Today in grade seven students shared their experiences during Yom Kippur. The class then continued with its study of Jewish Immigration to America, using resources from the Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island. To make a more personal connection with the early immigrants seeking religious freedom, students broke into pairs and groups to talk about what privileges they have and would like to have in the future. Students were then able to define the terms privilege and liberty and state how they differ. We then explored the idea of religious liberty/ freedom of religion which the earliest immigrants to America were seeking and wrote about in an exchange with George Washington. The letters exchanged are available on the Touro Synagogue website.
The Hebrew group made final Hebrew letters out of modeling clay and played look alike Hebrew letter tic tac toe. Students began their review of the Hebrew vowels.
In the elective class, Judaism and the Environment, students learned about the Torah's instructions to "leave the four corners of one's field" and grain that has been left on one's field when harvesting for others to eat. Students learned about the idea of "food justice" and the Boston area gleaners. They asked principal Dori Stern if we can join others in gleaning to feed those who are hungry at Sukkot time next year. We will begin to explore more modern responses in the United States and Israel to farming and agriculture, water use and climate change in the weeks ahead.