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4th Grade Blog                                                        December 3-6, 2017

HEBREW

The students are still working on the Yotzer Or prayer. Please look inside their folder for specific homework assignments. We also started to read the Chanukkah Blessings. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class and do not forget to sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignments.

Yifat

 

JUDAICA

Today we learned about redemption and the power of God as a redeemer. We discussed how this connects to Jewish history and how we can have an active role in making the world a better place. We spent the last 10 minutes making Chanukah cards for Kol Haverim college students! 

Lexi

4th Grade Blog                                                            November 29, 2017

JUDAICA

On Wednesday, we started the Brit (Covenant) segment of our study. The goal of this segment is to address the idea that all members of Am Yisrael are involved in helping the Am realize the promise of Eretz Yisrael. We started with chapter 13 of B'midbar, which recounts the story of twelve spies sent by God to explore  the land of Canaan as their potential future land.

Shirley

4th Grade Blog                                                           November 12-15, 2017

JUDAICA

 

This Sunday we studied the Shema and V'ahavta translation. We found the ways it suggests we show our love for God. We discussed some of the implications of the text and learned about t'fillin and mezuzahs.

 

Lexi

 

 

HEBREW

The students are still working on the Yotzer Or prayer. Look inside their folder for specific homework assignments. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class and do not forget to sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignments.

Yifat

 

4th Grade Blog                                                    November 5-8, 2017

JUDAICA

 

On Wednesday, November 8th, we started to learn about Eretz Yisrael (The Land of Israel). We watched a video, Israel: Small but Outstanding, showing Israel's diverse geography, elaborate history and vibrant present. Click here to check it out!

We read some of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel in order to try and understand why is Eretz Yisrael is so important to Am Yisrael, and to each one of the students, too. Finally, for some challenging fun, we colored a map of Israel with different colors to illustrate its geographic diversity.

Shirley

 

On Sunday, we took a deeper look at the second line of the Shema. We discussed the history behind the words and practiced saying them out loud. We began deconstructing the translated words of the Shema and V’ahavta

 

Lexi

 

HEBREW

The students are still working on the Yotzer Or prayer. Please look inside their folder for specific homework assignments. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class and do not forget to sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignments.

Yifat

4th Grade Blog                                           October 29-November 1, 2017

HEBREW

The students are reading the Yotzer Or prayer. Please look inside their folder for specific homework assignments. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class and do not forget to sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignments.

Yifat

4th Grade Blog                                                       October 22-25, 2017

JUDAICA

 

On Wednesday, October 25th, we finished the segment of Am Yisrael.

We discussed the 12 tribes of Israel and their different contributions to the whole community of the people of Israel. We learned that "no one can by himself observe all the commandments, for some are addressed to priests, others to women, to owners of the fields and houses, and so forth. Only Israel together can do God's will completely" (The Vilna Gaon). Finally, we discussed our own contributions to Am Israel today.
 
Next week we will start the concept of Eretz Yisrael.

 

Shirley 
 

HEBREW

Today the students finished the prayer Barchu, and they started to read the Yotzer Or.  Please check your child’s homework calendar for specific homework assignments. When your child finishes his/her assignment, please sign the proper box on the homework calendar.

 

Have a good week,

Yifat

4th Grade Blog                                                   October 15-18, 2017

JUDAICA

On Sunday we discussed what the words thanks, prayers, love, peace, and shema make us think of. We then learned about the parts of the Shabbat morning prayer service.

 

Lexi

 

HEBREW

I hope you all have had nice holidays.

We are still working on Modeh/Modah Ani. However, some students have already started to practice reading the next prayer, which is the Barchu. Please check your child’s homework calendar for specific homework assignment. When your child finishes his/her assignment, please sign the proper box on the homework calendar.

Have a good week,

Yifat

4th Grade Blog                                                   September 24-27, 2017

JUDAICA

On Wednesday, September 27, we learned that the term Am Yisrael does not refer just to those people who live in the land of Israel. It reflects the idea that all Jews are the descendants of Israel (Jacob). All Jewish people belong to and are members of Am Yisrael. We discussed what it possibly felt like to be a part of Am Yisrael on Mount Sinai and what it feels like today to be a part of Am Yisrael.

 

We wrote our thoughts and feeling in a worksheet using these important questions:
1.  You are a member of Am Yisrael – the Jewish people. What do you think that means?
2.  What is most special about being a member of Am Yisrael – the Jewish people?
3.  What makes you feel a part of Am Yisrael?
4.  Do you have any responsibilities as a member of Am Yisrael?
With the short time we had left, we discussed Yom Kippur, it's meaning and customs, and I shared my memories of Yom Kippur from the time I was their age in Israel.
G'mar Chatima Tova  גמר חתימה טובה
May you be inscribed for a good year
Shirley 
 

On Sunday, we discussed the high holidays and some of the traditions that we take part in at this time. We then made decorations for the Kol Haverim sukkah!

Lexi 

4th Grade Blog                                                September 17, 2017

Hebrew

Shalom Parents,

Now that we finished reviewing the Hebrew letters and vowels, it’s time to start our first prayer of the year. The prayer is called Modeh/Modah Ani. From now on, the student’s homework assignment will be to practice reading the prayer. Each student has his/her own progress pace, which is why I would not post specific lines to study here, on the blog. However, it will be on their individual homework assignment calendar. As always, please do not forget to sign the proper box on the calendar after your child finishes practicing.

 

Shanah Tovah U'metukah,

Yifat 

 

Judaica

We continued on the topic of why we pray, specifically in regards to fixed prayer. Our first activity demonstrated the importance of learning, understanding, and practicing fixed prayer in order for it to be meaningful and not confusing. Students then were asked to brainstorm with a partner a list of reasons they pray. We then discussed what items on the list had fixed prayers associated with them and how fixed prayers may help people find the right words to express their feelings or help figure out what they’re feeling.

 

Lexi

4th Grade Blog                                                 September 6-13, 2017

Hebrew

 

It was great meeting you all during the first week of school. We have begun reviewing the Hebrew Alef-bet and vowels, and will continue to do so in the coming week. Parents, please remember to sign your child’s homework calendar after they finish their assignment.  

 

Have a good week,

 

Yifat 

 

Judaica

On Wednesday, we started our Torah section with an introduction to the terms we will be exploring in the next few weeks. First we played “Torah Detectives” to learn the names of the five books in the Torah. Then, using clues in the form of biblical citations, we figured out the three terms we will be learning about in the coming weeks:

Am Yisrael (the people of Israel)

Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel), and

B’rit (the covenant between God and the people of Israel).

In the process, we learned how to look up biblical citations as well.

Shirley 

 

On Sunday, we began our studies of the Avodah (worship) section of the CHAI Curriculum, focusing on kavanah (intention) and concentration, and how these concepts relate to Jewish prayer. Students reflected on concentration in their journals, then began to think about how concentration effects prayer. We used our senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling) as gateways to entering an intentional prayer state. Our madrich Alex asked students to think about a time they experienced a miracle or felt connected to God, and our madrich Ben asked students to reflect on a personal definition of kavanah and connecting to God. 

 

Lexi

Wed, January 24 2018 8 Sh'vat 5778