Upcoming: School of Jewish Studies, Shabbat Family Programming and Ark Donations

Upcoming: School of Jewish Studies, Shabbat Family Programming and Ark Donations

Please be sure to check out the message that I sent to the entire Am Yisrael community regarding Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) taking place on Fri, Nov 4 @ 6 p.m.  It includes the necessary details for this upcoming Shabbat experience.  Promotion for our first SFP of this academic year will continue to be found throughout the upcoming week on my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.  In addition, this week we have our regularly scheduled SJS sessions taking place, the Zayin Brunch and Family Education with Rabbi Newman Kamin and the Pardes Class will be going on a field trip with Cantor Simon (after he leads our congregational service and music classes) to view the movie, Denial, in lieu of their regular Sunday morning SJS class this week.

FINAL REMINDER: Donations to the Ark*: We have collected several items in the bin that will remain in our parking lot for the next week and a half or so.  We hope that everyone in our Am Yisrael community will contribute items and place them in this bin to help us feed and provide supplies to those within our greater local community who will benefit from this mitzvah of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

The Ark has listed items that may be helpful for us as we gather our donation items: 

General Mills and Kelloggs cereals (Cheerios, Rice Krispies, etc., Hunts or Barilla Tomato Sauce (meat-free), Quaker Unflavored Oatmeal, Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, Green Giant Canned Peas, Applesauce, Dole/Del Monte Canned Peaches, Dole/Del Monte Canned Pineapple, Dole/Del Monte Canned Pears, Chicken of the Sea Canned Tuna, Starkist Canned Tuna, Canned or Jarred Gefilte Fish, Goya Vegetarian Canned Beans, Heinz/Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans, JIF/Skippy/Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Smuckers Jam, Unprocessed Brown Rice, Manischewitz Brand Anything, Streit’s Brand Anything, Rokeach Brand Anything, Bath Tissue, Facial Tissue, Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, Dishwashing Detergent, Bar Soap, Anti-Perspirant, Full-Size Toothpaste, Full-Size Shampoo, Full-Size Conditioner, Baby Wipes, Children’s Diapers, Adult Diapers and Feminine Products.

*NOTE: Attached to the Limmud email is a picture of the way the donation bin looked as of Friday morning, 10/28.  There is still plenty of room to fill up on the top of the bin, which is being picked up within the upcoming week.

 

SJS Class Updates 10/23 and 10/26, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

The Rabbi’s Sukkah was prepared with all the food ready for Morah Lynn’s class Sukkah visit.  She read the story book provided in the box with activities sent from the Synagogue.  I worked with the students to make a Sukkah butterfly decoration out of tissue paper and a clothes pin, and the Rabbi explained the Lulav and Etrog to the students and gave each child a chance to shake it for themselves. -Morah Bonnie

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

This week the Aleph students continued to learn about Sukkot with a trip to the Sukkah to say the blessings and do Hebrew through Movement with holiday words, Lulav & Etrog. We also listened to a story while taking in the smells and feelings of being in a Sukkah. Aftterwards, students began to learn about Simchat Torah and several customs that we do to celebrate the holiday. We learned that every year we begin reading the stories of the Torah with  Torah Portion of Beresheit, the creation of the world.

-Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

This week the students enjoyed visiting the Sukkah where we said holiday blessings, shook the Lulav and read a Sukkot story.  We started a conversation about the Torah and learned about the holiday of Simchat Torah. The students used feather quills and practiced being sofrim. Special shout out for Kitah Bet for doing an awesome job during Ivrit (Hebrew).  I’m very proud of you and I encourage you to keep up the great work!!!

-Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

Will be sent as a separate email to the Gimel families.

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

We read about the meaning and celebration of Simchat Torah in preparation for that evening’s service. Our book presented us with several expressions about the relationship between Jews and Torah, and the students considered the meanings of these metaphorical statements. We had snack in the sukkah, and took one last chance to wave the lulav. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss
Most of the student are finishing Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp #3.  The students are now ready to begin reading the prayers for the Sunday morning service that they will be leading near the end of the school year.  These are prayers that many of them already sing beautifully at our weekly Wednesday afternoon Tefillah in the Sanctuary.  Shabbat Shalom.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

This past week in Torah Trope, we again took time to learn songs for Simchat Torah.  After reading and singing the song Eretz Zavat Chalav (“A land flowing with milk and honey”), we studied the map of Israel, concentrating on its borders and neighbors. -Mr. Lerner

This week we discussed the Shalom Alechem prayer and learned about the concept of welcoming and greeting the angels for Shabbat.  Earlier in our SJS session the students sang that prayer at our weekly Wednesday afternoon Tefillah in the Sanctuary.  -Mrs. Moustakis

This week the Heh students proceeded to Hebrew Step-by-Step Boot Camp (Packet 3). I have been able to evaluate the Hebrew readings of most Heh students. Heh students are moving forward and many have now completed the Hebrew Step-by-Step Boot Camp (Packet 3).          -Moreh Igal

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This past week in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah (B’nai Mitzvah Academy), we again took time to learn songs for Simchat Torah.  After reading and singing the song Eretz Zavat Chalav (“A land flowing with milk and honey”), we studied the map of Israel, concentrating on its borders and neighbors. -Mr. Lerner
The Vav students enjoyed watching three videos about Sukkot and its meaning and significance in Judaism. In particular, the students understood better how Sukkot is being celebrated in Israel today. -Moreh Igal
We continued our B’tzelem Elohim unit, focusing on the unique human ability to make choices that override our animal instincts. We watched a video about the power of good deeds to change the world. We also had an opportunity to discuss the difference between the concepts of “good deed” and “mitzvah.”  -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building.  PLEASE NOTE: Rabbi Newman Kamin will be having a brunch/family education with the Zayin Class in Room 6 from 9:50 am.-11:25 a.m.

We began to examine the concept of B’tzelem Elohim, the creation of humans in God’s image. Our discussion addressed the fundamental question of whether this was a figurative or literal statement. We also considered the extent to which we are like God, and the extent to which we are like other animals. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss
The Zayin students enjoyed watching three videos about Sukkot and its meaning and significance in Judaism. In particular, the students understood better how Sukkot is being celebrated in Israel today. -Moreh Igal

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.  

The Prozdor students have been introduced to the Jewish traditions pertaining to Sukkot and enjoyed watching the videos.  We then had a discussion of the Jewish life cycle.   -Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 30 The Pardes class will convene at the Century Theater in Evanston, to view the movie, Denial, in lieu of their regular Sunday morning SJS class this week. Cantor Simon has emailed all of the specific details to the Pardes families.

Students completed watching Schindler’s List last Sunday.  They were numbed by the graphic images in the movie and horrified by man’s inhumanity to man.  We will now focus on antisemitism, racism and xenophobia as it exists today and what can be done about it.  -Cantor Simon

 

 

SJS Class Updates 10/16 and 10/19, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 at Rabbi Newman Kamin’s sukkah from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (in lieu of regular SJS)

Highlights from Gan 10-16-16…We continued to master some more Hebrew.  The children enjoyed listening to a story about Sukkot.  The children took part in the ritual of shaking the lulav and holding a etrog.  Ask your child what happens if the tip of the etrog is broken off (it is considered not kosher). We spent some time in the sukkah.  The children had a great time at Tefillah with Mr. Sherman and Mr. Marc. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade) 

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

This week Aleph and Bet students had a busy day at SJS. We started our day by learning about Sukkot: how this holiday got its name, what do we do in the sukkah, what is s’kach ( roof), about lulav and etrog. Then we  made decorations for the sukkah with Miss Preis and Miss Serota in the art room and practiced shaking lulav and etrog during Tefillah with Mr. Sherman.  We added new commands La’seem (to put), La’tet (to give), La’ka’chat (to take) to our Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) word-bank.

Chag Sukkot Sameach
-Morah Anna

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

This week Aleph and Bet students had a busy day at SJS. We started our day by learning about Sukkot: how this holiday got its name, what do we do in the sukkah, what is s’kach ( roof), about lulav and etrog. Then we  made decorations for the sukkah with Miss Preis and Miss Serota in the art room and practiced shaking lulav and etrog during Tefillah with Mr. Sherman.  We added new commands La’seem (to put), La’tet (to give), La’ka’chat (to take) to our Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) word-bank.

Chag Sukkot Sameach
-Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

Will be sent as a separate email to the Gimel families.

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

Today’s lesson focused on the KWL’s of Sukkot. We spoke about what we already Know, what we Want to know and ultimately what we’ve Learned on our own and shared with the class. Students who were present today should be able to talk about the different parts of the Lulav and what they represent, what makes a “kosher” Sukkah, and some of the history to the holiday. We attempted to answer our BIG QUESTION – Why do we still celebrate the holiday now adays? Some answers included:

1. Tradition
2. It reminds us of those who might not have all the food and shelter we have
3. To be thankful and remind us from where food comes
4. To connect us to our past ancestors

-Mrs. Cohen

We were very fortunate to have the weather on our side to have a wonderful time
in the sukkah on Wednesday. The students enjoyed their time in the sukkah: learning, singing and rejoicing.  We are progressing nicely through the Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp, with students working in a self-paced manner.  Shabbat Shalom & Moadim L’simcha-Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

This past week in Torah Trope, we dedicated our class time to reviewing some of the songs that will be sung as we dance with the Torah at Simchat Torah services this coming Sunday night.  See you then! -Mr. Lerner

We were very fortunate to have the weather on our side to have a wonderful time
in the sukkah on Wednesday.  The students enjoyed their time in the sukkah: learning, singing and rejoicing.  As we prepare to study several prayers for our leading of the Friday night service, we worked on the meaning of Shabbat and what led the Jewish people to get Shabbat.  We discussed the creation of the world, the meaning of holiness and customs and rituals of Shabbat.   -Mrs. Moustakis

This week the Heh students proceeded to Hebrew Step-by-Step Boot Camp (Packet 3). I have been able to evaluate the Hebrew readings of most Heh students. Heh students are moving forward and many have now completed the Hebrew Step-by-Step Boot Camp (Packet 3).          -Moreh Igal

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This past week in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah (B’nai Mitzvah Academy), we dedicated our class time to reviewing some of the songs that will be sung as we dance with the Torah at Simchat Torah services this coming Sunday night.  See you then! -Mr. Lerner
The Vav students enjoyed watching three videos about Sukkot and its meaning and significance in Judaism. In particular, the students understood better how Sukkot is being celebrated in Israel today. -Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Today, I was the substitute teacher for the Zayin students, whom I had taught last year for B’nai Mitzvah Academy.  We reviewed the blessings after the Haftarah (for Old Time’s sake), before taking a close look at the Sh’ma and her attendant blessings.  Both the morning and evening recitation of the Sh’ma are preceding by a blessing that begins with the word Ahavah (typically translated as “love,” but perhaps more appropriately as “loyalty.”)  Is loyalty to God a two-way street? -Mr. Lerner
The Zayin students enjoyed watching three videos about Sukkot and its meaning and significance in Judaism. In particular, the students understood better how Sukkot is being celebrated in Israel today. -Moreh Igal
In Zayin, the students continued their discussion based on the Tough Questions That Jews Ask text.  We discussed the importance of prayer, and why we often pray together as a community. -Mrs. Sender

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.  

The Prozdor students have been introduced to the Jewish traditions pertaining to Sukkot and enjoyed watching the videos.  We then had a discussion of the Jewish life cycle.         -Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) Room 6 on upper level of SJS building. 

This past Sunday, Pardes students watched about one-third of Schindler’s List. They observed the dehumanization of the Jewish people, prior to the horrific extermination. Oscar Schindler, a self-centered, womanizer and member of the Nazi party, started his metalware factory, utilizing unpaid Jewish workers. At this point of his life, Schindler was not thinking about saving Jews, but simply amassing as much personal wealth as possible.
-Cantor Simon

Simchat Torah Hakafot, Tishrei 5777

We hope that you join us Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation to celebrate Simchat Torah for our annual Hakafot (dancing with the Torah) on Sun, Oct 23 – 6:00 p.m. and/or Mon. Oct. 24 – 9:30 a.m.  We look forward to celebrating the completing of the final verses of the Torah and then read the Torah from the beginning anew.  In the meantime, Moadim L’Simcha (Happy Intermediate days of Sukkot)!  limmud-collage-10-20-16

Upcoming Programs

Shabbat Shalom!  SJS meets Sun, Oct 16 and Wed, Oct 19.  For details please check out “Limmud/Education Update 10–14-16 emails.” Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation

Some of our Upcoming Programs and/or Services:

Hebrew 101 for Adults: Please join members of the Am Yisrael community as we learn to read Hebrew.  We will meet weekly for this fun, easy, stress-free class.  This class is geared to both those who never learned to read Hebrew, and those who would like to brush up on their skills from the beginning.  Classes meet on Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., beginning this Sun, Oct 16.  (Class will only be held on Sundays when SJS is in session).  The instructor for this class is Mr. David Lerner, who has many years experience teaching adults Hebrew, with a special emphasis on “Prayer Book Hebrew.”  This class is offered free of charge for members of Am Yisrael Congregation, and their guests.  To register or for more information, please contact me at csherman@amyisrael.org or David at dlerner@amyisrael.org (but of course you may just walk in to the first class).

Sukkot Services:

Sun, Oct 16 – 5:30 p.m.

Mon, Oct 17 – 9:30 a.m. followed by kiddush in the Sukkah

Hotties in the Hut, Tue, Oct 18 – 7:00 p.m.

Women’s League of Am Yisrael Event

Members – $8, non members $12

Please RSVP to attend Hotties in the Hut via email: mzeidman@hotmail.com

Steak in the Sukkah, Thu, Oct 20 – 6:30 p.m.

Watch the Cubs, eat steak

$30 per person

Please RSVP to attend Steak in the Sukkah via email: nhnevins@amyisrael.org

Simchat Torah Chicken Dinner, Sun, Oct 23 – 5:15 p.m.

Adults $10; children under 13  $5

Please RSVP via email: nhnevins@amyisrael.org

Simchat Torah Services and Hakafot

Sun, Oct 23 – 6:00 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 24 – 9:30 a.m. Yiskor some time between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

SJS Class Updates Oct 9, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

Happenings in the Gan 10-9-16…We read The Story of Jonah and did activities surrounding the meaning of this story. We talked about how Jonah is a story that we will hear during Yom Kippur. I then introduced the word “Teshuvah” which literally means to return, I explained it to the children in more child friendly terms. As usual, the children enjoyed Tefillah with Mr. Sherman. I played the sounds of Kol Nidre and asked the children to draw how the sounds make them feel (posted outside Room 1).

G’mar Chatima tova,

-Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade) 

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building

This week the Aleph students had a busy day at SJS. We started with a review of our Hebrew through Movement words (to walk–lelechet, to stop– la’tzor, to stand- la’koom, to sit — la’sheh’vet, to run — la’rootz), then added to hop–leek’potz and sorry — slicha. We continued our day discussing Yom Kippur and the importance of saying sorry and asking for forgiveness. We watched our latest Shaboom episode on Slicha and discussed how important it is to give the person you are apologizing to gets your attention when you are saying sorry. -Mrs. Berlow 

Bet (2nd Grade)

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

This week we discussed Yom Kippur, how it observed in the USA and Israel, its rituals and how it is different from all others holidays. We listened to the Kol Nidre prayer and discussed its meaning and the mood that it creates. The students created an illustration that goes with the Kol Nidre melody.  Please make sure that your student practices Hebrew reading ( HSBS packet 1, pp 11, 13, 15,17) for our reading challenge.
Gmar Hatimah Tovah,
Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

Will be sent as a separate email to the Gimel families.

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

Today’s lesson focused on the concept of placing ourselves within the larger framework of “B’nai Yisrael” (lit: the people of Israel- Jews). There was a brief history lesson given to demonstrate how Avraham was really the first Jew and not Adam, from whom all people came. Once we realized that we are all “related” we incorporated Big Ideas from Yom Kippur about how we might think about our attitudes in how we treat our fellow “relatives” moving forward. I’d like to wish everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur and a happy, healthy and sweet new year. -Mrs. Cohen

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

Some of the students had a chance to explain their “Chalk Feelings.”  It was impressive to hear the thought that went into their choices of expression in how they chose to visually represent their feelings of “Tochecha” (Rebuke/criticism). We tied the ideas brought about by the drawings into one of the Big Ideas of Yom Kippur about thinking of how our actions and words affect other people’s feelings and using Yom Kippur to think about how to give and receive Tochecha in the future. -Mrs. Cohen

Rav Avraham Isaac Kook taught that on Yom Kippur, before one atoned for one’s shortcomings, one should make note of one’s accomplishments over the past year. We went around the classroom, each student remarking on a proud accomplishment over the past year. In addition, we further studied the Jewish calendar, especially noting that Erev Sukkot (next Sunday evening, October 16th) will, as always, fall on a full moon. On behalf of my family and me, I wish you all an easy and meaningful fast. -Mr. Lerner

This week the Heh students proceeded to Hebrew Step-by-Step Boot Camp (Packet 3). I have been able to evaluate the Hebrew readings of most Heh students. The majority of them have successfully completed the first 10-12 pages of Packet 3. -Moreh Igal

This week our Heh class discussed the concept of doing better.  We watched a cartoon about Wreck it Ralph who was tired of doing bad things and wanted to change.  We talked about how during Yom Kippur, we reflect on our actions and thoughts from the past year and commit to making changes to do better.  -Morah Sandra

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Rav Avraham Isaac Kook taught that on Yom Kippur, before one atoned for one’s shortcomings, one should make note of one’s accomplishments over the past year. We went around the classroom, each student remarking on a proud accomplishment over the past year. In addition, we further studied the Jewish calendar, especially noting that Erev Sukkot (next Sunday evening, October 16th) will, as always, fall on a full moon. On behalf of my family and me, I wish you all an easy and meaningful fast. -Mr. Lerner
The Vav students learned about Yom Kippur as they enjoyed watching the video “Jumpin’ Jerusalem! Yom Kippur Video for Kids.” The class also learned about Yom Kippur in Jewish history and some of its customs.  -Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

The Zayin students learned about Yom Kippur as they enjoyed watching the video “Jumpin’ Jerusalem! Yom Kippur Video for Kids.” The class also learned about Yom Kippur in Jewish history and some of its customs.  -Moreh Igal
In Zayin we watched a short video called “Avoiding the Mud.”  We discussed how we can change out behaviors to avoid hurting others and ourselves.  While discussing the video, the students reviewed how to access the resources in My.Shalomlearning.org during the week.   -Morah Sandra

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.   

The Prozdor students continued to learn Strategic Hebrew and expand their Hebrew vocabulary. They also enjoyed watching the video about Yom Kippur. -Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 16 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) Room 6 on upper level of SJS building. 

This past Sunday, Pardes students watched about one-third of Schindler’s List. They observed the dehumanization of the Jewish people, prior to the horrific extermination. Oscar Schindler, a self-centered, womanizer and member of the Nazi party, started his metalware factory, utilizing unpaid Jewish workers. At this point of his life, Schindler was not thinking about saving Jews, but simply amassing as much personal wealth as possible.
-Cantor Simon

SJS Class Updates Oct 5, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

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

Aleph (1st Grade) 

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

Bet (2nd Grade)

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

Gimel (3rd Grade)

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

Shalom Parents,

This week we started our unit for B’tzelem Elohim- being created in God’s image.

Recap: We discussed and explored Torah and other Jewish texts that relate to the subject of B’tzelem Elohim. We started with the text in B’reishit, discussing what the Torah means when we read these specific words. We then moved to a midrash that describes another interpretation of the idea of the divine image. As the lesson progressed, we explored from within. What makes each student unique and special? How are we as individuals created to be like God? How are the members of my family special?

Table Talk: Talk with your family about what makes all of you unique and special, talk about ways to be proud of your family, and the members within it!

MyShalomLearning Activity: 3.2.2

Thinking about how we treat others.

Watch the following video on http://www.my.shalomlearning.org:

“Life Lessons Sharing & Respecting Others”

  1. Who DID NOT show respect for others? What were the consequences?
  2. Who DID show respect for others? What were the results?

Next Week: We will begin to explore the idea of using B’tzelem Elohim as a guide for how we treat others. If we are all created in the image of God, how should we treat each person?

In Ivrit (Hebrew) the students continued to work through their Hebrew packets at a self-paced rate.  Additionally, the students reviewed the following Hebrew letters: Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Mem Sofit, Nun, and Nun Sofit.

Please make sure that your student(s) are logging into Schoology weekly, and are practicing their Hebrew daily (approximately 10 minutes a day).

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

We discussed rituals: they are all around us. We discussed the importance of Jewish rituals are how they helpe us to achive our goals. The students were asked to think about something in their lives that they would like to change and how they are performing teshuvah. -Morah Anna
 We continue to work on Hebrew Step-By-Step (HSBS) Boot Camp # 2.  Every two students are in the midst of working either with a teacher or Madrich/a. –Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building

We continued our in-depth study of Teshuvah. The students explored what it means to be a good friend. The students applied Rabbi Hillel’s phrases to their own social interactions.    -Morah Anna

The class continued to work very nicely to finish the first two Hebrew Step-By-Step Boot Camp booklets.  Many students in Kitah Heh are on booklet # 3.  It is a pleasure to see your children’s enthusiasm to read well.  Many of them are rising to this challenge.                        –Mrs. Moustakis

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Thus far this year, we’ve talked about making a difference, specifically through the lens of “t’shuva” and “tzedaka.” Throughout our discussions and my introduction, I shared how I have made a difference by developing children’s toys appropriate for the synagogue experience. On Wednesday, we had the chance to play with MagneticShul and share it with the Kitah Gimel students. The excitement was amazing. As the students choose their B’nai Mitzva Projects, I hope this serves as an example of recognizing a challenge (or problem) and designing a solution to help make a difference.

On a different note, it has been a pleasure to teach and learn with the students thus far this year. Recently an opportunity came up that is allowing me to relocate closer to family in New Jersey, and my wife and I decided to seize the chance. It has been my honor to learn with Vav this year, and the students met their new teacher Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Hazzan S for short) on Wednesday.  B’shalom, Justin -Mr. Sakofs

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting in Sanctuary in synagogue building

Once again we plowed ahead with the Hebrew Boot Camp, entering Book 3. As we focused on the speed reading exercises, we discovered there are at least 3 words per page of similar root or meaning. As we become further aware of meaning within the Hebrew, it is helping to make reading even more fluid.
On a different note, it has been a pleasure to teach and learn with the students thus far this year. Recently an opportunity came up that is allowing me to relocate closer to family in New Jersey, and my wife and I decided to seize the chance. It has been my honor to learn with Zayin this year, and the students met their new teacher Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Hazzan S for short) on Wednesday.  B’shalom, Justin  -Mr. Sakofs

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building.   

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Oct 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.  

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