Mr. Sherman’s Blog

SJS Class Updates 11/6, 2016

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 in Room 1 on main level of SJS building

Gan Highlights….We read two stories about Noah and his Ark.  The children colored their very own arks, made a ramp for the animals to go up two-by-two (hanging on the classroom window).  We continued to expand our knowledge of Hebrew during our Hebrew Through Movement time.  The children are active participants when it comes to Shira.  We had a great time at Tefillah with Mr. Sherman and Mr. Marc. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 in Room 2 on main level of SJS building

The Aleph students learned about the second Torah portion: Noah. They learned about how Noah was chosen to be saved because of his kindness, the task of building an ark, saving the animals, and how he knew it was safe to return to land. The students also reviewed how to write their Hebrew letters and added the letter “Heh.”  Finally, the students watched an episode of Shaboom in which students learned about Hakarat Hatov, having gratitude. -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 in Room 3 on main level of SJS building  PLEASE NOTE: Rabbi Newman Kamin will be having a brunch/family education with the Bet Class in Room 3 from 9:50 am.-11:25 a.m.

Shalom, this week we learned about Noah and the flood. As I read the story the students had many questions about Noah’s age, the size of the ark, different animals leaving together etc.  At the end of the session we had a great discussion about why G-d sent a flood, why he choose Noah and what G-d sent as a promise to never flood the earth again. We talked about what it means to be a righteous man (Tzadik) and the meaning of the covenant (Brit).   We started learning about Shabbat. We talked about importance of rest, Shabbat symbols, and read ” The Shabbat Box” by L.Simpson.  -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building

It was a pleasure to teach the Gimel class this past Sunday. We worked on every name in Hebrew with its origin and meaning.  We spoke about the concept בצלם אלוקים (Being created in G-d’s Image) and looked for attributes and characteristics that G-d has and that we would like to adopt. Mercy or goodness, loving etc….  I also taught the students the song   על שלשה דברים העולם עומד  או קיים ; The world stands upon three things: On Torah, Worship and Loving Deeds. –Pirke Avot 1:2   The students are making amazing progress in Hebrew with Mrs. Sender.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building

We completed our first text-based study this week looking at the Avot and Emahot and lessons we can learn from them. The Dalet class was excited to begin working on their very own “Birkat Banim U’Vanot” in Omanut (Art) this week. They used the lesson learned from our Avot and Emahot to think of characteristics that they would like to be blessed with and created representations of those ideas using oil pastels and water colors.  Additionally, we began discussing the concept of Zichronot and ways we memorialize events and people. Taking a short walk around the school, we were able to find several examples of Zichronot throughout the building. I am looking forward to the students creating their own Zikaron in a few weeks after completing their interview assignment which are due on Nov 20.

It was great seeing many of you at conferences this past Wednesday.

-Mrs. Cohen

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting in in Sanctuary in synagogue building

We completed out first text based study looking at actual biblical texts on Tochecha. The students were successfully able to take the biblical phrases and apply their concepts to real examples from their lives. Great job! Next week, we will be looking at “Eight Techniques for Better Communication.” Mrs. Cohen

This past week in Torah Trope, we applied the etnachta and sof pasuk melodies to the V’Ahavta.  This is excellent progress! -Mr. Lerner

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting in in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This past week in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah, we reviewed the etnachta and sof pasuk melodies, and applied them to the appropriate phrases in the V’Ahavata.  We also continued our study of the Jewish calendar. -Mr. Lerner
The Vav students enjoyed learning about the Jewish heritage and values. Each student wrote his English and Hebrew names on a piece of paper. Then, I asked the students to jot down the phrases describing Jewish heritage and the actions associated with these expressions. The students were excited about this assignment and participated in the discussion very actively.  -Moreh Igal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting in in Sanctuary in synagogue building

This past Sun, Nov 6, the Zayin and Prozdor classes went to the Ark.  The pictures in the collage below show our students organizing the bin of food and supplies that our congregation have brought in since Yom Kippur.  Rebecca Fletcher from the Ark also taught our students about the various services that the Ark provides. -Mr. Sherman

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Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.

The Prozdor students who did not go on the field trip to the Ark enjoyed discussing the Jewish heritage and values. Mira and Daphna wrote their English and Hebrew names on a piece of paper. They jotted down the phrases describing Jewish heritage and the actions associated with these expressions. Then, we discussed and compared these terms and actions.    -Moreh Igal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Sun, Nov 13 starting at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS) in Room 6 on upper level of SJS building.

We thank JUF’s Israel Education Center for coming to Am Yisrael for a very special workshop designed to begin preparing our students for some of the challenges they may encounter when they get to college. JUF’s Israel Education Center Executive Director Emily Briskman was joined by Carl Schrag, who is program director of JUF’s Write On for Israel fellowship, as they discussed the environment on college campuses today and encouraged our teens to think about how they can become a productive part of the campus conversation about Israel and their Jewish identities.  Special thanks to Cantor Simon for organizing this program. -Mr. Sherman

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