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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 November 11

We finished our study of Shabbat in the best possible way….we made challah! We used the frozen Kineret loaves, usually available at Harris Teeter and Publix. I thawed them, cut each loaf into several pieces, and each child learned how roll the pieces into “logs” and then braid them. We “painted” them with an egg wash, let them rise, and after a few minutes had warm, golden, delicious challah. Each child made 2 loaves, one to eat in class and one to bring home to share. I hope you all enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed making them!

We read the Derech Etetz mitzvah folder. These themes included doing the right thing, following the right path, respecting others etc. Some of our discussion revolved around “where is it written that these are good ways to live?” They quickly realized that it’s all from the Torah! We also discussed how difficult it can be to disagree with others and yet still treat them with kindness and respect. The book we read to emphasize these ideas, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids  is apparently a favorite with many of your children. It’s a wonderful book, well worth revisiting from time to time. For Torah Talk, we read Abraham’s Search For God by Jacqueline Jules, in which Abraham figures out there is just one God. We reinforced that one of our major prayers, the Shema, emphasizes this.

Nov 18 will be our last class before Thanksgiving. After the holiday, our very first class back will be on December 2 and will include our Family Education program. I hope you can all attend with your children, as it is a very special, enjoyable, and informational program. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Week of November 4

This week Morah Judi was because her son was getting wedding. Mazel Tov! The class worked on their Shabbat folders. We also did Havdalah in the class. The students enjoyed singing together and we using the spice boxes they created.

We read the book Old Turtle by Douglas Wood. The class learned the letters kaf and nun. Nun for nerot- candles.

It was a great day!

 

 

Week of October 28

We are almost done with our Creation Booklets! We talked a lot about how God worked so hard for 6 days, that on the 7th day God rested, and that’s why we celebrate Shabbat each week. The children talked about different ways each family celebrates Shabbat. Part of our discussion revolved around what did God make vs. what was made by Man. There was a lively debate about food…..it was decided that God provides the fruit, vegetables, grain, and meat, but it’s up to people to turn it into food to eat. I love our discussions! We read Sammy Spider’s First Shabbat and The Peace Book by Todd Parr. When we got to the page about taking care of the water so the fish can live, one of the children said “That’s a mitzvah!” Which was what I had planned on getting them to realize, and they came to it totally on their own!

For our Torah Talk, we enjoyed joining Morah Devorah and her Aleph class to learn about the Tower of Babel. We discussed the different ways you can say hello, or “Shalom”, in English, Hawaiian, American sign language and French. We also talked about how much easier it is to be able to communicate with each other.

Just a reminder that the Family Education program will be Sunday, December 2. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Aleph (1st grade)

 

Week of November 11

Morah Amy subbed for Morah Denise last week.  Stay tuned for next week’s update which will include information about this past Sunday. Morah Amy said the students did a great job all morning!

 

Week of November 4

This week we learned that Abraham, even as a little boy, couldn't find a sensible order in his world to explain "how things worked". He couldn't believe in the idols his father made and sold and sought a different answer in the belief of

one God who created everything we see! As the first Jew, Abraham began our very long tradition of following the words of one God. The prayer we say several times a day, the Shema, reaffirms this. Our writing this week explored the places where we see God in our world. Our new letter this week was Aleph for echad (one).

When we learn new letters we also learn new vocabulary words beginning with that letter. In Kitah Aleph we hope to build sight recognition of the letters we learn and to review the words together. Most students recognize their Hebrew names

from our attendance cards. We are learning a "block" form of each letter much like the lower case letters which come first in English.

 

 

Week of October 28

Kitah Aleph is in the groove! Post-holiday classes have allowed us to fall into a great routine and make wonderful progress. To date, we have learned 8 letters of the Aleph Bet (not sequentially) and have begun our Torah Talk discussions of early stories

found in Bereishit. Last week we talked about the Tower of Babel and how God confused language amongst the builders of this "skyscraping" tower. The inability to understand each other led to misunderstandings and the society collapsed, spreading the people all over the world. In contrast we also talked about Jews Around the World and how we are alike in many ways, even if we can't understand each other’s words. We determined that all Jewish people pray alike, have synagogues that have Torot, siddurim, mezuzot, and the desire to come together as one kehillah (community). Kehillah begins with the letter Koof.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Bet (2nd grade)

 

Week of November 11

Today, we learned to read with the letter Mem. We read lots of lines of Hebrew! In T’fillah, we learned Romemu and practiced Tzadik Katamar, Ki Hem Chayenu, L’chu N’ranina, and Yismechu Hashamyim. In Judaic studies, we read a short story that taught the students that the feeling behind a prayer is more important than the words. We also learned that the Torah contains stories and commandments and that the Torah is written on a parchment scroll. We will continue learning about the Torah next week.

  1. your child was absent, please review Lesson 5-Mem on the PRINT side on the attached page. 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. http://www.tiyulim.torahaura.com/.

 

Week of November 4

Today, we read and reread lots of Hebrew! We played Hebrew Reading Tic-Tac-Toe to reinforce reading with the letters and vowel sounds that we have learned and practiced Hebrew writing too. In Tefillah, we practiced Tzadik Katamar, Ki Hem Chayenu, and Yismechu Hashamyim. In Judaic studies, we continued our study of the synagogue and how ritual objects including tallit, teffilin, and kippah, enhance our prayers.

If your child was absent, please review Lesson 4-Lamed on the PRINT side on the attached page:

http://www.tiyulim.torahaura.com/.

 

Week of October 28

Today, we learned to read with the letter, Lamed and the “OH” vowel sound. We read lines of Hebrew in small groups and played the “Move around the Lamed” board game. In T’fillah, we practiced Tzadik Katamar, Ki Hem Chayenu, and Yismechu Hashamyim. In Judaic studies, we discussed how we pray and how ritual objects including tallit, teffilin, and kippah enhance our prayers.

If your child was absent, please review Lessonn 4-Lamed on the PRINT side on the attached page: http://www.tiyulim.torahaura.com/.

 


 

 

Kitah Gimel (3rd grade)

 

Week of November 11

This past Sunday we took a little detour from our study of the Book of Genesis to participate in the Global Day of Jewish Learning, TIRS edition. The class focused on the journey and meaning of our names. We began our day with the question: “Who calls you by your full name?” and followed by: “How does that make you feel?” These questions and ones that followed started our discussion on how powerful our names are in the way they can make us feel in the moment. Your children were very engaged and their answers were quite insightful. Our names truly have a lot of power! We finished up our class with two projects. The first was a ‘What’s My Name?’ activity sheet. Some of the information they knew and were able to fill in. There were a few questions on the activity sheet which they were going to ask about once they got home. Please ask them about this class and how they answered any of the questions listed above.

Next Sunday, I will be with the Kitah Vav class as they have their Family Education Program, but there will be an amazing substitute working with the Kitah Gimel class as we get back into Torah gear with Abraham. I know they will enjoy this lesson!

Please reach out if you have any questions.

 

Week of November 4

We had such a great Judaic Studies class this week. We read and discussed the story of the Tower of Babel. We shared our thoughts on pride and how it can be a positive and negative feeling. Our class had a lot of fun getting hands on to better understand how the people of Babel would have felt to not be able to communicate with others. Our class separated into 4 groups and was not allowed to speak to one another at any time during the project. They were given kosher marshmallows and toothpicks. Their assignment was to build a tower at least 3 stories high. They had to build only one tower per group and they found that not being able to plan and speak to each other was much harder than it sounded. This was so much fun! Please ask your child what they thought of this project.

Next week our class will be doing activities and lessons associated with the Global Day of Jewish Learning. I am so excited for what is to come!

 

Week of October 28

This past Sunday the class discussed the story of Noah and the Ark. Your children had great ideas about the meaning of who Noah was and how Noah built the Ark. Our discussion then turned to the idea of the rainbow as a symbol in Judaism. Please ask your child what the rainbow is a symbol of. We followed up this lesson with a fun activity to make a connection from the story of Noah to their own lives. Each student colored their own rainbow and then used raindrops to write promises they would make to themselves and family. We will be hanging these rainbows up in class and be checking in later in the year to see how we are doing.

I can’t wait to see the class again this week. We are headed straight back to the Book of Genesis and are continuing our journey. This next lesson is one I know they will love (and it includes kosher marshmallows!!!)

Have a great week and please reach out if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Dalet (4th grade)

 

Week of November 11

This week we began learning about the old city in Jerusalem and the western wall, in preparation for making personal Chanukah menorahs with our own versions of the wall. Also, in preparation for Chanukah, we reviewed the story of the Maccabees.

 

Week of November 4

This week we learned about the reasons Jewish families decided to leave Europe to move to the United States and Israel and discussed some of the challenges Jews faced when they moved to British Mandate Palestine.

 

 

Week of October 28

We spent last Sunday reviewing Abraham's covenant and his journeys and then learning about the history of Hatikvah. We discussed why the Israeli national anthem might sound sad and why it is about hope. We then made a list of the things we would hope for in a new country (peace, kindness, a healthy environment, no poverty, freedom, and no hunger). We ended class by dividing into two groups to create our own national anthems which the groups performed for the class.
 

 

Kitah Hey (5th grade)

 

Week of November 11

We celebrated Global Day of Jewish Learning by exploring the story of Jonah. With the theme Extraordinary Passages: Text and Travels we examined Jonah’s journey. The students literally “pieced together” his story, then we drew meaning from it all for him at the time and for us today as we read the story. Are we always willing to go where God sends us?

 

Week of November 4

Talmud Torah should be sweet. Today we experienced how children long ago began their study of Torah, by studying Hebrew and receiving the reward of a taste of honey for every letter they could name and sound out correctly. The Hey students all “sweetly” named their letters and received their reward. Today ‘s activity reminds us we are in the period of life when we must concentrate on our formal Jewish learning and how sweet our learning will continue to be.

 

Week of October 28

Childhood + Consecration = Talmud Torah This was the equation Hey students had to create and solve this week in Judaic Studies. Moving on from our study of Brit Milah and Brit Bat we discussed when our “education” begins and when our “formal education” begins. Since consecration marks the beginning of our formal Jewish education we explored how this means it is also our formal beginning of Talmud Torah. We examined how we learned some of the elements of our formal education (both secular and Jewish—i.e. the multiplication tables, the words to the Star Spangled Banner, the words to Hatikvah, the 4 Questions of Pesach) and then shared ideas of why we believe it is important to learn and then maintain the knowledge in these elements. So it will be with our Talmud Torah—we must learn and maintain that knowledge to serve us well throughout our Jewish lives. Ask your child(ren) to recite the Blessing Before Torah Study with you. (Hint: it is a very familiar blessing with only a few new words to add on—and since it is the blessing before Torah study I bet you can all guess/remember what one of those words is.)

 


 

 

Kitah Vav (6th grade)

 

Week of November 11

This past Sunday the Kitah Vav class took a detour from our lessons to participate in the Global Day of Jewish Learning - TIRS style. The Kitah Vav class was started by asking the students to re-tell the story of Jonah. They each gave a part of the story they remembered and once the entire class had a chance to share – the story had been re-told. I explained to the class we would be on our own journey with Jonah during the class since the story was not over yet! We spent a lot of time taking a closer look at some of the other characters in the Book of Jonah whose stories are not as well known. The class had a great time learning and discussing all of the new viewpoints. We all agreed we may never look at the story of Jonah the same way again! Please ask your child what surprising new character or idea they learned about this past Sunday!

  1. coming Sunday is the Vav Family Education. The Vav Family Education program will be from 9:30-11am in the Social Hall at Temple Israel. At 11:00am the class will return to TIRS for the remainder of the school morning. If you have any questions about the Vav Family Education program, please reach out to Melissa Lefko in the TIRS office. I am truly excited to see the Kitah Vav students and parents this Sunday!

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

Week of November 4

We had such a great Judaic Studies class this week. Our class walked over to Temple Israel to meet with Rabbi Ezring. Rabbi Ezring taught a hands on lesson about tefillin. The class had a chance to hold the prayers which are in the tefillin boxes, hold the boxes, ask questions and learn history of why and when tefillin is worn. It was such a wonderful morning and you would have been so proud of all the questions they had. Please ask your child what their favorite part of this lesson was.

Next week our class will be doing activities and lessons associated with the Global Day of Jewish Learning. I am so excited for what is to come! Please reach out if you have any questions.

 

Week of October 28

It was a true pleasure spending time with your children this past Sunday. This week we dug deeper into the Jewish value of forgiveness. We discussed the idea of forgiveness as we know and how we practice in our day to day lives. We then moved on to the idea of breaking down and building up trust for both those who have erred against us or those we have erred against. This was the major point of discussion since the class came to the conclusion that while forgiveness can be sought and given – the building back of trust or whether that will ever happen again is the hardest part. Finally, we focused on how we can earn back or build up trust for others again along with forgiveness. While we started our discussion with individual connections and then broadened our discussion of forgiveness to include family, community and larger. Please ask your child about our discussion on how we can lean on our communities.

This week we will be meeting with Rabbi Ezring to have a lesson on tefillin. In past years the Vav class has participated in the World Wide Wrap at Temple Israel. The lesson this week will given them additional insight and a bootcamp course in all things related to tefillin. Please have your child at TIRS by 9:30am so we can then walk over to the Temple as a class.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

Kitah Zayin (7th grade)

 

Week of November 11

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Vayetzei. Students then discussed how the descendants of Jacob become the 12 tribes of Israel.

Next, we went over the Jewish value of the month Anava, which means humility. Students discussed why it is good to be humble, even when you may be better, or worse, than everyone else.

Students then continued to watch 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.

 

Week of November 4

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Toldot. Students then discussed the question “Is it ever ok to lie to someone?” We also talked about Hillel and Shammai debate over the topic. Next, we did an overview on genocide as defined in international law in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. Students were able to view the full definition, punishable acts, and key terms related to what the convention came to a conclusion on. Students then started to watch 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.

 

Week of October 28

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about this week’s Parasha, Chayei Sarah. Then we had a discussion on Jewish traditions regarding death and the need for people to be righteous.

 

We then had a student lead discussion about the horrific events that unfolded at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We discussed how we are safe here in Shalom Park, how our beliefs as Jews call on us to pray and maintain peace, how we as a people are strong and have outlasted all before this who have tried to destroy us, and that we are surrounded by love in our community and in other faiths in Charlotte as well.

 

We ended class with a journal entry asking the question ‘How are you resilient in your day to day life?’

 

 

 

 

Ivrit (Hebrew)
 

Week of November 11

Gimel (3rd) - This past week we spent a good amount of time reviewing the vowels. We played a game in two groups, writing letter/vowel combinations using the different vowel options. During the week we played Bingo, which also gave us a great way to review the different sounds.

Dalet (4th) - On Sunday, we started class with reviewing the food blessings and we played a game to reinforce knowledge. Students were divided into three groups; each group received the 6 categories of the food blessings and a box with different pretend food items. The group that sorted all the food items with the least amount of mistakes, won. Students did a wonderful job identifying food items with their blessings. Asked your child to tell you the blessings for your favorite food. We continued class with individual work on the Mitkadem program.

 

Hey (5th)

Hey Hebrew Update – Barbara Ezring

Shema/V’ahavta Unit

Our goal is to improve each student’s Hebrew reading skills. In addition to the Mitkadem program, we are focusing on Shema and V’ahavta through December. We sing Shema/V’ahavta each day. This week we looked at the markings that are added in the siddur to V’ahavta – those markings that are there in addition to the vowels. We already knew that Shema and V’ahavta were in the Torah and we had already found the prayer on a Torah page. Those extra markings in the siddur are the “trope,” the musical markings that tell us how to sing/chant the Torah. As we sing the V’ahavta together, we are singing using Torah trope.

 

Mitkadem

Today we found prefixes, suffixes and roots of words. As students become more proficient at this detective work, it will become easier for them to understand the meaning of these words and then the prayers that they chant.

Students working in Ramah 4 and Ramah 5 are reading with me in class and with recordings at home. Those 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.

Some students bring their binders home to practice reading on days they are not in class. If you’d like your child to bring home his/her binder so that he/she may work at home, please, contact me at barbaraezring@gmail.com. We just need to be sure the binder is in the classroom when your child comes to class.

 

Students will lead prayers at the Shabbat service, Saturday, March 2.

We will begin to prepare for the March Shabbat service during November. November 18, we will work on the Barchu, Shema and V’ahavta (see above), the first page of the Amidah, and Oseh Shalom. Please, have your child bring his/her siddur to class on Sunday, November 18.

 

Vav (6th)On Sunday, we began to learn about the different food blessings: fruit of the tree (p’ri ha’eitz), fruit of the ground ( p’ri ha’adamah), fruit of the vain, (p’ri hagafen), bread (hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz), grains (minei mezonot), and miscellaneous food (shehakol niyah bidvaro). Students provided examples for each category. Ask your child on their favorite food and which blessing would they bless over it. We continued class with individual work on the Mitkadem program. Next class, we will continue to explore the topic of the food blessings by playing games.

 

Zayin (7th)Students made great progress in their Mitkadem folders. The class also practiced for their Class Shabbat this Friday night. It would be wonderful to have a great turnout for the first class Shabbat of the year! Please make sure your child(ren) are in the sanctuary by 6:00pm.

 

Week of November 4

Gimel (3rd) - Today in Gimel Hebrew the children spent a good amount of time completing some worksheets from Lessons 1-15. We also practiced Birkat Hamazon, and had fun shaping our bodies into Hebrew letters.

Dalet (4th) On Sunday, we began to learn about the different food blessings: fruit of the tree (p’ri ha’eitz), fruit of the ground (p’ri ha’adamah), fruit of the vine, (p’ri hagafen), bread (hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz), grains (minei mezonot), and miscellaneous food (shehakol ni’hiyah bidvaro). Students provided examples for each category. Ask your child on their favorite food and which blessing would they bless over it. We continued class with individual work on the Mitkadem program. Next class, we will continue to explore the topic of the food blessings by playing games.

Hey (5th) -

Shema/V’ahavta Unit

Our goal is to improve each student’s Hebrew reading skills. In addition to the Mitkadem program, we are focusing on Shema and V’ahavta through December. We sing Shema/V’ahavta each day. This week, we have found it on a Torah replica page – without vowels or punctuation. We noticed that the last letter of the first word, שמע/Shema, ע, and the last letter of the last word, אחד/Echad, ד, are larger than the other letters in the Torah. When we put the letters together, we read the word עד/witness. We talked about what it means to be a witness. Then read a midrash attributed to Shimon bar Yohai who said that God says, “When you are My witness, then I am God. When you are not My witness, then it is as if I am not God.” Students discussed the meaning of that sentence. Your children were thinking like the rabbis of the Talmudic period. They recognized the importance of being a witness as we sing the Shema.

 

Mitkadem

Today we found prefixes, suffixes and roots of words. As students become more proficient at this detective work, it will become easier for them to understand the meaning of these words and then the prayers that they chant.

Students working in Ramah 4 and Ramah 5 are reading with me in class and with recordings at home. Those 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.

Some students bring their binders home to practice reading on days they are not in class. If you’d like your child to bring home his/her binder so that he/she may work at home, please, contact me at barbaraezring@gmail.com. We just need to be sure the binder is in the classroom when your child comes to class.

 

Students will lead tefillot at the Shabbat service in the main sanctuary on Saturday, March 2.

We will begin to prepare for the March Shabbat service during November. The first prayer we will work on is Shema and V’ahavta (see above). Please, have your child bring his/her siddur to class on Sunday, November 11.

 

Vav (6th) - On Sunday, we began to learn about the different food blessings: fruit of the tree (p’ri ha’eitz), fruit of the ground (p’ri ha’adamah), fruit of the vine, (p’ri hagafen), bread (hamotzi lehem min ha’aretz), grains (minei mezonot), and miscellaneous food (shehakol ni’hiyah bidvaro). Students provided examples for each category. Ask your child on their favorite food and which blessing would they bless over it. We continued class with individual work on the Mitkadem program. Next class, we will continue to explore the topic of the food blessings by playing games.

Zayin (7th)Students learned about the story of the Golem. We touched on the meaning of blood libel and those accusations against the Jewish community. The students learned the Hebrew words Emet (truth) and met( death) which was written on the Golems forehead. These were the words the rabbi used to control the Golem’s actions. Through this story the students were also introduced to some of the teachings of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). For the remainder of the session we chanted the Kiddush and worked on completing level 5 of our curriculum. Also, I am starting to evaluate the students Hebrew reading skills from the siddur.

Shavua Tov, have a wonderful week!

 

 

Week of October 28

Gimel (3rd) - This past Sunday we reviewed vocabulary for the letters Yud, Chet, Samech, and Sin. Children played "Connect Four" in pairs, practicing their Hebrew reading skills. In our Shira/Tefillah time, we sang and discussed important details about Hatikvah.

Dalet (4th) On Sunday, we started class with a fun game. Students were divided to two groups. Each group received a stack of magnetic words. In each round, students had to read the words and sort them on the board by roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The group that finished first each round without mistakes received a prize (chocolate). This game allowed students to practice reading and to show understanding of learned material. We then moved to individual work in the Mitkadem program.

Hey (5th) - 

Shema/V’ahavta Unit

Our goal is to improve each student’s Hebrew reading skills. In addition to the Mitkadem program, we are focusing on Shema and V’ahavta through December. We sing Shema/V’ahavta each day, we have found it on a Torah replica page – without vowels or punctuation – and we are using a variety of hands on activities. This week, we are completing the word-syllable activity and we will use word search puzzles to find the vocabulary from Shema and V’ahavta. We played Shema/V’ahavta Bingo giving student practice reading words as they were said aloud and giving students some practice reading the words aloud.

 

Mitkadem

We continued working together to find the meaning of blessings. Students are learning to look at the end of a bracha, after the bracha “formula,” to determine its theme. They are also learning about “short” and “long” brachot, how to tell the difference and where to look to determine the purpose of the bracha.

We continue working in the individualized Mitkadem program. Some students work best in pairs, some in small groups, some individually. The Madrichim and I read aloud with the students as well as listen to them read aloud. We check their work as they complete activities. Some students have begun to work on Shabbat evening Kiddush – they are singing along with a recording using a siddur at home. I check everyone’s binder after class to be sure they are answering questions correctly and making progress.

Some students bring their binders home to practice reading on days they are not in class. If you’d like your child to bring home his/her binder so that he/she may work at home, please, contact me at bezring@bellsouth.net. We just need to be sure the binder is in the classroom when your child comes to class.

 

Students will lead prayers at the Shabbat service, Saturday, March 2.

We will begin to prepare for the March Shabbat service during November. The first prayer we will work on is Shema and V’ahavta (see above). Please, have your child bring his/her siddur to class on Sunday, November 4.

Vav (6th) - On Sunday, we started class with a fun game. Students were divided to two groups. Each group received a stack of magnetic words. In each round, students had to read the words and sort them on the board by roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The group that finished first each round without mistakes received a prize (chocolate). This game allowed students to practice reading and to show understanding of learned material. We then moved to individual work in the Mitkadem program.

Zayin (7th)



 

 


 

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

 

Week of November 11

MAZEL TOV to Jacob Elliot, Max Harr, Elliot Kreitman, Amia Socolovsky-Hull and David Stiefel, for chanting Haftorah pasukim (verses) so beautifully at Junior Congregation on Saturday! They did a fantastic job! The next Junior Congregation is on December 8. We are again planning to give each student 1 pasuk (verse) to prepare to chant on that date. Please mark your calendars and let Rabbi Kornsgold know if your child CANNOT attend. We have covered 15 Haftorah trope thus far in class and have only a few more to go. We should finish up Haftorah trope by mid-December and then start on Torah trope!

 

Week of November 4

This week, students worked on chanting 1 Haftorah pasuk (verse) each from Haftarah Malachi, which they will chant for Junior Congregation this Shabbat morning. They did a great job mastering the Hebrew words, then chanting the trope sounds and finally putting the words and trope clauses together.

 

Week of October 28

Students were given the verse (pasuk) from the haftarah which they will prepare and chant at Junior Congregation on Saturday, November 10th (10:30 – 11:45am). The students did a great job learning their verse. At home, they should continue to practice chanting their verse.

 

 

 

Experiential Education – Tuesday/Wednesday
 

Week of November 11

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism. This week’s Jewish value was Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws also known as Kosher Law). We started class with students learning what kosher means in English (lawful, genuine, acceptable, allowable) and listed kosher and non-kosher foods and food practices on the board.

 

Students then started to learn about Kashrut, the rules and regulations, the reason certain animals are not kosher and others are, how we prepare our food, and why we as Jews keep kosher.

 

At the end of class, students were shown animals and food practices projected on to the board. Students then went to the “Kosher” or “Non-Kosher” side of the room. After they chose their side, students explained why they chose the way they did.

 

Week of November 4

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism. The Jewish value this week was Zechor Yemot Olam (the importance of studying Jewish History).

 

We started class with each student listing 5 positives and 5 negatives that have happened throughout Jewish history. We then wrote lists on the board to see what we came up with. After, we discussed how things could have been different in our history if someone would of helped us.

 

Students then started to learn about Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. They learned how Jews in the North and South differed in their levels of help to the African American community during the 1950s and 1960s. We then talked about some of the similarities of what happened in Jewish history and black history, and why many Jews felt compelled to help during this time.

 

We finished class with students writing statements on index cards about what they should do if they see injustice against fellow Jews, or other groups. The “I Will” statements are going to be displayed on a bulletin board in TIRS.

 

Week of October 21

Last week’s Jewish value was V’ahavta l'reacha kamocha (Love thy neighbor as yourself).

We started the lesson with students trying to all fit one body part into a circle. After every successful attempt, the circle would get smaller and smaller until everyone could only fit one finger in. The point of the exercise was to show that as a community, they could make sure everyone was able to fit into the circle.

We then broke into small groups to discuss what they would do in 6 different scenarios. After, we read and discussed the story ‘Torah on One Foot.’ We then discussed how Hillel and Shammai handled the jester, why each responded the way they did, why Hillel followed V’ahavta l'reacha kamocha and what we learned from the story.

This week we covered the Jewish value of Tzedakah (literally translated as righteous/justice but in English means giving to charity). We started by reflecting on how Tzedakah ties into Kehilla and V’ahavta l'reacha kamocha by looking after our community and making sure everyone has enough. We then learned a little about RamBam (Maimonides), his life, major books, and his 8 levels of Tzedakah.

Student then were broken into groups and given an envelope containing the 8 levels of Tzedakah. Students worked together to find out what the correct order of the levels were to them. We then went over the correct order and also why each one was ranked the way it was. At the end of class, students were asked to write a letter to their future self on why they give Tzedakah and what cause they would like to help in the future.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed, November 21 2018 13 Kislev 5779