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.
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..
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or Mr. Sherman firstname.lastname@example.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