SJS Class Updates: Sep 25 & 28, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

The children enjoyed listening to the story “Apples and Honey.”  It was a story about Rosh Hashanah. We continued to work on mastering the Hebrew words that are associated with the upcoming Holiday of Rosh Hashanah (rosh, honey and apple). We made a Rosh Hashanah collage. Thank you to Mr. Daniel (Sydney’s Dad) for coming in to do Shira (Music) with us. Tefillah was special as always.

I wish everyone a L’Shanah Tova……

Ask your child why the challah they made has ten raisins on it ??? There are ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

–Morah Lynn

 

Aleph (1st Grade) 

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

This week the Aleph students focused on the value of Chesed — To show kindness. Students heard two stories this week that had to do with showing Chesed by performing Mitzvot. The first was the story of the three brothers and the magic pomegranate and the second was “Even Higher” — A story that talks about human compassion during the days of Rosh Hashanah. We also focused on the pomegranate and why is it a symbol of Rosh Hashanah (the Pomegranate is said to contain 613 seeds which is the same amount of mitzvot in the Torah). We even counted the seeds today and found approximately 650 seeds! Finally in Art students began creating their classroom project of making a quilt that represents a variety of Torah stories by creating a list of stories and symbols that could represent those stories.

–Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

This week Kitah Bet continued to explore the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  We learned about Tashlich, Shofar sounds and made holiday cards for Lone Soldiers in Israel. We talked about the importance of Tzadakah and ways that we can help people and the world around us. During our first lesson about Israel students were asked to describe Israel in one word and after locating it on the map, we watched a short video “68 facts about Israel you didn’t know about.”  The students continued working on Hebrew Step-By-Step packets with the help from our  amazing madrichim and madrichim-in-training.  Homework for the next class: please read pages 11,13, 15 and 17 in the first packet of Hebrew Step-By-Step.
Shanah Tovah u’Metukah,

Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Wed, Oct 5 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building and Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

Shalom Parents,
This week we continued with our third week of Teshuvah, “returning.”
Recap: We explored what it means to say “I’m sorry.” We learned different meanings of the word “shalom,” and that one of its definitions is “completeness.” Students explored the link between making peace with one another through apologizing and creating completeness with others through that act. We also spent time examining different familial situations in which apologies are necessary. Students used text studies and their understanding of Teshuvah to make personal connections to these scenarios.
Table Talk: We all make mistakes. Ask your family about a time one of them made a mistake. Did anyone learn anything afterward?
What is most important about apologizing—even if we aren’t exactly sure what we did wrong?
MyShalomLearning: 3.1.3
Next week we will go further into the concept of teshuvah and how we ask for forgiveness. This week, see if you have to ask anyone for forgiveness, and what that feels like. Write about who you said sorry to, and how if felt on http://www.my.shalomlearning.org
Next Week: Students will continue to learn about forgiveness, this week through the lens of Yom Kippur.
In Ivrit, Hebrew, the students reviewed the following letters: shin, bet, tav. The students are working at a self-paced rate reviewing their aleph-bet and vowels. A few students have completed their first Hebrew packet, and have subsequently continued onto the next Hebrew packet. Students have been divided into Hebrew groups, and each groups works closely with a Madrich(a) and myself.
Please make sure that each student is practicing their Hebrew 10-15 minutes each day.
Have a great week!
B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Wed, Oct 5 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building and Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

Dear Parents,

This week we began our unit on Teshuvah, which focuses on taking responsibility for ones actions through repentance.  The lesson is summarized below:

Recap:

  • Students learned that as a result of having free will that people sometimes make bad choices even as they try to do what is right. (Chet literally means missing the mark.)
  • Students also learned that In a system with free will, it is not unusual to make some bad choices on the path to growing older and hopefully, as a result, wiser. Students should now be able to explain why the process of teshuvah is so important when they inevitably make mistakes.
  • Students learned how the process of teshuvah can be a tool to learn from mistakes instead of denying that mistakes were made.
  • Students learned some of the ways that Judaism attempts to keep us “aiming straight and hitting the target” of good behavior instead of “missing the mark.”
  • Students examined the GPS as a metaphor to help them understand the role that other rituals play in helping us “recalculate” our behavior or keep us from making bad choices in general.

Table Talk: How can we use the steps of teshuvah to help with a problem at home or at school?

My.ShalomLearning.org Activity for next week: 4.1.2 Teshuvah Week 2 

Next week:

We will concentrate on the role of rituals and focus on hearing the shofar, our central Rosh Hashanah ritual, and what the sound of the shofar reminds us to do.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender              

This week the students completed their “Family Tree Branches” and we spoke about how all Jewish people are related. They were shown an article from a study down in 2014 that determined that Ashkenazi (European) Jews are all genetically related! How cool! Additionally, we spoke about Rosh Hashanah and the importance of using our “rosh” (Head) to make good choices in the coming year. –Mrs. Cohen

We continue to work in small groups of students, teachers and madrichim in the Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp Packet #2.  Some students are almost at the end of this booklet and will be moving to the third Boot Camp packet next time. –Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Wed, Oct 5 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building and Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

Dear Parents,

Today in our ShalomLearning lesson we completed the first week of Teshuva, with a focus on reflecting on the potential that a new beginning has to offer. Teshuva translates to repentance and introspection.

Recap:

  • Students got to know a little bit about their classmates and practiced using the ShalomLearning interface.
  • We began to associate Rosh Hashana with a new beginning and a chance to learn from past mistakes.
  • We learned about some of the Rosh Hashana rituals including blowing the shofar, eating symbolic foods, and tashlich.
  • One of the major goals was that students would understand the symbolism of actions and see them as a catalyst for personal change.

Table Talk:

Each week I will send you some suggestions of things to talk about at the dinner table (or elsewhere!) following your child’s class.

  • What is a mistake you made in your life that you wish you could go back and fix? Discuss!

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week:

A great way to have a fresh start is with your friends. Please watch the following video clip: “You never had a friend like me” from Aladdin – in Hebrew!

Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ5x7t_23BE

Discussion Questions to answer:

  1. Can you describe one occasion in which you acted like a good friend?
  2. What about your actions showed that you were a good friend?

Next Week:

Teshuva can help you be a better friend! 

Please contact me with any questions!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

This past Sunday in Ta’amei haMiqra (Torah Trope), we reviewed the etnachta and sof pasuk trope melodies.  Also we all discussed our Hebrew names.  On behalf of myself and my children Helen and Toby, I want to wish all of you a Healthy and Happy New Year.  I look forward to seeing your children again on Sunday, October 9th. –Mr. Lerner

There was a lot of discussion this week on how we feel when we are criticized. The students talked about how they are criticized often impacts how they feel about the event afterwards. In class, the students created “chalk feelings” where they were asked to think about the colors and lines that make up their feelings when receiving “Tochecha”. I look forward to the next time we meet and are about to discuss the thought process behind our drawings.   –Mrs. Cohen

The students are currently in the middle of the second packet of the Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp. –Mrs. Moustakis

We enjoyed discussing what Kabbalat Shabbat is and what soups the kids like to eat for the Friday night service. The students gained more confidence in reading and writing the Hebrew letters. I am very happy with the progress they are making with Hebrew.                    Moreh Igal

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Wed, Oct 5 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building and Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This past Sunday in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah (B’nai Mitzvah Academy), we reviewed the etnachta and sof pasuk trope melodies, and began to apply them the Hebrew text.  We also continued our study of the Jewish calendar.  On behalf of myself and my children Helen and Toby, I want to wish all of you a Healthy and Happy New Year.  I look forward to seeing your children again on Sunday, October 9th. –Mr. Lerner
We began Wednesday, with a moving, thoughtful tribute to the late, former president of Israel-Shimon Peres. It’s amazing to fathom the breadth of influence he had and will continue to have for both Israel the world as a whole.

Well, that was fast! In Kitah Vav, we steadily worked this past session on moving through the Hebrew Boot Camp. The students have either tested through the second book or is about to. On the whole, we discovered Hebrew roots and how learning meaning can help our reading speed up. For example, we encountered the words “San-dal” and “Sand-lar” meaning “sandal” and “shoemaker,” the connection is the just the basis of what’s to come as we encounter and master Hebrew.

–Mr. Sakofs and Morah Sandra

The students enjoyed watching and discussing two video clips: “What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful?” and “Elements of Repentance.”   –Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Wed, Oct 5 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building and Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

We began Wednesday, with a moving, thoughtful tribute to the late, former president of Israel-Shimon Peres. It’s amazing to fathom the breadth of influence he had and will continue to have for both Israel the world as a whole.

Well, that was fast! In Kitah Zayin, we steadily worked this past session on moving through the Hebrew Boot Camp. The students have either tested through the second book or is about to. On the whole, we discovered Hebrew roots and how learning meaning can help our reading speed up. For example, we encountered the words “San-dal” and “Sand-lar” meaning “sandal” and “shoemaker,” the connection is the just the basis of what’s to come as we encounter and master Hebrew.

–Mr. Sakofs and Morah Sandra

The Zayin class engaged in an in-depth conversation on G-d, based on the text Tough Questions that Jews Ask.  Students explored their understanding and belief systems surrounding G-d.  Students explored the concept of G-d as a creator and provider vs. G-d as a magician.
-Mrs. Sender

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.  

In our continued study of Hebrew prayers we discussed the key nouns and verbs used in the Baruch-Shacharit 3. Especially, the spiritual meaning of this Jewish prayer. The students enjoyed watching and discussing one video clip: “What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful?” Finally, we reviewed two current events (A virtual reality visit to the Second Temple; Rare documents shed light on Jewish life in ancient Afghanistan and Persia). The review of current events helps students grow in their appreciation of our Jewish historical and spiritual heritage. –Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.  

We had some discussion on Anti-Zionism articles as well as on several other current events articles.  We discussed the refugee problem and screen an excerpt from a film on Jewish refugees.  As Jews, we were refugees and should be sensitive to their needs.  We did a Pirke Avot exercise and discussed choices (a) Knowledge not increased is knowledge decreased; (b) Do not judge your fellow human beings until you stand in their place; (c) Do not look at the flask but what it contains.
 –Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz

SJS Class Updates: Sep 18 & 21, 2016

Camp Am Yisrael (Infants/Toddlers with Parent[s])

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

We started the day with giving coins for Tzedakah and singing our “Roll the Ball and Shalom” song.   We did a stamping art project where we used vegetable shapes to dip in tempera paint and stamp on pictures of a honey bee that makes honey for Rosh Hashana, an apple and a shofar. Although we missed the Cantor very much because he was not at school, we sang Rosh Hashana songs to the tune of “Darling Clementine” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, as well as our favorite “Bim Bam” and others. We said a bracha over our snack and very much enjoyed a rousing Tefilah with Morah Lynn’s class led by Mr. Sherman and Mr. Marc.
–Morah Bonnie

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

We reinforced the Hebrew words for “to sit” and “to stand up “.  The words for honey and apple were introduced for two reasons: we made an apple/honey dish and they are connected to our upcoming holiday (Rosh Hashanah).  The children enjoyed Tefillah with their peers from Camp Am Yisrael. The children enjoyed painting with apples.
Ask your child where their rosh (head) is..

–Morah Lynn

 

Aleph (1st Grade) & Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 Aleph in Room 2 and Bet in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

This week the Aleph and Bet classes combined and spent time deepening their understanding of Rosh Hashanah with understanding important foods. Students had a honey tasting (voted for their favorite — The traditional clove honey came in first place followed by orange, buckwheat, and finally blueberry ), heard a story about the apple and why G-d made it special, and created our own honey dispensers to use at your holidays. Students reviewed their Hebrew words from last week and added a few new words this week while playing אור ירוק אור אדום (red light, green light). Finally, we focused on our current vaule of Kavod (Respect) as we watched “All the Respect – Shaboom! Gabi and Rafi learn about Kavod“. Talk with your child about different ways of showing Kavod.

–Mrs. Berlow

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 28 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This week we continued our conversation about Teshuvah.  The students learned about Vidui,”וְדוּי”, or”confession” that lists every wrong thing we did to others or to G-d.  The students used their names to create an acrostic poem and discussed the following:
  •   Did you find it difficult or easy to create this list of misdeeds?
  •   Which letter was the most difficult to create?
  •   Why do you think it’s important for Jews to list our misdeeds out loud?
  •   What do you think is the difference between a misdeed we’ve committed against another person, and a misdeed we’ve committed against God?
 In Hebrew students added letters Bet and Tav and practiced reading 2- 3 syllable words with the Kamatz and Patach vowels.

-Morah Anna

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 28 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

The students were introduced to the Hebrew Step-By-Step Bootcamp packets this week and were excited to get down to work. Following up on Schoology after school on Sundays and Wednesdays is a great way for the students to continue to develop their Hebrew reading and writing skills from home. Additionally, we began putting together the branches of our family tree project which will be completed next week. Thank you to all the parents for bringing in your student’s worksheets on time so everyone could participate!–Mrs. Cohen

We divided the class into groups of two to work on Hebrew and a few fortunate students got to work  one-on-one with our excellent Madrichim.  We are working to bring all of our students to the same level of Hebrew reading so that we can continue to teach Tefillah with meaning. –Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 28 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This week in Ta’amei haMiqra (Torah Trope) we continued our lesson on the basics of Torah Trope: reviewing the tipcha, etnachta, and sof pasuk trope. –Mr. Lerner

Continuing our theme of “Tochecha“, the students viewed a voice thread about an incident that took place in a classroom setting between peers. It was an excellent springboard for a discussion on points of view and appropriate ways to criticize someone. This facet of interpersonal relationships will be a main focus of our discussions over the next few weeks as we explore Torah texts that demonstrate how to give proper “Tochecha“.                             –Mrs. Cohen

We worked together to make continue assessing our student’s Hebrew reading skills.  I am happy with the progress of the students.  Most of the students remember the letters from last year.  There are a few issues with vowels and we are working to strengthen the students ability to read them correctly.  Most of the students are ready to move to the second packet of the Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp. –Mrs. Moustakis

This week the students continued to work on the Hebrew Step-by-Step “Boot Camp” curriculum. The students were excited about learning the Hebrew letters. The students participated very well and wanted to play Hebrew games. We have covered pages 8–14 of the Hebrew Step-by-Step “Boot Camp” curriculum.            –Moreh Igal

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 28 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building

This week in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah (B’nai Mitzvah Acadmey) we continued our lesson on the basics of Torah Trope: reviewing the tipcha, etnachta, and sof pasuk trope. Also I asked the students: “Which of the following is unlike the other: a day, a week, a (lunar) month, a year.” The answer is “a week” — all other are natural phenomena, while a week is a man made (or some might say, divinely proscribed) unit of time. This is an important concept to understand as we begin our exploration of the Jewish calendar. –Mr. Lerner

This week our Vav students continued with the Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp review packets for Hebrew reading.  -Morah Sandra

 

In our continued conversation about “t’shuva-repentance” we talked about the power of change. Especially, how the decision of one can effect the multitudes. We encountered these ideas as we explored statements in the Talmud by Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Hanina.          –Mr. Sakofs
The students learned about Rosh Hashanah and played a memory game that helped them to memorize concepts of the Jewish high holidays.  –Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 28 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.  We have an optional field trip for Zayin, which is to participate in the mitzvah of Maot Chitim by delivering boxes for Rosh Hashanah and meeting at the building we serve at 4225 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago.  Please contact Mr. Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you will be participating in this program.

We did it! We completed the First Boot Camp, and are now brushing up our reading with the Second which we’ll explore next week.  We’re going to be blasting through our decoding skills review quickly and be able to begin focusing on the meaning of our t’filot-prayers very soon.–Mr. Sakofs

This Wednesday in Zayin we continued our study of Teshuvah.  We discussed the similarities and differences between Tzedek and Tzedakah.  We continued our discussion with an overview of the shofar. -Morah Sandra

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.  We have an optional field trip for Prozdor, which is to participate in the mitzvah of Maot Chitim by delivering boxes for Rosh Hashanah and meeting at the building we serve at 4225 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago.  Please contact Mr. Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you will be participating in this program.

The class learned Shabbat Blessings 1, sentences, and roots. Then, we discussed two current events (113 years old man celebrates his Bar Mitzvah and Chabad House in Nigeria).  –Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 25 starting in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.  We have an optional field trip for Pardes, which is to attend Selparticipate in the mitzvah of Maot Chitim by delivering boxes for Rosh Hashanah and meeting at To.  Please contact Cantor Simon cantorsimon@amyisrael.org or Mr. Sherman csherman@amyisrael.org if you will be participating in this program.

We finished watching the documentary Inside Israel. Many students expressed amazement and pride at Israel’s many technical contributions and humanitarian relief efforts. We also had a vigorous discussion about whether Israel’s contributions have the potential to change the way the country is viewed in an increasingly hostile world.
 –Cantor Lawrence Szenes-Strauss

Class Updates from first week of SJS 2016-2017 (5777)

Camp Am Yisrael (Infants/Toddlers with Parent[s])

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Lower Level Youth Lounge in SJS building

This was a most exciting start to our first session of Camp Am Yisrael, our new program for 0-3 year olds’ first step in their formal Jewish education at Am Yisrael SJS. We started with all the children putting money in the Tzedakah Box. We sang a song and rolled the ball, saying “Shalom” to each child, and we sang other songs, as well. I read a book aloud about a Shofar as they sat on the rug. We sang with Cantor Simon and enoyed Tefillah with Mr. Sherman while we marched around the room with the plush Torot we took from the Ark.
–Morah Bonnie

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

What a terrific first day at SJS…… As the children enter the classroom each week, they will find a Question of the Week (the current question is posted on the classroom door). With the help of the children, a list of Chesed (kindness) words was made and that is on the door as well. For the first the day of class, I thought the following book would be appropriate “ I say Shehecheyanu” .  The children were greeted to some lovely Shira (Music) with the Cantor. We had Tefillah with the children from Camp Am Yisrael which is very special. Along with the Aleph Class we completed an All About Me paper which is on the windows of Room 1.

Ask your child…How did we know what happens next in class??

Answer: We have a class schedule to look at.

–Morah Lynn

 

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

Here is what our first day of SJS consisted of:
  • Classroom rules and Kehilla contract — Students worked together to create a Kehilla (contract) that we will support in our classroom.
  • Hebrew Through Movement — The Aleph students began learning our first words:
  • To Sit לָשֶׁ בֶ ת & To Stand לָקוּם
  • Holidays — We began learning about Rosh Hashanah by creating a list of everything we already know about Rosh Hashanah, followed by making a list of questions we still have about the holiday. We followed up our class discussion by reading, Penguin Rosh Hashanah by MacLeod, Jennifer Tzivia.
  • Today, Aleph and Bet were able to come together to begin forming a Kehilla thought prayer. The students focused on the prayers Ma Tovu, Barchu, and Sh’ma.

–Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building
Kitah Bet had an awesome first day at SJS. We started our day with a couple icebreakers to help the students to get to know each other better. We sang our hearts out during Shira with Mr.Cantor ,and had good laughs during first Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) lesson. The first HTM commands we have learned today were: ללכת( to walk ), לשבת (to sit), לקפוץ ( to jump ), and לקום (to stand ). During עברית ( Hebrew lesson) we focused on the letter Tav and the vowels Kamats and Patach, which make sound “ah”.
Then we finished our day singing and dancing to the ” הנה מה טוב ומה נעים” ( “Hine Ma tov..”).
Our first day was great and I’m looking forward to an amazing year together, Todah Rabah!
–Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Dear Parents,

Our first classes are off to a great start! This week we completed our first unit of the Teshuva (returning) unit.

Recap:

  • Students learned a bit about their classmates and any similarities they may have
  • Students reviewed the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Students understood the concept of teshuvah as “returning” and starting fresh with a clean slate.
  • Students explored the fact that no human is perfect, and we all “miss the mark” in some ways, and the important thing is that we learn and grow from our mistakes. 

Table Talk: What are things we do as a family to practice Teshuvah?  What actions can we take to make this happen?

MyShalomLearning Activity: 3.1.2

Log into http://my.shalomlearning.org and click on Teshuva, Week 2. Watch the video, “Tomato

Says Sorry” and answer the questions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_MSE1ipwmU

Discussion Questions:

  1. What was Tomato doing that was bothering everyone?
  2. How did other vegetables feel?
  3. How did Tomato learn a lesson in saying sorry? 

Next Week: We explore what it really means to say sorry.

Please have your student log into http://my.shalomlearning.org, and post an “update.”  The update should say something like, “Hi Mrs. Sender, [student’s name] was here.”

This week in Hebrew, students reviewed the letters Shin, the Kamatz and Patach vowels, and our “total physical response” words – לָקוּם (stand) and לָשֶׁבֶת (sit).  Next week students will review the letter Bet בּ .  Additionally, next week students will learn more “total physical response” action words.  For homework, students should complete Lesson 1 on http://my.shalomlearning.org.

*Please note – All students are expected to login to http://my.shalomlearning.org, their learning management system, and practice Hebrew at home for 30 minutes a week.  They will complete different vocabulary and grammar exercises; discussion board questions and record themselves reading the prayers for the teacher to review during the week.

Have a great week!

Sincerely

Mrs. Sender

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

It was so nice to meet all the new learners that will be in my class this year. I enjoyed hearing about one family adventure from all of them as we began exploring our stories and our roots as part of our first unit of the year: Zikaron (Memory).

Thank you to all the parents who’ve already turned in their “Family Tree Worksheet” – if you haven’t already, please send them in by this Wednesday in order to allow for full participation in our project next Sunday.  Have a wonderful week.
–Mrs. Cohen
We began by playing a game to see what Hebrew levels were at after the summer break.  I got the Hebrew names of the students and we reviewed all of the final letters.  We also worked on the letters and vowels that are different but have the same sound.  Finally we talked about 2 important values in Judaism :1. טוב שם טוב משמן and 2. בל תשחית
–Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

For the first session of Ta’amei haMiqra (Torah Trope), we learned the importance of placing the emphasis on the correct syllable of a word to avoid ambiguity; e.g., you sign a CONtract, but do not want to conTRACT a disease.  Next we listed all the common English punctuation marks (period, semi-colon, comma, etc.) and the hierarchy of list.  Both of these concepts are very important when learning Torah Trope.  Finally, we applied some Torah Trope melodies to an English text – the opening passage of the first Harry Potter book. –Mr. Lerner

It was very special for me to see so many familiar faces as we start off our new year. The goal of the Heh curriculum this year is to use Torah Values as a framework to look at our interpersonal relationships. We began today by introducing the concept of “Tochecha” -which can be defined as Rebuke or Criticism and coming up with what our feelings might be towards that concept. Next step: Examine Torah texts that speak about Tochecha.           –Mrs. Cohen

We worked on the meaning of Shabbat and the reason for why we celebrate Shabbat and how we receive the Shabbat.  The students also learned how a mitzvah is different from a “good deed.”
–Mrs. Moustakis

The students introduced themselves. This week the students were introduced to the Hebrew Step-by-Step “Boot Camp” curriculum. The learning atmosphere in the classroom has been welcoming and respectful. The students reviewed the Hebrew alphabet, and we worked through the first three lessons in Hebrew Step-by-Step. Lastly, the boys and girls practiced Hebrew sounds by playing a Hebrew Match-A-Rhyme.                 –Moreh Igal

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Room 10 on upper level of SJS building

For the first session of Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah haMiqra (B’nai Mitzvah Academy), we learned the importance of placing the emphasis on the correct syllable of a word to avoid ambiguity; e.g., you sign a CONtract, but do not want to conTRACT a disease.  Next we listed all the common English punctuation marks (period, semi-colon, comma, etc.) and the hierarchy of list.  Both of these concepts are very important when learning Torah Trope.  Finally, we applied some Torah Trope melodies to an English text – the opening passage of the first Harry Potter book. –Mr. Lerner
On Wednesday at SJS we welcomed back our students. Vav familiarized ourselves with the bootcamp packet. Zayin began working on Teshuvah. We discussed the concept of reflection and judgement. We debated as a class if the concept of judgement is always negative or can we benefit from judgement. We then reflected on our individual lives over the past year and came up with things we can improve on as well as ways we can accomplish these goals. –Morah Sandra
It’s going to be a great year together. Wednesday was a chance for us to connect and learn what each of us bring to the table as learners. We began talking about how we can affect change in the world by beginning with ourselves.  We continued preparing ourselves for the idea of T’shuva visually with songs and the Rambam’s explanation of T’shuva. We talked about the idea that change is about making a difference, and altering our actions or thoughts for tomorrow. It was great to see the ideas presented visually as it helped us deepen our understanding.–Mr. Sakofs
The students introduced themselves. The students learned about the Hebrew meanings of Teshuvah, and they actively participated in the Kickoff Questions related to Rosh Hashanah.  –Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building & Wed, Sep 21 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building

On Wednesday at SJS we welcomed back our students. Vav familiarized ourselves with the bootcamp packet. Zayin began working on Teshuvah. We discussed the concept of reflection and judgement. We debated as a class if the concept of judgement is always negative or can we benefit from judgement. We then reflected on our individual lives over the past year and came up with things we can improve on as well as ways we can accomplish these goals. –Morah Sandra
Wow, we had such energy in the room for our first time together. Wednesday was a chance for to connect and learn who each are and what we’ll be bringing to the table. We hit the ground running in reviewing some functional aspects of Hebrew. I’ll be a great year as we learn and explore together.  We plugged ahead in the Hebrew Boot Camp. Our tongues are wrapped around the Hebrew otiyot (letters) and sounds. We took the chance to look at a Hebrew children’s book to give us the chance to see and hear Hebrew in a visual context. This will allow us to prepare for our next Hebrew curriculum where we’ll focus on meaning and understanding.–Mr. Sakofs

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building

The students introduced themselves. The class learned Shabbat Blessings 1, and we have reviewed the adjectives, nouns, and the verbs from this prayer. Then, we have discussed three current events (Hebrew University, Aliyah, and Germans singing the Israeli anthem). We also began studying about the concept of Teshuvah.  –Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Sep 18 starting in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building

On our first Sunday of the school year, the class viewed a video which detailed the incredible scientific contributions of Israel, from drip technology, to Intel processing to innovative, ground-breaking medical devices. As of 2015, Israel ranks in the top 18 nations in the world on the UN‘s Human Development Index, which places it in the category of “Very Highly Developed” — the highest ranked in the Middle East, and even surpassing European countries such as AustriaFrance and Finland. An interesting discussion ensued as to the various reasons how and why such a small country has achieved so much. The focus on education and Tikkun Olam were among the many answers given.

On September 25, Pardes students have been strongly encouraged to attend Selichot services at Tower Breach in Winnetka at 6:00 a.m. in lieu of their regular Sunday session.  If for whatever reason they are not going to attend, then they are expected to attend regular Sunday class with Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz at 10:30 a.m., followed by a current events discussion at 11:30 a.m.

–Cantor Simon

Madrichim Schedule September 2016

Amanda Alpert

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Gan (Morah Lynn): Room 1
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Chug or Kadima Board (Mrs. Kamm)

Wednesdays

Sept. 7, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Dalet (Mr. Sender): Room 7

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Derek Ball

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Vav/Zayin Minyan (Mrs. Kamm): Sanctuary
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Heh (Mr. Lerner): Room 4
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

Wednesdays

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: Zayin (Mr. Sakofs): Room 9
  • 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Vav/Zayin (Mrs. Kamm and Mr. Sakofs): Rooms 9/10

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Sara Behn

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Heh (Moreh Igal): Room 8
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: AMUSY Board (Mrs. Kamm): Room 10
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Zayin (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Zayin (Mrs. Kamm): Room 10
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Jacob Bleiweis

Sundays

Sept. 11, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Ari Brodkin

Sundays

Sept. 18

  • 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Nathan Brodkin

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Aleph (Mrs. Berlow): Room 2
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: AMUSY Board (Mrs. Kamm): Room 10
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Jacob Brodsky

Sundays

Sept. 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Chug or Kadima Board (Mrs. Kamm)

Wednesdays

Sept. 7, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Heh (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8

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Gabi Froum

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Bet (Morah Anna): Room 2
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Art Chug (Miss Preis and Miss Serota)

Wednesdays

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Heh (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8

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Daphna Gerber

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Aleph (Mrs. Berlow): Room 2
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Art Chug (Miss Preis and Miss Serota)

Wednesdays

Sept. 14, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Heh (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8

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Max Gerber

Sundays

Sept. 18

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Vav/Zayin Minyan (Mrs. Kamm): Sanctuary
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Vav/Zayin (Moreh Igal): Room 6
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Vav (Mr. Lerner): Room 4
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Adina Grossman

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Camp Am Yisrael (Morah Bonnie): Youth Lounge
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Becky Jacobson

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: AMUSY Board (Mrs. Kamm): Room 10
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

Wednesdays

Sept. 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: Zayin (Mr. Sakofs): Room 9
  • 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Vav/Zayin (Mrs. Kamm and Mr. Sakofs): Rooms 9/10

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Ella Levi

Wednesdays

Sept. 14, 21

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: Zayin (Mr. Sakofs): Room 9
  • 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.: Vav/Zayin (Mrs. Kamm and Mr. Sakofs): Rooms 9/10

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Greta Loewenthal

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Bet (Morah Anna): Room 3
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Katie Nadler

Sundays

Sept. 11

  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Cohen): Room 7
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Gimel/Dalet (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Zack Piell

Sundays

Sept. 18

  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Cohen): Room 7
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Gimel/Dalet (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Sam Pomerantz

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Heh (Moreh Igal): Room 8
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Vav/Zayin (Moreh Igal): Room 6
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Vav (Mr. Lerner): Room 4
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Arianna Schiff

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Gan (Morah Lynn): Room 1

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Hannah Schoen

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Heh (Mr. Lerner): Room 4
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Cole Simner

Sundays

Sept. 11, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Heh (Moreh Igal): Room 8
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Heh (Mr. Lerner): Room 4
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Heh (Mrs. Kamm): Room 10
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Gimel/Dalet (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Hillary Swimmer

Sundays

Sept. 11, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Bet (Morah Anna): Room 3
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Benor Winer

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Chug or Kadima Board (Mrs. Kamm)

Wednesdays

Sept. 7, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Vav/Zayin (Mr. Sakofs and Mrs. Kamm): Rooms 9/10

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Hannah Wittenstein

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:55 a.m.: Gimel (Mrs. Sender): Room 5
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Vav/Zayin (Moreh Igal): Room 6
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pardes (Cantor Simon): Room 6
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Tichon (Rabbi Newman Kamin or Cantor Simon): Room 6

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Marissa Youderian

Sundays

Sept. 11, 18, 25

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:25 a.m.: Bet (Morah Anna): Room 3
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Prozdor (Moreh Igal): Room 9
  • 11:30 am.-12:15 p.m.: Assist with Chug or Kadima Board (Mrs. Kamm)

Wednesdays

Sept. 14, 21, 28

  • 4:15 p.m.-4:50 p.m.: Tefillah (Mr. Sherman): Sanctuary
  • 4:55 p.m.-5:35 p.m.: Dalet (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8
  • 5:35 pm.-6:15 p.m.: Heh (Mrs. Moustakis, Ms. Rosenfeld, Moreh Igal): Room 6 or 8

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