Thank you all for being so welcoming and friendly to our furry visitor today! I know Bagel loved spending the morning with everyone!
In Hebrew, we reviewed the letters in the Aleph Bet and the vowels. We then kept on practicing the first three lines of the Ein Keloheinu prayer. There was a little friendly competition to see which group could correctly say that prayer and reach Bagel first! Everyone was very impressive! We will continue to work on this prayer until the Spring. We ended Hebrew by playing bingo!
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, we talked about one of the coastal cities in Israel, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Students thought about how this city fits into the theme that Israel is a country full of the old and the new. Students worked together to compare and contrast these two parts of the city, Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and look at similarities and differences.
After music, we had a Chanukah 101 lesson! We looked closely at what the holiday is, and the story behind it. Students thought about these big 5 questions:
Who were the Maccabees and Judah Maccabee?
Why did the Maccabees revolt against the Greeks?
Why do we have latkes and gelt?
Why are there 8 days of Chanukah?
What are the two miracles from the story of Chanukah?
Check out the posters each table made!
Here are a few videos and articles that we looked at to learn more about the holiday. Feel free to use these at home if you'd like to learn more about Chanukah! Happy first night!
The Chanukah story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G40SlkmZkqU
Who are the Maccabees?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMrzukPvRcg
The Maccabeats - Candlelight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU
1) The school wide Chanukah celebration and the Chanukiyot Competition is next Sunday, December 9th. The morning will be spent celebrating Chanukah through fun games, activities, and songs. The 5th grade will be responsible for organizing and setting up this school wide competition Chanukiyot Competition which will be held in the cafeteria. This is an optional, fun activity all students can do at home to make their own chanukiah! We encourage everyone to be as creative as possible and try to use every day objects to make one. Ask your student if they're interested in making a chanukiah! Remind them that if half the class makes and brings one in, then I'll bring in Bagel again for a furry visit!
2) Please bring in tzedakah if you can and are able to! On Tu BiShvat (Jan 20) the 5th grade will collect tzedakah from the whole Sunday School and donate it to the Jewish National Fund.