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7th Grade Blog                                                             October 18, 2017 


We worked together as one group on refining and chanting these prayers:

  • Shema & Ve'ahavta
  • Tallit blessing
  • Ma tovu
  • Avot & Gevurot
  • Nissim B'chol Yom
  • Yotzer or

We will continue our work on these, and will add other material after everyone has mastered these.

Mr. Z.


Tonight we worked from the Chai Curriculum and our theme was "The Journey We Take." The students were given two questions to write about and then make a presentation to the class.

The first question was, "What have you learned through your Jewish Journey, and what has surprised you?" Answers included, "I was surprised by what I learned about the Jews from being slaves to their ability to improve their own lives over the centuries," "I was surprised how much we have to learn to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah," "It's amazing the challenges the Jews have had to go through," and "At first I didn't know how much Jews are in the minority in this country."

The second question was, "Has it been challenging, this Journey to prepare for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and are you excited that you have almost reached your goal of being a Jewish adult?" Answers included, "YES, quite a challenge," "It has been a challenge to get it to the point I am now," "Hebrew isn't too difficult because I love learning other languages other than English," "I am excited; I also plan to continue my Jewish education after the Bar Mitzvah," "Sometimes I feel challenged, and sometimes I don't," "It's exciting to think of all the hard work I've done and how it will pay off for me in the end."

So far, the students have done a good job of thinking before writing down their thoughts. And almost everyone in the class feels comfortable standing up and presenting their views.


Joel Weinberg

Tue, September 18 2018 9 Tishrei 5779