This Sunday when we all gathered in the auditorium with the rest of the school from 9:45-10:00, we all sang the Sh'ma and the Oseh Shalom. The music teacher, Rachel, taught us a new melody for Oseh Shalom and she split the auditorium in half so both melodies could be sung together.
In Hebrew, we reviewed the letters in the Aleph Bet and the vowels. We then learned part of the Ein Keloheinu prayer. We discussed what the prayer means and why it's significant. Then we practiced reading and singing the first two line. Have your student try this at home!
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 the class came back together and had snack, we read and learned about the mitzvah of brit and we talked about how we each can fulfill this mitzvah. We then started to discuss and learn about Jerusalem. Throughout the year we will be learning about different regions/cities in Israel. The first city we will learn about is Jerusalem. Today we focused on a specific part in the city, specifically the Western Wall in the Old City. We read about the holy significance the Western Wall and thought "Why is the Western Wall so important to Jews?"
After music, I introduced the students to a modern day issue about women's rights and gender equality. The students learned about an organization called Women of the Wall and their mission they've been working on since 1988. Their mission is to fight for women's rights to pray collectively and aloud with Torah scrolls, tallitot, and tefilin at the Western Wall. Students watched a video, had a marker talk to express their thoughts and feelings, and then wrote letters of solidarity to the Women of the Wall organization. My hope in teaching them about this organization is that they will become aware, understand, and reflect on modern day issues in Israel.
If you want to learn more about the Women of the Wall organization feel free to visit their website: https://www.womenofthewall.org.il/
Please bring in tzedakah if you can and are able to! On Tu BiShvat (Jan 20) 5th grade will collect tzedakah from the whole Sunday School and donate it to the Jewish National Fund.
There is no school next Sunday (11/11) due to Veterans Day. I will see you all on Sunday, November 18th!