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

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