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Week of March 14-Hebrew

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

This past week in Zayin class we introduced Lesson 4 in our "Let's Talk" book.  The dialogue in this lesson includes a conversation between our characters while they are on a flight to Israel.  They met their Dayal (flight attendant) and discussed what they would like to drink and eat during the long flight.  Our students now know how to ask for basic food/drink items 

"Ani Rotzeh..." - I want (m) & "Ani Rotzah..." -  I want (f).

Assignment for the week:  Lesson 4 - review reading & translating the dialogue, and do all exercises in this lesson.

Shabbat Shalom

Week of March 14-Judaic Studies

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we started to prepare for our next class by reviewing vocabulary for the Butterfly project. After, we reviewed Passover with a Kahoot.

Week of March 7-Hebrew

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

I would like to welcome Morah Liat's students into our group.  This is a great opportunity to have all students in Kitah Zayin learn together.   

We reviewed the characters in "Let’s Talk", and read and discussed Dialogue #3.  We also watched a video about Kibbutzim, which gave our students a taste of what it is like living in Israel on a Kibbutz.   

Assignment for the week - "Let's Talk" Lesson 4:

  1. Read and translate Dialogue #4.  
  2. Copy the Dictionary (Milon) for Dialogue #4.

Shabbat Shalom

Week of March 7-Judaic Studies

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

We continued exploring  Achrayut (responsibility) by discussing different quotes.  Most quotes drew a parallel from how we treat animals to how we treat others. After the discussion, we reviewed Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei through a Kahoot. Next class we will start preparing for our class on the 24th,  which will be with the Butterfly Project.

Week of February 28-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Shalom Parents,

In Zayin class, we reviewed our "Let's Talk" vocabulary by playing the Missing Word Game.  This gave our students a chance to practice their reading as well as rehearse the vocabulary learned in Dialogue 3.  We also played our version of Charades.

Assignment for the week:

  1. "Let's Talk" - read the dialogue in Lesson #4, using the Aleph-Bet sheet.  Go over the Milon (dictionary) getting familiarized with new vocabulary.
  2. Siddur p. 101 Mah Tovu prayer - continue reading the 1st paragraph, using the Aleph-Bet sheet.

Shabbat Shalom.

 

 

Liat:

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we learned the verb לִנְסֹעַ (to travel/ to go) and how to conjugate it based on the pronoun.  After students completed activities from Chapter 2, they practiced sentence building with the prefixes מ- from; ל- to; ו-and other learned vocabulary. For example: אַתָּה נוֹסֵעַ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל (you (masculine) are going to Israel); גַּם הֵן נוֹסְעוֹת לִירוּשָׁלַיִם (they (feminine) also traveling to Tel-Aviv). Please make sure your child brings to class the textbook “Let’s Talk” that was sent from the school, as well as, a notebook for writing down class material.

Beginning next week, I will be out on maternity leave. It has been a pleasure teaching these wonderful students and I am really going to miss them. Hopefully, I will be able to return in April. In my absence, Morah Limor will be teaching Hebrew to all Kitah Zayin students.

L’Shalom!

Week of February 21-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Liat - Shalom Chaverim,

We started class with a vocabulary review game. Then, students had to come up with a short greeting/ introduction conversations between themselves.  Student did a great job! Next, we continued to chapter 2 in our textbook. Students were introduced to new vocabulary words (e.g. הִנֵּה (here is/are)  שֶׁלִּי(mine), prefixes (מ- from; ל- to; ו-and), and the verb לִנְסֹעַ (to travel). Please make sure your child brings to class the textbook “Let’s Talk” that was sent from the school, as well as, a notebook for writing down class material.

Happy Purim!

 

Limor - Shalom Parents,

In Zayin class we continued reviewing the main vocabulary and ideas in “Let's Talk" Lesson #3.  Unfortunately, we were not able to move forward, as none of our students (except for one) did any of their Homework exercises.  I need your assistance, and I am asking for your help - especially when learning a foreign language, it is so important the children have a chance to review at home what they learned in class.  The Homework I assign do exactly that, and such a great reinforcement for them.

Homework assignment for this week:

  1. Let's Talk - Read the dialogue in Lesson #3, using the Aleph-Bet sheet.
  2. Let's Talk - Translate the dialogue and complete the exercises in Lesson #3.
  3. Siddur p. 101 Ma Tovu prayer - read the first 3 lines using the Aleph-Bet sheet.

I want to wish you and your families a very happy and joyous Purim.

Week of February 21-Judaic Studies

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

We started class reviewing what students knew about Purim and watching the “Go Esther” video on Bimbam. Next students discussed their favorite parts of the holiday followed by a historical overview of why Purim was, and still is, a liberating holiday for Jews around the world.

Week of February 7-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Limor

Shalom Parents,

We are moving along, and started discussing Dialogue 3 in our Let's Talk book.  We looked at our Milon (dictionary) trying to guess what is going to take place in this dialogue, talked about which items each student would like to bring with them if they were travelling to Israel. We concentrated on Yesh Li (I have) vs. Ein Li (I don't have), while learning the main vocabulary mentioned by our cast on their trip to Israel:  Tik (backpack/bag), Kovah (hat), Sandalim (sandals), and B'gadim (clothes).

For the next couple of weeks, our students will need to complete the following assignments for Chapter 3:

  1. Read the dialogue using their Aleph-Bet sheet.
  2. Complete all the exercises for this Lesson.

Shabbat Shalom

 

Liat

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we learned new greetings questions, such as מַה שְׁלוֹמְךָ? (How are?; masculine singular); מַה שְׁלוֹמְכֶן? (How are you?; feminine plural); מַה נִשְׁמַע? (What’s up?). Students also learned different responses to greeting questions, such as הַכֹּל בְּסֶדֶר (everything’s ok); סֲבָּבָּה (good- slang); כָּכַה כָּכַה (so-so); לֹא כֹּל-כַּךְ טוֹב (not so good). We ended class with students practicing short introduction and greeting conversations with each other. We had fun!

L’Shalom

Week of January 31-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Liat

Shalom Chaverim,

This week, students learned how to greet each other. We learned general greetings, like שָׁלוֹם (shalom) and הַיי (Hi); time-related greetings, such as בּוֹקֶר טוֹב (good morning) and עֶרֶב טוֹב (good evening); Shabbat-related greetings, like שָׁבַּת שָׁלוֹם (Shabbat shalom) and שָׁבוּעַ טוֹב (good week; at the end of Shabbat); and holiday-related greetings- חַג שָׁמֵח (happy holiday).  Students also learned how to say goodbye, such as לְהִתְרָאוֹת (goodbye) and נִתֽרָאֶה אַחַר-כָּךֽ (see you later). Please make sure your child brings to class the textbook “Let’s Talk” that was sent from the school, as well as, a notebook for writing down class material.

L’Shalom.

 

Limor

Shalom Parents,

In class we continued to discuss the Modeh Ani prayer (p. 99 in our Siddur).  In our "Let's Talk" Hebrew book, we reviewed the vocabulary and knowledge of the characters in chapters 1 & 2.  I reiterated to our students how important it is that they have their Aleph-Bet & Vowel sheet with them at all times, as it will offer great assistance when they are practicing their reading.

For Homework, our students need to read the dialogue in Chapter 3, copy the Milon (Dictionary) words in their notebook, and try to determine what the dialogue is about.

Shabbat Shalom.

Week of January 31-Judaic Studies

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we continued covering gevurah, inner/outer strength, by looking at Jewish partisan groups during the Shoah.

We started class focusing on Jewish partisans on the Eastern front. Students learned that most Jews were not allowed to actively fight in non-Jewish partisan groups from Poland of the USSR. Students were able to see maps of were partisan groups were located, how many Jews who escaped concentration camps and extermination centers joined partisan groups in the forests surround the camps, and how most of the groups operated. We then focused on the Bielski partisans who were as many as 1,236 members, with most being noncombatants, who operated mainly to protect Jews who escaped from the Nazis. We then moved on to the Western front were in France, most Jews were able to join partisan groups and made up a sizable part of the French resistance. We ended class focusing on Jews who made Aliyah and chose to paradrop into Europe to help resistance movements. We focused especially on Hannah Szenes who was captured, tortured, and executed but refused to give information that would give up other resistance members. Many of her poems and writings are read and sung in Israel today.

L’Shalom,

 

Week of January 24

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

In class we introduced the "Modeh/Modah Ani" prayer.  We discussed how to find it in our Siddur (part of the Morning Service, p. 99), spent time taking turns reading it, and discussed key words/roots in this prayer.

The homework for the week:

(1) Practice reading the Modeh/Modah Ani (p. 99 in siddur).  Read the English explanation.

(2) Review reading Chapter 2 in our "Let's Talk" book, as well as going over the exercises for this chapter.

Shabbat Shalom

Week of January 24

Morah Liat-Hebrew

Liat - Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we began class with a vocabulary game learned in chapter 1. Then, students practiced short introductions with their friends. For example, -“Shalom, my name is Ben. Who are you?” –“Shalom, I’m Rebecca” OR –“Shalom, I’m Ben. Are you Sarah?” – “No, I’m not Sarah. I’m Rebecca”. Students did a great job! Then, we learned the Hebrew Personal Pronoun. Students received a file with the personal pronoun and were asked to save it to their computer. Please make sure your child brings to class the textbook “Let’s Talk” that was sent from the school, as well as, a notebook for writing class material.

L’Shalom

Week of January 24

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we began looking into Gevurah which means strength. Students were asked what strength means to them. Many mentioned physical strength and emotional strength. We went on to discuss moments of strength in our history as a people. Many examples were given such as the opportunity to be in class, surviving the destruction of the Temple, and the Holocaust. Students learned for the next three classes, we would be exploring our strength as a people during the Shoah. To start the topic, students learned how Holocaust has a Greek origin meaning burnt sacrifice to god. In class, we will be using the Shoah, meaning catastrophe, instead of the Holocaust.

We started with a brief outline of how the Shoah began, the precursors to the mass murdering of our people along with other groups in Europe, and how to disprove those who deny the Shoah ever happened. We reviewed the differences between concentration camps and extermination centers, Operation Reinhart, and key dates. We then explored what a ghetto was from our history before the Haskalah, the Jewish Enlightenment, and during the Shoah. We then reviewed the Warsaw Ghetto uprising from April 19th-May 16th of 1943, the Sobibor uprising on October 14, 1943, and the Treblinka Uprising on August 2, 1943. Students learned that because of the uprisings at Triblinka and Sobibor, both were shut down which may have saved countless lives. We also discussed how we showed strength through prayer, observing holidays, and still following tradition even with in concentration camps and ghettos. Students also brought up other events such as in the uprising that destroyed one of the crematoriums at Auschwitz-Birkenau on October 7, 1944.

Next class, we will be focusing on Jewish Partisans and how they used their gevurah to save Jews and sabotage Nazi forces.

L’Shalom,

Alan

Week of January 10

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week students were given the choice to start our new topic Gevurah (inner/outer strength) or discuss and review Tu B’shvat. Students voted to discuss Tu B’shvat since there would be a gap due to Yom Gemilut Hasadim taking place this weekend (January 17).

Students discussed and reviewed what they have learned about Tu B’shvat in the past and then played a Kahoot that went over different aspects of the holiday, which brachot we say over the fruits we eat, and how it has been celebrated in the past and present.

Towards the end of class, students discussed different times in our history we had to show strength as a people. Students then learned for the next couple of classes, we would be looking at how even during the darkest days of the Shoah, we still showed great strength. Some examples were Jewish resistance groups, rebellions in ghettos, concentration camps, and extermination centers, and even stories of Jews who escaped Europe but went back to help save others.

Class ended with students being reminded to attend Yom Gemilut Hasadim virtually this weekend to continue our tradition of giving.

Week of January 10-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Liat –

Shalom Chaverim,

I hope you all enjoyed your winter break. This week, we started the Conversational Hebrew program. This fun and interactive program introduces students to modern Hebrew. Students will acquire vocabulary, learn to build Hebrew sentences, and begin to converse in Hebrew. After receiving an overview of the program, students learned new vocabulary, the personal pronouns: אֲנִי (I), אַתָּה (you-mescaline), אַתְּ (you-feminine), and a basic way to introduce themselves. For example: שָׁלוּם, אֲנִי בֵּן. מִי אַתָּה?  (Shalom, I’m Ben. Who are you?). PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS TO CLASS THE TEXTBOOK “LET’S TALK” THAT WAS SENT FROM THE SCHOOL.

 

Limor-

Shalom Parents,

Welcome back to our second semester.  Hope everyone had a nice break.

In Zayin Hebrew we reviewed vocabulary from Lessons 1 & 2 in our "Let's Talk" book.  Each lesson has a milon (Dictionary) with new vocabulary for that particular lesson.  It is important that our students write the milon words in their notebooks, and review together with reading the lesson between classes.  In each class, we practice vocabulary learned, and it's really nice to see the students forming a short sentence in Hebrew, and able to ask each other questions.

Shabbat Shalom!

Week of December 13

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we focused on how Chanukah shows us how to recognize the good. We started class discussing different aspects of Chanukah that help to keep us positive such as lighting the hanukkiah, making and sharing sufganiyot and latkes, and how in America we give gifts. Students also discussed how even though the oil for the menorah only lasted for 8 nights and days, it shows how miraculous the whole story is. After, we played a kahoot reviewing Parashat Miketz and Chanukah.

L’Shalom,

Alan

Week of December 13-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Morah Limor:

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday in Zayin Hebrew, we reviewed how to introduce one's name and started reading the new dialogue in lesson 2 in our "Let's Talk" book.  In this dialogue, the characters are in the airport on their way to Israel, continuing to get to know one another and discussing where they are from. The assignment for the next 3 weeks includes the exercises in Lesson 2, as well as reading the dialogue together with their Aleph-Bet sheet.

I wish you and yours a nice Winter Break.

 

Morah Liat:

Shalom Chaverim,

This week, we continued with our Chanukah program. We started with a Hebrew vocabulary memory game based on vocabulary learned last week. Students did a great job remembering the Hebrew words. Next, we learned the three blessings for lighting the Chanukah candles in both Ashkenazi and Sephardic version. We ended class with learning the Maoz Tzur; a traditional Hanukkah song that is usually sang after lighting the Menorah.  Students sang it beautifully. Ask your child to sing the Maoz Tzur at your next Hanukkah candle lighting. Here is a link with words in Hebrew and English and with melody. https://www.chabad.org/multimedia/music_cdo/aid/104615/jewish/Maoz-Tzur.htm

When we return from winter break, we will start Conversational Hebrew. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS TO CLASS THE TEXTBOOK “LET’S TALK”, THAT WAS SENT FROM THE SCHOOL.

Happy Chanukah and a wonderful winter break!

 

Week of December 6-Hebrew

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Shalom Parents,

Morah Limor - In class we introduced the characters in our "Let's Talk" Modern Hebrew for Teens book, and went over simple greetings and introductions.  We also started taking a look at the Modeh/Modah Ani in our Siddurim. Assignment for the week includes reading and completing exercises in Lesson 1 in "Let's Talk", as well as reading the 3 lines of Modeh/Modah Ani on page 99 in our Siddurim.

Morah Liat - Shalom Chaverim,

This week lesson was dedicated to CHANUKAH!  We were able to cover many topicsJ. Students shared their family traditions and their favorite parts of Chanukah.  We watched a short clip on the story of Chanukah. We continued with learning Chanukah vocabulary in Hebrew and played a version of a memory game. Students were able to get points for remembering the Hebrew words and for writing them. Then, we talked about the letters on the dreidel and their meanings.  We looked at the difference between dreidels in Israel and outside of Israel. In Israel, there’s the letter פ for “here” / "פה" (a great miracle happened here) and outside of Israel, there’s the letter ש for “there” / "שם" (a great miracle happened there). We ended class with a game about the differences between a Menorah and a Chanukiah. Ask your child what are the three main differences. Next week, we will start Conversation Hebrew. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD BRINGS TO CLASS THE TEXTBOOK “LET’S TALK”, THAT WAS SENT FROM THE SCHOOL.

Happy Chanukah!

Week of December 6

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week, we continued to learn about Hakarat HaTov (recognizing the positive) and how it can effect ourselves and others. We started class with students sharing their favorite experiences, what they appreciate about important people in their lives, and  what gifts or talents they have. We moved on to discuss the fun and familiar Passover song, Dayenu, and some of the students started signing as soon as they heard the word. Students discussed how even though we want certain things, we may already have enough. An example given was wanting a brand new phone when your current one works just fine.

Students then were told 2 stories, one about Rabbi Akiva camping in a forest and another about Nachum, Ish Gamzu, presenting the Caesar with a box of dirt that showed examples of how to focus on the positive even in negative situations. Students then discussed how if you show gratitude even in negative situations, it can help you get to better times. Students then learned about Rabbi Akiva, his life, and how in his death, he showed gratitude. Students then discussed different ways to show gratitude on a daily basis and how their perspective can impact their actions and those around them. We ended class playing a Kahoot about Parashat Vayeshev.

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 22

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday we continued our studies of Shema/V’Ahavta,, We discussed the root and verb for “to hear”, and how the Shema instructs us to hear, listen and take action using only the word “Shema (hear)”.  We talked about the difference between hearing and listening.  We also talked about the verb “to love”, and the different ways we each show our ahava (love) to each other, as well as to God.  

I have noticed that our Zayin students are on many levels with their ability to read Hebrew.  I encourage each student to use their Siddur and practice reading the Shema/V’Ahavta with their Aleph-Bet sheet, on a regular basis.  I am hoping that with your support, this will help to get them on the same page.

I want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Shabbat Shalom

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 22

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we started discussing Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good. We started class talking about Mr. Rodgers and how he always recognized the good in all situations. We focused on his quote “ When I was a young boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Students then asked if at any point in their lives they had something difficult happen to them and they witnessed people helping. After sharing, students were asked if they knew about Yad Vashem in Israel. Students then were told about part of Yad Vashem that honors the righteous among nations who risked their lives to save Jews during the Shoah. Students learned of various individuals such as Oscar Schindler, as well as small towns that hid Jews, and a couple of high ranking Nazi officials who had family members who saved or fought against Nazi ideals. We then focused on why not only recognizing good, but being examples, are also important. We discussed that inside of us is a unique world that can never be recreated. We all have different memories, important people, ideas, likes and dislikes that are unique to us that will never again be replicated. In Jewish thought, to save a life is not only saving that person, it is saving an entire world. Students were told that by being someone who helps you are doing your part to fulfill Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. We ended class with a Kahoot about Parashat Vayetzei.

L’Shalom,

Alan

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 22

Morah Liat-Hebrew

Shalom Chaverim,

We continued our lesson on the second part of the Shema: V’ahavta. We are called to love God “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might”. We examined the Hebrew words and their meaning of Heart (Lev), Soul (Nephesh), and Might (Meod). We watched video clips and discussed the differences between loving God with our heart (with will and affection)soul (with our whole life and physical being), and might (by devoting every possibility, opportunity, and capacity to honoring God). Students then shared their ideas of they love or show love to the people or things in their lived with relation to heart, soul, and might. For your enjoyment, I’m attaching great video clips used in our lesson on the key words in the Shema.

Sh’ma:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KQLOuIKaRA

Ahavah/Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV_LUs2lnIQ

Lev/Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS4iM6KpPYo

Nephesh/Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_igCcWAMAM

Meod/Might: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aaVy1AmFX4

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 15-Hebrew

Morah Liat-Hebrew

Shalom Chaverim,

This week, we focused on the Shema; pg. 41 in the Siddur. We learned the meaning and the significance of the words in the Shema. We discussed why the Shema considers the most essential prayer in all Judaism (it’s the declaration and the key principle of our faith; Hear, O’ Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is one). We looked at the different meanings of the Hebrew word Shema: hearing, listening, and paying attention. We also discussed the reasons for covering our eyes when say the Shema and why we say the Shema in the morning and in the evening. Fun Fact: I shared with the students the reasoning behind covering our eyes with the right hand. Ask your child for the answerJ.  We then began to study the second part of the Shema: V’ahavta. We took a closer look at the Hebrew word V’ahavta: love, as we’re commanded to love God “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might”. Next week, we will discuss the difference between loving God with your heart, soul, and might. For your enjoyment, I’m attaching great video clips used in our lesson on the key words in the Sh’ma.

Sh’ma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KQLOuIKaRA

Ahavah/Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV_LUs2lnIQ

Lev/Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS4iM6KpPYo

Nephesh/Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_igCcWAMAM

Meod/Might: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aaVy1AmFX4

L’Shalom,

Morah Liat

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 15-Hebrew

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday in Zayin class we continued exploring the Shema & V'Ahavta in our Siddur, discussing the main ideas in this prayer - our belief in one God, and ways we show our love to God and others.   We learned the shoresh (root) "to love", and some of the words it can create once we add prefixes and/or suffixes to it.  

This coming Sunday we will be starting our new book "Let's Talk".  Please make sure your child has both their Siddur and this book for each class.

Shabbat Shalom, Morah Limor

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 8

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin,

We continued exploring Teshuvah this week focusing on Tzedek (righteous, justice) and Kavannah(intention). We started class discussing two quotes by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The first was “When I [Rabbi Heschel]  was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Students discussed that those who are kind tend to naturally help and have good intentions. Those who are clever but not kind tend to show great results, but their intention is not always justice driven.  The second was “The opposite of good is not evil: it is indifference.” The class discussed how you have to show intention and make a decision to stop certain tragedies form happening. We discussed how even though not all Germans were Nazis, the inaction of many allowed the atrocities committed to our community and other’s in Europe to occur. Students then learned a little about Rabbi Heschel’s life and how he “prayed with his legs.” Students discussed that because he showed intention in his actions and pursued justice, he had less to seek repentance for. We ended class playing a kahoot about this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Chayei Sarah.

L’Shalom,

Alan

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of November 8

Morah Liat & Morah Limor

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday in our Zayin Hebrew we watched a video reviewing Prefixes & Suffixes, and started reading and discussing V'Ahavta in our Siddurim.  Now that our students have their "Let's Talk!" book, we am excited to be starting to introduce them to modern Hebrew. Shabbat Shalom.

BLOG-Zayin (7th) Hebrew with Liat

Morah Liat-Hebrew

11/1/2020

Shalom Chaverim,

We started class with a short conversation about Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Students shared the things they are looking forward to and some concerns they have regarding reading from the Siddur and leading service. Students were asked to make a list of tefillot that they would like to work on during our Sunday classes. PLEASE make sure your child will have his/her list ready for next class. Next, we discussed the Food Blessings; a short blessing recited before eating/drinking. We went over the different blessings, learned the six different categories of food (fruits, vegetables, grains, miscellaneous, bread, and wine), and learned to recite them. We ended class with a game of matching food items to the right blessing category.

L’Shalom,

Morah Liat

 

10/25/2020

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we focused on reviewing vowels and practiced reading. We started with a game of vowel recognition and we talked about the differences between EH and EI vowel and the exceptions to Sh’va vowel (silent vs. Eh sound). Then we had a few reading activities.

L’Shalom,

Morah Liat

 

10/18/2020

Shalom Kitah Zayin and welcome to a unique and exciting year at TIRS.

It was great seeing everyone again. The last time I taught these wonderful students was when they were in DALET class. I can’t believe it! Where did time go??? We started class with an introduction game. Then, students shared why it is important for them to learn Hebrew and their goals for this year’s Hebrew class. Then, I went over this year’s agenda. We will be reviewing tefillot that students need for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah and will be learning Conversational Hebrew. We ended class with an interactive game of letter recognition.

L’Shalom,

Morah Liat

BLOG-Zayin (7th) Week of November 1

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday we reviewed our letters with the Aleph-Bet Rock song, started reading the Shma/v'Ahavta, and also reviewed our vowels.  For Homework the students will benefit from reading the Shma/v'Ahavta by breaking each word and identifying the letters & vowels, as well as blending the two.  

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Limor.

BLOG-Zayin (7th) Week of November 1

Alan-Judaic Studies

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

This week we focused on how to forgive others and ourselves. We started by going Parshat Noach and exploring how God made a covenant not to destroy us even though we are imperfect. Students discussed how we as humans are imperfect and will make mistakes. We moved on to go over the steps of forgiveness through a Jewish lens. Students discussed how you must recognize your mistakes, honestly feel remorse for your actions, change your actions to stop it from happening again, and ask for forgiveness and try to fix any damage done. We also discussed that you can forgive others for their actions but not forget. We then went on to look at antisemitism in history by discussing the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, and pogroms. Students were also told of the ways those who committed those atrocities have tried to atone for their actions. Some of the examples included the Spanish and Portuguese law of return, the Second Vatican Council, and acknowledgment of many Christian movements that we must coexist. We ended class playing a Kahoot about Parshat Noach.

L’Shalom,

Alan

BLOG Zayin (7th) Week of October 25

Morah Limor-Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

In class we reviewed all the vowels and grouped them by the sound they make.  Our students wrote the different vowel groups, and I encouraged them to print an Aleph-Bet/Vowel sheet to have in their notebook, as this will be extremely helpful and important with their reading skills. We started reading the Shema & V'Ahavta in our Siddur (p. 41).  The students' assignment for the week is to practice reading these prayers using their vowel sheet/notes. Wishing all of you Shabbat Shalom, Morah Limor

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781