 


Each strand features a spiral curriculum core that grows through seven levels, guided by age-appropriate enduring understandings for each level. Each core level contains 27 complete one-hour, scripted classroom lessons in Torah, avodah and g'milut chasdadim, plus family education lessons, and is designed to allow educators broad flexibility in structuring the school year and in adapting to student needs. Companion student workbooks for each level provide a place for student work and reflection as well as serve as a portfolio for assessment.