A Vision for Jewish Education

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hadar's Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice

The Curriculum Project at Hadar is excited to share with you the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice!

Imagine a world in which Jewish children not only have strong Jewish identities, but their passion and enthusiasm for Judaism is accompanied by fluency in the texts and practices of Judaism. Imagine a world in which these children grow into adults who can sustain, participate in, promote, and teach a vision of Jewish life that is meaningful and compelling. If Jewish education is to be successful we must have a clear definition of the fluency we are striving for as well as roadmaps of the content, skills, and dispositions that should be taught in order to get us there.

Hadar's Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice, developed in partnership with Beit Rabban Day School, is a ground-breaking educational resource that articulates such a vision for fluency in Tanakh, Torah She-Be-Al Peh, Tefillah, and Jewish Practice, anchoring Jewish education in a shared framework of substance and standards. The resource includes:

  • Portraits of eighth grade fluency
  • Grade level benchmarks
  • Sample curriculum maps
  • Suggested content lists


By painting a portrait of fluency, delineating a canon of texts to be mastered, formulating dispositions that should be cultivated, and describing the investments that are needed, these fluency standards will advance the field of Jewish education in its mission to produce a generation of empowered Jews, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to carry Judaism into the future.


For a taste of the fluency standards, please click here.

To gain access to the fluency standards in full, please click here.