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

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