Passover is always so much fun. We enjoyed singing holiday songs today, as well as working on the Passover Haggadah. In music we sang the four questions and discussed the symbolism of the holiday. We read and talked about the beginnings of the Modern State of Israel, did worksheets, wrote compositions and had some good discussions. It was a wonderful morning, and next week in class is our Model Seder. Happy holiday, everybody!
Today in class we began work on the Holiday of Passover. We read from the Haggadah, singing the traditional Passover songs, as well as discussing the traditions and their significance. We also continued with our history studies and talked about the Holocaust and the historical context of the times. The children learned about the Righteous Gentiles, who worked to rescue Jews from the perils of the camps. We did our usual journal writing, and it was a busy morning. Next week we will continue with our study of the Passover holiday, which will culminate in the Model Seder.
Today in school we learned about the Shomerim, guards on horseback who, in the early days of Modern Israel, defended the Kibbutzim against intruders. We worked on history, and then decorated our second term folders. Discussions on the holiday of Purim continue, as we anticipate the Purim Carnival after our two week vacation. As usual, we did written work, sang prayers and songs, and continued improving Hebrew reading. It was a full morning, and we look forward to Purim. Happy vacation!
Today we discussed the holiday of Purim. The Purim story took place in history 500 years B.C.E., but the story is timeless. It tells about the victory of the Jewish people over their enemies, and how we celebrate the bravery of those who defend us. In this case, it was Queen Esther. We made Purim cards and did worksheets. The class continued on with discussions of the establishment of the Modern State of Israel and talked about the contributions of Eliezar Ben Yehuda, the author of the modern Hebrew dictionary, and Theodor Herzl, the first Zionist. The students are developing a keen sense of Jewish history and the journey of the Jewish people, and it is gratifying to see this happening. We worked on our journals, did Hebrew, played Hebrew Bingo and sang songs. Each student made up a history challenge question for the class, and all in all, it was a wonderfully productive morning. We eagerly await the Purim Carnival and the Shabbat dinner in March.
Today we continued on with our study of Jewish emigration from Europe. As late as 1903 there were pogroms in Russia, and Theodor Herzl understood that the need for a Jewish State was crucial. In addition to our history work, we discussed Tu B'Shevat, and worked on improving Hebrew sight reading. It was a busy morning and a constructive one.
It is so nice being back at Sunday School, and it is exciting to begin the second semester. Our class completed the first term work on the Jewish Diaspora through the Middle Ages in Europe. The students brought home their history folders, which reflected their work through the first term. We are now beginning our new folders based on the emigration of Jews from Europe. Life was difficult for the Jews, and in the 1800's and 1900's Jews left Europe in large numbers for America and Israel. This coincides with our discussion of the upcoming holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the holiday for trees. Our class, as well as our school support the Jewish National fund and their efforts to improve the environment in the Land of Israel by supporting the effort to plant trees. This morning we discussed the holiday, did worksheets and made cards. Hebrew is progressing well, and we are all looking forward to the Family Shabbat Dinner in March. It's good to be back!
Today we enjoyed a wonderful Chanukah celebration. We did Chanukah wordsearches, went to the cafeteria to view the display of Chanukyot made by students, and then we viewed a talent show in the auditorium. When we returned to the classroom we played dreidl, ate donuts and goodies, and thanks to the generosity and help of Ms Cryan the fifth grade teacher, we made edible dreidls from marshmallows, pertzels and chocolate bells. They were yummy, and all in all, it was the best Chanukah ever. Happy vacation, everyone. See you all in January!
Today in class we talked about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. We made holiday cards, did worksheets and sang Chanukah songs. We also moved on with the history curriculum, and discussed the fact that in the 1700's the ghetto walls in Europe began to come down. We had some lively discussions, and the students presented facts based on what they learned . Hebrew reading is improving each week, and we ended with a game of Hebrew Bingo. It was a full and productive morning of learning.
Today the fifth graders collected money around the school from the blue boxes, and the school donated the collected funds, in the sum of $85.00, to the Jewish National Fund for the planting of trees in Israel, and for other environmental projects in the country. We are proud to be a part of supporting the State of Israel. We continued on with our journey through the Diaspora, and we talked about the cossacks in Poland in the year 1600, and how, despite adversity, the Jewish people clung to their traditions and their faith. Hebrew is progressing on schedule, as well as the development of our history folders. The class did worksheets, read another chapter in history, sang songs and ended the morning with a game of Hebrew Bingo. It was a busy and productive morning.
Today in class we continued with our history study of the Diaspora, and we discussed the continuing experience of the Jews as they found themselves around the world, focusing now on the Inquisition in Spain in 1492. We talked more about the establishment of the modern state of Israel and the contributions of Theodor Herzl and Eliezar Ben Yehuda, the father of the modern Hebrew language. We discussed the Balfour Declaration, and did worksheets on our history studies.. The students are expanding their journals, for which they made covers this morning. We we sang Hatikvah, the Jewish national anthem, as well as our other songs, and we practiced Hebrew counting. It was a busy and happy morning..