Last Sunday our 6th Class learned about different events in history from the writing of the Torah to the birth of Christianity and Islam. It was a very interesting class where we got to discuss the roots of these other religion and ask many interesting questions. Then we arrived at the golden age in the Mediterranean and what this meant for people of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths. We had a wonderful presentation on the subject by 3 students who presented material clearly and fielded questions. Then we had another incredible presentation on Maimonides, one of the great people of that time that we still talk about today. Thank you so much to our presenters! Looking forward to two more presentations next week and some more history activities.
This past Sunday our class reviewed some of the connections between the story of Purim and other Jewish stories we have read. We moved on to our writing reflections on our ideas and how the story of Purim also connects to events that we have seen in our lives.
We then dedicated the rest of the course to working on our presentations. Each student is working with a partner or small group on a certain topic that they are preparing to present to the class. The presentations are in the form of newspaper articles that the students craft with their partner(s) with pictures/drawings and facts about the event or person. Please ask your student which subject they are preparing for, just to do a bit more research and maybe help them find a picture to use. This review will help them better understand the event or person they are learning about and take notes to add to those they have already written. They are expected to find and record the 'Who, What, Where, How and When' of the person or event to present. Looking forward to this Sunday, we will continue with the presentations in class and be learning from one another!
This past Sunday our class flew through hundreds of years of Jewish history. Beginning with the holiday of Sukkoth, celebrating harvest and time to be together in a time when Jews were constantly on the move. We then settled in the time of the first temple, who it was built by and how it changed the lives of the Jewish people. Every student contributed to a great discussion about what a temple can do for a mobile people who escaped from slavery in Egypt. We then moved on to talk about the wealth of Israel in the time of the temple and how several empires came and took over. The students wrote copious notes and asked questions, it was thrilling to see them interacting with such complex material! Then we moved on to talk about the story of Purim and how it was connected to the Jewish history we had been talking about and the Sukkoth holiday. We ended our lesson talking about the idea that the Jewish people were and always have been moving, whether escaping or or being kicked out. We, as Jewish people are the ultimate travelers and how that can effect people in positive, but complex ways. We then broke into our groups for Hebrew and then a celebration in the Sukkah. It was truly a fantastic Sunday and I am so proud of every student and their contribution.
The past week in Hebrew school we used our journals to reflect on the holiday of Yom Kippur for our morning check in. We talked about forgiveness, mistakes and rules as a topic of the recent holiday and what we want going forward. Then we moved on to work on our group projects. Every student is assigned a topic (except for some that have missed the last two classes, they will get a topic when they come in next week). Each group of two to three students is responsible for researching their topic (the what, where, who, when, how) and coming up with a picture/image/drawing. Then the final product is a newspaper article that the students work together to create. The article is expected to explain the event as if it is very recent and make is relevant for other students to grasp the material. The first presentation was last class by two wonderful students on the ten commandments. It was great and I know we are all looking forward to more of the presentations to come! In my Hebrew class we started learning about verbs in Hebrew and conjugation of some of the words. Then in the arts and crafts class I teach we made signs for the new year with Jewish symbols and written on it: Shannah Tovah (Happy New Year). See you all next week!