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1st Grade Blog                                                     January 7, 2018

We started our day with our morning meeting and then read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. We then went on a mezuzah hunt through the synagogue and talked about what mezuzot are. The students made their own mezuzot to hang in your homes and had a gallery walk to show each other their mezuzot. We also read Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, and compared it to Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, since they tell a similar story. We played Shimon Omer and a new Aleph Bet game to practice the letters. I also taught the students how to count to ten in Hebrew, as they were very eager to learn. Also, our second Jewish Family Education event will be on January 28, and will be all about Tu B’Shevat! 

See you on January 21!


1st Grade Blog                                               December 17, 2017

Today was such an exciting day! We began our day with tefilah and mitzvot, and Ellie read The Only One Club, a Hanukkah story by Jane Naliboff and Jeff Hopkins. After, the sixth grade class performed a fantastic Hanukkah play for us, which told us all about the Hanukkah story. The first graders then sang a medley of Hanukkah songs, including The Maccabees, Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I’m a Latke, and Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah. We made stained glass candles that look beautiful hung in the window and Hanukkah cards. I read another Hanukkah story called Beni’s First Chanukah by Jane Breskin Zalben. We played “Giant Dreidel” and then went to tefilah! I hope you all have a great rest of Hanukkah and I’ll see you on January 7!


1st Grade Blog                                                     December 10, 2017

Today we started our Hanukkah celebration! We learned the prayers for the Hanukkah candles and made prayer sheets. The students also played a giant dreidel and trivia game with Tamar and made candle hats with Ellie and me. We sang a Hanukkah song, "In My Window," and acted out lighting the candles, using our new hats. The students gave Tamar the beautiful cards they made a few weeks ago to thank her for all her help.

I hope you have a wonderful Hanukkah (which starts on Tuesday, December 12)! See you all next week!


1st Grade Blog                                                   December 3, 2017

We began our day with our mitvzot, tefilah, and tzedekah (just a reminder, please bring tzedakah if you can!). We then started our activity, which was a synagogue scavenger hunt, to teach the students about the parts of the synagogue. We learned about the sanctuary, including the ark, eternal light, shulchan, and Torah, as well as the Cohen Social Hall! While completing our scavenger hunt, the students drew in their synagogue coloring books. After our scavenger hunt, we had music with Ben and made Hanukkah cards for the synagogue’s college students.

See you next week, which is Tamar’s last class with us before she leaves for Israel! We will miss her greatly!


1st Grade Blog                                                           November 19, 2017

We began our day by sharing our mitzvot of the week, and singing tefilah with the siddurim we made last week! We then talked about how today is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the month. We learned the Hebrew names for the parts of the body, and drew detailed portraits with labels in Hebrew and English. We then went to music with Mrs. Trager, who sang Debbie Friedman’s Aleph Bet song and Happy Thanksgiving song with us. Mrs. Trager also talked with us about the similarities and differences between Sukkot and Thanksgiving. After music, we played Shimon Omer (Simon Says) and practiced the Hebrew words for the parts of the body.


Our next class will be on December 3. Have a great Thanksgiving!


1st Grade Blog                                                           November 12, 2017

We began our day with our morning prayers and story. Today, we read Oy Vey! Life in a Shoe by Bonnie Grubman, and talked about how we all need to appreciate what we have. We then made siddurim (prayerbooks) with all of the prayers that we sing as a class on Sundays. We also played Shimon Omer, or Simon Says. Our day concluded by welcoming kindergarten, third, and fifth graders into our classroom for tefilah, for which the first graders were incredibly well behaved and participatory!
Have a great week!


1st Grade Blog                                                         November 5, 2017

Today we learned about Noah’s Ark! We read a book about Noah’s Ark (Two by Two: The Story of Noah's Ark by Alice Joyce Davidson and Magie Swanson) and discussed how in the Torah, we learn from the lessons that are told. We then created animals to fill the Noah’s Ark that we made for our bulletin board! We also learned more about the Hebrew letter aleph, and played our aleph bet game.


See you next week!


1st Grade Blog                                                    October 29, 2017

Today was such an exciting day! We had our first Jewish Family Education event, all about Shabbat! We read two Shabbat books - Sammy Spider’s First Shabbat and Bim and Bam: A Shabbat Tale - made challah covers and Kiddush cups, had a mock Friday night dinner, and sang Shabbat songs. Thank you to everyone who joined us!



1st Grade Blog                                                       October 22, 2017

Today in class, we learned about the creation story from the Torah! We read a story, and then created multi-media posters. We then played our aleph bet game, completely silently! The students were so kind, helpful, and encouraging to each other!


Remember next week is our Jewish Family Education: Shabbat! This will start at 9:00, and will be in Room 12. See you all then!


1st Grade                                                             October 15, 2017

Today we learned about the Hebrew alphabet! We sang the Aleph Bet song, made letters to decorate our bulletin board, and played some games to help learn the letters. In one game, we put the letters in alphabetical order without talking! The students were fascinated by the letters and are very excited to learn more Hebrew!


In a few weeks we will practice writing the students’ Hebrew names, so we would appreciate if you could write it down and have your children bring it to school! On October 29, we will have a big family Shabbat celebration, so mark your calendars! See you next week!


1st Grade Blog                                                   September 24, 2017

     Today was such a busy class! We started with our morning meeting in which we discussed mitzvot and tzedakah. We then talked about Yom Kippur and read a special story. Then, we built model sukkahs and made decorations for the synagogue’s sukkah. We had music and looked at a Torah in the sanctuary. We will look again after Simchat Torah so we can see how we start from the beginning again!
Please remember to bring tzedakah for next class! I hope you all have a wonderful Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah, and we’ll see you again on October 18!

Molly and Tamar

1st Grade Blog                                                   September 17, 2017

Today we began class with Tzedakah, Tefilah, and a discussion about Mitzvot. We then sang songs about apples and honey, and talked about Rosh Hashanah. We made our own shofars that they can actually use, as well as stained glass shofars that looks beautiful in front of a window!


Next week we will learn about Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah!
Shanah Tovah! See you next Sunday!


1st Grade Blog                                                    September 10, 2017

Today was a wonderful first day of Hebrew School! The students were all very enthusiastic, considerate, and respectful about learning! Today, we spent our short time together getting to know each other. We played a name game, discussed our favorite Jewish holidays, and then made nametags featuring students' favorite Jewish holidays. The students worked very hard, and I know that this will be a great year!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at We look forward to seeing you all next week!

Molly and Tamar

Wed, January 24 2018 8 Sh'vat 5778