The 4 Pillars of Yalla!

Knowing, Doing, Believing/Valuing, and Belonging (KDBB)

Yalla! features a focused implementation of the four elements of KDBB: Knowing, Doing, Believing/Valuing and Belonging. Students of all ages will participate in various aspects of KDBB, and our new immersive curriculum will ensure the focus for each age group is developmentally and age appropriate. So you will find that children at various ages are doing more work in specific areas:

  • Doing: Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st graders will spend most of their time focused on DOING as they learn about and practice Jewish values, Jewish rituals and holidays, Jewish life-cycle, and biblical stories.
  • Knowing: 2nd and 3rd grade will spend most of their time focused on KNOWING the fundamental Jewish text, traditions, beliefs, and history.
  • Believing: 4th and 5th grade students will begin to explore what they BELIEVE about prayer, Torah, and God.
  • Belonging: The 6th graders will embrace BELONGING as they enter into Jewish adulthood and their relationships deepen. They will focus on how their knowledge, their beliefs, and their actions (what they do), connect them to each other and the Jewish community.

While their focus is designed to best meet the needs of each developmental stage, all students will participate in various aspects of KDBB. Better yet, our new physical space will allow students to become immersed in the space, topic, and experience. Teachers and madrichim (teacher helpers) will accompany the students as they engage in all four elements. For example, when kindergartners learn the Shema, they will learn in the BELIEVING pod. When 4th and 5th graders learn the history of Israel, they will do this in our new KNOWING space dedicated to Israel. There will be lots of cross-over, lots of connections between the elements, the spaces, and the students while they actively KNOW, BELIEVE, BELONG, AND DO Judaism. 

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