Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 1-27-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

The following topics are covered in this week’s Limmud/Education Update:

I. Class Updates Sun, Jan 22 & Wed, Jan 25

II. Special Info for this weekend:

a) Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark

b) Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight, Fri, Jan 27 at 6 p.m. (family-friendly services last  approximately 40 minutes)

c) Tamar Manassah is speaking about group she founded, MASK, Mothers Against Senseless Killing as part of Shabbat morning services Sat, Jan 28 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
d) Young Family Havurah Havdalah is Sat, Jan 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
e) Celebrate Summer in January with Ramah on Sun, Jan 29 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
f) Party Planning Showcase is Sun, Jan 29 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

III. Special Info for next weekend:

a) Camp Am Yisrael Initiative Update

b) Gimel (3rd) Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin, Sun, Feb 5  9:50am – 11:25am

c) Ruach (3rd-5th Grade) Youth Group Event, Sun, Feb 5 12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

IV. Looking Ahead:

a) 6th-8th Grade CHUSY Regional Kadima Day is Sun, Feb 26

b) Next Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

c) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12; Details TBA

V. Calling all Purim Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22

 

NOTE: There are several attachments with specific details that are not placed in this blog posting, rather just in the weekly Limmud/Education Update 1-27-17 that is emailed.

 

I. Class Updates: Sun, Jan 22 & Wed Jan 25

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

Highlights from Gan….. We did a review of some of the Hebrew words we have been working on.  I was about to read the children a Bible story, from where it prompted one of the children to ask where do Bible stories come???  So we dropped what we were doing and went to visit the Sanctuary and the Torahs and had a nice discussion.  The children helped our friend Michael with one of his mitzvah projects by making cards for the Lone Soldiers of Israel.  As usual, we had a great time during Shira (Music) Tefillah. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Aleph SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

This week the Aleph students focused on two major Jewish concepts Kavod (respect) and Mitzvot (performing Commandments). We discussed why demonstrating  caved is so important the importance of performing Mitzvot. We also learned about how there are two types of Mitzvot:
1.  Mitzvot performed between people
2. Mitzvot performed for G-d
The Students also added the letter yud and three words that begin with yud. (1. Yad – Hand , 2. Yerushalayim – Jerusalem 3. Ya’yin  – Wine) -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Bet SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

This week Kitah Bet explored what it means to love Gd with our whole heart and some of the ways to show our love for Gd. Ometz lev speaks to having the strength to put our whole heart into something. We talked about the V’Ahavta prayer that speaks of our heart and tells us about the ways that we can proudly and courageously make a display of loving Gd with symbols and ritual items such as the mezuzah and tefillin. We went on a mezuzah hunt around the building and worked on students personal mezuzah designs. -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Gimel SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

This week’s session was our introduction to achrayut, and all of the different types of roles and responsibilities we have in our lives.  The students related this to the idea that each person is important.  We started out with an activity that illustrated the many roles we have in our own lives within our community and at home. We will also learn what happens when the opposite occurs and how easily everything can fall apart.

Recap: 

  • Students learned that we all have different roles and responsibilities for different parts of our lives.
  • Students explored the notion that if we all do our own part well that life runs more smoothly
  • Students learned about the importance of achrayut within a Jewish context.

Table Talk: Discuss the various roles you have within your family.  Does everyone always do his or her own share?  What can you do to make sure everyone within our family works together?

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week: 3.4.2 Achrayut Week 2 

Login to My.ShalomLearning.org and share the two activities for students to complete prior to the next class:

1)    We all have responsibilities, and sometimes that means helping others, just like the Kid President said. For the next few weeks, I’d like you all to think of a place to volunteer to help someone else.  Talk with your family and come up with a place you can go on a normal basis. Please post some places where you will commit to volunteering with your family!

2)    Please watch: “Rosa Learns to be Responsible” and respond to the question in the discussion thread!

Next week:

In next week’s session we will tackle the concept of responsibility from a Jewish perspective.

In Ivrit, the yeladim continued to work on their writing skills by writing letters previously learned in class in their notebooks.  The yeladim also learned about two vowels: the Sh’va (and associated rules) and the Kammatz Katan.  Additionally, the yeladim began learning about and how to recite the V’Ahavta (the first paragraph of the Shema prayer).

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Dalet SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

We reviewed Anna Brooks’s music video “Shema Yisrael” and our assessments of what she does and does not believe based on the song’s lyrics. We then used this as a jumping-off point to explore our own beliefs and opinions about God: What do we believe confidently, and what are we not yet ready to say?  We also discussed rituals and places that bring us closer to God, and will be further exploring this in the form of craft projects over the next few weeks.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)
The class in currently in the midst of reading the second and third paragraphs on page 16.  Page 16 can be found by clicking on the Shabbat Morning Siddur Tefillah Text link, located on Am Yisrael Congregation’s website on the School of Jewish Studies page.  I am so happy to see each of our Dalet students improving their reading skills.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Heh SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

Continuing our ma’achil re’evim (feeding the hungry) unit, we reviewed what we learned last week about food insecurity in the United States, and specifically in Cook County. Since many of us have little or no personal contact with food insecurity, our discussion went into some detail about the different ways it can manifest: chronic hunger, a regular yet tenuous supply of food, or nutritional deficiencies among people who are not “hungry” in the usual sense. We briefly touched on the issue of how much food costs and the inadequacy of many relief efforts. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

This week we discussed the concept of Bal Tash’cheet; do not waste or destroy.  We also discussed that of the 613 mitzvot, there are 248 that we are commanded to do and 365 that we are commanded not to do.  We had this discussion in conjunction with the prayer Ahavat Olam that we are learning how to chant.  Heh students in my class should all be practicing the Ahavat Olam prayer on page 16, which can be found by clicking on the Friday Evening Siddur Tefillah Texts link, located on Am Yisrael Congregation’s website on the School of Jewish Studies page.  -Mrs. Moustakis

Kitah Heh started the class by playing “Last reader standing”: we reviewed speed reads from the Hebrew-Step-By-Step packets. Students were allowed to make only one reading mistake and needed to keep  fast pace. We had not one but two students “standing” and called it a tie. Also we reviewed vocabulary related to the Rosh ha Shana by reading short mystery about a family missing Dvash. -Morah Anna

This past week, the Heh students continued their work on Torah Trope, and also began closely looking at the translation of the Sh’ma. -Mr. Lerner

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Vav SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

This past week, the Zayin students continued their work on the blessings after the Haftarah and Torah Trope, and also began closely looking at the translation of the Sh’ma.  In addition, we discussed during which part of services one must be extra respectful.  These include: whenever the ark is open, whenever the congregation is standing (such as during the Barchu, the Amidah, and Mourner’s Kaddish), and when the Rabbi or Cantor is speaking.        -Mr. Lerner

Hebrew reading practice focused on the berachah “Yotzer Or” as well as the beginning of Shema. Many students had time to work on the second paragraph of Shema, which is usually recited quietly and which is in fact the longest of the three paragraphs. One group of students also focused on Ashrei, which is familiar but which contains many words that are often learned incorrectly by oral tradition.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

The class continued our discussion on Israel by highlighting G-d’s promise to Abraham that the land would be given to his descendants forever, provided that they keep G-d’s statues and obey the commandments. We discussed how this prophecy was fulfilled with the Jewish people dwelling in the land of Israel and subsequently exiled.  The class gave examples of what “holy” means. We also gave examples of conditional gifts in our own lives.  Next week we will begin discussing the Jewish calendar and its connection to the land of Israel.  -Mr. Dallal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Zayin SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.  

Continuing our exploration of gevurah (strength or heroism), we learned about the life of Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, the commander of the 1976 rescue of hostages at Entebbe and the only Israeli soldier to die in that operation. Students were asked to think about what other sorts of behavior could be called heroic. Next week we will begin to assemble short presentations about people who have displayed heroism, and students should come in with someone in mind and at least a general idea of what that person did.                                   -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

 This week the yeladim watched the White House Chaplin’s prayer during the Inaguration luncheon and compared it to “Prayer for our Country” found in our siddur.  The yeladim looked at our Jewish values, and discussed how these values can and should be used as a guide-map with which we live our lives.  The yeladim discussed specific Jewish values, such as Achrayut, and how that are an integral part of our lives.   

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

The class continued our discussion on Israel by highlighting G-d’s promise to Abraham that the land would be given to his descendants forever, provided that they keep G-d’s statues and obey the commandments. We discussed how this prophecy was fulfilled with the Jewish people dwelling in the land of Israel and subsequently exiled.  The class gave examples of what “holy” means. We also gave examples of conditional gifts in our own lives.  Next week we will begin discussing the Jewish calendar and its connection to the land of Israel. -Mr. Dallal

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Prozdor SJS is Sun, Jan 29 beginning in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m.(one hour, 15 minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS) 

The class continued our discussion on Israel by highlighting G-d’s promise to Abraham that the land would be given to his descendants forever, provided that they keep G-d’s statues and obey the commandments. We discussed how this prophecy was fulfilled with the Jewish people dwelling in the land of Israel and subsequently exiled.  The class gave examples of what “holy” means. We also gave examples of conditional gifts in our own lives.  Next week we will begin discussing the Jewish calendar and its connection to the land of Israel.-Mr. Dallal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Our next Pardes SJS is Sat, Jan 28 in the Sanctuary beginning at 9:30 a.m. in lieu of regular SJS that day.  Those members of the Madrichim Team who are in Pardes are welcome to come on Sun, Jan 29 and work the entire SJS session in lieu of regular class.

Students discussed social activism.  A couple of students described their experience at the Women’s March over the weekend. We also discussed the work of Tamar Manasseh who created MASK, Mothers Against Senseless Killing, and the bravery it requires to stand on the street corners of Englewood to promote her cause.        -Cantor Stuart Simon

II. Special Info for this weekend:

a) Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark

The Ark is in need of items for its pantry.   Please bring in the following kosher items, knowing that these are only the suggested items, as sadly there is a great need of many additional items at all times.  We have a bin by the elevator off the synagogue lobby and there are additional bins in the school lobby to drop off these much needed items during regular business hours.  Thank you in advance.

-vegetarian baked beans

-pineapple slices

-soups (not broth) such as chicken noodle and mushroom barley

-crunchy peanut butter

-tea, both regular and herbal

-baby wipes

-dish soap

-adult diapers

-incontinence pads

b) Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight, Fri, Jan 27 at 6 p.m. (family-friendly services last approximately 40 minutes) a wonderful, lively service featuring Cantor Simon and the Shabbatones.

c) Tamar Manassah is speaking about group she founded, MASK, Mothers Against Senseless Killing as part of Shabbat morning services Sat, Jan 28 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Here is the video that the Congregation sent out to show a small glimpse of the powerful work that our friend from Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation is doing with this organization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL5zBFV5g-c

d) Young Family Havurah Havdalah is Sat, Jan 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Please join the Young Families of Am Yisrael for a fun annual tradition as we gather at Jon and Carrie Feig’s home for a casual Havdalah service, a pot luck DAIRY dinner and a lot of laughs.  This is being sent to members of the congregation who have at least one child in 5th grade or younger.  Older siblings are certainly welcome to attend and we always like to have at least a few of the older siblings in the role of babysitters.  Please RSVP via email csherman@amyisrael.org or the evite that was sent out and let us know what you can bring. We ask that you bring food prepared following a “Kosher Ingredient” policy in disposable containers whenever possible. We will need salads, sides, fruit, dessert, paper goods, soda and perhaps a little wine.  Special thanks to the Feig Family for opening their home to all of us.

e) Celebrate Summer in January with Ramah on Sun, Jan 29 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Please see attached flyer for this program that is taking place at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El for this free event featuring Harris Kal and his Music Mania and Games Show.  RSVP at www.ramahday.com/summerinjan.

f) Party Planning Showcase is Sun, Jan 29 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please see attached flyer for this program for this free program taking place at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.  Some have found all the people they hired for their B’nai Mitzvah celebrations at this event, now in its 26th year. For more information please call 847-291-0475.

NOTE: When planning a party, please be sure that it is not scheduled to take place during SJS hours.  Thank you.

 

III. Special Info for next weekend:    

a) Camp Am Yisrael Initiative Update

Several parents were interested in having a Sunday morning class introducing the kids to Shabbat, the holidays and with plenty of play.   Am Yisrael in Northfield is re-starting its Camp Am Yisrael initiative. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and will focus on kids ages 0-3. This is not a regular structured class, but rather a learn-by-play style class. A sample Sunday might look like this:

9:30 – 9:40       Families arrive, kids can play freely

9:40 – 9:50       Story about Shabbat

9:50 – 10:00     Play pretend Shabbat dinner (using a Shabbat playset to do candles, wine, motzi, etc.)

10:00 – 10:10   Songs with the Cantor

10:10 – 10: 20  Free play and snack

10:20 – 10:30   Tefillah (song-based as well)

The camp runs 9 weeks, starting February 5th, and will focus on one holiday for two weeks including an age-appropriate art project every other week. Kids will learn about Shabbat/Havdallah, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, and Passover. On the 9th week, the grandparents can come see what these kids have been up to.  Please let Mr. Sherman know if you are interested.

b) Gimel (3rd) Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin, Sun, Feb 5  9:50am – 11:25am

Mrs. Nan Naranjo has been in touch with all Gimel families.  Please be sure to RSVP to her at nnaranjo@amyisrael.org or 847-446-7215 this week if you haven’t already.  Thank you.

c) Ruach (3rd-5th Grade) Youth Group Event, Sun, Feb 5 12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Who:

Ruach (3rd-5th Grade) SJS & Day School Students

When:

Sun, Feb 5

12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

What:

Color Me Mine at The Glen

We will meet in Room 10 after SJS dismisses to eat lunch

We will then leave the synagogue to go to Color Me Mine around 12:45 p.m.

Pick up will be at The Glen at 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $25.00 which includes art piece, painting fee and food

Checks should be made out to “Am Yisrael” (or pay in cash)

NOTE:

More expensive pottery pieces can be purchased at the time of the program for additional cost

Where: Color Me Mine: 1855 Tower Drive Glenview, IL

RSVP: Please respond directly to this email or to our Shalom Club & Ruach (Pre-K-5th Grade) Youth Group Advisor, Miss Jamie Cooper via email jcooper@amyisrael.org or 847-962-1478 call/text

Please indicate if you are available to help drive from the synagogue to Color Me Mine

 

IV. Looking Ahead

a) 6th-8th Grade CHUSY Regional Kadima Day is Sun, Feb 26

b) Next Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

c) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12; Details TBA

 

V. Calling all Purim Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22

We are looking for Megillah readers to chant anywhere from 1, 2 or 3 verses to an entire chapter of Megillah on Sun, Mar 12.  Cantor Simon or I will be sending you your readings soon after you request them.  We are also quickly filling up our Torah reading line-ups for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22 SFP Torah reading line-up set.  I will send one verse Torah readings for the library service or three verses of Torah readings for the Sanctuary service.  While our SJS students are learning Torah trope formally starting in the Heh year, I will be sending mp3’s to all SJS and Day School students who sign up, unless families specifically request to only receive the text without the recording.  Please let me know via email csherman@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 708-1805 call/text which date(s) work for your family and I will assign the Torah reading(s).  Thank you in advance.

Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 1-20-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

The following topics are covered in this week’s Limmud/Education Update:
I. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is this Shabbat, Sat, Jan 21 at 9:30 a.m.
II. II. Class Updates Sun, Jan 15 & Wed, Jan 18
III. Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark
IV. Policy Reminders: Snack and Electronics Policies
V. Calling all Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22
VI. Kadima & USY (6th-12th Grade) Event Sun, Jan 22 12:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
VII. Young Family Havurah Havdalah Get Together Sat, Jan 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

I. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) 

Sat, Jan 21 @ 9:30 a.m.

We hope that you join us to celebrate Shabbat for our third SFP of the academic year on Sat, Jan 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  We look forward to a morning with spirited Tefillah (prayer), Torah reading and learning, youth leadership and active participation, followed by kiddish lunch.  As always with SFP, we welcome our Day School families to join our School of Jewish Studies (SJS) families for this festive celebration of Shabbat, which includes our early childhood through B’nai Mitzvah students and several of our Teachers and Madrichim.  The schedule in the attached SFP grid outlines a meaningful way for us to conclude our week with our congregational family.

The following students and madrichim will be chanting from the Torah scroll: Sammy Froum (Heh), Rachel Gordon (Bet), Jack Himmelfarb (Gimel), Hallie Horwich (Bet), Levi Jagher (Gimel), Zoe Jagher (Vav), Jordan Kreiner (Gimel), Rachel Kreiner (Heh), Esther Loewenthal (Heh), Greta Loewenthal (Pardes), Jamie Loewenthal (Bet), Ben Legator (Dalet), Etai Weisberg (Vav), Noam Weisberg (Dalet), Henry Weller (Dalet) and Marcus Weller (Gimel). 

II. Class Updates: Sun, Jan 15 & Wed, Jan 18

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Gan SJS begins in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

We talked about ways we show chesed (kindness) at home.  The children heard a Bible story which talked about the value of kindness which prompted another discussion about this important topic.  We enjoyed Shira (Music) with our fellow classmates.  The children decorated a poster that says Chesed Matters. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Aleph SJS begins in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

The Aleph students finished their unit on Joseph by creating their own coat of many colors. They began learning about Tu B’shvat in art class by creating a painting of nature with water colors. We added Lamed to our Hebrew Letters this week. Finally, we ended our day with a special Chugim presentation. Ask your children which was their favorite!
-Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Room 4 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Bet SJS begins in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

Shalom,
This Sunday we focused on one of the aspects of the Ometz Lev: the strength it
takes to be a good person and do the right thing. We talked about how being courageous and brave is about having heart, using our strength to support others, pulling them up, and intervening when they are struggling.  We also participated in an awesome Chugim presentation program and had a chance to observe our fellow students.  Todah Rabah to all the families who came to the Havdalah service this past Saturday. The service was beautiful. -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Room 4 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Gimel SJS begins in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

This week’s session was our introduction to achrayut, and all of the different types of roles and responsibilities we have in our lives.  The students related this to the idea that each person is important.  We started out with an activity that illustrated the many roles we have in our own lives within our community and at home. We will also learn what happens when the opposite occurs and how easily everything can fall apart.

Recap: 

  • Students learned that we all have different roles and responsibilities for different parts of our lives.
  • Students explored the notion that If we all do our own part well that life runs more smoothly
  • Students learned about the importance of achrayut within a Jewish context.

Table Talk: Discuss the various roles you have within your family.  Does everyone always do his or her own share?  What can you do to make sure everyone within our family works together?

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week: 3.4.2 Achrayut Week 2  

Login to My.ShalomLearning.org and share the two activities for students to complete prior to the next class:

1)    We all have responsibilities, and sometimes that means helping others, just like the Kid President said. For the next few weeks, I’d like you all to think of a place to volunteer to help someone else. Talk with your family and come up with a place you can go on a normal basis. Please post some places where you will commit to volunteering with your family!

2)    Please watch: “Rosa Learns to be Responsible” and respond to the question in the discussion thread!

Next week: 

In next week’s session we will tackle the concept of responsibility from a Jewish perspective.

In Ivrit, the yeladim continued to work on their writing skills by writing in their notebooks, letters previously learned in class.  The yeladim also focused their attention on final letters, and similar sounding letters (i.e. samech and sin, kaf and koof, etc).  Please make sure that your student is practicing his/her Hebrew every day for at least 15 minutes.

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Room 4 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Gimel SJS begins in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

 

Our class began a new unit: “deveikut,” or our personal connection with God. To kick off this unit we watched a very impressive music video created by a congregational school student in Michigan about her understanding of God and of the Shema prayer. We then took time in havruta (partner-based learning). -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

Dear Parents,

This week we began our unit on Achrayut and started to examine our responsibilities to the previous generations who thought ahead for our benefit.

Recap:

  • We discussed why we use trees to represent a family map.  We talked about the roots being our ancestors and how we cannot survive without the roots.
  • We watched a G-dcast video about Honi and looked at the lesson he learned about his responsibility to help the future generations through planting trees and in other ways

Table Talk: Discuss the notes the parents hung on the trees.  How will we follow through on these during the year? Make a plan for this follow through.

My.ShalomLearning.org Activity for next week: 4.4.2 Achrayut Week 2  

Next week: 

Next week our students will learn about the mitzvah of “v’ahavta l’reyacha kamocha” (loving others as ourselves) as a responsibility toward others.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

Dalet Class
This class is a joy.  They are working hard and improving their reading in Ivrit.  We are working on page  16
אהבה רבה אהבתנו…. אלוהינו
.Please continue to practice this page at home

 -Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Sanctuary of synagogue building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Heh SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

 

Our class was a bit shorter than usual due to preparations for the chugim open house. We began a new unit: ma’akhil re’evim, “feeding the hungry.” As an introduction to this topic we watched a news report about food insecurity in the United States, and learned about both the large fraction of our population that is food-insecure and what people are doing to help. This unit will include personal involvement in a program to help alleviate hunger in the Chicago area.  -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

Dear Parents,

Today in our first lesson of Achrayut, we discussed our responsibility to other people.

  • Recap:
    • Students learned various types of achrayut and what they owe to others and why.
    • Students discussed the root word of Achrayut that means other.
    • Students brainstormed who is meant by other
    • Students completed class by creating a slogan of how we should treat others

     

    Table Talk:  How do you think you can help the world recognize the value of achrayut?

    MyShalomLearning Activity: 5.4.2

    Next Week: Joseph and his brothers and their connection to how to treat others

    Have a great week!

    Sincerely,

    Marc Sender

 

The students are now ready to lead the MaAriv Aravim prayer in front of the Gimel and Dalet students in our Wednesday afternoon weekly Tefillah.  We are working on Ahavat  Olam and what G-d expects us to do.  The student’s Hebrew reading continues to improve tremendously.  Please practice reading page 16   אהבת עולם
-Mrs. Moustakis

Kitah Heh had an awesome time playing “Last reader standing,” and at the same time practicing their Hebrew reading. We worked on reading prayers and talked about why and how we move our bodies during Tefillah. -Morah Anna

This past week in Ta’amei haMiqra (Torah Trope), the Heh students learned three new trope melodies: R’via, T’vir, and Gershayim. -Mr. Lerner

On Sunday we began discussing Tu B’Shevat.  We discussed the importance of celebrating and honoring nature, specifically trees. Through our discussion we identified many important contributions that trees provide to our daily lives.  We then distributed quotes about trees taken from different Jewish sources and analyzed them to come up with either the question one would ask to elicit the quoted response or create a song to present to the class.  I look forward to next Sunday when our students share their quotes and responses.  -Morah Sandra

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Sanctuary of synagogue building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Vav SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

This past week in Yeshivat B’nai Mitzvah (B’nai Mitzvah Academy), the Vav students reviewed the blessings after the Haftarah, and the six main trope melodies.  Also we learned that after the prayer leader begins a blessing Barukh ata Adonai, the congregation may respond “Barukh hu u’vaurkh sh’mo” (“Blessed be He and blessed be His name”).            -Mr. Lerner

We continued our Hebrew literacy practice with the prayers at the beginning of the formal Shacharit service. As in previous weeks, students focused on careful and accurate reading of the Hebrew text. This exercise is designed both to improve familiarity with the traditional liturgy and to build confidence and skill for Hebrew readers that students can apply to any future situation. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

The class began its unit on the study of Israel. The history of the land is intrinsic to the study of Israel, so the class discussed the divine origin of the land as given by God to the Jewish people. No other nation in the history of humankind was given a land of its own by God.  We discussed the difference between a reward and a gift. The curriculum for the remainder of the school year will follow the Israel Curriculum Program by the Center for Israel Education (CIE).  -Mr. Dallal

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Sanctuary of synagogue building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Zayin SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

We continued our exploration of gevurah (strength or heroism) with a discussion of the Maccabees and of Deborah the prophet. In what ways did they display, or not display, gevurah as well as anavah (humility)? At the end we touched on a future project, which will involve choosing a hero to present to the class on an individual basis.                                           -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)

This week’s discussion surrounding the concept of the meaning of life.  Guided by the text, Tough Questions that Jews Ask, the yeladim looked at the purpose of their lives and what they regard in high value.  The yeladim looked at material goods vs. friends and family vs. environment and animals, and discussed the importance all of these hold in their lives.

B’Shalom,

-Mrs. Sender

The class began its unit on the study of Israel. The history of the land is intrinsic to the study of Israel, so the class discussed the divine origin of the land as given by God to the Jewish people. No other nation in the history of humankind was given a land of its own by God.  We discussed the difference between a reward and a gift. The curriculum for the remainder of the school year will follow the Israel Curriculum Program by the Center for Israel Education (CIE). -Mr. Dallal

On Sunday we began discussing Tu B’Shevat.  We discussed the importance of celebrating and honoring nature, specifically trees. Through our discussion we identified many important contributions that trees provide to our daily lives.  We then distributed quotes about trees taken from different Jewish sources and analyzed them to come up with either the question one would ask to elicit the quoted response or create a song to present to the class.  I look forward to next Sunday when our students share their quotes and responses.  -Morah Sandra

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Sanctuary of synagogue building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Prozdor SJS begins in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m.(one hour, 15 minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS) 

The class began its unit on the study of Israel. The history of the land is intrinsic to the study of Israel, so the class discussed the divine origin of the land as given by God to the Jewish people. No other nation in the history of man was given a land of its own by God.  We discussed the difference between a reward and a gift. The curriculum for the remainder of the school year will follow the Israel Curriculum Program by the Center for Israel Education (CIE).-Mr. Dallal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: SFP is Sat, Jan 21 beginning in Sanctuary of synagogue building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby) and next SJS is Sun, Jan 22 Pardes SJS begins in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m.(one hour, 15 minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS) 

On Friday evening, January 13, students and parents from the Church of the Holy Spirit, an Episcopal Church, visited Am Yisrael, attended the Shabbat service and joined us in the social hall for dinner and a quick course on Judaism 101.  Our students make me proud by providing the education to our guests, showcasing the Jewish knowledge they had acquired throughout their years at SJS.  For some of our guests, this was their first experience, not only attending a Jewish service, but interacting with Jews as well.  They were inquisitive, extremely respectful and thoroughly impressed with what they witnessed.                                  -Cantor Stuart Simon

III. Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark

The Ark is in need of items for its pantry.   Please bring in the following kosher items, knowing that these are only the suggested items, as sadly there is a great need of many additional items at all times.  We have a bin by the elevator off the synagogue lobby and there are additional bins in the school lobby to drop off these much needed items during regular business hours.  Thank you in advance.

-vegetarian baked beans

-pineapple slices

-soups (not broth) such as chicken noodle and mushroom barley

-crunchy peanut butter

-tea, both regular and herbal

-baby wipes

-dish soap

-adult diapers

-incontinence pads

IV. Policy Reminders: Snack and Electronics Policies

Two families bring in snacks each week for the entire School of Jewish Studies.  Students and Madrichim are not allowed to bring in their own food or drink during SJS or SFP hours, except for special circumstances that are approved by me.  In addition, it is important to remind all students and madrichim that we have an articulated policy regarding electronics during SJS and/or SFP hours.  Please review attached policy which was discussed with all students and madrichim “Cell Phone Policy 8-31-16” and remind students and madrichim of these expectations as necessary.

V. Calling all Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22 

We are looking for Megillah readers to chant anywhere from 1, 2 or 3 verses to an entire chapter of Megillah on Sun, Mar 12.  Cantor Simon or I will be sending you your readings soon after you request them.  We have several students who will be chanting from the Torah scrolls at SFP on Sat, Jan 21. We are also quickly filling up our Torah reading line-ups for Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22 SFP Torah reading line-up set.  I will send one verse Torah readings for the library service or three verses of Torah readings for the Sanctuary service.  While our SJS students are learning Torah trope formally starting in the Heh year, I will be sending mp3’s to all SJS and Day School students who sign up, unless families specifically request to only receive the text without the recording.  Please let me know via email csherman@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 708-1805 call/text which date(s) work for your family and I will assign the Torah reading(s).  Thank you in advance.

VI. Kadima & USY (6th-12th Grade) Event Sun, Jan 22 12:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Who:

Kadima & USY (6th-12th Grade) SJS & Day School Students & Madrichim

When: 

Sun, Jan 22

12:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

What: 

Color Me Mine

We will be leaving from Room 10 shortly after SJS dismisses

Pickup will be at the Glen at 3:00 p.m.

Cost is $25.00, which includes art piece, painting fee and food

Where:

1855 Tower Drive

(Glen Town Center)

Glenview, IL

NOTE:

More expensive pottery pieces can be purchased at time of program for additional cost.

RSVP:

Kadima and USY Advisor, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm via email smielikamm@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 721-2137 call/text.

VII. Young Family Havurah Havdalah: Sat, Jan 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Please join the Young Families of Am Yisrael for a fun annual tradition as we gather at Jon and Carrie Feig’s home for a casual Havdalah service, a pot luck DAIRY dinner and a lot of laughs.  This is being sent to members of the congregation who have at least one child in 5th grade or younger.  Older siblings are certainly welcome to attend and we always like to have at least a few of the older siblings in the role of babysitters.  Please RSVP via email csherman@amyisrael.org or the evite that was sent out and let us know what you can bring. We ask that you bring food prepared following a “Kosher Ingredient” policy in disposable containers whenever possible. We will need salads, sides, fruit, dessert, paper goods, soda and perhaps a little wine.  Special thanks to the Feig Family for opening their home to all of us.

Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

 

Am Yisrael SJS Update 1/8 and 1/11, 2017

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

The following topics are covered in this week’s Limmud/Education Update:

I. Special L’Hitraot (See You Later) Note from our Longtime teacher Mrs. Batyah Cohen

II. Class Updates

III. Special Programming this Fri, Jan 13 (Pardes) and Sat, Jan 14 (Bet)

IV. Chugim Open House for Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin Families: Sun, Jan 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

V. WLAY Bingo Lunch: Sun, Jan 15 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Social Hall)

VI. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is next weekend, Sat, Jan 21 9:30 a.m. through 12 noon with kiddish lunch to follow

VII. USY and Kadima Youth Group Event is next weekend, Sun, Jan 22 right after SJS

VIII. Calling all Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Feb 25 and Apr 22

Attachments: 

Chugim Groupings Revised 9-27-16 (in email only)

WLAY Bingo Lunch 1-15-17 (in email only)

Brand New Limmud Collage 1-13-17 (above)

I. Special L’Hitraot (See You Later) Note from our Longtime teacher Mrs. Batyah Cohen

Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

One of longtime teachers, Mrs. Batyah Cohen has written a heartfelt letter which she asked me to share with you, below:

__________________________________________________

Dear Dalet and Heh Class students, past and present,

I have been at Am Yisrael for fourteen years and many of you have seen my family and children grow as I have been able to see yours. After many years of being “at home” and teaching on Sundays, I had decided to go back to work full time in the classroom. I quickly realized that working six days a week was not sustainable long term.  It is with much sadness that I have chosen to leave Am Yisrael. I only feel comfortable leaving mid-year because Charlie and I worked together to find a capable replacement. Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss will be taking over the Dalet and Heh classes as well as the Musical Drama Chug. He has an extensive background in Judaic Studies, in addition to synagogue classroom experience. Our replacement teacher, Mr. S., as the students call him and I have been meeting regularly in order to help the transition go smoothly and I am confident that he will be able to continue with the curriculum seamlessly.

I have truly enjoyed my time at Am Yisrael and in the words of the great Talmudic Sage Rabbi Chanina “I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the most from my students” (Ta’anit 7a) and I will miss them all terribly.  I hope that you will stay in touch via my personal email: Batyah@aol.com

Thank you to everyone for your support and well wishes,

Batyah Cohen

____________________________________________________

From Mr. Sherman:

Mrs. Cohen will be greatly missed at Am Yisrael SJS and she taught literally hundreds of our students over the course of her fourteen years with us.  We are incredibly grateful to Mrs. Cohen and wish her and her husband Benji and their children many blessings.  We too are thankful that Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss has agreed to step in, as this is usually the biggest challenge of a mid-year change.  We hope that your students will do well with what we envision, as Mrs. Cohen said, will be a seamless transition.

Warm regards,

Charlie Sherman

School Director

 

Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

One of longtime teachers, Mrs. Batyah Cohen has written a heartfelt letter which she asked me to share with you, below:

__________________________________________________

Dear Dalet and Heh Class students, past and present,

I have been at Am Yisrael for fourteen years and many of you have seen my family and children grow as I have been able to see yours. After many years of being “at home” and teaching on Sundays, I had decided to go back to work full time in the classroom. I quickly realized that working six days a week was not sustainable long term.  It is with much sadness that I have chosen to leave Am Yisrael. I only feel comfortable leaving mid-year because Charlie and I worked together to find a capable replacement. Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss will be taking over the Dalet and Heh classes as well as the Musical Drama Chug. He has an extensive background in Judaic Studies, in addition to synagogue classroom experience. Our replacement teacher, Mr. S., as the students call him and I have been meeting regularly in order to help the transition go smoothly and I am confident that he will be able to continue with the curriculum seamlessly.

I have truly enjoyed my time at Am Yisrael and in the words of the great Talmudic Sage Rabbi Chanina “I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and the most from my students” (Ta’anit 7a) and I will miss them all terribly.  I hope that you will stay in touch via my personal email: Batyah@aol.com

Thank you to everyone for your support and well wishes,

Batyah Cohen

____________________________________________________

From Mr. Sherman:

Mrs. Cohen will be greatly missed at Am Yisrael SJS and she taught literally hundreds of our students over the course of her fourteen years with us.  We are incredibly grateful to Mrs. Cohen and wish her and her husband Benji and their children many blessings.  We too are thankful that Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss has agreed to step in, as this is usually the biggest challenge of a mid-year change.  We hope that your students will do well with what we envision, as Mrs. Cohen said, will be a seamless transition.

Warm regards,

Charlie Sherman

School Director

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Gan SJS begins in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

It was so much fun to be with the Gan students this week.  We had a good time reading about Sabah (Zayde) and Savta.  The students learned the days of the week in Ivrit (Hebrew) connected with the Creation story.  We sang songs in Ivrit (Hebrew) and we danced.  In Hebrew Through Movement we practiced the parts of the body rosh, yad, etc. according to the song Yadaim Lemala, al ha-rosh.  Finally, we had Tefillah, snack & Art and we talked about the Jewish value of chesed – kindness.

-Mrs. Moustakis

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Aleph SJS begins in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

This week the Aleph students reviewed their Hebrew Letters and added the letter Tet. We also focused on the Torah stories related to Joseph’s family. We learned about who Joseph’s father and mother were and why Jacob loved them so much. We learned about how Joseph was able to help the Pharaoh and forgive his brothers. -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Bet SJS begins in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

It was awesome to see everyone as Kitah Bet jumped right back into the learning after our winter break. First we had Omanut (Art) and put the finishing touches on the Havdalah project with Miss Preis and Miss Serota in the art room. After snack we talked about Havdalah and practiced reciting the blessings. Magic glasses helped us see special lights in the candle flames.  The Havdalah sets look gorgeous and I can’t wait to see everyone this Sat, Jan 14 at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary for the Bet Havdalah services.   -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Gimel SJS begins in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

In the past few weeks we have discussed others who have inner strength and have helped themselves and the community, but we wrapped up this unit on Gevurah with a focus on what we as individuals can do. We started with a review of what we have learned so far and then asked the students to look inward.

Recap:

  • Students should now know several types of strength: inner strength, physical strength, personal strengths, and strength of community.
  • Students discussed the ways in which God has Gevurahand how we can use those strengths in our own lives
  • Students learned about how Hanukkah is celebrated in Israel

 

Table Talk: What are each of our strengths in our family? How can we use our strengths to help the world? What project will we do as a family to help our community?

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week: 3.4.1 Achrayut

1)     Take the Wrap-Up questions for Gevurah

2)     Take the Kick-Off Questions for Achrayut, Week 1

3)     Watch the “Responsibility Rap”

What are 2-3 ways that the characters talked about being responsible? 

Next class: We begin our unit of Achrayut, responsibility! In this unit students will be asked to volunteer somewhere in your community. This can be a very informal, small project or you are welcome to partner with an organization if that is possible.

Additionally, please have your student bring in at least 2 kosher-canned items for the Ark.  The Ark is very low on peanut butter as well, if students can please bring in hechshured items it would be greatly appreciated.  Students that bring in at least 2 kosher items will be rewarded in a special reward!

In Ivrit (Hebrew), the yeladim completed every letter of the aleph-bet!  This week the yeladim finished with learning about the letters Gimel and Tzadee.  Please be sure that your student(s) continue to practice their Ivrit at home.

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Dalet SJS begins in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

It was so nice being able to see the students back in class after such an extended break. It was a pleasure to note that during our Hebrew reading time, many of the students have progressed beyond the packets and are now reading out of the siddur and practicing their tefilot (prayers).  In concluding our Zikaron unit, the students are busy preparing visual representations of their family interviews. The Dalet class is hoping to present a “Zikaron Wax Museum” in a few weeks to which you will all be invited… more information coming soon. Next Unit: Deveikut – Ask your child what “glue” might have to do with our connection to G-d.  On a separate note: By now your student has told you that this was my last Sunday at Am Yisrael. It has been a pleasure getting to know and teaching your student. Mr. S will be taking over my responsibilities and is looking forward to having the same wonderful experiences I’ve had.
-Mrs. Cohen

Dear Parents,

Today we wrapped up our B’tzelem Elohim unit.  We recapped everything we had done throughout the unit and summarized the unit (just as we had done with Teshuvah) to present at the end of the year.

Recap:

  • Students should understand that being created Btzelem Elohim leads us to help others.
  • Students learned the importance of balancing their own needs with the needs of others.
  • Students made a plan for and put into practice acting B’tzelem Elohim in their schools

My.ShalomLearning.org Activity for next week: 4.4.1 Achrayut Week 1  

|  Make sure to do the kickoff questions for Achrayut

Next week: 

Next week we will begin our unit on Achrayut and will start to examine our responsibilities to the previous generations who thought ahead for our benefit.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

Dalet Class
It is so great to be back with my Dalet students after almost three weeks away from them.
We practiced reading  Baruch SheAmar and Yotzer Or.  We also practiced reading Ahavah Rabbah and worked on the meaning of the Tefillah (Prayer) line-by-line.  We learn that we must listen, study, teach, understand and keep the Mitzvot = commandments.  Please make sure to practice at home.  I would like to take this time to give thanks to all the parents for the generous and thoughtful Hanukah gift.   -Mrs. Moustakis

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Heh SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

In today’s class we reviewed the concept of Tochecha (Rebuke) and how the Torah gives us advice on how to both give and receive criticism. We discussed how in the next unit we cover, we will be discussing gratitude and ways we, as Jews, show gratitude.  On a separate note: By now your student has told you that this was my last Sunday at Am Yisrael. It has been a pleasure getting to know and teaching your student.  Mr. S will be taking over my responsibilities and is looking forward to having the same wonderful experiences I’ve had.

Mrs. Cohen

Dear Parents,

  • Today we wrapped up our b’tzelem Elohim unit.  We recapped everything we had done throughout the unit and summarized the unit (just as we had done with Teshuvah) to present at the end of the year.

Recap:

  • We recognized that there is a difference between being equal and being the same
  • We discussed Jewish diversity – both external in terms of how people look, and internal – in terms of varying talents and creative abilities
  • We realized that we can learn and grow from people who are different than us
  • We recognized that tefilot(prayers) and berachot (blessings) can remind us to include and support people with special needs.

Table Talk: Discuss the things you have tried at school to act more in the image of G-d. How did it make you feel to help others in this way?

MyShalomLearning Activity:

What did you learn about people being created b’tzelem Elohim?

|  Don’t forget to take the WRAP UP questions for b’tzelem Elohim! (5.2.4, B’tzelem Elohim Week 4)

|  Make sure to do the kickoff questions for Achrayut

Next week: We start the unit of “achrayut” אחריות  which is about responsibility.
Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

Heh

It was so nice to be back and to continue teaching my students.  We practiced reading Ma’Ariv  Aravim at the same time we looked at basic words from the Creation story.  G-d is in control of nature. day- night, light – darkness, seasons, and with wisdom opens the gates of heaven.  Important for every student to practice this Tefillah on page 14.  I am very pleased with the student’s progress.  We also started practicing Ahavat Olam.  I would like to take this time to thank the parents for the generous and thoughtful gift for Hanukah.
-Mrs. Moustakis

In our first back class after winter break, the Heh students reviewed the three basic Torah trope melodies.  I’m glad to report that all the students remembered their past studies, and are ready to move forward this coming week. -Mr. Lerner

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Vav SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

I was a substitute teacher this past Wednesday.  We had a final look at Chanukkah, but from a more mature perspective.  Is the story of the oil lasting eight days true?  Is it appropriate to give gifts on Chanukkah, when this is clearly imitating the gift giving of Christmas? -Mr. Lerner

Continuing our work on fluent reading of morning prayers, we divided up into groups and worked on the morning blessings and the early parts of Pesukei Dezimra, the preliminary service. Our emphasis was on careful reading, and especially on ensuring that we were not repeating and reinforcing any learned mispronunciations.  Students who finished with this portion moved on to Yishtabach, the end of Pesukei Dezimra. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Zayin SJS begins in Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

I was a substitute teacher for the Zayin class for one half hour this past Sunday.  We looked closely at the text of the Sh’ma.  Is the Sh’ma a prayer?  As the first line concludes …Adonai echad, does echad mean “one” or “only”? -Mr. Lerner

We are exploring gevurah, “strength” or “heroism,” as a Jewish value. We reviewed a video about the prophet Deborah, and studied the related passage in the Book of Judges. After learning the story in more depth, we considered who in the story displayed true heroism, and how we should determine what that means.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss

This week the Zayin class focused their learning and discussions around current events.  The yeladim looked at the UN’s vote, declaring the settlements in Israel to be illegal and the United States decision to abstain from the vote.  The students looked at the history of Israel’s boarders, and the settlements.  The students also looked at Benjamin Netanyahu’s politics and a variety of US president’s relationships with Israel (i.e. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton).  -Mrs. Sender

We continued our study of the Jewish calendar by focusing on “Today in Jewish History.”  Since Sunday’s Hebrew date was the 10th of Tevet, the class learned about the three major dates related to the destruction of the Holy Temple.  On the 10th of Tevet, the city of Jerusalem was surrounded by our enemies; on the 17th of Tammuz, the walls of the city were breached.  On the 9th of Av, the Temples were destroyed.  We discussed how many people fast and add additional prayers on those days as a sign of mourning and to seek forgiveness for our wrongdoing as a nation.  We discussed the importance of identifying and heeding early warning signs, and learning to change behaviors before they have negative impacts on our lives, whether it means taking care of our health, studying for tests, or fixing a leaky pipe.-Mr. Dallal

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Sun, Jan 15 Prozdor SJS begins in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m.(one hour, 15 minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS) 

We continued our study of the Jewish calendar by focusing on “Today in Jewish History.”  Since Sunday’s Hebrew date was the 10th of Tevet, the class learned about the three major dates related to the destruction of the holy Temple.  On the 10th of Tevet, the city of Jerusalem was surrounded by our enemies; on the 17th of Tammuz, the walls of the city were breached.  On the 9th of Av, the Temples were destroyed.  We discussed how many people fast and add additional prayers on those days as a sign of mourning and to seek forgiveness for our wrongdoing as a nation.  We discussed the importance of identifying and heeding early warning signs, and learning to change behaviors before they have negative impacts on our lives, whether it means taking care of our health, studying for tests, or fixing a leaky pipe. -Mr. Dallal

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Fri, Jan 13 Pardes has a special program taking place at Am Yisrael this Friday night and will serve as this week’s session, in lieu of regular Sunday SJS for Pardes this week. Our service will begin at 6:00 p.m. We will be joined by students and chaperones from Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest. After a quick meal, our students will make 2 to 3 minute presentations.

 

III. Special Programming this Fri, Jan 13 (Pardes) and Sat, Jan 14 (Bet)

(a) Fri, Jan 13 (Pardes) 

Special thanks to Cantor Simon for planning and facilitating a special program taking place at Am Yisrael this Friday night and will serve as this week’s session, in lieu of regular Sunday SJS for Pardes this week.  Our service will begin at 6:00 p.m. We will be joined by students and chaperones from Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest.  After a quick meal, the students below will make a 2 to 3 minute presentation on the assigned subjects, as follows:

Becky Jacobson – Kashruth

Markus Tam – Jewish ritual items (i.e. tefillin, tallit, candles, Eternal Light, menorah, Havdalah set, etc.)

Jonathan Brown – Shabbat, customs and how you observed it in camp

Josh Doherty – holidays on the Hebrew calendar

Zachary Salberg – Why Israel matters to Jews

Adina Grossman – Denominations of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative & Reform) and how they differ

Nathan Brodkin – What is the Jewish Bible – explain Tanach in a simple overview

(b) Sat, Jan 14 (Bet)

Bet Havdalah will be taking place in the Sanctuary from 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.  Thank you to Morah Anna for preparing the Bet students to sing Havdalah and to Miss Preis and Miss Serota for working with the Bet students to create such beautiful Havdalah sets.

IV. Chugim Open House for Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin Families: Sun, Jan 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

This Sun, Jan 15 we are excited to host our first-ever Chugim (Electives) Open House during the final 45 minutes of this week’s SJS: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  This event was originally scheduled for last month and was postponed due to inclement weather.   The Chugim Open House differs greatly from the Chugim Presentations of the past and will take place in the classrooms in the SJS building.  Parents with students in the Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin classes and in Omanut (Art) Chug (Lower Level Art Room and mini-murals down the hall), Band Chug (Lower Level Library), Kadima Board Chug (Room 10), Multimedia Production Chug (Room 5) and Musical Drama Chug (Room 7) are encouraged to attend. 

Please see the attached Chugim list to make sure you know which Chug your 3rd through 7th grader is in.  Those parents whose student(s) are not in the Chugim listed above (i.e. Madrichim-In-Training, or have student(s) younger or older than Gimel through Zayin) are welcome to attend, knowing that your student(s) will not be performing and/or in the midst of discussions/activities related to a Chug.  The Gan, Aleph and Bet classes will rotate through the Chugim Open House as additional special guests and to serve as a preview for what they will get to experience once they reach the Gimel (3rd Grade) year. 

 

SPECIAL ADDED NOTE: An additional email was sent this week beyond the weekly Limmud/Education Update wSince the Chugim Open House was not on the original SJS Calendar and was added relatively recently, we wanted to make sure that this information did not get lost in the shuffle.

V. WLAY Bingo Lunch: Sun, Jan 15 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Social Hall)

Lunch, a raffle, and BINGO (and PRIZES) for all ages.  This event was originally scheduled to take place last month and was postponed due to inclement weather.  Please see attached flyer for all details.

VI. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is next weekend, Sat, Jan 21 9:30 a.m. through 12 noon with kiddish lunch to follow

Thank you to our Torah readers for working so diligently to prepare for your honors: Sammy Froum (Heh), Rachel Gordon (Bet), Jack Himmelfarb (Gimel), Hallie Horwich (Bet), Levi Jagher (Gimel), Zoe Jagher (Vav), Jordan Kreiner (Gimel), Rachel Kreiner (Heh), Esther Loewenthal (Heh), Greta Loewenthal (Pardes), Jamie Loewenthal (Bet), Ben Legator (Dalet), Etai Weisberg (Vav), Noam Weisberg (Dalet), Henry Weller (Dalet) and Marcus Weller (Gimel).

VII. USY and Kadima Youth Group Event is next weekend, Sun, Jan 22 right after SJS

Color Me Mine
1855 Tower Drive
(Glen Town Center)
Glenview, Illinois 60026
We will be leaving from Room 10 shortly after SJS.  Pickup will be at the Glen at 3:00 p.m.
Cost is $25.00, which includes art piece, painting fee and food.  NOTE: More expensive pottery pieces can be purchased at time of program for additional cost.  Please contact our Kadima and USY Advisor, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm via email smielikamm@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 721-2137 call/text to RSVP or with any questions.

VIII. Calling all Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Feb 25 and Apr 22

We have several students who are in the midst of preparing to chant from the Torah scrolls at SFP on Sat, Jan 21. It is now time to get our Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22 SFP Torah reading line-up set.  I will send one verse Torah readings for the library service or three verses of Torah readings for the Sanctuary service.  While our SJS students are learning Torah trope formally starting in the Heh year, I will be sending mp3’s to all SJS and Day School students who sign up, unless families specifically request to only receive the text without the recording.  Please let me know via email csherman@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 708-1805 call/text which date(s) work for your family and I will assign the Torah reading(s).  Thank you in advance.
 

 

Am Yisrael SJS Update 1-6-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

The following topics are covered in this week’s Limmud/Education Update:

I. Special Programming this Sun, Jan 8
II. Chugim Open House for Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin Families: Sun, Jan 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
III. WLAY Bingo Lunch: Sun, Jan 15 – 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Social Hall)
IV. Calling all Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Feb 25 and Apr 22
V. Mazal Tov to our Bat Mitzvah: Blair Weiss

Attachments:
Chugim Groupings Revised 9-27-16 (included in Limmud/Education Update)
Brand New Limmud Collage 1-6-17
WLAY Bingo Lunch 1-15-17 (included in Limmud/Education Update)

I. Special Programming this Sun, Jan 8:
a. The Vav (6th Grade) Brunch and Family Education with Rabbi Newman Kamin will be taking place in Room 8 from 9:50 a.m.-11:30 a.m. immediately following Sunday Morning Minyan. Deborah Zionts from Shalva will be making a presentation as part of this Family Education experience.

b. Pardes (9th & 10th Grades): Gary Kenzer, formerly of Honest Reporting, will discuss identifying wrongs and using writing skills to address them. This will take place in Room 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

II. Chugim Open House for Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin Families: Sun, Jan 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
On Sun, Jan 15, “hot off the presses,” we will be holding our first-ever Chugim (Electives) Open House from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. This event was originally scheduled to take place last month and was postponed due to inclement weather. This program will take place in the classrooms in the SJS building, for parents with students in the Gimel, Dalet, Heh, Vav and Zayin classes and in the following Chugim: Omanut (Art) (Lower Level Art Room), Band (Lower Level Library), Kadima Board (Room 10), Multimedia Production (Room 5) and Musical Drama (Room 7). Please see the attached Chugim list to make sure you know which Chug your 3rd through 7th grader is in. Those who are not in the Chugim listed above are welcome to come through the Chugim Open House, knowing that your student(s) will not be performing and/or in the midst of discussions/activities related to a Chug. The Gan, Aleph and Bet classes will rotate through the Chugim Open House, as additional special guests and as a preview for what they will get to experience once they reach the Gimel (3rd Grade) year.

III. WLAY Bingo Lunch: Sun, Jan 15 – 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Social Hall)
Lunch, a raffle, and BINGO (and PRIZES) for all ages. This event was originally scheduled to take place last month and was postponed due to inclement weather. Please see attached flyer for all details.

IV. Calling all Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Feb 25 and Apr 22
We have several students who are in the midst of preparing to chant from the Torah scrolls at SFP on Sat, Jan 21. It is now time to get our Sat, Feb 25 and Sat, Apr 22 SFP Torah reading line-up set. I will send one verse Torah readings for the library service or three verses of Torah readings for the Sanctuary service. While our SJS students are learning Torah trope formally starting in the Heh year, I will be sending mp3’s to all SJS and Day School students who sign up, unless families specifically request to only receive the text without the recording. Please let me know via email csherman@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 708-1805 call/text which date(s) work for your family and I will assign the Torah reading(s). Thank you in advance.

V. Mazal Tov to our Bat Mitzvah: Blair Weiss
Mazal Tov to Blair Weiss as she is called to the Torah as Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat morning, Jan 7.  Mazal Tov to Blair’s parents, Stacy and Adam, her brothers, Roan and Drew and the entire family.

Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

 

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