Happy New Year! Today in class, the seventh graders used a timeline to learn about the history of Jewish immigration to America and primary documents to learn about one immigrant's life and values. The link below is to the lesson plan and primary documents from the Jewish Women's Archives. Students explored a letter written by a new immigrant in South Carolina, Rebecca Samuel, to her parents in Germany. The letter was written in 1790.
In the elective, Judaism and the Environment, students learned about the Jewish/ Hebrew calendar, and its connection to the cycle of the moon. We discussed the holiday of Sukkot and explored the connection between the Jewish holidays and agriculture. We ended the class with an introduction to the song, Adamah V'Shamayim. The lyrics speak of feeling a connection within our body and souls to the earth and sky, and to water and fire. The song can be found online and on YouTube.
Have a nice week!