L'mala and L'mata (Grades 3 - 6)

In grades 3-6, we offer two complementary learning blocks which are called L’mala (upstairs) and L’mata (downstairs).

L’mala is the classroom-based learning block during which students work on Hebrew reading and concepts, Shabbat liturgy, Torah, Holidays, Israel and Jewish history.

L’mata is the experiential learning block during which students in grades 3-6 have a weekly musical tefillah (prayer) session, large-scale programming, Jewish values lessons, and various interactive electives.

The combination of classroom learning and experiential opportunities allows children to experience Judaism in different ways and to find a path to which they can connect.  Our program received recognition from the Washington DC edition of the Slingshot Guide.


Erev Machane – Two immersive camp style overnights that take place on Saturday evening-Sunday morning. The program is designed to strengthen the connection between the curriculum, the Machane TBA staff, student peers, and the Temple Beth Ami community. This year, Erev Machane will take place on the following dates:

  • October 27-28, 2018
  • March 16-17, 2019

Shabbat Family Experiences – Machane TBA is pleased to offer our “Family Shabbat Experiences” for students in grades Pre-K-6. Once per year, grade-level families are invited to celebrate Shabbat at the Temple together with our faculty and clergy.  The evenings may include a dinner, family activity and/or participation in a service. Please refer to the following for your grade-level Shabbat Family Experience:

  • 3rd Grade – students are presented with their siddur at this meaningful service – November 2, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:00 pm
  • 4th and 5th Grade – 4th Graders help lead the Shema from their seats and they observe in preparation for next year as 5th Grade leads much of the service – March 1, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 6th Grade – 6th graders exhibit their “Parasha Projects”, which are an exploration of their respective Torah portions for b’nai mitzvah, and they help to lead the Shabbat Torah service – April 6, 2019 at 4:30 pm

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