The teens learned about the largest wave of 2.5 million Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, who arrived at Ellis Island from Russia, Poland, Hungary and Romania, between 1881 and 1921, in class today. The seventh graders learned about the persecution of and pogroms carried out against this group of Jewish immigrants and we began to learn about their lives in America, including those who lived in tenements on the Lower East Side. Students learned that Emma Lazarus, a Jewish poet, wrote the famous words inscribed on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...". In the next few weeks, the seventh grade class will learn about the garment district, labor strikes, and famous Jewish baseball players, cartoonists and entertainers!
The Hebrew students are learning to read the Ayn Kamocha in Hebrew in small groups and the students learned a bit more about the rules for reading when a sh'va appears at the beginning or the middle of a Hebrew word. Everyone is doing a great job learning to read and chant in Hebrew!
In the Judaism and the Environment class, students chose a Hebrew blessing of thanks for an element of nature and began an art project related to trees, the moon and the stars, thunder and lightning, deserts, mountain ranges, animals and other parts of our beautiful world. Students are sketching and then painting a poster depicting what they are thankful for in nature.
Please encourage your children to make chanukiyot (Chanukah menorahs) to share at the Chanukah party on December 17th and to join the talent show on the 17th as well!
Have a nice week,