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7th Grade Blog                                            September 13, 2017


This evening's class went by so fast. We did some ice breakers in class today, did some Hebrew prayer practice for assessments, and reviewed much of the safety, security and rules for the upcoming year. We will continue to work hard when we meet again in two weeks. 

Best wishes to all and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! L'Shanah Tova and may you also have an easy fast on Yom Kippur.

Mr Z



Tonight the students had an opportunity to introduce themselves to me in an exercise called WHO AM I?. I asked them to write down their name, age, bar/bat mitzvah date and answer two questions: 1. What do you enjoy doing when you have some free time? 2. What is it about Judaism that makes you proud to be a Jew? After giving them several minutes to write down their thoughts, each student made about a two-minute presentation in front of the class.

Your students spoke very beautifully about what Judaism means to them. Answers included: "The reason I am proud to be a Jew is because the Jews have gone though so much and have continued to survive and thrive."  "I like that Jews stand up for their religion and are very proud of being Jewish."  "We lost many Jews during World War II and the Jews are still here." "I am very comfortable being a Jew."  "I like that I am unique being a Jew and I get to explain the Jewish holidays to my friends." "Judaism teaches me to be a good person."  "It's kind of different because almost everyone in our school is Catholic and I like being a little different." "I am proud of Judaism because our religion teaches us to help people."  "I love informing people about the Jewish culture." " I am proud of the values taught by Judaism."

As you can see, most of the responses included the fact that your students liked the idea of being unique and they enjoy talking about Judaism to their friends. It was a wonderful class and I believe that the students have great potential to be solid public speakers!

Joel Weinberg

Thu, September 20 2018 11 Tishrei 5779