Today in grade seven students learned about the meaning of the term, anti-Semitism, how hatred can build from words to deeds, and the students learned about the shooting at Congregation Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania. We used curriculum from the Anti Defamation League for middle school students to guide our work today. Students wrote notes to express sympathy to members of the Pennsylvania congregation and to thank the police department which responded to the shooting. The students notes will be sent with a cover letter from their teacher and principal to the congregation and the local police. The teens' notes were thoughtful and carefully written. The notes sent by seventh grade religious school students to members of the Tree of Life community are an action your sons and daughters could take to help those in need of healing. In Hebrew, students focused on the English words and phrases from the Avot V'Imahot that they each found most meaningful. In the coming weeks and months, students will learn to read key words from the prayer.
Today at the Sunday School for Jewish Studies, the seventh graders learned about three new Torah chapters, including the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Esau. After recess, students chose to reflect on what they had learned through drawing, making puzzles or skits. In Hebrew, the class made more look alike Hebrew letters and vowels with playdough and created homework sheets for reading practice, to be completed three times at home in the next week. Next Sunday, students will be introduced to the prayer they are learning about this year, the Avot V'Imahot.
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Today in grade seven, students explored their thoughts, beliefs and questions about G-d as a part of their Torah studies. Students shared their initial thoughts and questions about G-d, which included "G-d is oxygen", "G-d created mother nature, mother nature created nature and nature created us", and " G-d retired... G-d rested on the seventh day, but then kept resting and we (are in charge) of the good things and the bad things in the world". Students learned that you do not need to believe in G-d to be a Jew, that some Jews have many questions about G-d and they learned five ways of understanding G-d in Jewish thought across many centuries. At the end of class, the teens used drawing to express their feelings about, questions or beliefs or in abstract form their reactions to our discussion about G-d.
One question you could ask your child is what are your thoughts about G-d?
In Hebrew class, grade six and seven students sang the alef bet song and made syllables with the look alike letters bet and vet using playdough. Students created a simple homework page to practice reading at home three times in the week ahead.
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Today in grade seven, students explored the story of Noah and the flood and the symbols of the dove and the rainbow. Students learned that the Torah describes Noah as the most righteous man of his generation and they tried to define what it means to be righteous. The students heard the midrash ( a story told by the Rabbis) of Abraham smashing his father's idols in Terah's idol shop. They explored how they might " go forth" as Abraham did in the Torah portion, Lech Lecha, by discovering what they stand for and believe in today. A question you could ask your child is "What values or beliefs are important to you and why?"
In Hebrew class, students were introduced to the alef bet letters using mnemonics and song.