We had a great first day of class for 2019! After we all caught up with each other and had the all school meeting, we went off into our Hebrew groups.
In Hebrew, we reviewed the letters in the Aleph Bet and the vowels. We then read and sang the first four lines of the Ein Keloheinu prayer. We will continue to work on this prayer until the Spring.
Here are some resources to use at home if your student would like to practice (this is optional).
(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. Your student can practice singing along with this video.
While we ate snack, students finished up the blankets they started in December for our Chanukah Mitzvah Project. We will donate them to the MA Coalition for the Homeless. They all came out so nice!
After music, we did a quick mezuzot project. Students had previously learned some details about what a mezuzah is and this was a fun follow up project to that! Students learned how the "Mezuzah scrolls are rolled up and affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes, designating the home as Jewish and reminding those who live there of their connection to G‐d and their heritage." Students then got to make their own mezuzahs using recycled products. Inside their mezuzah, each student wrote one promise they want to fulfill for themselves as a Jew.
Lastly, we continued our study of Tel Aviv. The New York Times referred to Tel Aviv as the "Mediterranean Capitol of Cool". To investigate this claim, students broke off into pairs and went through 9 stations where they learned about one cool aspect of Tel Aviv. The stations were:
Tel Aviv's Oldest Neighborhood, Bibilical Jaffa
Tel Aviv's Hippest Neighborhood: Florentin
Tel Aviv's Outdoor Gourmet Paradise: Levinsky Market
Tel Aviv's Enthralling Carmel Market
Tel Aviv's Exploding Restaurant Scene
Tel Aviv's World-Renowned Gay Pride
Tel Aviv's Thriving Cultural Scene
Tel Aviv's Cat Culture
Tel Aviv's Magnificent Mediterranean Beach
After reading these mini articles, students then wrote down or drew their thoughts on poster paper. We ended the class with a quick closing of what they thought of Tel Aviv's title being the Capitol of Cool or the New York City of the Middle East. Ask your student what stuck out to them from these stations!
1) Please bring in tzedakah if you can and are able to! The 5th grade will collect tzedakah from the whole Sunday School and donate it to the Jewish National Fund next week.
Have a great week!