Today in 6th grade we started with a community activity where we worked together and asked questions of our peers as these are two crucial Jewish values. Later in the day we reviewed religious history, specifically looking at the similarities and differences between all three monotheistic religions. During our Hebrew session today we finished our in depth review of the basic prayers for a service so that we can continue to hold a full service each week.
Today in 6th grade we continued looking at Jews in the time of the Roman Empire through a timeline activity. During our session on moral discussions we looked at what it means to make an unfair deal. As always, we ended our day with Hebrew groups and electives!
This week in 6th grade we continued learning about Jews in the Roman empire. We focused particularly at the ways in which perspective is an important when thinking about narratives. Later we had Hebrew groups and reviewed the MiChamocha. During Maccabiah elective today students got to participate in a classic Israeli game, GaGa!
Today in class we began by looking at the what Jewish life was like in the beginning of the Roman Empire. We thought deeply about this topic through some games, such as human knot, which showed us how convoluted and complex the time period was but that as modern Jews it is our job to untangle the stories through teamwork. During Hebrew sections today we continued reviewing prayers with the 7th grade students. Finally, students got to begin new electives so either spent time in a maccabiah games or fundraising session.
Today in 6th grade we transitioned from biblical history to more modern information. We did so mainly with a review session of random facts about Judaism where students got to introduce things that they already know and showed how awesome they are! Later on in the day, we did our first full run through of a service during the tefellah time. We ended the day with a super fun jeopardy game of combined 6th and 7th grade classes.
Today in 6th grade we took a deeper look at the Hanukkah story and how it differs in the United States versus Israel. We also looked what influences Hanukkah has in the United States that make it such a large holiday compared to other places. At the end of the day we continued the theme of Hanukkah and studied the blessings for candle lighting during Hebrew sessions.
On Sunday the sixth grade class continued to look at leadership in Biblical leaders. This week we focused on Moses and what it mean to be a leader for a community you might not have expected to lead. Later in the day we continued to have electives and Hebrew groups.
Today in 6th grade we continued learning about leadership through the Torah stories, in relation to Joseph and also in modern times. For our moral issues learning today we studied what it means to be a Jew, who qualifies, and how these topics can sometimes be exclusive in American society. The end of the day we had Hebrew and electives. During cooking elective today students got to make challah dough to take home and bake!
Today in 6th grade we did a lot of work on teamwork and what it means to be a leader. We connected this activity to how the matriarchs and patriarchs helped to lead the Jewish community and what it means to be a modern matriarch or patriarch. As typical, we also had an ethical dilemma discussion where we looked at a modern problem through the lens of a Jewish text. To wrap up our day we divided into Hebrew groups and had amazing electives of either cooking or eco crafts!
This week in the sixth grade class we began to learn about the matriarchs and patriarchs of the Torah. We looked at the family tree of these individuals as an opening to think about our own matriarch and patriarch figures in the modern world too. For our ethical dilemma discussion this week we studied what it means to be truthful and the repercussions of these actions.