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5th Grade Blog                                                       March 25-28, 2018

HEBREW

Only one more class before spring break! You are expected to finish the Kaddish! Also, please review the Four Questions.

Happy Passover,

Yifat

5th Grade  Blog                                                        March 18-21, 2018

HEBREW

Most of the students will finish reading Kaddish next week. We also started to read the Four Questions for Passover. Please remember to sign your child’s homework calendar.

Yifat

5th-6th Grade YAD Family Program!                         February 28, 2018        

5th and 6th Graders, families, teachers and madrichim met with master craftsman Avi Zukerman, of The Ultimate Art Workshop, for a special personalized YAD family education program. Students and families learned about the use, history and meaning of the Yad, and made individual family heirlooms, as they each created a personal Yad to guide their future Torah readings.

Becca, Yifat, Lexi and Mr Z

5th Grade Blog                                                             March 4-7, 2018

Hebrew

The students are still working on Kaddish. All students should finish the prayer by March 14th. As always, make sure you sign your child’s homework calendar when they finish their assignments. 

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                 February 21, 2018

Judaica

The 5th grade combined with 3rd grade to learn about the harm gossip can cause and the emphasis Judaism places on the importance of not gossiping! We played a game and read a story to demonstrate this.

Lexi

 

Hebrew

The students are working on Kaddish. Some of the students have already finished, therefore they started Kiddush. Please sign your child’s homework calendar when they finish their assignments.

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                 February 11-14, 2018

Judaica 

Students reflected on conversion through a response to the story of Ruth. We further addressed lingering questions about conversion. Students were introduced to Maimonides' eight levels of tzedakah.

Lexi

 

Hebrew

Students are still working on Kaddish. Some students already finished it. Please check your child’s homework calendar for his/her assignment, and sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignment.

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                    February 4-7, 2015

Judaica

We reviewed what we learned about how we honor the dead and then broke into groups where students read a sample ethical will and found the embedded Jewish values that we learned about a few classes ago!

Lexi

Hebrew

Most of the students are working on Kaddish. Some students already finished it. Please check your child’s homework calendar for his/her assignment, and sign their homework calendar after they finish their assignment.

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                     January 28-31, 2018

Judaic Studies

Rabbi Tuling came in as a guest speaker to talk about how we honor the dead. The class asked amazing questions and was very mature about reflecting on what we learned and what was surprising.

Lexi 

5th Grade Blog                                                 January 21-24, 2018

Judaic Studies

Students learned about accepting new members into the Jewish community and the process of conversion.

Lexi

5th Grade Blog                                                      January 17, 2018

Judaic Studies

Through team activities, we discovered the importance of being an active member of a community, doing your part, and the meaning of responsibility.

Lexi

5th Grade Blog                                               January 7-10, 2018

Judaic Studies

 

On Wednesday, students learned about Israel and deconstructed the quote, “If you will it, it is no dream.” They also learned about Tu B’shvat!

 

On Sunday, we learned about Am Yisrael versus Eretz Yisrael and what it means to have a Jewish community. We applied this knowledge to cases where individuals would benefit from being a member of a Jewish community.

Lexi

5th Grade Blog                                                  December 3-6, 2017

HEBREW

The students are working on the prayer Keddushah, although some students have already moved on to the next prayer, which is the Kaddish. We also started to read the Channukah blessings. Please check your child’s homework folder for specific homework assignments. As always, make sure to sign after they finish doing their homework.

Yifat

 

JUDAICA

Today we looked at the Aleinu prayer and learned about particularism and universalism. We discussed what it means to lead a Jewish life. We talked about why some people choose to lead a Jewish life and what we personally value in Judaism. We spent the last 10 minutes making Chanukah cards for Kol Haverim college students!

Lexi

5th Grade Blog                                                     November 29, 2017

JUDAICA

On Wednesday, we learned about the Prophet Jonah, his mission and his way of dealing with it, which led him to be swallowed by a whale. After that he was more willing to accept the burdens of a prophet and his prophecy was accepted by the people. We got a chance to watch a short video with a song about Jonah and his adventures (Overboard: Jonah's Song)click here for video

Shirley

5th Grade Blog                                                  November 12-15, 2017

JUDAICA

This Sunday we discussed the meaning of thankfulness and when/why we say "thank you." The students then worked in pairs to find the key points in one of three prayers of thanksgiving. Using one main point they agreed on, the students created a slogan based on that theme and used it to make a flyer.

Lexi

 

HEBREW

Some students are still working on the prayer G’vurot, and some students are already moved on to the next prayer, which is Keddushah. Please check your child’s homework folder for specific homework assignments. As always, make sure to sign after they finish doing their homework.

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                       November 5-8, 2017

JUDAICA

On Wednesday, November 8th, we learned about the Prophet Jeremiah. Through texts and discussions we learned that Jeremiah was reluctant to take the role of a prophet. Jeremiah lost all his friends and was jailed for his prophecy against the king, yet he was still compelled to follow God's decree and speak to the Israelites about the way they treated one another. We watched a short animated video, God Called Jeremiah, bringing the story of Jeremiah to life. Click here to check it out.

Shirley

 

On Sunday, students analyzed various blessings with a partner. Students were asked to think and write about whether this blessing is an important need for our day and how this blessing can best be filled. Students then created a blessing for today in their own words based on the theme of their assigned blessing.

Lexi

 

HEBREW

The students are still working on the prayer G’vurot. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class. Please sign your child’s homework calendar after they finish their assignments.

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                           October 29-November 1, 2017

HEBREW

The students are still working on the prayer G’vurot. Please make sure your child comes prepared to class. Please sign your child’s homework calendar after they finish their assignments. 

Yifat

5th Grade Blog                                                        October 22-25, 2017

JUDAICA

 

On Wednesday, October 25th, we learned of Deborah the Prophet. Deborah was a prophet and a judge, and we learned of the roles of judges and prophets. We watched a short video telling the story of Deborah and her role in conquering Canaan, and the story of Yael who killed Sisera, as in the prophesy. We then read a simplified version of the texts from Judges 4 and learned different interpretations of the texts (Midrashim).

Shirley

 

HEBREW

The students are almost finished reading the Avot V’imahote. Some students have finished it already and started the next prayer, which is G’vurote 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

5th Grade Blog                                                October 15-18, 2017

Judaica

We discussed the prayers avot v’imahot, g’vurot, and k’dushah and then answered questions that connected these to our daily lives.

 

Lexi

 

HEBREW

I hope you all have had nice holidays.

We are still working on the prayer Avot V’ema-hote. However, some students have already started to practice reading the next prayer, which is G’vurote. 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 

5th Grade Blog                                                    September 24-27, 2017

Judaica

On Wednesday, September 27, we started learning about Joshua, as part of our Nvi-im (prophets) section. Joshua was both a prophet and a warrior, who led the Jewish people into the land of Canaan (Israel) after Moses died. Using different texts from the book of Joshua, we learned that Joshua was a loyal prophet of God, a great military leader, and a great administrator. 

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 started the class by listening to Avinu Malkeinu and then discussed the lyrics and their meaning. We discussed the high holidays and Rabbi Tuling and our madrich Ben demonstrated the shofar for the students!

Lexi

5th 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 Avot V’Ima-hote. 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

Today we started an introduction to the Amidah. Students imagined, discussed and wrote about the steps they might take to ask their parents for something they want, to think about how we have to prepare to communicate with the person we are requesting something of. We then discussed how we actually do something similar each time we pray, so that we approach God with the right attitude. We continued the lesson with essential vocals and discussion addressing the topic of how prayer is connected to how we approach our relationship with others and with God.

 

Lexi

 

5th 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 “What is in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible)?" fun quiz. First, we learned that the Torah is the first section of the Tanach and that it is a part of the larger Hebrew Bible, also known as Tanach. Second, we learned how to find the Nvi-im section in the bible and we tried to find as many prophets as possible in a word search page. Then, we found the third section of the bible, Ktuvim. In Ktuvim we found the verse T’hilim/Psalms 133, which is the origin of the song, “hine ma tov uma naim.” Just then, like a sign from above, the music team walked in and we all sang it together!

In the next few months we will be studying the second section of the Tanach – N’vi-im, exploring the different prophets and their messages to the people of Israel.

Shirley

 

In beginning the Avodah (worship) section of the CHAI Curriculum on Sunday, our madrichim Ben and Alex facilitated students' reflections on the question, How can prayer affect what I do in my daily life? Students began by thinking about a time they prayed, and what the prayer was about. We explored the statement, "Prayer is reaching" and worked on interpreting quotations about prayer ("Prayer may not save us, but prayer makes us worth saving," and "Our prayer becomes meaningful when we do everything we can to make them come true." As we continue our studies, students will focus on several key Jewish prayers, what they may mean to the students, and how we might act to make these prayers come true.

Lexi

 

Sun, July 15 2018 3 Av 5778