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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

 

Please mark your calendars for Educator Shabbat!

 

   We hope all TIRS families will celebrate Shabbat and     join us for Shabbat dinner on Friday, May 3 as we recognize our wonderful teachers and madrichim.

 

Please click here to register for dinner.

 

 

 

Gan (Kindergarten)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

 

Week of April 7

Who said getting ready for Pesach isn’t fun? This week our class had the chance to visit many different stations set up in our room, each with a Passover experience. Students could make a matzah cover for a Seder table, create their own version of charoset, make a Haggadah bookmark, a holiday card or a placemat. We also searched for the afikoman. There were puzzles and books on hand as well. We are ready!

A big todah raba to our parent helpers Caryn Findley, Rob Sisson and Amy Tyndall.

This was our last class before Pesach and we don’t return to TIRS until Sunday, May 5th which will be our last class. Where did this year go?

Wishing you all a wonderful Pesach together with family and friends as we celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt.

Chag sameach!

 

Week of March 31

This past Sunday was fantastic! Perspective Gan families joined our class for the first hour and we had the chance to show them how much fun we have in our class! We learned about which foods are permitted and forbidden to eat on Passover and then did a fun “Shopping for Passover” art project. Afterwards, we talked about getting rid of chametz in our houses. We also practiced singing the 4 questions (Ma Nishtana) since some of us will be asking them at the seder! We read the book The Passover Parrot by E. Zusman and created a mini-haggadah. It was a wonderful morning!

 

Week of March 24 

Last Sunday the students worked on their Passover Story Folder.  They learned the story of Passover and sang the song Let My People Go!  The students also made a mini book for Passover.  After playing Frog and Matzah Tic, Tac, Toe, we read the story The Passover Seder by Emily Sper.  We talked about the seders we have been at and our favorite seder memories in addition to starting to learn how to ask The Four Questions (Ma Nishtana). As always, we concluded the day with Shira/Tefillah.  Cantor Lissek taught us some new songs to sing during Passover.

 

 

Kitah Aleph (1st grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

Week of April 7

Dear Kitah Aleph Parents,

Who said getting ready for Pesach isn’t fun? This week our class had the chance to visit many different stations set up in our room, each with a Passover experience. Students could make a matzah cover for a Seder table, create their own version of charoset, make a Haggadah bookmark, a holiday card or a placemat. We also searched for the afikoman. There were puzzles and books on hand as well. We are ready!

A big todah rabbah to our parent helpers Caryn Finley, Rob Sisson and Amy Tyndall.

This was our last class before Pesach. We do not return to TIRS until Sunday, May 5th which will be our last class. Where did this year go? However, on Sunday, April 28, there is a Passover Freedom Train Program geared toward families with preschool age children up to age 7. If you are interested in attending please check out the TI website for more information.

Wishing you all a wonderful Pesach together with family and friends as we celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt.

Chag sameach!

 

Week of March 31

Dear Aleph Parents,

Pesach is almost here and we continued our preparations this week. Today we highlighted the Seder plate and how the symbols relate to the holiday.

We practiced the Four Questions and sent each child home with a copy so they can be ready for your Seders! We also practiced Dayenu and learned Eliyahu HaNavi. Your Seders should be lively!

This coming week we will have a Round Robin of Pesach related activities and each child will choose from among several holiday related stations. I’m looking forward to a fun day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Devorah

 

Week of March 24

Dear Kitah Aleph Parents,

Hamentashen have been eaten and Purim costumes and groggers have been put away until next year. That means it’s time to start getting ready for Passover!

Today we learned the story behind the holiday and how Moshe grew up to lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt despite Pharaoh’s attempts to prevent it. We talked about how we celebrate Passover, from cleaning out hametz (leavened products) from our homes to eating special foods that help us remember the hard times our ancestors suffered.

We began to learn the Four Questions (aka Ma Nishtanah), often asked by the youngest child at the Seder, which helps us to understand better why this night is so different from all others. We will continue to learn and practice them over the next couple of weeks.

The class was very enthusiastic about sharing their Seder experiences and the next few weeks will undoubtedly be very busy for Kitah Aleph!

Shabbat Shalom


 

 

Kitah Bet (2nd grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

 

Week of April 7

Shalom Bet Families,

Today, we experienced Pesach with a student led model Seder. Each student participated in the Seder as we retold the story of the Exodus from Egypt, experienced the meaning of each Passover symbol through discussion and tasting, and sang Passover songs. We also practiced chanting the Ma Nishtana (multiple times!) and created a Passover folder with the Four Questions, for each student to use at their Seder. We ended the day by creating an Afikomen bag. I hope you will use it to enhance your child’s connection to Passover. I wish all of the Bet Families a Happy Passover!

I encourage all students to review Lesson 12 Vav 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/

 

Week of March 31

Shalom Bet Families,

Today we learned to read with the letter “Vav” and practiced reading lines of Hebrew as a class and with partners. In Judaic Studies, we read the stories of Abraham and the Three Angels, How Rebecca became Isaac’s wife, and how Jacob stole the birthright from Esau. The students created a class mural with symbols and pictures of these biblical stories from the Book of Bereshit. Next week, we will learn about Passover and have a model seder. I encourage all students to review Lesson 12 Vav 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/.

 

Week of March 24

Shalom Bet Families,

Today, we learned to read with the letter “Vet” and practiced reading lines of Hebrew in small groups. In Judaic Studies, we read the story of the Tower of Babel and learned the importance of teamwork and communication as we tried to build towers with Kapla blocks without talking. We also began our study of the patriarchs and matriarchs by exploring Abraham. We learned that Abraham does not appear in the Torah until he is 75 years old. However, by combining information in the Torah that Abraham lived in the city of Ur and archeological research in Ur, history-legends have been told about how Abraham became the first Jew. We read the history-legend of how young Abraham questioned idolatry and came to believe in the existence of one God.

I encourage all students to review Lesson 11 Vet 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 spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

Week of April 7

It was beyond lovely this week to see the Kitah Gimel students and families together! I loved watching you and your children work together to create the right cover for their Siddur. Whether it related to their Jewish studies, their favorite sport, favorite animal or just a design they came up with on their own, I have no doubt you all will treasure it for years to come.

Your child will be receiving the siddur on Friday, May 3rd, during the Educator Shabbat celebration (Shabbat services begin at 6:15pm). More details available in the weekly eblast. It is a very special service, and I hope all of our Kitah Gimel families will be able to attend.

For those students who were not able to attend the program, please contact Melissa Lefko in the TIRS office (704-944-6785 or mlefko@templeisraelnc.org). She will arrange delivery of a siddur cover and paints to your child.

I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break and a very meaningful Passover.

 

Week of March 31

Hi Gimel Families,

This past Sunday the Kitah Gimel class had the chance to explore Moses, the Pharaoh of Egypt and the 10 plagues. The class had a chance to read about the story and what led up to the Israelites release from Egypt.

Since it can be hard to imagine what it may have looked like during this time, Cassie showed the class clips from The Prince of Egypt to bring to life what they were learning. Please ask your child what they thought about the clips from the movie The Prince of Egypt. If you can believe it – we have covered every part of The Book of Genesis!!! As for this Sunday – you don’t want to miss it! It’s the Gimel Family Education Program! This is for our Kitah Gimel students and parent(s) to attend. We are meeting in the Social Hall at Temple Israel. Your child will have the chance to decorate and personalize a cover for the siddur he/she will be receiving at the end of the school year. Please reach out if you have any questions about this Sunday.

 

Week of March 24

Hi Kitah Gimel families!

I can’t believe how fast this year is going!  If you can believe it we are already learning about Moses.   This past Sunday we shared what we knew about Moses, filled in some blank spots and then had a chance to act out what we would have done in different situations Moses was faced with.  The students quickly put together how Moses, Abraham and Noah, had all not felt themselves up for the tasks presented to them and how they were able to overcome with guidance God gave them.  I am always astounded by the deep questions asked and the insight they bring.  Please ask your student about the parts of the movie, Prince of Egypt, that we watched to get a better visual understanding of what was being discussed. Next week, I will not be here, but they have a great lesson planned.  They are going to learn about the ten plagues and the exodus from Egypt.  With Passover so close this is the perfect time to be going over, refreshing and reminding us why this holiday is so meaningful.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Kitah Dalet (4th grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

 

Week of April 7

Dear parents: 

To view the Kitah Dalet class version of the aleph bet song we made this week, please visit: 

https://youtu.be/4GNEMEOTfjs .

 

Week of March 31

Dear Parents,

This week we mapped out the path Moses took during the 40 years of wandering and discussed why the Israelites needed 40 years to transition from being slaves to establishing their own free society. We also explored a timeline of biblical history to see where the Passover events fall in the timeline.

 

Week of March 24

Last Sunday was the class Family Education Program.  It is always wonderful to have you join us in the classroom.  For those of you who missed the program, both students and parents wrote about  something they would like to work to get better at and planted it with the sunflowers in the pots they decorated during the session. I hope you enjoyed the lesson as much as I did!


 

 

 

Kitah Hey (5th grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

Week of April 7

We began with a review of last week’s study of Jewish practices around death. Students asked amazing questions and had excellent discussions around a variety of relevant topics (why someone sits with a body prepared for burial, why we—symbolically—rip our clothing when a loved one dies, how we observe shiva, etc. ) The students treated the topic with care and respect. We then turned to a mini-study/review of Passover. Students teamed up and randomly drew one from a collection of “headlines” regarding the Pesach story. The teams then prepared TV news stories around their headline. We heard compelling stories about rivers of blood causing dehydration and massive crowds of former slaves moving out of Egypt in search of a new life. The energy and creativity the students used in creating their news broadcasts was fun and exciting to watch. A great beginning to what I hope for all our Hey families is a wonderful Pesach celebration!!

 

Week of March 31

As we near the end of our study of the Jewish Life Cycle we are taking a look at the rituals and practices surrounding death. We used a rebus puzzle and a memory style game to match terms like K’riah, Shiva, and Yartzeit to their meanings. Each time a match was made another piece of the rebus was revealed. Ask your child to complete this solution to the rebus—“We believe that death is not the end of life ..........”, ( the answer if they need a little prompting—“but a part of it.”)

 

Week of March 24

We finished up our study of the Jewish wedding ceremony with students completing their Ketubah design. While the traditional text says nothing about love hope and togetherness, all of our designs did. We also watched a video of a full Jewish wedding ceremony so students could see in action all the elements we studied. There was one new element we hadn’t studied— ask your child about the Bedekan and why it is a part of a Jewish wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitah Vav (6th grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

Week of April 7

Kitah Vav Families,

While I was not able to be in class this past Sunday due to the Kitah Gimel Family Ed, I gave Morah Karen one of my favorite Passover lessons to share with your children. I wish I could have been there to hear what they had to say. The lesson centers on the 4 sons discussed in the Passover Haggadah. The students identified the 4 sons and explained what they knew about each son. Then, it was on to a fun Passover game called “Ask The Son.” Each student chose a card which had one of the 4 sons listed on it. The student then had to ask a question about Passover or any Jewish tradition the way the son they chose would ask. This is always a class favorite since allows everyone to ask a question in a different way than they normally would, also can lead to an answer they didn’t expect. Before the class ended, each student shared which son they felt they were or felt the biggest connection with. Please ask your child which son they felt closest to. This may add great discussion to your Passover table.I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break and a very meaningful Passover.

 

Week of March 31

Hi Vav Families,

This past Sunday the Vav class had our mish mash ethics lesson. The class started with a discussion about what the students feel think our responsibilities are to the world around us, specifically as Jews. The point of this lesson is to help the class create their own commentary on various Jewish texts. Various quotes from Jewish texts were put on the walls and the class walked around in silence looking at the texts and then writing a comment or question on each paper. They then had a chance to walk around again and wrote responses to the first set of questions left by their classmates. By the third round the class walked around and read the “silent conversation” which emerged on all six of the posters. The class was then asked to stand by the quote that most resonated with them or they had the biggest reaction to. Please ask them which quote they felt the biggest reaction to. This coming Sunday the Vav class will be working on a fantastic Passover lesson. We are going to be looking at Passover through the eyes of the 4 sons which we read about in our Haggadah every year at the Passover Seder. I hope this lesson brings a new perspective and discussion to your Passover table. Have a great week!

 

Week of March 24

Hi Kitah Vav families! “If you had exactly six words to describe your life, what would they be?”  This is the question which started the Six-Word Memoirs Project and the challenge I gave to the Kitah Vav class.  If they only had 6 words to describe their Jewish lives within their secular lives at that exact moment how would they do it?   Some students started with just words they felt and then connected them together, for some the words flowed easily and some needed to keep their process private.  Their 6 word memoirs of this moment in time were astounding and deep.  Please ask your child about their 6 word memoirs.  They were very interested in asking you all to try this project as well. Next week I will not be in class, but I have a very fun project planned.  This project I call the “mish mash lesson.”  It combines all of the Jewish ethics we have covered during the year and allows the students to look at them in a new way and as a whole class.  This is a favorite lesson of mine and I can’t wait to hear how they liked it! Please reach out if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

Kitah Zayin (7th grade)

 

Please spread the word! Kitah Vav (6th grade) is collecting NEW Dr. Seuss books through April 19.

 https://www.templeisraelnc.org/tzedakah-project.html

Week of April 7

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Metzora. We then discussed why they thought a disease caused by lashon hara(gossiping) in the Torah would also infect people’s homes and clothing. After, students finished reading the book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel by going over guided reading notes and discussing key parts of the book. We ended class with a discussion on why Judaism is able to continue thriving, despite some of the struggles we have faced in our history.

 

Week of March 31

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Tazria. We then discussed lashon hara(gossip). In the Torah, those who gossiped got leprosy, a painful skin disease, to show how harmful lashon hara is and that we should avoid engaging in it. The class also talked about the way lashon hara could cause issues amongst people while they wandered through the desert. 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 24

We had another great week in Kitah Zayin! After singing Hatikvah, students learned about Parashat Shemini. We then discussed kashrut, why we don’t know which insects are kosher, and why Aaron’s sons where consumed by the fire from the alter. 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)
 

Mitkadem Program

Students are working individually, with a partner, with a madricha or teacher on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until May 5.

The Mitkadem program introduces students to blessings and prayers they will use throughout their lives.

  • Ramah 4 - Blessings for foods, Shabbat and holiday candle lighting, and special occasions including Shehecheyanu.
  • Ramah 5 – Kiddush for Friday night may be found on page 55 or page 76
  • Ramah 6 – Blessings before and after the Torah reading may be found on page 172
  • Ramah 9 – Shema V’ahavta may be found on pages 155-156

 

Week of April 7

Gimel (3rd) -

 

Dalet (4th) -

Shalom Chaverim,

The school year has almost come to an end and the Dalet students are working hard to reach their goal on the Mitkadem program. If the entire class reaches their goal, we will have a pizza party on the last day of school😋!!!!!! The goals are individual but the prize will be collective. Several the students have already reached their goal while the rest are very close. I hope to see all students present during the few classes we have left. Keep motivating your child to accomplish their goal!

Hope you will have a wonderful Spring break and a lovely Passover!

 

Hey (5th) - On Sunday, April 7, we devoted our time to the Pesach Scavenger Hunt. The initial portion of the “game” reinforced concepts the students are learning in Mitkadem.

  • Kamatz katan ָ = “oh” - כל, find this word in the 4 questions; how many times did you find this word?
  • Write the words in the 4 questions that have prefixes you have learned, including ש – ה – ב – ו
  • Read the מצה מוציא blessing. What is the mitzvah in the second blessing?
  • What does the word סדר mean? What other word that you know comes from the same shoresh? Why do you think they are built from the same root?
  • Find phrases in the 4 Questions that are repeated. Write the phrase and write how many times it is repeated. What does the phrase mean?
  • Why do you think we ask these 4 questions?
  • What 4 questions do you have?
  • Complete the Hebrew Passover Word search.
  • Play one of the 4 questions board games.

The more the students practice reading Hebrew, the more facility the student will have. Please, encourage your child to 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. I have sent home copies of the Ramah 4 blessings students are learning. The other prayers may be found in the siddur:

Wishing everyone a happy Pesach.

 

Vav (6th)-

Shalom Chaverim,

The school year has almost come to an end and the Vav students are working hard to reach their goal on the Mitkadem program. If the entire class reaches their goal, we will have a pizza party on the last day of school😋!!!!!! The goals are individual, but the prize will be collective. Several of the students have already reached their goal, while the rest are very close. I hope to see all students present during the few classes we have left. Keep motivating your child to accomplish their goal! Hope you will have a wonderful Spring break and a lovely Passover!

 

Zayin (7th)-

This past Sunday, Kitah Zayin continued to learn some of the basic Hebrew words and phrases I have been teaching them over the past two weeks. Some students went to check their scores of their curriculum level assessments. While there is not enough time left in the Hebrew school year to finish another level, I will certainly encourage them to start the next level. It seems as the year comes to a close that less and less students are attending Religious school on both Mid-week and Sundays. It would be great to have the kids come to TIRS more frequently so I can teach them and they can catch up on their curriculum work! And I miss them!

 

Week of March 31

Gimel (3rd) -

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday we spent some time turning transliterated words into their Hebrew letters and vowels. The kids are always surprised to see how certain words in English (Pizza for example) are the same in Hebrew. Your children are continuing to do a great job with their Ramah (level) 3 in the Mitkadem program.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Limor

 

Dalet (4th) -

Shalom Chaverim!

THE MITKADEM PROGRAM IS ON!!!! Since we only have a few weeks left until the end of the year, we will be concentrating on advancement in the Mitkadem program. The goal is for students to complete the Ramah (level) they are currently working on, and for some of them that includes the review assessment at the end of each Ramah. The Dalet students are determined to reach their goals! Here is an idea for you to support and motivate them to reach their goal. Ask your child for the number of activities left to finish their Ramah and create countdown notes, where the last note should say Assessment. After each class, they can remove the number of activities they have completedJ. Yasher koach!

 

Hey (5th) -

Hey Hebrew Update – Barbara Ezring

Mitkadem

            The Mitkadem program introduces students to blessings and prayers they will use throughout their lives.

  • Ramah 4 - blessings for foods, Shabbat and holiday candle lighting, and special occasions including Shehechyanu.
  • Ramah 5 - the Kiddush for Friday night.
  • Ramah 6 - the blessings before and after reading from the Torah.
  • Ramah 9 - the Shema and V’ahavta.

The more the students practice reading Hebrew, the more facility the student will have. Please, encourage your student to 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. I have sent home copies of the Ramah 4 blessings students are learning. The other prayers may be found in the siddur:

  • Ramah 5 – Kiddush for Friday night may be found on page 55 or page 76
  • Ramah 6 – Blessings before and after the Torah reading may be found on page 172
  • Ramah 9 – Shema V’ahavta may be found on page155-156

 

Sunday, April 7 is our last Sunday before Pesach. We’ll have a Sunday Scavenger Hunt Day devoted to Pesach. If you normally stay for extended Hebrew on Sundays, you are invited to join us on Tuesdays or Wednesdays during the month of April. We’ll be doing something special during the intermediate days of Pesach (chol hamoed), April 23 and 24. Join us for a surprise!

 

 

Vav (6th) -

Shalom Chaverim!

On Sunday, students continued with their individual work on the Mitakadem program. Remember, the goal is for students to complete the Ramah they are currently working on, includes the review quiz at the end of each Ramah. The students are working hard to reach their goal. Here is an idea for you to support and motivate them to reach their goal. Ask your child for the number of activities left to finish their Ramah and create countdown notes, where the last note should say Assessment. After each class, they can remove the number of activities they have completed😊. Yasher koach!

Zayin (7th) -

After telling the students I would be requiring them to learn some basic Hebrew words and other facts before finishing Kitah Zayin, Mayim, myself, and our assistant teachers set about teaching the new vocabulary. Each class did a great job learning and retaining the information.

 

Week of March 24

Gimel (3rd) - 

Shalom Parents,

This past Sunday we played a vowel guessing game, using some of the vocabulary in Ramah 3.  The students are doing a great job learning their new vocabulary and continuing their hard work in Mitkadem. Shabbat Shalom.

 

Dalet (4th) (Family Education Program)

Hey (5th)

Mitkadem

                The Mitkadem program introduces students to blessings and prayers they will use throughout their lives. Students working in Ramah 4 learn blessings for foods, Shabbat and holiday candle lighting, and special occasions including Shehechyanu. Ramah 5 introduces the Kiddush for Friday night. If your student is studying Ramah 5 or has finished studying Ramah 5, sing Kiddush together as a family before your Friday evening dinner. If you need some singing assistance, go to SoundCloud, search for Barbara Ezring, and select “chant Kiddush.” I’ll sing with you, very slowly.  In Ramah 6, students learn the blessings before and after reading from the Torah. Students studying Ramah 9 learn the Shema and V’ahavta. They are learning life-long skills.

                Sunday Scavenger Hunt: This game gives us the opportunity to review Mitkadem concepts including prefixes, suffixes, 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 work 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.

 

Vav (6th)THE MITKADEM PROGRAM IS ON!!!!  😊 Since we only have a few weeks left until the end of the year, we will be concentrating on advancement in the Mitkadem program. The goal is for students to finish the Ramah they are currently working on, including the quiz at the end of each Ramah.  I am very proud of the Vav students as they were motivated and focused on their classwork this past Sunday. Yasher koach!

Zayin (7th)Students continue to work in their binders and make progress in the Mitkadem program.


 


 

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

 

Week of April 7

We are so proud of all of our students! They have now learned Haftorah, Megillat Esther and Torah trope! On April 30/May 1, Morah Rochelle will have the final weekday classes with her students. There will be a school-wide scavenger hunt, prizes and dessert party to celebrate their accomplishments. Chag Pesach Sameach!

Week of March 31

In Trope class this week, we reviewed and learned almost all of the Torah trope clauses and symbols! The students practiced studying new pasukim (verses) on their own from their blue Torah trope books and saying both the Hebrew words and Torah trope together. If they chanted verses correctly, they earned 15 points 😊. We’ll finish up learning new Torah trope symbols next week, then do reviews the following classes after Pesach. The Torah Trope Scavenger Hunt and final dessert party will be the last day of weekday classes on 04/30 (Tues) and 05/01 (Wed). Your children are doing GREAT!

 

Week of March 24

MAZEL TOV to all trope students who chanted a pasuk (verse) from Megillat Esther on Purim! All of your children did a fantastic job! We are so proud of them and excited to have started a new tradition at Temple Israel. This week, we started Torah trope. We'll be working on Torah trope until the end of the year, so students should bring their blue Torah trope books to class each week. They've learned/reviewed 11 trope symbols already: Mahpach, Pashtah, Munach, Katon, Re'vi'i, Darga, Tvir, Merchah, Tipchah, Etnachtah and Sof-Pasuk. They're doing great!

 


 

 

Experiential Education – Tuesday/Wednesday
 

Week of April 7

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism!

This week we discussed Pesach. We started class with discussing what students knew about Pesach. We then discussed the Haggadah, the Seders, the symbolism of what is on our Seder plates, Exodus, and why we don’t eat leaven breads during the holiday. We also discussed why Pesach is a positive holiday due to it being the Festival of Freedom because of our deliverance from slavery by God, we celebrate for 8 days, have two Seders, and it is a symbol of hope. For our Younger class, students received a copy of Exodus broken down into 16 points. Each student selected a point from the list and drew what they felt it would look like. For the older students, they received a copy of imaginary newspaper headlines that related to different parts of the Pesach story. Each student selected one headline and made a small newspaper article with an illustration as if they were witnessing the events firsthand.

 

Week of March 31

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism! This week we discussed pikuach nefesh, saving a life. We started class explaining that most halakhah can be broken if it is necessary for your survival or the survival of another. Students were then placed into small groups and given 8 scenarios that would involve breaking halakhah. Some were as extreme of choosing to save a dog or a man trapped in a car or as simple as being slightly hungry on Yom Kippur and wanting a snack. Each group was able to share what they would do in each scenario and then we discussed what should be done according to pikuach nefesh. Students learned through these scenarios that any chance to save a life, including your own, is a great mitzvah, even if you have to break halakhah.

Week of March 24

We had another great week in Experiential Judaism. This week we talked about Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim, the suffering of animals. Students started class by discussing Jacob, Moses, King David, Nimrod, and Esau. We talked about how the first three were shepherds and viewed in a positive light, while the last two were hunters and seen more negatively. We then discussed how we view the way people treat animals as the way they will treat others. We then looked at how animals are allowed to rest on Shabbat, are not allowed to be muzzled while working in a field, and should be worked in a way that does not cause pain or suffering. We then looked at kashrut and how it ensures animals do not suffer. We discussed that we try to prevent animals from suffering and dying by our eating practices and that we only kill an animal for food, clothing, and/or religious objects(i.e. tefillin, Torah parchment, mezuzah parchment, etc.). We looked at why hunting is generally frowned upon due to the suffering the animals endure. Students then discussed how we treat our pets such as feeding your pets before you eat, making sure they have the proper living environment and that pets are not forced to do anything that causes unnecessary pain.



 

 

 

 

 

Tue, May 21 2019 16 Iyyar 5779