This Sunday we all gathered in the auditorium with the rest of the school from 9:45-10:00. Together, we all joined in and sang a few prayers and songs. This week we sang Ma Tovu and the Sh'ma. We will be doing this every Sunday from now on. It'll be a great way to connect with the whole school! Therefore, next Sunday, please stop by the classroom to drop off your things and then head straight to the auditorium.
After the whole school gathering, we went off to Hebrew. In Hebrew, we really focused on getting comfortable with the vowels in the Aleph Bet. Students worked in groups of 2 or 3 to practice reading Hebrew letters with different vowels.
Here are some resources to use at home if you want.
(1) The Aleph Bet song:
(2) The vowels chart in your student's folder!
(3) The Ein Keloheinu prayer is one of the two prayers 5th will learn this year. Later this year, 5th grade will be responsible to lead this prayer in a Shabbat service.
After Hebrew, we had snack and celebrated a student's birthday! Thank you to Sam for bringing in munchkins with the whole class!
As we ate our munchkins we also read about Israel's government system. In groups and as a whole class, we compared the similarities and differences between Israel's government and the US government. We also learned about the unofficial nathional anthem of Israel: The Hatikvah. After listening to the song and reading the translation, students underlined a line in the song and wrote why they thought it was significant.
After music, the class came back together to continue our study of Israel. This time we used what we learned from the Hatikvah and asked ourselves: "Why should we remember and love Israel?" This is the mitzvah of Ahavat Tzion which teaches us to love and remember Israel. We watched the Maccabeats perform their medley called Home and then each table worked together to come up with different ways to fulfill this mitzvah. To wrap this up, each group worked on a part of a tree which they filled with the different ways to fulfill Ahavat Tzion and then the class put this tree together like a puzzle. The result was really stunning! Ask your student how they can fulfill the Ahavat Tzion.
Check out the Maccabeats! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rvu8qHiEEM
Please bring in tzedakah next week if you can and are able to!
This Sunday we learned about and celebrated the holiday Sukkot! It was a jam packed morning filled with four different stations that the whole school participated in. Before the stations started we gathered in our classroom and answered these two questions: (1) What is Sukkot? (2) Why is it important? To help us answer these questions, we watched this fun LEGO movie on Youtube which helped us all connect with the holiday in a modern way. Feel free to check this out at home!
From this study, the students learned that this holiday is The Festival of Booths! Jews celebrate Sukkot to commemorate the fall harvest and to remember when the Jewish people wandered the desert for 40 years. Ask your students what the two main reasons are that we celebrate Sukkot and see what they say!
The first station that 5th grade went to was "In the Sukkah!" Rachel and Renee were there to lead the class in prayers and song, and shake the lulav and etrog in the school's sukkah.
Then we came back to the classroom and the students got to make their own sukkah decorations and edible candy sukkahs! The requirements to make the edible candy sukkah were as follows:
Needs 3 walls
Parsley on top of the roof (s'chach)
Candy to decorate
The last station was in the cafeteria and the students did a Sukkot mitzvah and made soup kits for the needy.
Check out the pictures below of the day's festivities!
We do not have Hebrew school next week due to Indigenous People's Day, so I will see everyone two weeks from now on Sunday, October 14th!
Have a great two weeks!
P.S. Please try to remember to bring in tzedakah! B'vakasha!
This past Sunday the students answered two "Do Now" questions on the white board when walked in. The first being "What is tzedakah? What does it mean to you?" The second question was "Rosh Hashanah just happened. What is your new year's resolution?" After we read the messaged and shared our answers, we started off the morning with an icebreaker question “What is your favorite kitchen appliance or kitchen utensil?” It was a fun way to greet everyone and reconnect after a week apart.
Afterwards, the class broke off into different Hebrew groups and everyone performed this transition with maturity and responsibility. When we came back together as a class we went outside and had snack together.
After snack, we discussed the two High Holy Days in Judaism: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For Rosh Hashanah, we reviewed details about the holiday and the ceremony Taslich. For Yom Kippur we discussed three big questions to learn about more the holiday: (1) Why do we fast? (2) What is Kol Nidre? (3) What are the three levels of forgiveness? To answer the last question we broke up into three groups led by myself, Lea, and Naomi and each group learned about one level of forgiveness and created a poster to teach the whole class about it. Ask your student what level of forgiveness they taught the class about! Lastly, we did our own version of Taslich through this activity called Toss-lich. We went outside, braced the colder weather, and the students got to kick off their shoes and share with the class something they wanted to toss away for the new year. These varied for every student but some common examples were arguing with siblings or getting frustrated with themselves. Ask your child what they tossed away for the new year! The students left this week with the mindset of forgiveness and starting the new year with a clean slate by leaving all the hate and negativity behind them.
Wow! What a great first day of Hebrew School! It was lovely to meet so many of you this morning and meet your students! Every week I will be sending out a weekly class newsletter which will contain a summary of what we learned this past week. If you have any questions or concerns you'd like to share with me, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week:
On our first day of Hebrew school we took the time to get to know each other and talk about what the year will look like. We started off by going around and introducing ourselves. We said our names and one thing we did this past summer. Afterwards, the class broke off into three groups, and each group came up with some class guidelines for the whole class to follow. This year will focus on a lot of group discussions, partner work, and projects, so having a strong classroom culture developed by the students will help everyone be successful this year.
For Hebrew, we stayed in these three groups and each group reviewed the Hebrew alphabet and the vowels. Myself, Naomi, and Lea were all very impressed by how much the students know already!
Then we took the time to go outside for a snack and listen to a couple of Hebrew pop songs. I love music and I think listening to songs sung in another language is a great way to connect to a different culture and learn more about it.
After the students came back from music, we wrapped up the morning by starting our study of Israel. We previewed our “Welcome to Israel!” book and briefly talked about why we think studying Israel is important. We also discussed the idea of Israel being a "land of opposites." This will form the basis of our study of Israel for the year.
As an exit ticket, I had each of them fill out a questionnaire about themselves to help me get to know them more. When your student left today, they each had a folder with their name on it and inside was a copy of my welcome letter, the Hebrew alphabet, and the vowels. Please send this folder back and forth every Sunday morning. I will be handing out SSJS draw string backpacks next week for them to bring back and forth as well.
In our class there won't be any strict homework. I will occasionally assign some work to be done at home, but it will all be intentional work. For next week, as optional work, your student can review the alphabet and the vowels some more.
Last thing, please remember to bring in tzedakah if you are willing and able to! B'vakasha!