Today Mr. Y taught 5th grade as Ms. Cryan was out sick. Hopefully Ms. Cryan is already feeling better and will be back very soon! The students participated in their first Hebrew lesson of the year! Those who were here last year seemed to pick right up where they left off. There are two fabulous assistants in class this year, Leah and Naomi, both of whom are very helpful and dependable and often make it so the teacher can spend individual one on one time when needed. At snack we had a discussion about Tzedakah and Maimonides' list of the 8 levels of giving (8 being the highest)…
When we returned to the room we split up into 3 groups for a Rosh Hashanah lesson. One group discussed Customs of the holiday with guidance from Leah, one group discussed facts and history with Naomi and the other group met with Mr. Y and talked about foods eaten at Rosh Hashanah and the symbolic meaning. After discussion, a student from each group presented their groups' ideas to the class. We also got a visit from Jack, a class assistant, who played the shofar, actually two shofarim for the class which led to a discussion about the shofar and its significance at Rosh Hashanah services! Thank you Jack! It was a fabulous second day!