For this week's class, we went over the Jewish naming tradition. Following the explanation, students took a few minutes to create a "name tag" that explained the meaning of their names and if they inherited any qualities from their name. We then talked about how Adam's (of Adam and Eve) name means "from the ground", and how God gave Adam the right to name the animals. This developed into a discussion about how this biblical story relates to Jewish environmental ethics. In Hebrew class we reviewed vowels.
The first lesson was a success. I started the class with introduction of Ryan and myself, followed by each of the student introducing themselves. I gave an overview of the year and then started the environmentalism and Jaudism intro lesson. How the lesson was organized was I read a text from the Torah and ask them to tell me how this invoked an environmental ethic. The students would talk with their groups. Following two minutes each group shared their answers. I was pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed the discussion and the accuracy and thoughtfulness of their answers. We did this about 4 times. We then created hydroponics systems.
Hebrew- We did an assessment of the students Hebrew followed by a jeopardy game.