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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 September 15

Shalom Gan Parents,
Today was our first full class and it was packed with learning from the first minute! We talked about Rosh Hashanah being the “head” of the year and our Jewish new year. We shook hands and greeted each other with the traditional greeting “L’shana tovah” (for a good year). We also discussed the round challah we eat during the holidays and how it is different from a Shabbat challah during the year. We tasted red and green apples to see which one we liked best. I was very surprised that the winner was neither red nor green, but “both”! Next week our snack will be apples dipped in honey!

We also learned about the shofar (ram’s horn) and even tried to get a sound out of one. It is not as easy as it looks! We began our study of the alephbet learning the letter Shin. The word Shofar begins with a Shin, as well as the word Shabbat, shalom and is in rosh and shana. Great listening going on in the Gan class!
Please remember each week to send in a kippah, tzedakah (coins we collect to help others) and their class folders. They will all have folders next week.
Have an awesome week!

 

Week of September 8

Dear Gan Parents,

What an awesome first class! I so enjoyed meeting our new class and starting our year learning together. We created a circle of decorated handprints to show that we all help each other learn.

We also created a chart of things we want to learn this year. I will save this chart so we can check off our success at the end of the year. Learning Hebrew letters, Hebrew words and how to say things

in Hebrew, was the number one goal! We capped off our discussion by tasting a spoonful of honey showing that learning is sweet.

I hope you all enjoyed meeting each other at the PTO breakfast. What a great opportunity to get to know each other, just as we did in the classroom! I would like to share with you a few things that will be part of our Gan routine:

  • Please send a kippah with your child each week. We have a labeled kippah holder in the class where they can leave it each week, if that proves easier for you.
  • Next week we will give out their folders. Please check it each week and send it back empty for the following class. If your child has a backpack or other tote bag they are welcome to use it as well.
  • We collect tzedakah each week and hope to instill in our students that helping our larger community is a mitzvah. Twice a year we will count what we have collected and decide as a group where to donate it.

I hope you will contact me with any questions or concerns you may have along the way.

We are off to a great start!

Morah Devorah

 

 

Kitah Aleph (1st grade)

 

Week of September 15

This week we learned about Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year” or the “birthday of the world”. We talked about dipping apples into honey for a sweet new year, and painted honey bee pots that will go home this coming Sunday. As part of the discussion, we talked about things being round, like the challah we have during the High Holidays. I asked why they are round, and was told because the world is round! I rarely get a student of this age who figures that out ! We shared our wishes for the coming year and some more students brought in their post-it notes to put on the wall outside the classroom. We made Rosh Hashana cards, and practiced writing (tracing) L’Shanah Tova on them.

The letter of the week was Shin, for Shofar. The students practices writing this letter on individual white boards. Based on how much the children enjoyed this, I think this will be one of our favorite activities! We read Happy Birthday World by Kropt. Each week at about 11:20 we walk over to Temple Israel for Shira and Tefillah (songs and prayers), so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. In addition, please send some tzedekah with your child along with a book bag and/or the yellow folder, preferably both if possible. After this Sunday we will be off for 2 weeks and return to class on October 13. As always, please contact me at judilecker@aol.com if you have questions or concerns.

 

Week of September 8

As your child’s Aleph teacher, one of the most important things I can share with the class is an appreciation and excitement of our Jewish religion and culture. Our first class was off to a great start! We got reacquainted with old friends and made some new ones. We talked about the class rules, most of which revolve around respect, such as being kind to each other, taking turns, etc. We read the story I Say Shehecheyanu by Joanne Rocklin, and discussed how we give thanks for everything we do for the first time, such as our first day of Kitah Aleph. Rabbi Kornsgold chose that exact moment to visit the classroom—pure coincidence, but what nice serendipity and she led us in the Shehecheyanu. We made covers for a book we will keep in the classroom and will add to it periodically throughout the year. We talked about the way the Jewish Year goes in a circle, beginning with the High Holidays. The children were most excited to talk about Chanukah, but I told them they had to be patient and wait a couple of months. We ended the class by reading Sammy Spider’s First Day Of School. This book talked about, among other things, being kind to everyone, including spiders. I shared that if I find a spider in the classroom I try to catch it in a cup and bring it outside. I was informed that some spiders were venomous, and I should probably stomp on them. I told them I would be extra careful……….I can tell already that this group of children will have some great discussions, and be a challenge—one which I welcome! It’s one of the reasons I enjoy teaching Kitah Aleph so much.

Some things to remember…..please send your child each week with a book bag of some kind and a some tzedekah. The BJL Beginnings curriculum that we use will introduce them not only to the Jewish holidays and the Aleph Bet, but also many different Jewish values, one of which is tzedekah. We will have kippot in class, labeled, in separate plastic bags, but of course if your child has one he or she prefers to use that is also fine. Our family Education program is on February 23, 2020, and our Class Shabbat is April 3, 2020. Of course, you will get more information as the dates approach.

Please feel free to contact me at judilecker@aol.com if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking to a wonderful year with your children!

 

 

Kitah Bet (2nd grade)

 

Week of September 15

Shalom Bet Families!

Last Sunday, the Bet students learned to read with the letters Bet and Tav and two vowels sounds that make the “AH” sound. The students read in small groups with our class madrichim and teacher to give more individual time for reading practice. The student also played a fun game with Hebrew words that got everyone on their feet and moving. In Tefillah, we practiced singing Tzadik Katamar and joined the entire religious school for Shira/Tefillah with Cantor Lissek. In Judaic studies, we read a story about Rosh Hashanah and discussed the customs and traditions around Rosh Hashanah. The students gave thought to how Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world and created a birthday cake poster with candles with each student’s wish for the world.

For Hebrew reading practice, Bet students should log onto http://www.behrmanhouse.com/click-and-read-free and complete Lesson 1 for Bet and Tav. Students are also encouraged to work ahead and practice reading with Shin. Reading practice will strongly enhance each Bet student’s success with Hebrew reading. Always know that you can contact me with any questions or concerns at mmusa@carolina.rr.com.

 

Week of September 8

Shalom Bet Families!

My name is Margaret Musa, and I will be your child’s morah (teacher) this year. We will also have Miranda and Joey as our madrichim (assistants). We had a terrific 1st day in the Bet Class. We discussed how we are a Bet community and how following our class rules and expectations will allow us to have an amazing year full of Jewish learning. Today in Hebrew we learned to read with the Hebrew letters Bet and Shin and two vowel sounds that make the “AH” sound. In Tefillah (prayer), we learned the Hebrew prayer Tzadik Katamar which we will lead at our class Shabbat. We ended the day playing Jewish Human Bingo and truly enjoyed learning about each other. I am very excited to have each of your children in the Bet class! Always know that you can contact me with any questions or concerns at mmusa@carolina.rr.com. I will be out of town next week, and Susan Shure will be the substitute teacher.

Morah Margaret (Morah Miriam)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Gimel (3rd grade)

 

Week of September 15

Hi Gimel Families,

We had a wonderful class this Sunday. Our focus this week was on the upcoming Rosh Hashanah High Holiday. We discussed what Rosh Hashanah means – please ask your child all of the things they learned about know about the holiday. We talked about the New Year and all of things we are hoping for in the upcoming year as well as how hard we have to work sometimes to make the things (or goals) we want the most happen and I am hoping every one of theirs becomes reality.

We read a great book New Year at the Pier which helped us take a deeper look into our holiday. This led us into a great discussion about forgiveness. The result of the discussion was the conclusion that it is not only our responsibility to ask for forgiveness during this time – but also to be ready to give forgiveness as well. Next week we will be discussing Yom Kippur, what it means and how it relates directly to each student. I can’t wait for your children to share all they learn with you! Have a wonderful week and see you Sunday!

 

Week of September 8

Hi Gimel Families!

It was wonderful to meet you and your children on Sunday! For those I did not get to meet, my name is Morah Ilene and I will be your child’s Judaic Studies teacher this year.

We will be exploring the first book of the Torah, the why of all of the Jewish holidays, Shabbat and more. Between reading, discussion, hands on projects and asking questions…lots of questions, we will have a great year! J We had a wonderful first day of class. We dove right into the Book of Bereshit (Genesis), and into the creation of the world. We did a small art project which will be the first of many to decorate our walls.

This week we will discuss Rosh Hashanah. Specifically, the foods we eat, sounds we hear and why we reflect on the past year. We will discuss our goal(s) for the New Year, write them down and will check back in toward the end of the year to see how we are doing.

Two special dates to note are: Gimel Family Education Sunday, October 20, 2019 and Gimel Class Shabbat on Friday, January 24, 2020.

If you have any questions as we progress through the year, please contact me at idillhyon@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Morah Ilene

 

 

 

Kitah Dalet (4th grade)

 

Week of September 15

We began this week as we will begin many weeks—with discussing an ethical dilemma. All of the students contributed thoughtful and honest answers to this week’s issue—“you are happily playing and not ready to stop when your dad tells you you must stop and clean up your room that is a mess. What do you do”? Ask your child about the various responses given and why response they gave. We then continued our discussion from last week about the difference between valuables and values, particularly our Jewish values. Students were able to give some great examples of how we live out our Jewish values daily. As a reminder, this year the class will be studying Jewish Ethics and the Land of Israel this year. Most weeks we will touch on both topics. We will learn about a place in Israel and consider a way that Jewish Ethics explain the patriarchs and matriarchs responses to different challenges in the Torah. I am looking forward to a terrific year!

 

Week of September 8

It was great meeting your kids! I am looking forward to a wonderful year of learning with these students. Our curricular unit of study this year is Israel.

If you need to contact me, please send me an email at ksingerf@uncc.edu

Thanks!

Morah Karen

 

 

 

Kitah Hey (5th grade)

 

Week of September 15

We began our yearlong study of the Jewish life cycle by identifying the major events we celebrate in a lifetime and then putting them in order. We then discussed briefly the promise we make to God as we celebrate each event. As the year progresses we will study each of these major events in depth. Expect questions about choosing Hebrew names and other family tales of significant Jewish life time events.

 

Week of September 8

It was a great beginning to our year in Kitah Hey. I have 3 siblings of past students and lots of new friends. Some members of the class have been together many years, some a shorter time, and some are brand new. We still all had something new to learn about each other. We will learn even more next week when we finish our Kitah Hey class personal posters.

We also set our class rules for the year: 

1. Show respect for All People and All Things at All Times.

2. Be responsible.

3. Have fun. I look forward to us all following these rules as we learn together!

 

 

Kitah Vav (6th grade)

 

Week of September 15

Morah Hayley (Hinda)

This week in Judaic studies we learned about Rosh Hashanah and why we do what we do! We completed an activity focusing on our priorities for the upcoming year including family, friends, pets, mitzvot, helping the environment and more. We discussed our top priorities and why we chose to focus on them for the year. In addition to the activity, we researched different customs we follow on Rosh Hashanah like eating a new fruit, make round challahs, and eating honey!

Morah Ilene

We had a wonderful class this past Sunday. With the High Holidays just around the corner we focused our class discussion on Rosh Hashanah. The class shared their reasons why the High Holidays are different than any other Jewish holidays which led us to start discussing priorities. Each student was given 10 slips of paper which said: close family ties, helping others, close friendships, protecting the environment, free time, school work, sports, feeding the hungry and two blank slips. The students were then asked to put the slips in order of priority for the New Year. The blank slips were for any priority they had which had not been covered in class. Many shared and compared their priorities with the class. I then asked if they would bring these priorities home to ask the rest of their how they would prioritize the slips. I hope you all had a chance to share and compare with your student. Next week we will take a look at Yom Kippur. I can’t wait for your children to share what we do in class with you. Have a great week!

Week of September 8

Hi Vav Families!

It was wonderful to meet you and your children on Sunday! For those I did not get to meet, my name is Morah Ilene and I will be your child’s Judaic Studies teacher this year.

The Vav Judaic Studies class will center on both Jewish history and Jewish ethics. Specifically, we discuss Jewish history from the Exodus to the fall of the second temple and the values or ethics of the Exodus focusing on relationships with family, friends, the Jewish community and Israel. We do this in a way where all have a chance to be involved in the discussion. By having your children lead it while I introduce and facilitate the direction of topics. This allows them to explore and add their ideas (both verbally and in group projects) to the history or value discussion we will be having.

We had a wonderful first day of class. We had a chance to get to know each other as well as a small review, so we are ready for a great year!

Next week we will discuss the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Two special dates to note are – Vav Family Education Sunday, November 17, 2019 and Vav Class Shabbat on Saturday, March 28, 2020

If you have any questions as we progress through the year, please contact me at idillhyon@gmail.com

Have a great week!

Morah Ilene

 

 

 

Kitah Zayin (7th grade)

 

Week of September 15

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students had a discussion about Parashat Ki Tavo. The main focus of class was the following; what does it mean that Jews are “a people belonging to God” and does that mean all others are excluded. Afterwards, we started our review of Judaism in the form of Jeopardy. This week we reviewed the Tanakh, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. Next week we will be focusing on the rest of the major holidays, kashrut, mitzvot, and general practices during Shabbat.

 

Week of September 8

We had a wonderful first day of class in Kitah Zayin! Students became acquainted with their classmates and learned about classroom rules, expectations, and procedures for TIRS. We started with First Day of School Bingo and each student write a Bio Poem to tell others a little more about themselves. These will be placed in the classroom.

Students then wrote their English and Hebrew names on the front side of a note card. On the back, they listed their favorite things about being Jewish and what they would like to learn more about in class. I am looking forward to a great year with these students.


 

 

 

Ivrit (Hebrew)

 

Week of September 15

Gimel (3rd) -

In Gimel Ivrit this past week we continued reviewing our vowels and letters from Kitah Bet, and added the letter Vav and the shortest vowel, Suva. We also got into groups and played an Aleph Bet letter card game.

 

Dalet (4th) -

Last week we started with a class project where students wrote their Hebrew name on a Star of David and decorated it. Then, we had a class discussion on the importance of learning Hebrew. Students wrote their answers on a large poster together with their decorative star. The poster is hanging on our classroom door. Feel free to stop by and check it out! This week, Students completed an individual assessment to identify their Hebrew level; areas of strength and need for improvement. The assessment had three parts: letter recognition, vowel recognition, and reading. Some students did not complete the reading part of the assessment. They will have the opportunity to complete it during next class. Students were focused and eager to do their best. Great job!!

 

Hey (5th) -

In Hey Ivrit we played with letter and vowel cards, coming up with letters/words as well as practicing our vowels. We also played Hebrew Lotto.

 

Vav (6th)-

We had another great week in Hebrew class by focusing on learning how to write our Hebrew names in block and cursive. We also did some research to try to understand what they mean as well as shared some information and stories about the people we were named after.

 

Zayin (7th)-

I am looking forward to a wonderful year with the Zayin class! I introduced the students to the structure of our lessons for this year. On Sundays, we will be focusing on Conversational Hebrew (speaking modern Hebrew and learning advanced grammar). During the week, we will be focusing on advancing in the Mitkadem program and practicing reading tefillot from the Siddur. Please make sure to send the Siddur with your child during the week. Then, we had a class discussion on the importance of our Hebrew education. Students wrote their responses on a large poster. The poster is hanging on our classroom door. Feel free to stop by and check it out! Students learned how to introduce themselves and to ask others who they are. We learned the subject pronouns: I (אני) and you (את; אתה); question words: Who (מי); and prefixes: the (ה), and (ו). Students used new and old vocabulary to form their conversations.

 

 

Week of September 8

Gimel (3rd) -

Shalom Parents,

It was so wonderful seeing familiar and new faces this past Sunday! I want to welcome everyone to our Kitah Gimel Ivrit class.

This past week in we discussed our Hebrew names, and did an art project with it that we will be hanging in our classroom. In our mid-week classes we started reviewing the letters & vowel sounds, as well as some vocabulary words that were covered in Kitah Bet.

Looking forward to seeing all the students this coming Sunday.

Shabbat Shalom!

Morah Limor

 

Dalet (4th) -

 

Hey (5th) -

Shalom Parents,

It was so wonderful seeing familiar and new faces this past Sunday! I want to welcome everyone to our Kitah Hey Ivrit class.

In class we went over the structure of our Mitkadem Hebrew program, and reviewed some of the letters & vowels.

Looking forward to seeing all the students this coming Sunday.

Shabbat Shalom!

Morah Limor

 

Vav (6th)-

This week, we introduced ourselves and reviewed the alephbet through a few games and reading to each other. Next week we will get started on our Mitkadem binders!

 

Zayin (7th)-

 


 

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

 

Week of September 15

We had another great Trope Class! Students are beginning to recognize the most frequent Torah Trope and enjoy playing the Trope game. They are also getting to know each other. It’s a wonderful class and we have fun together.

 

Week of September 8

We started our Torah Trope curriculum learning the most frequently used Torah Trope. We’ll be studying Torah Trope throughout the Fall. Our wonderful Madrich, Elliot Kreitman, led our “Sing this Trope” game. Looking forward to a great year together!


 

 

Experiential Education – Tuesday/Wednesday
 

Week of September 15

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism! This week we covered Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. We started class explaining Parashat Ki Tavo and how it was part of Moses’ farewell speech explain that as God’s people, we have certain laws and practices we must follow or terrible things will await us as a people. Students then were tasked with trying to make a perfect circle out of masking tape. After a few minutes, we discussed about how this task is not possible since the world has been imperfect since its beginning therefore, we should only strive to do the best we can.

We then talked about Jewish Mysticism and Rabbi Yitzhak ben Shlomo Luria Ashkenazi’s (also known as Ha’Ari), view on the creation of the universe. Students learned the Kabbalistic view that when God breathed in to make room for the creation, he made 4 glass vessels filled with his light. The vessels shattered and the light was hidden throughout the world. It is our job as Jews to reunify the light to create a perfect world. We went on to learn that doing any of the 613 mitzvot helps to repair the world, Tikkun Olam.

The students created a project to symbolize “repairing the world”. Students wrote the words Tikkun Olam on the top of a blank piece of paper and under it they drew the Earth. Below the earth they wrote the words “repairing the world”. Students then cut their drawing into 4 pieces. Each piece had 4 holes punched in them and the students used string to put their drawing back together.

 

Week of September 8

We had a wonderful first day of Experiential Judaism! This week we discussed Parashat HaShavua (the weekly Torah portion). We started class with students talking about their favorite books they read multiple times and movies or T.V. shows they watch over and over again. Then, we discussed that regardless of the number of times you read or watch the same thing, you can always discover something new about it. The same is true with the Torah. We discussed the way each book is like a T.V. show’s season and each parashah is like an episode in the season. Every week we read a new “chapter” until we read all 5 books. Once we finish, we start all over again to see what we may have missed or what we can see differently now that we have experienced more in life. Students then learned the Hebrew names of each book of the Torah, it’s direct translation, and what we call it in English. For example, the first book of the Torah is Bereishit, which directly translates to “In the Beginning” and is called Genesis.

Students then did an activity to make a Parashat HaShavua Scroll using paper, tea, popsicle sticks, and a paper plate, which will be displayed on one of the hallway bulletin boards.

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779