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Week of March 21-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

Shalom Kitah Hey Families! This week we discussed why we drink four glasses of grape juice at the seder and what they represent. We also talked about why we leave another cup out for Elijah, the fifth expression of redemption promised by Hashem. Lastly, we reviewed what we've learned over the past few weeks so the students can be prepared for the seders this weekend. 

Chag Pesach Sameach! 

Week of March 21-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

Today in our final unit of Hakarat Hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב we discussed about how when we change our perspective, we can have hakarat hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב even when things are tough. Students uncovered strategies for responding to tough times with an attitude of hakarat hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב from sources in the Torah, Talmud, and Jewish folklore. Jewish tradition has a few stories of great and righteous people who had a way of responding to tough times with the phrase gam zu l’tovah  גַם זוּ לְטוֹבָה(this too is for the best).How can we use the idea of gam zu l’tovah גַם זוּ לְטוֹבָה (this too is for the best) in our family? During your seder see if you can find examples of events that seemed bad but resulted in good. When we return after Pesach we will begin our sixth values unit, Koach Hadibbur כֹּחַ הַדִבּוּר (the power of the word).

Have a great Pesach.

Week of March 14-Hebrew

Rabbi Kornsgold

Students watched a video about the Passover story. Throughout the video, the students were asked questions about what they were watching and the Hebrew words for the different parts of the seder.

Week of March 14-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

This week we continued to learn about hakarat hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב  “recognizing the good” by discussing how to look for the good in every situation. Students practiced judging favorably by looking at pictures that seemed to show bad behavior and considering whether there could be a good explanation for the behavior 

Have a great week.

Week of March 7-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we started to discuss the next holiday coming up, Passover! I asked the students what they could remember from last year and we all pieced together the story. We then watched a few videos to help us further learn about the plagues. After watching the videos, the students learned that we all have different customs with how we do certain things for the holiday or at the seder. I look forward to further discussing the seder next week! 

Week of February 28-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we continued learning about Purim by watching a fun video and playing a Kahoot. We also reviewed some information from the past couple of months to get a good refresher and to prepare for the next few weeks. I hope everyone had a great Purim and got to eat lots of  hamentaschen! 

Week of February 28-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

Today we began week 1 of our Hakarat Hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב unit. Hakarat Hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב means “recognizing the good.” We focused today on how our stories and rituals help us remember to recognize the good things around us. We discussed the value of  choosing to have a positive and grateful outlook (like Leah did after the birth of Yehuda). We also discussed the function of the b‘rachah בְּרָכָה (blessing) in Jewish life as a way to help us focus our gratitude. 

Car Talk: How do b’rachot בְּרָכוֹת show gratitude? Make up your own b’racha בְּרָכָהfor something in your family. 

Next Week: How does your hakarat hatov הַכָּרָת הַטוֹב affect others?

Week of February 28-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we continued learning about Purim by watching a fun video and playing a Kahoot. We also reviewed some information from the past couple of months to get a good refresher and to prepare for the next few weeks. I hope everyone had a great Purim and got to eat lots of  hamentaschen! 

Week of February 21-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents, 

Chag Sameach! We got ready for Purim in class this week by reviewing the four Jewish values we have been focusing on this year (T’shuva - Repentence, B’tzelem Elohim - In the image of God, Gevurah - Strength, and Achrayut - Responsibility). We considered how the individuals in the Purim story used these values to guide their actions. We ended class with a fun Purim song from the Maccabeats and a sharing of funny faces! It turns out you don't need a mask to dress up for Purim!

Week of February 7-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we focused on the prayer Modeh Ani and what it means. Many students knew the words to the prayer but not the meaning and why we say it first thing in the morning. We discussed how our souls get recharged overnight and, in the morning, we thank God for returning them to us. The students then found ways to be thankful for today and making the most of our time. With the rest of time in class we played a few Kahoots about the new information they had learned! 

Week of January 31-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Today we worked on the second lesson of Achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת (responsibility). Achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת requires that we “step up” and “stand up” when we are confronted with an injustice to ourselves or to another person. We watched a brief movie about a boy who made the effort to fix a problem and help others and then discussed ways that we can help others. We each wrote a version of the phrase "Love your neighbor as yourself” (VaYikra 19:18)." About ways we could help our community fight the spread of COVID-19.

Week of February 7-Judaic Studies

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

Today in our third week of Achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת, we learned that sometimes you need to act even when others tell you it is none of your business. Students learned about the prophet Jeremiah and we discussed the ways in which prophets take action against injustice even when others tell them not to act. Students discussed the contemporary figure, Malala who acted against injustice by standing up for girls' rights to be educated. Students learned to see themselves as heirs to a tradition of ethical sensitivity and action against injustice and considered how they can use their own unique gifts to continue this tradition.

Car Talk: Who are some of our family’s role models of people who worked against injustice? What can our family do to fight against injustice in our community or the world? What project can we do together that will make a difference?

Week of January 31-Hebrew

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

Shalom Chaverim! This week Kitah Hey learned about the six different brachot you say before eating various types of food. Each student had a chance to read one of the brachot which helped jog some memories and helped them become more familiar with them. We then played a Kahoot which allowed the students to practice matching the brachot with the food. The students did a really great job and seemed to enjoy this activity. 

Week of January 24

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

Today in our first unit of Achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת, we learned from the examples of biblical and contemporary figures who modeled taking responsibility for others. In our free and open society, we hope that people will choose to see themselves as obligated to help others. The lesson is summarized below.

·         Students learned various types of achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת and what they owe to others and why.

·         Students re-states the continuation of the story of Joseph and his brothers.

·         Students analyzed the progression in the Joseph stories from self-centeredness to caring and acting for others.

Car Talk: How do you think you can help the world recognize the value of achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת?

MyShalomLearning Activity: 5.4.2

List the things that you feel achrayut אַחֲרָיוּת towards in your life (family, school, friends…).Draw either a pie or a graph chart and chart these things. Take a picture of it and post on our discussion board. Are you most responsible towards God? Your family? Friends? Community? School? The environment?

Next Week: Prophets as an example of people who stood up no matter the consequences.

Have a great week! Karen

Week of January 10

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear parents,

We finished our unit on g'vurah (strength) this week by considering ways that we can show strength in our disagreements with others. We discussed that to show strength when disagreeing it is important to stand up for yourself by expressing your position but it is also important to show strength by being willing to listen to another person's perspective and find ways to compromise. We learned that in Hebrew, the word for argument includes the word for a piece of something because in an argument each person has one piece of the truth. We ended by considering why the mezuzah hangs at an angle (a compromise between those who thought it should be horizontal and those who thought it should be vertical). I asked your kids to try to practice these new forms of strength in any disagreements they had at home this week!

Week of January 10

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great break!

This week we focused on two prayers, the Adon Olam and Ma Tovu. We read each prayer in Hebrew and English to understand what each of them mean and why we say them. We also discussed what transliteration is and how it can be helpful when they are praying.  We ended the class with a short Kahoot game learning about Tefillah vocabulary that the students really enjoyed! 

Week of December 13

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

Chag Sameach!

Today we discussed how we each have celebrated Chanukah this year and how it's been different than previous years. We learned about the different brachot you say while lighting the candles and what they mean. We then played some Kahoots about Chanukah trivia. The students really enjoyed this and learned about where we place the menorah and what makes a menorah kosher.

Week of December 13

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

Elena and I enjoyed celebrating Chanukah with your children this week. First we discussed the ways that the Maccabees showed G'vurah (strength) during Chanukah. Not surprisingly, the first way students thought about the Maccabees' strength was their physical strength in fighting. But after a bit of discussion students also came up with the idea that they showed spiritual strength in working to purify the temple and lighting the eternal flame when they feared the oil wouldn't last and in standing up for their religious beliefs. After this rousing discussion, we voted on our favorite Chanukiah (Chanukah Menorah), discussed the rules for Chanukiot and then played virtual s'vivon. Have a wonderful break! 

Week of December 6

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents,

This week our Madricha Elena introduced the concept of G'vurah (strength) and we discussed the sorts of things in your child's life that have taken strength (physical or emotional). We watched a fun video of a child learning to walk and considered the ways her family supported her and the ways she persevered. Then we ended with a video about Theodore Herzel (the founder of modern Zionism) and considered the types of strength he showed in his lifetime. Happy Chanukah!

BLOG Hey (5th) Week of November 22

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we focused on the Ashrei. We discovered the uniqueness of the prayer and how it's in alphabetical order. The students learned that the prayer praises God in many ways. Each student read a sentence of the prayer and the definition to get a better understanding of why we chant it in synagogue.  We then ended the lesson with a short and fun Kahoot.

Happy Thanksgiving!

BLOG Hey (5th) Week of November 15

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents, 

We are still studying the different ways that being made in God's image can help us to be better friends. This week we discussed disabilities and abilities and considered ways that we can (and must) support our friends when they have areas of need. We considered the relationship between Moses who had difficulty speaking and Aaron who could communicate well but was not a prophet.

BLOG Hey (5th) Week of November 8

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we played games on JITap and then played some kahoots reviewing the information from the games. We also focused on the Hebrew words for weather, colors, and days of the week! 

BLOG Hey (5th) Week of November 8

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear parents,

We continued our discussion of being made in God's image by considering ways that looks can be misleading. We began the lesson looking at some optical illusions and then discussed ways that people's appearances can be misleading or influenced by the situation. We concluded the lesson by watching a news clip about a Syrian child who received free heart surgery in Israel and discussed how this is an example of seeing beyond the surface to do the right thing. 

 BLOG-Hey (5th) Week of November 1

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

Dear Parents, 

It has been terrific having the chance to talk to your children about the ways that Jewish Mitzvot can support good friendships! Over the past two weeks we considered ways to be good hosts to our friends and family and how the fact that we are all created in the image of God should influence our friendships. We reached the conclusion that we should treat every person with love and respect. I think this is such an important thing to keep in mind during these turbulent times! I challenged each student to find a way to be more kind or respectful towards someone this week. I encourage you to discuss this with your child! Best, Karen

BLOG-Hey (5th) Week of November 1-Hebrew

Students followed along in their siddur reading the words of the Tefillah Ma Tovu, while listening to the melody. Then, students played a couple of Kahoot games which helped them practice their Hebrew reading skills, focusing on vowels and letters. They did a great job and had a lot of fun! Keep up the great work! 

BLOG Hey (5th) Week of October 25

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

This week we were able to set up our JITap accounts and play some Hebrew games. The games completed were about color and weather. Hopefully, we'll all be up and running next week and can learn and play some more! 

BLOG-Kitah Hey (5th)

Morah Karen-Judaic Studies

We are very sorry for the technical difficulties last week. We are ready to go with Kitah Hey Judaic Studies this Sunday, October 25!

Morah Karen

Morah Hayley-Hebrew

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781