Overview of Atideinu Curriculum

Monthly Themes for the Atideinu Year

Each month we have a new theme, along with specific discussion topics. These are used most extensively in the after-school program.

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Hashem as our Father

  • Hashem’s unconditional love for us
  • Teshuva as a gift

Internal resilience

  • Self-awareness – being aware of our strengths and struggles
  • Picking ourselves up after a mistake

Believing in Hashem when things are gray

  • Medicine can be unpleasant, but ultimately heals us
  • Staying hopeful when we feel confused/scared

Developing an internal locus of control (we are responsible for our own happiness)

  • “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” (Charles Swindoll)
  • Using challenges to grow stronger

Being a light unto the nations

  • What it means to be a  Jew
  • Defining and exploring Kiddush Hashem

Self-respect

  • Manners, interactig with others, presentation vs. content (how you talk, not what you say)
  • Presenting ourselves appropriately, hygiene and cleanliness

Staying strong in our identity in a secular world

  • The value of being part of a Torah community
  • Remembering that Olam Hazeh (this world) is temporary

Self-identity

  • Exploring individualized strengths
  • Identifying how our strengths assist us with overcoming our challenges

Appreciating the physicality/nature of the world

  • Mah Rabu Ma’asechah Hashem (how great are your creations, God)
  • Exploring all the resources we get from Hashem’s world

Expressing appreciation and using support systems

  • The value of experiencing and showing gratitude
  • Identifying internal and external support systems

Simchas HaChaim

  • Recognizing that Hashem wants us to be happy
  • What we can learn from the story of Purim (the value of having a leader)

Developing kindness and empathy/helping others 

  • Gemilus Chasadim (perpetuating kindness) / the 3 pillars the world stands on
  • Relating to others/the value of listening

Simchas HaChaim

  • Recognizing that Hashem wants us to be happy
  • What we can learn from the story of Purim (the value of having a leader)

Developing kindness and empathy/helping others 

  • Gemilus Chasadim (perpetuating kindness) / the 3 pillars the world stands on
  • Relating to others/the value of listening
Nissan

Becoming a Nation

  • Pesach/Yetziyas Mitzrayim (Passover/the Exodus)
  • Identifying as a klal, not an individual

Building healthy relationships 

  • “I” statements and feeling words
  • Healthy and appropriate boundaries
Iyar

Developing our Middos (good traits)/climbing higher

  • Identifying a personal challenge (e.g. – “no electronic media” challenge, etc.)
  • Not letting others/our surroundings bring us down

Standing up to peer pressure

  • Self-advocacy
  • Being a leader instead of a follower (what it means to be a leader)
Sivan

The Torah!

  • The experience of Matan Torah (the giving of the Torah)
  • How the Torah individually meets the needs of every person

Individual and communal responsibility

  • Always striving to be the best version of ourselves
  • Taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves
Tammuz

Learning the root to destruction in Klal Yisroel

  • What actually happened with the Dor Hamidbar (the generation of the desert)
  • Building a Beis Hamikdash (holy temple) within ourselves

Safely experiencing and processing grief

  • Learning how to feel secure and comfortable being alone
  • Recognizing that everyone grieves in their own way
Av

TU Ba’av – rebuilding after the destruction

  • Growing and learning from the mistakes of our ancestors
  • Moving forward after a loss and creating a stronger future

A time and place for everything

  • Developing emotional intuition into our inner selves
  • Being aware of our surroundings as it relates to social appropriateness