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Week of April 11

Alan

We celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut!

Week of March 14

Alan

We created our own Passover stories!

We had another great week in Kitah Bet!

This week, we continued to explore Passover. We started class discussing what students knew about the Passover story. Students then worked to put the Passover story in order. After a review of the proper order, students glued the story onto their papers to make a poster for Passover. After, we reviewed the 4 questions and continued practicing our numbers in Hebrew.

 

Week of March 7

Alan

We had another great week in Kitah Bet!

This week we started learning about Passover. We started class discussing what students knew about Passover. Next we colored in and reviewed what is on a Seder plate and what they represent. Students then learned about chametz and what we can eat during Passover. We then sang a few Passover songs and watched a short video about Passover.

Week of February 21

Alan

We had another great week in Kitah Bet!

We started class reviewing what we learned last week about Purim and watching a short video. Next, students made groggers out of plates, popsicle sticks, beads and pasta. After decorating, students used their groggers to drown out Haman’s name during a short retelling of Megillat Esther. After a short break, students practiced counting to 3 in Hebrew, played hopscotch trivia, and Lego trivia before joining the rest of TIRS for Purim Shira.

Week of January 31

Alan

We had another great week in Kitah Bet!

This week we started learning about Shabbat. We started class focusing on the start of Shabbat and the order of blessing candles, blessing the grape juice, and blessing the challah. Then students learned how to greet others during shabbat with “Shabbat Shalom” and how shalom means hello, goodbye, and peace. We also learned the Yiddish greeting “Gut Shabbos” after one student said her family says “Shabbos” rather than “Shabbat.” We then discussed how different families have different traditions just like how some people greet each other in Hebrew while others use Yiddish. Next, students had the chance to draw their favorite part of Shabbat and share with the class. After a dance brain break, students played a game of trivia covering what they learned this class about shabbat. At the end of class, students had a chance to decorate their parsley pots.

Next class, students will make their own Havdalah candles and b’samim (spice) bags as they learn about the end of Shabbat and Havdalah.

L’Shalom,

Alan

Week of January 24

Alan

We had another great week in Kitah Bet!

Students started learning about different reasons we as Jews say brachot or blessings. Students had a chance to say some they knew like the blessing over bread or grape juice. Students then practiced the blessings for bread, fruit of the trees, and fruit of the earth through trivia. After, students had a mock Tu B’Shvat Seder with grape juice, dates, banana chips, sunflower seeds, olives, raisins, and blueberries. After each of the four parts, students were asked discuss different questions relating to the seasons and the fruits eaten. To end class, we reviewed what students remembered about Tu B’Shvat, blessings, and the Seder with another game of trivia.

L’Shalom,

Alan

Week of January 10

Alan

We had a great week in Kitah Bet! Let me introduce myself to you, my name is Alan Johnathan, I am the Director of Youth and Family Engagement at TI, and I also teach in the religious school. I am so happy to be teaching your amazing children!

We started class by sharing our names, what our favorite foods are, what our favorite Jewish holidays are, and our favorite things about being Jewish. Next, students started learning about the next Jewish holiday Tu B’Shvat. Students learned that Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for the trees just like how Rosh Hashanah is our New Year. We then watched a short video on BimBam about Honi the Circle Maker. While watching, students were asked about how we talk to God, why someone would plant a tree they would never be able to eat from, and why we should look try to look at the positives in life.

After the video and a quick dance break, we discussed why trees have a New Year. Students then had an opportunity to draw a tree on their white boards filled with different fruits. Students were then asked if they had a lot of trees, how would they know how old they were. Some of the answers were to cut them down and count their rings or put a label on each one. Student then learned that back in Israel when we had the Temple, we would use Tu B’shvat as the birthday for all the trees that fruit. Students then learned that after 3 years of not eating from the tree, on the 4th year, the fruit was given to the Temple in honor of God. The 5th year, you would be able to eat the fruit. Students also learned about how in the years they could not eat the fruit, animals and those less fortunate would be allowed to eat them. They also learned that after harvest, all fruits left behind after the first picking are left for those who need food.

Students then talked about different plants they are growing at home. They gave many different examples including apple and avocado trees. Students then had the chance to grow their own parsley plants from seeds. Students decorated their pots, filled them with soil, buried the seeds and watered them. Students then learned that they could use the parsley on during their seders during Pesach. After a dance break, students played a trivia game using buzzers about what they learned in today’s class. Students will take home their parsley plants next class when we return on the 24th.

Week of December 6

Alex

This week in Kitah Bet we learned about Chanukah. We will be continuing this theme next week. We are also writing our own class Chanukah song.  

BLOG- Bet (2nd) Week of November 8

Alex

his week Kitah Bet learned about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. We talked about ways we can help others and the world around us. We also worked on our Jewish Value songs. Your kids are having a great time working on the Jewish Value songs!

BLOG-Bet (2nd) Week of November 1

Alex

This week in Kitah Bet we talked about B'tzelem Elohim and how we are all created in the image of God. We then learned about the platinum rule- to treat others the way they want to be treated. 

 

BLOG-Kitah Bet (2nd)

Alex

This past week in Kitah Bet we talked about Shalom Bayit (peace in the household) and Kehilah. We talked about the environment we wanted to have in our classroom. Your children also decided that we only needed one rule and that was to respect others. This class is going to be very hands-on and very musical. As you may have heard (and so did everyone in the hallway) we learned a few songs and drummed the rhythms for each other’s names. Our song of the week was Kehilah Kedosha by Dan Nichols. I really enjoyed getting to know your children and I am incredibly excited for this upcoming Sunday!

-Alex

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyyar 5781