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GAN (Kindergarten)

ALEPH (1st grade)

BET (2nd grade)

GIMEL (3rd grade)

DALET (4th grade)

HEY (5th grade)

VAV  (6th grade)

ZAYIN  (7th grade)

IVRIT

TROPE

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION: TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY

 

 

Gan (Kindergarten)

 

Week of January 13

Students had a blast on Sunday! They attending a special concert by Billy Jonas. They had a chance to stand up, sing and move their bodies! It was a lot of fun! The students also continued their discussion about Tikkun Olam (taking care of the world). They were asked to draw one way they could each help take care of the earth. Please ask your child, what he/she decided to draw. We read the book Happy Birthday Tree, by M. Rosenberg, talked about the story of Biblical brothers, Jacob and Esau and the way siblings should act together. It was another wonderful day in the Gan!

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

 

Week of January 6

Happy New Year! It was great seeing your children! Currently, we are in the Hebrew month of Shevat. We talked about Tu B’shevat (the 15th day of Shevat), which is the birthday of trees. In order to celebrate we decorated pots and planted parsley seeds. We are excited to watch the parsley grow. Hopefully, you will use the parsley at your Passover seder. We also had a great time at Shira/Tefillah! Your children are learning many new Hebrew songs and tefillot with Cantor Lissek. I’m looking forward to seeing all students in the Gan class and at least one parent at Temple Israel on Sunday, January 20th, for Yom Gemilut Hasadim, Temple Israel’s Mitzvah Day. Parents and children will have the opportunity to complete activities together benefiting many groups and organizations. On January 20th, please come directly to Temple Israel at 9:00am (note time change).

 

Week of December 16

I hope you had a great Chanukah and enjoyed the snow day last week! The Torah story of the day was Rebecca and Isaac. We talked about the way Rebecca helped others by giving food and water for travelers and animals. The book we read was The Very Best Place for a Penny by Rosenfeld. Students started to work on their Mitzvah folder for Tzedakah. After a delicious snack of latkes (provided by the TRS PTO), the class made tzedakah holders. We ended the morning with Shira and Tefillah with Cantor Lissek. Have a wonderful break. Happy New Year. See you on January 6th.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Aleph (1st grade)

 

Week of January 13

This week we celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the holiday of trees (though it was technically a week early). We had an amazing discussion about how much we need trees and how it is our responsibility to care for the world God gave us. We talked about recycling, reusing and re purposing everyday items to keep from adding trash to the world. We also planted parsley seeds which with sun, water, love and a bit of luck will produce enough parsley for your Seder plate in April. Feel free to transplant to a larger container as it grows.

Kitah Aleph led the Shema during Tefillah today. I was very proud of how they stood up in front of the Sanctuary along with Cantor Lissek. Kol HaKavod!

Todah rabbah to the students who returned their Jewish Home Detective assignment! If you still have yours, please hunt for the Jewish objects in your home and draw them on the page. You can bring the page with you to our next class!

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

 

Week of January 6

Dear Aleph Parents,

This week our class reunited after a great break! It sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously!

The class talked about what makes a meal Jewish. The answer is a bracha (blessing),of course! There is a Jewish blessing for just about anything you could imagine. In our journals we wrote personal brachot.

Our new Letter “bet” begins the word “bayit” (house). I challenged each students to draw pictures of Jewish objects found at home. Please help them fill out the page which was sent home on Sunday and add more, if you like. I’m looking forward to seeing all students in Kitah Aleph and at least one parent at Temple Israel on Sunday, January 20th, for Yom Gemilut Hasadim, Temple Israel’s Mitzvah Day. Parents and children will have the opportunity to complete activities together benefiting many groups and organizations. On January 20th, please come directly to Temple Israel at 9:00am (note time change). Have a wonderful Shabbat!

 

Week of December 16

Dear Kitah Aleph Parents,

Here we are at Winter Break! The year seems to be going very quickly.

This week was my favorite week of the entire year. Today's discussion was all about tzedakah. As we learned, we don't really own everything that we have. It is there for us to also share with others, to help when we can.

Our very heavy tzedakah box yielded $56.00 in bills and (lots of) coins. And here is the best part. Our class came up with 4 very worthy causes to support.

  • The Rabbi's Discretionary Fund so the rabbis can help people for us and no one will know who gave or gets help. (Their words, I promise.)
  • Animal Shelter
  • Homeless people (through Room at the Inn, a TI program)
  • Levine Children's Hospital

We voted and decided to split our tzedakah between the Rabbi's Fund and Room at the Inn. Your children are very empathetic and very wise. We learned the letter tzade, which makes 12 Hebrew letters so far.

We also stretched out Chanukah a bit longer and enjoyed latkes and applesauce, courtesy of our PTO. No winter storm separates us from such a delicious snack! I look forward to our break and hope you spend it doing something fun!

 

 

 

 

Kitah Bet (2nd grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

In Hebrew class, we reviewed letters and vowels, went through word cards, and introduced the letter Aleph and the vowel Chataf-Patach. I was so pleased to see how well the class knowa their letters & vowels. After snack, we recited Birkat Hamazon, the students did a great job singing Hatikvah, as well as the Tefillot posted on our board. Judaic Studies, we reviewed how to "Dress the Torah", and concluded our time together by going to the Sanctuary for Tefillah with Cantor Lissek. I encourage all students to review Lesson 7-Alef on the PRINT side on the attached page. A little review of Hebrew during the week will definitely help improve all of the student’s Hebrew reading skills. If your child was absent, they should definitely learn the lesson. It is very important that your child reviews the lesson that they miss because we will continue learning new letters and building on our Hebrew foundation each week.

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Week of January 6

Shalom Bet Families,

Today, we learned to read with the letter Dalet and the silent “Sh’vah” vowel. We read lines of Hebrew in small groups. The students also competed with each other in a reading race to see who could read a series of about 20 words the quickest. The students were lined up to read to me and kept getting back in line to improve their times! In Tefillah, we practiced Romemu, Tzadik Katamar, Ki Hem Chayenu, Lechu N’ranina, and Yismechu Hashamyim. In Judaic studies, we began learning how the Torah is dressed and created a mini cutout Torah and engraved breast plates (on aluminum foil). Next week, we will go to the chapel to examine the Torah and learn more about each of the Torah decorations.

I encourage all students to review Lesson 6-Dalet on the PRINT side on the attached page (http://www.tiyulim.torahaura.com/). A little review of Hebrew during the week will definitely help improve all of the student’s Hebrew reading skills. If your child was absent, they should definitely learn the lesson. It is very important that your child reviews the lesson that they miss because we will continue learning new letters and building on our Hebrew foundation each week.

 

 

Week of December 16

We had a great time at our Bet Family Education Program. We learned lots of interesting trivia about Shabbat, laughed at our zany Shabbat Mad Lib, and created beautiful Kiddush cups. I strongly recommend reviewing some Hebrew over winter break. With the snow storm and our Family Education program, we will have a four week gap in Hebrew. So, if your child wants to review some Hebrew over winter break (or complains about being bored), please have them complete Lesson 5-Mem on the PRINT side on the attached page. If your child has been absent, then they should definitely learn the attached lesson so we can continue learning new letters and building on our Hebrew foundation each week. http://www.tiyulim.torahaura.com/.

Have a wonderful winter break!

 

 

 

Kitah Gimel (3rd grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

We had a wonderful class this past Sunday!  We discussed famous Jewish Americans and the contributions they have made to our country. This is always such a fun lesson for the class since they learn about people they have heard of but may not have known were Jewish as well as those they didn’t know but who have made huge contributions we all benefit from still today.  

Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harry Houdini, Steven Spielberg, Hank Greenberg and Levi Strauss were a few of the people we learned about.  We talked about what not only they did/are doing but what qualities made/make them heroes….after all, we were reading about them in a book called Portraits of Jewish-American Heroes.   Please ask your child to share which person was their favorite.

After we listed the qualities that made them heroes, we listed the qualities we look for in heroes…maybe those we can find in ourselves and the start of our hero project had begun.  They will present their alter egos at the Gimel Shabbat on February 1st.  I hope you will be able to join us!

 

 

Week of January 6

Hi Kitah Gimel Families,

I hope all of you had a wonderful break and a very Happy New Year. This past Sunday we jumped back into the Book of Genesis and read about Rebecca. We learned that Abraham wanted to make sure his son, Isaac, would be happy with a family of his own. Ask your child what the servant prayed to God for the right woman for Isaac to say. We had a lot of fun with this discussion and all of the questions and ideas your children had on how they would feel if they were in Isaac or Rebecca’s shoes. Next week we will be discussing Rebecca’s children, Jacob and Esau.

Please take note of these dates:

January 20th – Yom Gemilut Hasadim (Day of Performing Acts of Loving Kindness), February 1st – Gimel Class Shabbat – watch for more information

Please reach out if you have any questions.

 

Week of December 16

It was so wonderful to see all of your children after our snow day last week. I hope you all had a fun and warm Chanukah! This past Sunday we jumped right back into the Book of Genesis and continued our journey. Our first discussion was on the Sad Tale of Sodom and the second discussion was on the Abraham’s Gift to God. Your children are so intuitive and deep in their thought process which makes discussion so much fun to have. While reading, the class made the observation that the stories we read can be very dramatic while also teaching us lessons. We talked about why we felt each story was so dramatic, why that captured our attention and what we could take away and learn from each story. Please take a moment and ask your child some of these questions from this past week’s discussions:

Why did God tell Abraham to name his son Isaac? What does the name Isaac mean?

Why did God save Lot and his family from the city of Sodom?

Why was Lot’s wife turned into a rock of salt?

I hope these questions spur some discussion of what was talked about this past Sunday! I hope you all have a wonderful break and have a very happy New Year! I look forward to seeing your children again on Sunday, January 6th. As always, please contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Dalet (4th grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

We had a great time learning about the Dead Sea during class this week. We did a science experiment to investigate how salt content in water influences flotation, took pictures of ourselves floating on the dead sea, and discussed the story of Lot and his wife.  

 

Week of January 6

SAVE THE DATE!!!!! On January 25th, your children will be leading the Shabbat service. This past Sunday we spent the day for preparing for upcoming service. We started our class at Temple Israel and worked with both Cantor Lissek and Rabbi Kornsgold on the tefillot. Each student was assigned to present a short introduction to a tefillah. After snack time, students prepared the Kavannot (introductions) with Morah Limor (Morah Karen was out for the day) . The students worked hard and are so excited to lead the service. I hope to see you all there!

 

Week of December 16

Dear families: we had a fun last class of the year learning the names of some of the major cities in Israel while playing a modified game of sivivon using Israeli style sivivon​​​​​.

 

 

 

Kitah Hey (5th grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

As we begin our exploration of Bar/Bat Mitzvah we examined the differences in rights and responsibilities between children and adults in the areas of money, work, food & drink, and hobbies. Is it always more desirable to be an adult? At what age should an individual be allowed to drink alcohol and why? When should one become fully responsible for their own household expenses and why? Students held varying opinions on these questions and supported them with very insightful reasoning. Then we looked at the differences between children and adults in the rights and responsibilities of Judaism. What does it take to be ready for adult Judaism at age 12 or 13? We will be answering this question over the next few weeks.

 

Week of January 6

We began our second semester with a look back at the first. After watching a series of 5 short videos to help us remember the Jewish life cycle events we have studied thus far we played a review game. Both sections chose to play boys against the girls--and in both cases the boys prevailed. Students answered questions about Brit Milah and Brit Bat, why Elijah has a seat of honor at every Brit Milah, and what is in a D'var Torah. It was a great way to retrieve our previous knowledge and get ready for the new semester. Beginning next week we will look at the next big event in the life cycle; B’nai Mitzvah.

 

Week of December 16

We furthered our Midrash of “it is not good for man to be alone” by playing the Friends and Family Game. To help us reflect on how important these people are in our lives and how they help us learn students acted as human game pieces along a meandering game board. They landed on spaces and answered questions like “name one of your uncles and tell us something you have learned from him”, and “if you are a parent what is one thing you will do that is exactly like what your parents do now?”. We learned about aunts who are artists and toy store owners, uncles who teach about the stock market, grandfathers who teach how the political system works and lots of parents who have great rules about the use of electronics and doing your best in school. It was an engaging extension of our already developing sense of how much better life and learning is when we have others with us.

Albeit late we also completed our Chanukah Scavenger Hunt with the students who did not have time the day we celebrated. With the philosophy of “better late than never” watch for belated Chanukah slideshow in 2019. Happy and restful break to all.

 

 

 

Kitah Vav (6th grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

This past Sunday the Kitah Vav class continued our discussion on Jewish history.  We continued our discussion on the friendship between Jonathan and David and how it affected Jonathan’s father King Saul.    We concentrated our discussion about King Saul, Jonathan and David while exploring the concept of Shalom Bayit (peace within the household). 

During our conversation your children came to the conclusion that sometimes keeping peace within the household, or in one’s community, is more important than anything else.   Then each student had the opportunity to give examples of times they have had to make concessions to another to keep peace within the household – Cassie and I shared our times too.

We then took our new perspectives and each child wrote an advice column where they could decide whether they were writing to Jonathan, King Saul or David answering their question on how to keep peace within their household.  Some were so funny and some were very practical – please ask your child about their response.

 

 

Week of January 6

Hi Kitah Vav Families! I hope all of you had a wonderful break and a very Happy New Year. This past Sunday the Kitah Vav class continued our discussion on Jewish history. We revisited our previous discussion which ended with the first king of Judah being chosen, King Saul. We jumped ahead see if the class knew who the second King of Judah would be. With a few clues they had no trouble giving the correct answer (King David). We then discovered and discussed the friendship between King Saul’s son, Jonathan, and David. Ask your child about the game we played where extreme friendship statements were read and the students decided if they agreed or disagreed with the statements. Next week we will be continuing our discussion on the friendship between Jonathan and David.

Don’t forget to put January 20th on your calendar! You won’t want to miss Yom Gemilut Hasadim (Day of Performing Loving Acts of Kindness).

Please reach out with any questions.

 

Week of December 16

It was so wonderful to see all of your children after our snow day last week. I hope you all had a fun and warm Chanukah! While Chanukah is over, I feel the lessons we can learn are so important I we discussed the holiday in class this past Sunday. We went over the story of Chanukah quickly to ensure we all understood why this holiday is one of the most widely observed events in the Jewish calendar. Our discussion began by talking about the powerful images of the miracles of the Jewish victory over the Seleucid Greeks and the miracle of the one day supply of oil burning eight days in the re-dedication of the Temple are an annual inspiration to Jews everywhere.

We continued by continuing to explore the holiday of Chanukah by taking a closer look at the customs and mitzvahs of this holiday and ended up finding some surprising insights. Please ask your child about the mitzvah of sharing their Chanukah candles with their neighbors and other interesting finds. I hope you all have a wonderful break and a very happy New Year! I look forward to seeing your children again Sunday, January 6th.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Zayin (7th grade)

 

Week of January 13

Reminder: Sunday 1/20/19 is Yom Gemilut Hasadim at Temple Israel. Our TIRS community will have the chance to participate in many activities designed to promote community awareness and helping others. All students and their accompanying adult(s) will go directly to Temple Israel by 9:00 AM (note the time change) and enjoy a community day of performing acts of loving kindness together.

After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Beshalach. Students then discussed why Nachshon, according to the Midrash, starts to walk into the sea as Moses argues with God and the people want to go back to slavery. Students continued to read the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, completing a study guide to help achieve better understanding of the memoir. After, we wrote in our Writers Journal about why and how we pray. Students then discussed the origins of prayer and how it has changed over the centuries.

 

Week of January 6

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Bo. Students then discussed why we were spared by the final plague, why we eat matzah during Pesach, and why the Pharaoh kept changing his mind about freeing the Hebrews . Students began reading the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel completing a study guide to help achieve better understanding of the memoir. After, we discussed some of the origins of anti-Semitic beliefs.

 

Week of December 16

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Vayigash and Parashat Vayechi . Students then discussed how Joseph and his family were reunited, why Joseph forgave his brothers, and how all of Jacob’s sons would be the 12 tribes of Israel. Students then finished the documentary ‘Paper Clips’, a diversity project for middle school students in Whitwell, TN and their reaction to the Holocaust and their promise to honor every living soul who perished during the Nazi regime.


 

 

 

Ivrit (Hebrew)
 

Week of January 13

Gimel (3rd) - Students worked with Cantor Lissek and Rabbi Kornsgold on the Tefillot they will be leading at their Class Shabbat on Friday, February 1st, 6:15pm. During the week they continued to work on singing these Tefillot with Morah Limor.

Dalet (4th)

Shalom Chaverim,

 

On Sunday, students continued practicing the Tefillot for Shabbat service  that will take place on Friday, January 25th. Each student was a signed a short introduction for a prayer. Students received a hard copy of their part to take home. They do not have to memorize them, but can use it to practice.  The students worked hard and are so excited to lead the service. I hope to see you all there!

 

 

Hey (5th)Students are continuing to make progress in their Mitkadem packets. This past week, some students worked on reciting the Tefillah, Barchu. Their teacher made sure they were pronouncing the final letters of the words (which can sometimes be a little tricky in Hebrew).

Vav (6th)

Shalom Chaverim,


We started class with reading centers. Students were divided into small group and read several Tefillot from the Siddur.  Students demonstrated great progress with their reading. I'm so proud of them! We  continued class with individual work on the Mitkadem program. 

 

Zayin (7th)

On Sunday, we began the hour with Havdalah, complete with candle, spices and grape juice. We turned off the lights, closed the shades and sang the Havdalah blessings together. We also thought back through our week and went around the room, each person sharing their favorite memory from the previous week. We discussed the importance of marking time and differentiating between the holy and the profane.

On Wednesday, we began class with a Hebrew reading game. I taught them the Hebrew word of the day. Love/אהבה. We then moved the desks around to get ready for “speed chevruta” which I based on speed dating. Each pair would study something together for a minute and a half and then quickly switch partners and study a new phrase. At the end the final pairs would stand up, and explain to the class how they interpreted the phrase they were given. All of the phrases were quoted about LOVE from MLK Jr. it ended up being a great conversation as these quotes actually meant something in their daily lives at school, etc. Middle School can be so difficult and filled with friendship drama. The kids were really very open and involved in the conversation and applied the teachings to their own lives.

 

Week of January 6

Gimel (3rd) -  Hope everyone had a nice Winter Break. It was great to have the students back in the classroom! We spent the majority of our time together finishing up practice sheets from lessons 19-24, and completing other assignments the students were working on. We also reviewed the Aleph-Bet song, and Birkat Hamazon. 

Dalet (4th)

Shalom Chaverim,

It was wonderful to see the students again after a long break and to hear the fun things they did during the break.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!! On January 25th, Dalet students will lead the Shabbat service. On Sunday, we dedicated the day for preparing for that service. We started our class at the Temple with Cantor Lissek and Rabbi Kornsgold and worked on the tefillot for the service. Each student was assigned to present a short introduction to a tefillah. After snack time, students prepared the Kavannot (introductions) with Morah Limor (Morah Karen was out for the day) . The students worked hard and are so excited to lead the service. I hope to see you all there!

Hey (5th) - Students are making great progress in Mitkadem program. Many students have been taking the assessments and moving on to the next level. Reading Hebrew and understanding the tefillot in each level are the critical components of this Hebrew program. Reading with a fluent reader assists students in reading more accurately and fluently. Students working in Ramah 4, Ramah 5 and Ramah 6 should practice reading with recordings at home. A few weeks ago, the students took home reading sheets to read or chant with the recording. To access the recordings, go to the Sound Cloud app, search for Barbara Ezring, then scroll to the track that you are reading or chanting. 

Vav (6th) - 

Shalom Chaverim,

It was wonderful to see the students again after a long break and to hear the fun things they did during the break. I conducted a mid-year reading assessment for the students. While students were working on the Mitkadem program, I had a short reading session with each student to assess their reading level. Overall, the students are doing great! Keep up the great work! 

Zayin (7th)

This past Sunday, Kitah Zayin really buckled down to finish up some parts of their curriculum. Almost everyone is on level 6 by now. In an effort to teach a bit of conversational modern Israeli Hebrew, I am working on teaching the students how to introduce themselves and ask someone’s name, in Hebrew.. it was great to see the students again after the winter break. I look forward to a semester full of Jewish learning and full of productivity!!

 

 

Week of December 16

Gimel (3rd) - This past Sunday we completed going over the remainder letters of the Aleph-Bet! Letters covered were Zayin, Gimel, Kuf and Tzadi/Final Tsadi, and our last vowel was Chataf-Patach. We also discussed the fact that some dots within letters don't count (they are not pronounced), and we reviewed the ones that do.

Gimel students in Katzir Elementary School in Hadera, Israel sent our children lovely Chanukah greeting cards. The children really enjoyed receiving these cards, and in return, introduced themselves and shared their favorite Chanukah experience. We concluded our Chanukah celebrations by enjoying the yummy Potato Latkes from the PTO. Thank you all.

I hope everyone has a lovely Winter Break and I look forward to seeing our Gimel class back on January 6th!

 

Dalet (4th)

 

Hey (5th)Students are making great progress in Mitkadem program. Many students have been taking the assessments and moving on to the next level. Reading Hebrew and understanding the tefillot in each level are the critical components of this Hebrew program. Reading with a fluent reader assists students in reading more accurately and fluently. Students working in Ramah 4, Ramah 5 and Ramah 6 should practice reading with recordings at home. A few weeks ago, the students took home reading sheets to read or chant with the recording. To access the recordings, go to the Sound Cloud app, search for Barbara Ezring, then scroll to the track that you are reading or chanting. Have a wonderful break and Happy New Year!

 

Vav (6th)

 

Zayin (7th)Shalom, during Sunday’s class time the students learned the vocabulary words for Ramah (level) 5. The students who are already on Ramah (level) 6 also learned all of the Hebrew vocabulary words for Ramah 6 as well. Since we are studying the blessings before and after the Torah reading (the blessings recited when one receives an Aliyah to the Torah), we discussed some of the spiritual concepts within the Aliyah prayer such as the concept of everlasting life being planted within us by God and the notion that God chose us by giving us (the Jewish people), the Torah.

When the students really put their minds to it nothing can stop them! They learned the vocabulary words quickly and easily.

I hope you all have a relaxing and fun winter break. I look forward to seeing my beloved students in 2019!! Happy New Year!

 


 

 


 

Trope (Similar to the Hebrew classes, you will be receiving an update every few weeks)

 

Week of January 13

Trope students are doing a great job learning Megillat Esther Trope for the very first time! They will each chant 1-2 verses of the Megillat Esther during TI's Erev Purim service (Wednesday,March 20). TIRS students have never done this before, so we are really excited for them to learn a new skill and participate in our Temple's reading of the Megillat Esther! Please let us know asap if your child will NOT be able to attend the Erev Purim Service on March 20. Reminders: There is no weekday (Tues/Wed) school next week. Cantor Lissek and Morah Rochelle are very excited to have already taught the students Merchah, Tipchah, Etnachtah, Sof-Pasuk, Mahpach, Pashtah, Munach, Katon, Kadma V'Azla, and Re'vi'i tropes for the Megillat Esther!

Week of January 6

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the trope students went to Temple Israel and practiced holding the Torah, dressing/undressing the Torah, using a Yad, etc. They were pleasantly surprised to realize the Torah was not as heavy or scary to hold, as they previously thought! This Sunday, the students will start learning the trope for Megillat Esther. They will each be chanting verses from the Megillah during Purim. This is the 1st time TIRS students have ever done this, so Cantor Lissek and Morah Rochelle are very excited about it! Please ensure that your children bring BOTH their Haftarah (purple) and Torah (blue) books to class every time. The trope for Megillat Esther is actually in their Haftarah books and we'll be using both books for the next 6 weeks. Morah Rochelle will have new Torah books for the students who need them next week. Happy New Year!

Week of December 16

This past week the class worked on the Blessings after the Haftarah and played a game with Haftarah Trope. When we start back up in January, the class be starting to learn Torah Trope!

Happy New Year! See you on January 6th.


 


 

 

Experiential Education – Tuesday/Wednesday
 

Week of January 13

 

Week of January 6

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism. This week we covered minhag (Jewish custom/tradition) and halacha (Jewish law). We started class with students learning what minhag and halacha are, what their main differences are, and why it can be confusing to figure out what is tradition and what is law. Students then worked on dividing a list between minhag, halacha, or both. We then reviewed each one and went into detail on why it is, or is not, in a certain category.

 

Week of December 16

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism!

Last week’s Jewish value was Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)

We started class by going over what light is. Then students discussed how light was created on the first day but the sun and moon did not exist until the fourth. We then read and discussed what Rabbi Isaac Luria (The Ari) explained about how light and darkness was created. Students then learned how Earth, just like us, is imperfect but beautiful, how each major branch of Judaism practices Tikkun Olam, and what we can do to repair the world. We ended class with each student drawing a picture with 5 shards of glass that had different ways they could repair the world written inside them.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon, January 21 2019 15 Shevat 5779