Hello families! I hope your week is off to a great start. This past Sunday, the students in my Hebrew group continued to review the letters, vowels, and practice the Ein Keloheinu אֱין כֱּאלֹהֱינוּ. A video/ audio recording of this prayer can be listened to through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V0LVzea11E If your student would like to practice the Hebrew aleph-bet, here is the video link we listen to every week at the start of the Hebrew block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzoTs1AdE
After music and snack, we started reading and learning about the city of Jerusalem. We read about the history, learned about the demographics of the four quarters in the Old City, and we spent a lot of time discussing the Western Wall. Not only did we discuss the importance of the Western Wall in Judaism, but we also talked about a civil rights movement that is happening in Israel today: The Women of the Wall (WOW) campaign. The students learned about the legal issues facing women in Israel who wish to pray at the Western Wall and the mission of this campaign. After watching a short video of the WOW and doing a marker talk to write down their reactions and questions, the students wrote letters to the WOW expressing their solidarity and support. Dori mailed these letters and they are currently en route to Jerusalem! Every student showed a sincere amount of curiosity and eagerness to discuss and learn about this issue, and this might be a great thing to discuss more at home. More information can be read about the campaign here: http://www.womenofthewall.org.il/
This Sunday (11/5) we will continue to learn more about the city of Jerusalem. If possible, please have your student bring in an laptop, iPad, or a device that they can do research on. We will be researching information on different places in Jerusalem. If this is not possible do not worry, I will have hard copies of different resources for students to use for their research. Also, please remember to bring in tzedakah! B’vakasha!