Today was another productive and exciting day in school. We practiced some Hebrew prayers and songs, and our TA, Jack Haining, blew the shofar, after which he traveled around the school to blow the shofar for all the classes. We read another history chapter and discussed the blood libel of the Middle Ages and talked more about the precarious position of the Jew in Mediaeval Europe. The class decorated history folders, and the students created another entry. The class did Rosh Hashanah worksheets, and wrote compositions on how it felt to be a Jew in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Today was a successful first day in fifth grade. We hit the ground running by beginning our studies of Judaism in the Middle Ages relating to the Diaspora experience. After the Roman conquest of Israel in the year 135, the Jews scattered around the world, bringing with them their dedication to the Jewish tradition. We read from the history text, discussed the subject matter and wrote essays for the folders we will be keeping throughout the year. We sang, did Rosh Hashanah worksheets and discussed the Jewish timeline as it relates to C.E. and B.C.E. It was lovely to meet and greet the fifth graders, and I look forward to many more interesting discussions as the curriculum develops over the year. Next week Hebrew will begin, and this promises to be a year of enjoyable learning.