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PORTRAIT OF A PRESSMAN GRADUATE

A Pressman Academy graduate should demonstrate:

Commitment to Jewish Life and a Strong Jewish Identity

  • Read, write, and speak Hebrew.
  • Read, explain, interpret, and make personal meaning from traditional Jewish Texts (Tanakh (Bible), Siddur, Mishnah, and Talmud).
  • Participate in daily, Shabbat, and holiday prayers with knowledge, understanding, and kavanah (spiritual intention). Incorporate these prayers into daily living.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of and connection to Israel, its people, and its culture.
  • Practice and demonstrate knowledge of Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and customs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Jewish history and Jewish literature and its impact on Jewish life today.
  • Participate in the Temple Beth Am community and the Jewish and non-Jewish community at large.
  • Develop an understanding of and ongoing personal relationship with God.
  • Take an active role and contribute to one’s own Jewish education.

 Positive Social Awareness and Responsible American and Global Citizenship

  • Show global awareness, respect, and knowledge of different peoples and cultures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the United States Government and democratic system.
  • Develop a commitment to tikkun olam (social responsibility) through acts of tzedakah (creating a just world).
  • Participate appropriately in cooperative and collaborative learning groups.
  • Develop life-long learning skills and desire, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Use conflict resolution, problem solving, and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and care for the environment.      
  • Be a literate, respectful, and ethical user of emerging technology and social media.
  • Demonstrate Jewish values in their daily life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geography.

Effective Communication

  • Participate appropriately in conversations and group discussions.
  • Learn to listen and speak from the heart. Learn to speak leanly.
  • Read for comprehension and information from various literary sources and styles.
  • Write for purpose (including analysis, research, description, persuasion, explanation, imagination, and narration).
  • Write using proper grammar, correct spelling, and punctuation.
  • Use technology for communication and research.      
  • Use oral, written, artistic, and musical forms for self-expression.
  • Develop effective and appropriate public speaking.

Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

  • Use creative and effective problem solving skills.
  • Use research skills to locate and synthesize available sources of information.
  • Develop personal time-management and organizational skills.
  • Develop life-long study skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence of basic computational skills.
  • Recognize and apply mathematical concepts in everyday life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  • Develop analytical skills.
  • Develop an ability to think independently.
  • Develop an ability to work collaboratively.
  • Assess the validity and source of information.
  • Experience and use a variety of creative arts.

Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Develop a positive self-image and emotional well-being.
  • Develop physical fitness awareness and skills.
  • Identify the elements of proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Show knowledge of human physical, emotional, and spiritual development.
  • Participate appropriately and demonstrate sportsmanship in a sport or game.
  • Develop skills to identify and cope with stress.
  • Develop self-awareness and self-understanding.



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