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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 March 17

The Gan class celebrated Purim today! We learned the Purim story, we ate hamantashen, we paraded around the sanctuary during the Purim Assembly, and we made noises with groggers.  

Sunday, March 31 is the Gan Open House. Prospective Gan students will visit our classroom to learn about all of the fun things we do at TIRS. If you are able to stop by between 9:45a-10:45a, we would love to have you join us.

Chag Sameach!

 

Week of March 10

Your children did such a wonderful job helping to lead services on Friday! We are so proud of our Gan class!

This Sunday, March 17, we will be celebrating Purim! Please have your child come to school dressed in costume. We will be having a Purim Assembly from 11:15am-12:00pm in the Temple Israel Morris & Sylvia Speizman Sanctuary. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly. There will be singing, a costume parade, grogger noise-making and general silliness. Following the assembly, all TIRS students and their families are encouraged to head over to the JCC to attend the Community Purim Carnival.

Hope to see everyone on Sunday! 

Happy Adar!

 

Week of March 3 

This past week we had our final rehearsal with Kitah Aleph, Cantor Lissek and Rabbi Kornsgold. It went great!! Your kids are so excited for their Class Shabbat tomorrow night. You are going to be so proud of them! Please be in the sanctuary by 6:00pm so we are ready on time. In class, the students had a chance to finish their name posters. I hope you liked them as much as I did. Then we worked on our mitzvah folder which was about Hachnasat Orchim, welcoming guests. We learned about the story of Abraham welcoming the angels into his tent. Then we decided to do some role playing. The students showed each other how to act when guests/friends come over. We also talked about “welcoming words”. We read the story Once Upon A Shabbat (a lovely story about a lost bear who wanders into Brooklyn and stays for Shabbat). It is a great story. Before heading home your children did some review of letters they have been learning throughout the year. It was a very busy and productive day! See you tomorrow night!

 

 

 

Kitah Aleph (1st grade)

 

Week of March 17

Dear Aleph Parents,

Today was spent preparing for Purim, that raucous silly time when we are giddy with appreciation for having been spared from Haman’s dastardly plan.

We created rashanim (noisemakers) and filled bags with treats for your family. I hope you enjoyed them! The PTO supplied hamentashen for our snack.

Our assembly was awesome with the Trope class chanting parts of the Megillah. They then did a spiel in English. So many students participated to make this a fun filled celebration.

Hopefully many of you enjoyed the Community Purim Carnival as well. I am looking forward to hearing stories from everyone on Sunday.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Devorah

 

Week of March 10

Dear Kitah Aleph Parents,

Your child(ren) were just awesome leading Friday night services! Lots of kvelling going on... wink

Today we told the story of Queen Esther and why we celebrate Purim. We made paper plate puppets with the story people and got very silly telling the story again.

Next week TIRS will have a special assembly in the Temple Israel Morris & Sylvia Speizman Sanctuary from 11:15am-12:00pm. There will be singing, costumes and general silliness. Please join us and continue on to the Community Purim Carnival at the JCC afterward. Encourage your child(ren) to wear costumes to school and get ready for fun!

Be happy! It's Adar!

Morah Devorah

 

Week of March 3

Dear Kitah Aleph Parents,

We are really getting excited for our Friday Night Shabbat Service this week! We had our final practice with Cantor Lissek and we sound awesome! Please be in the Sanctuary at 6:00. Once we were back in class we learned about B’tzelem Elohim, that little spark of God inside every person. Students volunteered to be traced on large paper and then we labeled the pictures with Jewish actions we do. It is my favorite lesson of the year and the results are on the wall across from our classroom. Please come take a look!

Looking forward to starting Shabbat with you this Friday night. Morah Devorah

 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Bet (2nd grade)

 

REMINDER:

KITAH BET CLASS SHABBAT IS THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 22 AT 6PM.

 

Week of March 17

Shalom Bet Families,

Today, we read Megillat Esther (the story of Purim), ate Hamantashen, and celebrated Purim at the TIRS assembly. We practiced our play and the Kabballat Shabbat prayers in preparation for our Bet Shabbat-this Friday night. We also reviewed our Hebrew letters and vowel sounds and read our Hebrew word cards.

****Our Bet Shabbat will be on Friday, March 22nd.  Please bring your child at 6:00. The children are very excited to perform their play and lead the congregation in Kabbalat Shabbat.

I encourage all students to review Lesson 10-Resh 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.

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

Morah Miriam/Margaret

 

Week of March 10

Shalom Kitah Bet Families,

Today, we learned to read with the “ay” vowel sound and read Hebrew in small groups. In Judaic studies, we read finished illustrating our Story of Creation wheels and read and discussed the Story of Noah. We also practiced our play and the prayers in the sanctuary.

****Our Kitah Bet Shabbat will be on Friday, March 22nd.  Please bring your child at 6:00. The children are very excited to perform their play and lead the congregation in Kabbalat Shabbat. If your child will not be able to attend, please email me at mmusa@carolina.rr.com, so I can readjust the parts in the play. We are hoping for 100% attendance-another Bet tradition!!

I encourage all students to review Lesson 10. 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.

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

Next week is Purim. It will be a fun day and all students are encouraged to wear a costume. I will be out-of-town for a bar mitzvah, but there will be a wonderful substitute teacher, Rachel Leibold, who has worked with the Kitah Bet students.

Morah Miriam/Margaret

 

Week of March 3

Shalom Bet Families,

Today, we learned to read with the “EH” vowel sound. We read Hebrew in small groups, practiced Hebrew writing, and played a “Resh” Board Game. In Judaic studies, we read the story of the Garden of Eden, and the students were challenged to role play being Adam, Eve, or the Snake and answer questions about their actions and the fairness of the punishments. The children also illustrated the Story of Creation on a creation wheel.

Exciting News!!-Our Bet Shabbat will be on Friday, March 22nd. We have been learning and practicing the prayers from the Friday Night Service all year, so the students are ready to lead the congregation! We will also perform a short play at the start of services-a Kitah Bet tradition. If your child will not be able to attend, please email me at mmusa@carolina.rr.com, so I will not assign them a part in the play. We are hoping for 100% attendance!

I encourage all students to review Lesson 10-Resh 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.

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

 

 

 

 

Kitah Gimel (3rd grade)

 

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

KITAH GIMEL FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, APRIL 7, FROM 9:30A-11A.

 

Week of March 17

Hi Kitah Gimel families,

What a wonderful TIRS Purim celebration this past Sunday. 

Our class had a chance to share all we knew about the story of Esther.  Your children shared the story from beginning to end.  It was fun pretending to live in that time and comparing our feelings to how Esther must have felt.

We then moved on to learn about the 4 mitzvot of the Holiday of Purim!  Please ask your child to share the 4 mitzvot of Purim with you.  We shared why understanding these mitzvot was so important and how it changes the idea of Purim from just a holiday where we dress up into one that we help make the world a better place.  I really enjoy my time with your children.  They are so smart and so funny – I am one lucky morah!

Next week we will continue on our final understanding of the Book of Genesis while we share what we know about Moses. 

Don’t forget that the Kitah Vav class is doing a tzedakah project to collect new Dr. Seuss books.  If everyone donated at least one book – we could help make a big impact in our community!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Morah Ilene

Week of March 10

Hi Kitah Gimel families,

Our journey through the Book of Genesis is almost over.  We have learned what true forgiveness can look like while learning about Joseph and his brothers.  We shared how true forgiveness can be difficult, since we can forgive but we can often not forget.  The students shared their thoughts on forgiveness and whether they could make the same choice that Joseph did when his brothers came to Egypt.  Ask your child about their thoughts on forgiveness.

This Sunday TIRS is celebrating Purim!!!!!  Encourage your child to dress up and have some fun!  The Kitah Gimel class will have Hebrew until 11:00am and then head over to the Temple to enjoy hamentaschen and a celebration!  

For your consideration:  The Kitah Vav (6th grade) class is working on a tzedakah project to collect new Dr. Seuss books to donate.  Please consider helping them reach their goal.  Your child can bring the books to classes on Sunday and drop them in at the TIRS office.  Thank you for helping Kitah Vav reach their goal.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Morah Ilene

 

Week of March 3

We had a great class this past Sunday. We continued our journey through the Book of Genesis this week and focused on the story of Joseph in the land of Egypt. We discussed the dreams Joseph was able to decipher for both Pharoah and Pharoah’s cup bearer. Ask your child about Pharoah’s dream and what Joseph said it meant. We took a few moments to share some of the crazy dreams we have had. Once the story was over we discussed why Joseph was able to decipher Pharoah’s dream when no one else had been able to. While Joseph told everyone it was because of God that he was able to correctly interpret the dreams, we also talked about the importance of truly listening vs. just hearing someone. Next Sunday, we will add Joseph’s brothers into the mix in Egypt and how the all of them meet again. This lesson begins a fantastic discussion in forgiveness. I can’t wait to share where our discussion goes. Please reach out if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Dalet (4th grade)

 

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

THE KITAH DALET FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM IS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019, at 9:30am. 

 

Week of March 17

Dear Parents,

Happy Purim! We celebrated Purim in Kitah Dalet by decorating a cake to include a map of Israel including it's geological features (Hershey kisses made some tasty mountains!). We are so excited to see you next Sunday for our family education day. We will be gathering in our classroom to spend some time learning together and to show you some of the work your student's done this year.

Thanks for ALL of your help!

Karen

 

Week of March 10

Dear Parents,

This week we reviewed the story of Babel and learned about 10 famous Israelis who came from different Jewish communities around the world. Students also completed a worksheet describing where their families came from. Many students were unsure about which countries their ancestors were from. If you can discuss your family origins with your student before this Sunday (March 17), that would be great.

Also, don't forget to have your child come to school on Sunday, March 17 in costume! TIRS will be celebrating Purim Sunday morning.

Finally, please make sure to mark your calendar for the Kitah Dalet Family Education Program on Sunday, March 24. An email will be sent later on this week.

 

Week of March 3

This week we learned about the story of the Tower of Babel. We discussed the importance of being able to communicate and tried solving some complicated problems without the use of language.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Hey (5th grade)

 

Week of March 17

Chag Purim Sameach! It was a day for celebrating Purim in Hey Judaic Studies. Students played a game where a card bearing the name of a person, place, or thing related to Purim was taped to their backs. They had to ask classmates a series of “Yes” or “No” only questions to figure out what was written on their card. Some were easy--Esther, Hamen (booo), others much harder—like gallows and Shaloch Manot. Students then worked together to put a series of large cards bearing events from the Purim story into the correct sequential order. It was all a great prelude to our Purim Assembly and costume parade. Next week it is back to our study of marriage and kettubot.

Week of March 10

We continued our study of Jewish wedding customs with an exploration of the Ketubah. We examined 10 examples of modern day designs and students found meaning in the symbols and images used. Intertwining of trees, the rising and setting of the sun, the vastness of the sky, and the shining of the sun all provided messages of two families becoming one, the eternity of love, the depths of commitment, and light in one another’s life. The students showed so much insight and sensitivity in their interpretations. We then began creating our own Ketubah designs. We will continue with these next week as well as participate in the Purim celebration. Remember, students should come to class in costume. It will be a festive Sunday morning!

 

Week of March 3

Todah Rabah to all the students and families who were able to join us for the Kitah Hey Shabbat. The students did a fantastic job and represented TIRS so well! Many people came to me after the service and complimented your children. In class we moved on to the next major event in the Jewish life cycle—marriage. Students matched common elements of the service (chuppah, glass, ketubah) to their meanings and then grouped those with the significance to their presence in the wedding ceremony. We also discussed what kinds of information and promises a ketubah does and does not contain—some of the findings were surprising. Ask your child why. More on the ketubah next week.


 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Vav (6th grade)

 

Week of March 17

Hi Kitah Vav families!

I cannot believe how fast time is flying!   This past Sunday was a blast!!! 

It was so great to see how many dressed up for the TIRS Purim school celebration!  I hope you saw our class photo on the TIRS Facebook page! 

This week we took a closer look at the holiday of Purim.  The kids retold the story since they know it well.  Then we were on to explore the meaning of the holiday and learned about the 4 mitzvot of Purim and how they help us of truly celebrate this festive holiday.  

To better understand how these mitzvot affect us, our friends, family and neighbors as well as people we don’t even know we set up 3 concentric circles on the board.  The smallest was ourselves, the next was our friends, family and neighbors and the final largest circle represented people we don’t know and the larger community.  Our goal was to put each mitzvot into one of the circles to represent who they helped the most.   We found the Purim mitzvot stretched out and affected so many more than it seemed at first.  What an amazing holiday!!   Please ask your child to tell you all about the 4 mitzvot of Purim!! 

Next Sunday our class will be based on the project titled Six-Word Memoir Project.  I can’t wait for the students to share their ideas of Judaism in just six workds.  This will be such a fun project!

Thank you all who have donated Dr. Seuss books toward our tzedakah project.  Please keep them coming.  The whole school is getting involved and we can use all of the voices we can get to encourage others to help the Kitah Vav class to reach their goal.  I am so proud of how far they have come.

Morah Ilene

 

Week of March 10

Hi Kitah Vav families,

We had a great class this past Sunday.  We continued learning about David becoming King and what he accomplished.   The class was able to ask any question they wanted to learn about David. We had a class discussion, and we also used our technology to find answers, imagine what it would have been to live during David’s time and share ideas about how King David affects our lives as Jews to this day.  Please ask your child their thoughts on King David.

This Sunday (March 17) TIRS is celebrating Purim!  Encourage your child to dress up and have some fun!  We will have class until 11:00am and then head over to the Temple to enjoy hamentaschen and a celebration!  

Thank you to all who have donated to the Kitah Vav class’s Dr. Seuss book drive.  Please donate and help your child reach their goal!  You can find a 5 pack of Dr. Seuss books on Amazon for $25.00 here: Dr. Seuss 5 pack of books.   You can also find many individual Dr. Seuss books on Amazon for as low as $5.00.  Thank you for helping the Kitah Vav class reach their goal!

Feel free to reach out to me at any time!

Morah Ilene

 

Week of March 3

What a wonderful Sunday this past week. The Kitah Vav class presented their book donation project to the other classes at TIRS along with all of the posters they made for the project which are hanging on walls on the third floor of the TIRS building. You should be so proud of how they spoke to the classes and explained what they are looking to do, who they are trying to help and the impact they know they can make. Please ask your child about their experience. To share our project information with other families here is the information you need to know (this is what your children presented to the other TIRS classes):

In many schools around Charlotte students are allowed to go to their school's library but they are not allowed to take those checked out books home. This tends to happen at schools where resources to replenish lost or damaged books are low. Our project would be to collect new Dr. Seuss books which would be given to students at select schools in Charlotte. The students who receive books would be able to take their new book home and start or, hopefully add, to their home library. The reason for the Dr. Seuss book is that they are all at the same reading level and about the same length. Our target audience is elementary aged children in 1st grade. The more books collected - the more children we would be able to impact. This coming Sunday, the Kitah Vav class will be continuing our discussion on King Saul, his son Jonathan and David. We have worked our way through David and Goliath, David and Jonathan’s friendship and David fleeing King Saul’s attempts to kill him. This week our focus and discussion on the time David becomes king.

Please reach out at any time if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Zayin (7th grade)

 

Week of March 17

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

We started class with Hatikvah and then watched a short video where Ted Deutch was addressing the House about anti-Semitism. We discussed how we as Jews see this on the rise across the world and must stand up against it. We also talked about how if anti-Semitism raises its ugly head, other minority groups are also in danger.

We then discussed the New Zealand terrorist attack by a white supremist against Muslims in their mosques. We compared how hate fueled that attack along with an attack on our faith in Pittsburg. We then looked at the history Jews and Muslims shared in the past. We discussed that when the European Christians attacked us, especially in Spain, the Ottoman Empire took us in. We talked about how Judaism flourished under Muslim rulers and gave us some of our greatest philosophers, such as Maimonides. We also looked at how as people of the book, we must ensure that we have a right to practice or faith and protect each other. We also looked at how extremists can put people who should naturally be allies against each other.

Students then discussed how we in Charlotte have a special relationship with the other faiths. Anytime we are attacked, the other faiths do what they can to ease our pain and make us feel safe. The Muslim community of Charlotte has been highly supportive of us in our time of need, even more so than some of the other faiths.

We then made cards to show our Muslim neighbors that we are here to support them and are standing with them as they have for us in the past.

During the Purim Assembly, the students did a great job serving as good role models for the younger students. They helped with the costume parade, distributed and collected groggers, and the Trope students chanted the Megillah. It was a great morning.

 

Week of March 10

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin!

After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Vayikra and why we have switched from sacrificing in the Temple to prayer.

After, students continued to read the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel by going over guided reading notes and discussing key parts of the book.

 

Week of March 3

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Pekudei. Students then discussed why completion of the Tabernacle was important and why would Aaron and his sons have to have special garments. Students then answered the question “Why is Adar the month of joy?” in their Writer’s Journal.

After, students continued to read the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel by going over guided reading notes and discussing key parts of the book.

 


 

 

 

Ivrit (Hebrew)
 

Week of March 17

Gimel (3rd) -

We have a great time at the Purim Assembly and wearing our Purim costumes this past Sunday. Our children continued working on their Mitkadem program. We also talked about the main Purim characters and had yummy hamantashen for snack. We enjoyed watching a short video from the Kitah Gimel class in Hadera, Israel, wishing our class a Happy Purim!

 

Dalet (4th) -

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we celebrated Purim. We played a Purim edition of Jeopardy. Students were divided into two groups. The groups were given sentences describing a person or a place on the topic of Purim and needed to write the answers in Hebrew on the board. The answers were pronounced the same both in English and in Hebrew. Students had to apply their Hebrew skills in order to currently spell the answers in Hebrew. For example, one of the questions was "I am the queen who disobey the king and was banished. Who am I?” The answer is Vashti (ושתי), which is pronounced the same in both languages. Groups took turns on guessing letters and vowels. The teams received points for each correct letter or vowel. If a group made a mistake, the other team could steal their points by correcting the mistake. To make things interesting, the groups were not told what the mistake was and had to figure it out. The winning group received a prize. The game was a lot of fun and very competitive😊. For snack, we had Hamentashens. Yummy! At the end of the day, we had a school-wide Purim assembly in the sanctuary. Students had the opportunity to show-off their customs, we sang songs, and we heard the story of the Megillah from the Trope class.

Happy Purim!

 

Hey (5th) -

Be Happy It’s Adar

This week we prepared for Purim. Our Sunday Scavenger Hunt featured Purim Hebrew vocabulary words. Students found the words with the prefix ל – to. They also found the שרש – root of the word להרעיש – to make noise and found the word רעשן, figuring out that the meaning of the word was noisemaker/grogger.

We learned about the 4 mitzvot for Purim. To help us enjoy listening to the reading of the Megillat Esther, we created groggers using candies as the noisemakers – if you get hungry during the service you can eat your grogger’s insides. And if you still have candy in your grogger after the service – you can give it to a friend as mishloach manot/gifts for friends.

I hope everyone had a happy Purim.

In April, we will reinforce our work in the Mitkadem program with Pesach vocabulary.

 

 

Vav (6th)-

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we celebrated Purim. We played a Purim edition of Jeopardy. Students were divided into two groups. The groups were given sentences describing a person or a place on the topic of Purim and needed to write the answers in Hebrew on the board. The answers were pronounced the same both in English and in Hebrew. Students had to apply their Hebrew skills in order to currently spell the answers in Hebrew. For example, one of the questions was "I am the queen who disobey the king and was banished. Who am I?” The answer is Vashti (ושתי), which is pronounced the same in both languages. Groups took turns on guessing letters and vowels. The teams received points for each correct letter or vowel. If a group made a mistake, the other team could steal their points by correcting the mistake. To make things interesting, the groups were not told what the mistake was and had to figure it out. The winning group received a prize. The game was a lot of fun and very competitive😊. For snack, we had Hamentashens. Yummy! At the end of the day, we had a school-wide Purim assembly in the sanctuary. Students had the opportunity to show-off their customs, we sang songs, and we heard the story of the Megillah from the Trope class.

Happy Purim!

 

 

Week of March 10

Gimel (3rd) -

This past Sunday in our Mitkadem program, we started working on recognizing prefixes and suffixes. We also reviewed how to determine a word from a shoresh (root). Toward the end of class, our Madrichim led us in a short exercise reinforcing the differences between words and roots.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in their Purim costumes on Sunday!

Shavua Tov,

Morah Limor

 

Dalet (4th)

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we started class with a review game. The purpose of the game was to examine students' knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes recognition, vocabulary (translation of Hebrew words), and understanding the main concepts of the Kiddush. Students were paired up and were given a page with the Kiddush blessing. Written on the board were 8 questions and 6 bonus questions. Each question answered correctly earned the pair one point. Students divided the questions among themselves and were only responsible for answering their own questions. They were not allowed to help their team member. Once a pair completed the 8 questions, they were able to work together in answering the bonus questions. The pair with the most points received a prize. Students did very well 😊! They showed great knowledge of roots recognition and understanding the Kiddush's main concepts. We will continue working on prefix recognition, which appeared to be an area of need for most of the students.

Best,

Morah Liat

 

Hey (5th) -

Mitkadem

            Sunday Scavenger Hunt: Students worked together to find brachot that had  words built on the root words listed on the board; they found the meaning/theme of the brachot. The Scavenger Hunt gave us the opportunity to review Mitkadem concepts including root words, the words built from them and their meaning as well as reviewing where to look at a blessing to find its meaning/theme. In addition, the students recognized mitzvot/commandments for which we say a bracha, including lighting candles for Shabbat and holidays and studying Torah.

            Students also worked independently in the binders on their Ramah/level. The students are progressing nicely, some taking the tests that allow them to progress to the next level.  Each student who is reviewing a Ramah has been given an organizer to assist in his/her study. The students using the Review Organizer have reported that it is helping them manage the vocabulary, grammar, and important ideas from each level. Students working in Ramah 4, Ramah 5, Ramah 6 and Ramah 9 can practice reading with recordings at home. 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 during the week. 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.

Come dressed in your Purim costume on Sunday – we’ll have special, fun Purim activities that will reinforce Mitkadem concepts.

 

Vav (6th) -

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we started class with a review game. The purpose of the game was to examine students' knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes recognition, vocabulary (translation of Hebrew words), and understanding the main concepts of the Kiddush. Students were paired up and were given a page with the Kiddush blessing. Written on the board were 8 questions and 6 bonus questions. Each question answered correctly earned the pair one point. Students divided the questions among themselves and were only responsible for answering their own questions. They were not allowed to help their team member. Once a pair completed the 8 questions, they were able to work together in answering the bonus questions. The pair with the most points received a prize. Students did very well 😊! They showed great knowledge of roots recognition and understanding the Kiddush's main concepts. We will continue working on prefix recognition, which appeared to be an area of need for most of the students.

Best,

Morah Liat

 

 

Week of March 3

Gimel (3rd) - Shalom Parents, This past Sunday we played Hebrew "Hangman" concentrating on letter & vowel recognition. The students are doing a great job in the Mitkadem program.

Dalet (4th)

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we started class with reading centers. Students were divided to small groups based on their Mitakadem's level and practiced reading the blessings taught on their level. During snack time, the Vav class presented their tzedakah project. They are collecting new Dr. Seuss books for first graders from Title 1 schools around Charlotte. The students who will receive a book would be able to take the book home in order to encourage reading and to start/ add to their home library. Class Vav is hoping to collect 100 books for donation. Let's help the Vav class to reach their goal and to support children in our community! Please consider donating a book! Todah 😊! We continued class with individual work on Mitkadem program.

 

Hey (5th) -

Yeyasher Kokhahem – Congratulations on a job well done to all of the Hey students. You led the congregation in the prayers of Shacharit so well. After the Kiddush, members of the congregation were still seeking me out to tell me how impressed they were with you!

Mitkadem

Today we had our first Sunday Scavenger Hunt. Students worked together to find a bracha that had a word in it built on the root word א-ר-ב (they found 4 brachot for foods that contain the word בורא and recognized that the verb means to create); they looked at a bracha in the siddur and found the meaning/theme of the bracha and found another blessing that had the same theme (The bracha they read in the siddur was the bracha read following the reading of the Haftarah and the meaning of the bracha was השבת מקדש to make Shabbat holy/special. The bracha with the same theme is the Kiddush for Friday night which also ends with השבת מקדש); they learned why there were two different readings of yesterday’s Haftarah (There is an Ashkenazi version of the haftarah and a Sephardic version, both are in the Chumash and one contained an extra paragraph). The Scavenger Hunt gave us the opportunity to review Mitkadem concepts including root words, the words built from them and their meaning as well as reviewing where to look at a blessing to find its meaning/theme.

Students also spent some time working independently in the binders on their Ramah/level. The students are progressing nicely, some taking the tests that allow them to progress to the next level. Each student who is reviewing a Ramah has been given a graphic organizer to assist in his/her study. The students using the Review Organizer have reported it is helping them manage the vocabulary, grammar, and important ideas from each level. Students working in Ramah 4, Ramah 5, and Ramah 6 can practice reading with recordings at home. 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 during the week. 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.

Vav (6th)

Shalom Chaverim,

On Sunday, we started class with reading centers. Students were divided to small groups based on their Mitakadem's level and practiced reading the blessings taught on their level. I was so proud of them for helping and supporting each other with the readings. They did such a great job ! We then continued class with individual work on Mitkadem program.

 

Zayin (7th)On Sunday, we began, as usual, by chanting Havdalah together as a class. I then took an inventory of where all the students are in their Hebrew binders so we know who needs to work on which sections and get a grasp on who is ready or who is ready to move to the next level. Overall, there are only a few students who are still working to finish the Ramah 5. Most of the students are working one or two levels ahead of Ramah 5. We reviewed the Friday night Kiddush and discussed some of the Hebrew words associated with the upcoming holiday of Purim. Have a peaceful week!

 

 

 


 

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

 

Week of March 10

On Sunday, the Trope class was super excited to start learning Torah Trope. They were able to sing all three trope back to back, Haftarah, Megillah & Torah!

This week, we polished our individual pasukim (verses) for Megillat Ester that we will chant on Erev Purim (March 20) for the congregation! Students sound great and we are very excited to introduce a new Purim tradition for TI! By now, all students should have chosen a “sports outfit/costume” that they will wear as part of their group costume on Erev Purim. If they have not yet created their trope symbols and name signs (to pin onto their costumes), Cantor Lissek will give those students materials to complete that this Sun. If they have created their symbols and signs, Morah Rochelle has them with her and will distribute to all students at 6pm on Erev Purim. Please remember that there is no WEEKDAY class next week (3/19 & 3/20) in celebration of Purim. If your child is chanting a verse from the Megillah, please make sure he/she is at Temple Israel by 6pm on Wed, Mar 20 so that we can get organized and get seated. Chag Purim Sameach!

 

Week of March 3

We are so excited for the arrival of Purim in a few weeks! 10 of our trope students will be chanting from the Megillat Esther on Wednesday, March 20. They have done a great job learning their pasuk (verse)! If your child is participating, please ensure you/they arrive by 6pm so we can get organized and seated by the 6:15pm start time. There is a pizza dinner at 5:30pm ($5/person). If your family would like that, please register online on TI's web site. This week, we reviewed their pasukim and also made their "trope signs" for their Purim costumes. All students who were not here on Tuesday/Wednesday this week will need to make their signs on Sunday. Our group theme is "sports outfits/jerseys) and students will be pinning their signs to the backs of their shirts. We look forward to celebrating Purim with you!

 

Week of February 24

We continued practicing our Megillat Esther Pasukim (verses) in preparation for Erev Purim on March 20. Students are doing GREAT with their chanting! They all have recordings from Cantor Lissek or Morah Rochelle to practice at home. Please note there is no regular TIRS on Wednesday, March 20; instead, all students are invited to join the celebration at festivities at TI, beginning at 5:30pm with dinner and then Megillah Reading (which our students are helping to chant!) and Purim Spiel. We have decided, as a class, to dress in sports outfits/jerseys/costumes with creative student names/trope symbols on the backs. Next week, we will make these trope signs in class. We're excited about participating in the Megillah reading in a few weeks! Check the TIRS FB page for more information and to register for dinner.

 

 


 

 

Experiential Education – Tuesday/Wednesday
 

Week of March 10

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism.

This week, students learned about Purim.

We started class with a short video and then played Purim trivia.

 

Week of March 3

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism. This week we talked about the Jewish calendar. Students first were able to share information they knew about the Jewish calendar and how it is different from the secular calendar. We then discussed how both calendars do not line up since the Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar (which is a shorter year) and the secular calendar is a solar calendar (longer year).

 

Students were then able to look up their secular birthdate to find the day, month, and year of their Jewish birthday. Next students were given the current Jewish year’s calendar. Students went on to find their Hebrew birthday on the calendar and wrote down the secular date. Almost all students did not have their birthday on the same secular calendar day since the Jewish calendar does not line up with it.

 

Students then were told much like the secular calendar, the Jewish calendar stays the same therefore their Jewish birthdate will always be on the same date on the Jewish calendar. The same goes for all of our holidays.

 

Week of February 24

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism.

This week we talked about Lo ta’amod al dam re’echa (literally, do not stand on your neighbor’s blood).

Students started class with an overview on how this and that if they see their neighbor in trouble or being falsely accused, they should say something as long as it does not endanger them. Then, students were given a paper and the directions to not look at other students paper and read everything. After a couple of minutes, one student would be asked to leave the room for breaking a rule, but was innocent (the student who was removed from class was immediately informed what was going on). Students would then be faced with following one of the rules written on the paper, don’t question if someone leaves the room, or do what we just learned which is stand up for their neighbor. In all classes but 1 students said nothing were too busy working on the questions. In one class, a student remembered the overview and stood up for their classmate. The student was let back in the room and it was explained if they followed the first set of rules, which was to read everything, they would of only wrote their name on top of the paper and tried to get everyone else to follow the rules. It was also explained that in a case of injustice, they should stand up for their neighbor.

Student went on to read the quote: “Lo ta’amod al dam re’echa”, which is a Biblical commandment. Thou shall not stand idly by the shedding of the blood of thy fellow man. The word is not achi’cha, thy Jewish brother, but re’echa, thy fellow human being, whether he or she Jewish or not. All people are entitled to live with dignity and hope. All people are entitled to live without fear and pain”, said Elie Wiesel at the Darfur Emergency Summit in July 2004. Students learned briefly about Elie Wiesel’s life and how he always stood up when he saw any group of people being attacked.

We moved on to discuss the next topic,“Would you save someone drowning in a pool?” All students agreed they would save them, but had different ways to do it. We went on to explain you should only go into the water as a last resort since you would also be in danger. The students then learned you do what is safest for you first, before you put yourself in danger.

After, students wrote about a time they did not help someone, why they didn’t help, if they would be in danger if they did, and would they have done anything differently if they could redo the situation. Students then had a chance to share their experience. Next, students wrote about a time they needed help and nobody helped them. Then, they had to write the reason nobody helped them, and what someone could have done for them in that situation. We finished the class by discussing how this tied into Tikkun Olam(repairing the world).

 

 

 

 

Fri, March 22 2019 15 Adar II 5779