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First day of TIRS is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11!

Shalom Bet Families,

I enjoyed meeting all of your children and am excited about teaching each of them this year!

In Hebrew, the students learned to read with the letter Shin and two “AH” vowel sounds. The students practiced reading aloud as a class, and each student individually read aloud to our class madrichot, Amia and Amalia. The students also completed two worksheets that reinforce their Shin reading skills and practiced writing Shins. The students are encouraged to practice their Shin Hebrew reading skills with the page they brought home.

In Judaic studies, we discussed how we are celebrating the Jewish new year-Rosh Hashanah for the year 5783, and that our Jewish calendar is based on the Jewish philosopher Maimonides’s interpretation that the world was created in 3761BCE. We made an acronym for the customs of Rosh Hashanah – BLAST which stands for Blasting the shofar, wishing each other a L’Shanah Tovah, eating apples and honey, saying the Shehecheyanu, and Tashlich (the students will learn about Tashlich next Sunday). We learned the Shehecheyanu prayer, and then discussed how Rosh Hashanah is a time to think about what we did well in the previous year, what we are sorry about, and how we can do better in the upcoming year. Each student wrote their own personal Rosh Hashanah reflections. 

We will be learning to read new letters and vowels sounds every Sunday, so it is very important to have strong attendance in the Bet class. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson. Today, we read very short words with only the Shin, but next week, we will learn a second letter, Bet, and then read words with Bet and Shin. As you can see, the curriculum reinforces lessons already learned while introducing new material, so regular attendance is key to developing strong Hebrew reading skills!

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Thu, December 7 2023 24 Kislev 5784