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!