Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 2-24-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

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

I. Costumes for Purim and programming extended by 45 minutes on Sun, Mar 12

II. Class Updates Wed, Feb 22

III. Special Info for this weekend:

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

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

    c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

IV. Special Info for next weekend:

    a) Gimel helps lead services combined with Siddur Ceremony is Fri, Mar 3 @ 6:00 p.m. (service and siddur ceremony last a total of about 60 minutes and is followed by a light oneg)

    b) Heh Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin is Sun, Mar 5 9:50 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

V. In Case You Missed It

    a) Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark   

    b) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

    c) Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

VI. Looking Ahead

    a) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12; 9:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Please come dressed in costume)

    b) JUF Brunch is Sun, Mar 19 at 9:45 a.m. featuring Jane Eisner, acclaimed journalist “The Changing Role of Jews in Politics;” $15 per person;  JUF.org to respond

    c) Spring Break: No SJS Classes from Sun, Mar 26 through Sun, Apr 2 (SJS Resumes Wed, Apr 5)

    d) Maot Chitim delivery to our assigned building on Sheridan Road in Chicago

    e) Sat, Apr 8 Pardes (9th & 10th) to Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken (BSBZ) Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation — Meet at BSBZ at 11:00 am and leave South Side after Kiddush at 2pm

    f) Vav, Zayin & Prozdor (and Families) Free the Slaves Program: Sun, Apr 9 10:00 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

VII. Calling all Purim Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12, Intergenerational Torah Readers for Sat, Apr 15 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for Sat, Apr 22   

VIII. SJS Tzedakah Totals 5777 through Feb 12

I. Costumes for Purim and programming extended by 45 minutes on Sun, Mar 12

Purim only comes once a year and is one of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar. We want to give our community a little extra time for the merrymaking and will be open for programming until 1:00 p.m. instead of the regular 12:15 p.m. time-slot.  If students need to leave at the regular time of 12:15 p.m., parents can sign them out at the security desk in the SJS lobby.  Thank you.  

II. Class Updates: Wed, Feb 22

Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play (0-3 year olds)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 2 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).  Our next Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m.

Gan (3-6 year olds)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 2 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).  Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 2 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).  Our next Aleph SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 3 for at least the next 8 weeks while the Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds meets in Room 2.  

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby).  Our next Bet SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 8 (upstairs) for at least the next 8 weeks to make room for our new Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds.  

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming:  Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby).  Our next Gimel SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 5 on the upper level of the SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

 

This week we started the unit for Hakarat HaTov, the 5th unit in the ShalomLearning curriculum.  As we looked at the value of Hakarat Hatov, we wanted our students to find specific quirks or character traits that wouldn’t necessarily be noticed as “good” unless we call them out.

Recap:

·        Students learned the value of Hakarat HaTov, translated as “recognizing the good.”

·        Students connected the past value of Achrayut to our current value, using the power of meditation to calm their minds and focus on what is good around them right now.

·        Students discovered that as God created the world, “God saw that it was Good.” This is a good foundation for text study.

Table Talk: How does recognizing the good in others help us to learn more about ourselves?  How can meditation help us to recognize the good around us? 

MyShalomLearning Activity: 3.5.2 for next week Hakarat Hatov Week 2

Time to meditate: Some people share what they are thinking either in poems, stories, songs, or conversations. Try to meditate now and share what you are grateful for in any kind of form you prefer. You can record yourself in a video and upload it, you can write a poem, a song, or even a short story. Upload your work to My.ShalomLearning.org!

Ivrit:

This week the Gimel class focused their attention on the V’ahavta (the first paragraph of the Shema).  The yeladim also engaged in Hebrew letter – yoga, shaping their bodies into our Hebrew letters!

Next week:

We will talk about Jewish rituals and texts that discuss showing gratitude for ourselves and for our families. We will start with the ritual of saying a bracha or blessing after reaching a special event – the Shehecheyanu

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

 

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming:  Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m. (Please be sure to pick up SFP name tags in the school building lobby).  Our next Dalet SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 7 on the upper level of the SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

 

This week we focused on the prayers “Emet,” “Mi Chamocha,” and “Tzur Yisrael” and discussed the meaning of each of these three prayers.  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 11th prayer “Mi Chamocha and Tzur Yisrael.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis
          

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 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, Feb 26 Heh SJS beginning in Room 6 on the upper level of the SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

 

Shalom, We started our class by reviewing letters and sounds during  ‘Aleph Bet challenge.’ Then we  worked on reading and understanding the prayer “Maariv Araviim.”  For the easiest access to review the Hebrew letters and sounds, please go to the Hebrew Step-By-Step page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html  Thank you, Morah Anna & Ms. Rosenfeld

This week we studied “Mi Chamocha,” “Hashkiveinu” and “V’Sham’ru.”  We discussed the greatness of G-d and G-d’s eternal love for us.  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 11th prayer “Mi Chamocha and Tzur Yisrael.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 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, Feb 26 Vav SJS beginning in Room 6 on the upper level of the SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

We combined classes for a special Purim-planning session. Students took inventory of the games and other supplies that we already have at our disposal. This was followed by a very productive and thoughtful conversation about how we could expand this year’s Purim carnival programming to ensure that it is a fun, educational, and overall positive experience for as many members of our community as possible.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 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, Feb 26 Zayin SJS beginning in Room 6 on the upper level of the SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

The class watched a video introduction to the Jewish partisans of World War II, their accomplishments, their sacrifices, and their culture. This fed our discussion of the nature of gevurah, heroism, and the ways in which Jews engage with this idea. Many students were unaware that there had been significant organized Jewish resistance to the Nazi regime, and the resulting conversation opened many aspects of the Holocaust that students had never previously explored or encountered.  We combined classes for a special Purim-planning session. Students took inventory of the games and other supplies that we already have at our disposal. This was followed by a very productive and thoughtful conversation about how we could expand this year’s Purim carnival programming to ensure that it is a fun, educational, and overall positive experience for as many members of our community as possible.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 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 Prozdor SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m. (one hour and fifteen minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS).

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming:Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) is Sat, Feb 25 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 Pardes SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m. (one hour and fifteen minutes later than the majority of the classes in SJS).

III. Special Info for this weekend:

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

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

    c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

a) I. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP)

Sat, Feb 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (includes kiddish lunch)

We hope that you join us to celebrate Shabbat for our fourth SFP of the academic year on Sat, Feb 25 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.  SFP offers 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: Derek Ball (Pardes/Madrich), Jacob Brodsky (Prozdor/Madrich), Erin Davis (Heh), Lyla Drapatsky (Bet), Daniel Gordon (Heh), Rachel Gordon (Bet), Mia Strubel Iram (Madricha), Ben Legator (Dalet), Stephanie Orr (Bet), Toby Lerner (Dalet), Ben Plawsky (Aleph), Evan Schack (Aleph), Hannah Schoen (Pardes/Madricha), Naomi Szmuilowicz (Heh), Nate Szmuilowicz (Gimel), Etai Weisberg (Vav), Noam Weisberg (Dalet), Kate Wilson (Prozdor/Madricha), Jake Wilson (Gimel), Jessica Wilson (Heh), Marissa Youderian (Prozdor/Madricha)

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

Who:

Kadima 6th-8th Graders from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison

When: 

Sun, Feb 26

12:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

What: 

CHUSY Regional Kadima Day 2017

Funtopia World at The Glen

We will be meeting in Room 10 for lunch shortly after SJS dismisses

Pickup will be at The Glen at 3:30 p.m.

Cost is $21.00 via the CHUSY website in #3 below

Additionally, please bring $5.00 for lunch at Am Yisrael to be paid either by check (made out to “Am Yisrael”) or in cash

Where:

Funtopia World

2050 Tower Drive

(Glen Town Center)

Glenview, IL

RSVP:

1. Kadima and USY Advisor, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm via email smielikamm@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 721-2137 call/text to let us know that you will be joining us at Am Yisrael for lunch in advance of the program.

2. Please indicate if you are available to help drive from the synagogue to Funtopia World.

3. Please register for Kadima Day with our Regional Director Julie Marder by clicking on this link: http://www.chusy.org

4. Please fill out the Funtopia Waiver by clicking on this link: http://www.chusy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Facility-Use-Agreement.pdf

c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

The local Jewish Boy Scout troop is having an event at the Holcaust Museum on Sunday, Feb. 26 and they have asked me to spread the word.   They would love to get the word out to potential interested boys at Am Yisrael. All the details are on the flyer attached to the Limmud/Education Update 2-24-17.

IV. Special Info for next weekend:

    a) Gimel helps lead services combined with Siddur Ceremony is Fri, Mar 3 @ 6:00 p.m. (service and siddur ceremony last a total of about 60 minutes and is followed by a light oneg)

    b) Heh Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin is Sun, Mar 5 9:50 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

V. In Case You Missed It

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) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

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,  and focuses 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.

c. Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

One of the most versatile tools we can provide our students to help them foster a connection to Judaism is the ability to decode (read) Hebrew words.  Above each packet are the Hebrew letters and vowels introduced within that packet. Letters and vowels are reinforced through the remaining packets once they are introduced.  Thank you to Rae Antonoff for teaming with us in this endeavor with the Hebrew Step-By-Step program.  While some of the activities are in theory meant for writing, we recommend that while accessing this material with a screen that you use this program for reading.  I can send you the PDF’s via email or printout for the writing exercises.

https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html

In addition, there is an amazing relatively new website (can connect to the app with this website as well) that I can’t recommend highly enough.  More information will be shared on this, but in the meantime, please check it out:

http://www.jewishinteractive.org

VI. Looking Ahead

a) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12

Megillah reading begins immediately following Sunday Morning Minyan.  We will gather dressed in costume at 9:45 a.m.  Our teachers and students are working together to prepare fun games for our carnival, which begins after our approximately one hour megillah reading.  The carnival should go from around 10:45 a.m. and wrap up around 1:00 p.m.  

b) JUF Brunch is Sun, Mar 19 at 9:45 a.m.

Featuring Jane Eisner, acclaimed journalist “The Changing Role of Jews in Politics”; $15 per person;  JUF.org to respond

c) Spring Break: No SJS Classes from Sun, Mar 26 through Sun, Apr 2 (SJS Resumes Wed, Apr 5)

d) Maot Chitim delivery is Sun, Apr 2 from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Delivery to our assigned building on Sheridan Road in Chicago.  As usual, our Am Yisrael volunteers will meet at the building on Sheridan Avenue.  Volunteers should please contact me as soon as possible csherman@amyisrael.org, by calling the synagogue office 847-446-7215 or call or text my cell phone at 847-708-1805.

e) Sat, Apr 8 Pardes (9th & 10th) to Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken (BSBZ) Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

Meet at BSBZ at 11:00 am and leave South Side after Kiddush at 2pm

f) Vav, Zayin & Prozdor (and Families) Free the Slaves Program: Sun, Apr 9 10:00 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

Families involved were emailed directly.  The Vav field trip to the Holocaust Museum originally scheduled for that date is being moved to a date later in the spring.  Details will be posted next week.

VII. Calling all Purim Megillah Readers for Sun, Mar 12, Intergenerational Torah Readers for Sat, Apr 15 and Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) Torah Readers for 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 Intergenerational Torah Reading on Sat, Apr 15 and Sat, Apr 22 SFP.  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.

VIII. Tzedakah Totals 5777

Our classes in Am Yisrael SJS choose organizations to donate their Tzedakah money.  As of February 12, here is how much each class has brought in so far this academic year:

Gan: $62.50

Aleph: $54.14

Bet: $119.97

Gimel: $113.97

Dalet: $91.32

Heh: $105.15

Vav: $81.16

Zayin: $57.32

Prozdor: $32.65

Pardes: $43.64

Total: $765.89

Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

 

Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 2-17-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

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

I. There is no SJS this Sun, Feb 19: President’s Weekend

II. Class Updates Sun, Feb 12 & Wed, Feb 15

III. Special Info for next weekend:

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

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

c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

IV. Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

V. Looking Ahead

a) Gimel helps lead services combined with Siddur Ceremony is Fri, Mar 3 @ 6:00 p.m.

b) Heh Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin is Sun, Mar 5 9:50 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

c) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12; AM Programming details are coming next week

d) Spring Break: No SJS Classes from Sun, Mar 26 through Sun, Apr 2 (SJS Resumes Wed, Apr 5)

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

VII. SJS Tzedakah Totals 5777 through Feb 12

VIII. Mazal Tov to Ariana Freimuth as she will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah

I. There is no SJS this Sun, Feb 19: President’s Weekend

II. Class Updates: Sun, Feb 5 & Wed Feb 8

Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play (0-3 year olds)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m.

We had another fantastic time with the children and their parents.  Cantor Simon once again sang with the children and their parents and Mr. Marc and I led Tefillah with them.  In between the singing of Jewish songs and prayers we had all kinds of toys and books available for the children. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining our group for any of the next eight weeks, or if any of the parents (or other friends/relatives) of our new Camp Am Yisrael have a great story that they want to read to the class, they should please send me an email csherman@amyisrael.org, give me a call in the synagogue office 847-446-7215 ext. 12, or via cell phone (talk or text) 847-708-1805.   As noted above we will not be in session this coming Sun, Feb 19, but very much look forward to seeing everyone on Sun, Feb 26.      -Mr. Sherman

Gan (3-6 year olds)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  

We had a very thought provoking discussion on why trees are important (please see classroom door for answers).  I discussed with the children how the Almond Tree is the first tree to bloom in Israel.  We then made our very own tree that is in our classroom, the children did an amazing job.  Tefillah and Shira were big hits as usual with the children belting out the songs and prayers they know.  We also made a Thank You card to Roan Weiss for helping us at Friday night services this past Shabbat. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Aleph SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 3 for at least the next 8 weeks while the Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds meets in Room 2.  

This week the Aleph students were immersed in all things Tu B’Shvat. Students made classroom planters filled with seeds and soil (fingers crossed seeds starting popping up!), created tissue paper flowers, and participated in a Tu B’Shvat seder. Students discussed the importance of the season which was demonstrated in the drinking of 4 cups of grape juice — the juice went from light (winter) to dark (fall).   -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Bet SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 8 (upstairs) for at least the next 8 weeks to make room for our new Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds.  

This week’s lesson continued our investigation of Jewish values associated with the environment.  Students can now identify both Jewish values, values בַּל תַּשְׁחִת/Do not be Wasteful or Destroy and שְׁמִירָת הָטֶבַע/Guarding the Earth/Nature Conservation. We ended our Tu B’Shvat unit with a delicious Tu B’Shvat seder.      -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Gimel SJS is Wed, Feb 22 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 4:15 p.m.

 

This week we completed our unit on achrayut, with a focus on the responsibilities we have within our families.  We concentrated on how best to treat our family members.  We also reviewed the key concepts within the achrayut unit on the whole, to help concretize the importance of making sure that our students understand that they have the ability to make the world a better place based on the positive choices that they make within their own personal lives.                               

Recap:

  • Students made connections from ideas learned in previous weeks to roles within their families.
  • Students examined how their families function, and how everyone uses achrayutso that families work as systems.
  • Students used the Jewish concept of achrayut to feel comfortable approaching difficult situations with their families and peers

Table Talk: Next week we begin a new unit: Hakarat HaTov, “Gratitude.” What are some things for which you are grateful?  How do you show that you are grateful?

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week: 3.5.1 Hakarat HaTov Week 1  

Login to My.ShalomLearning.org.  Take the Wrap-Up questions for Achrayut and the Kick-Off questions in Hakarat Hatov: Week 1.  In preparation for Hakarat HaTov Week 1, please watch the video, Aladdin- “A Whole New World” and keep these two questions in mind: (a) What are some sights/scenes that you notice during the carpet ride? (b) Which of these are new places/things you have not seen in your own life?

Hebrew (Ivrit):

This week the yeladim worked on the V’Ahavta prayer,  the part that immediately follows the first two lines of the Shema.  The yeladim learned about the meaning behind the prayer – and it’s roots taken from the Torah.

Next week: 

Next week the students will be introduced to the value of hakarat hatov, translated as “recognizing the good.”

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

This week Kitah Gimel continued to study Achrayut. After reviewing how Shmirat Haguf relates to value of Achrayut, we talked about Achraut can also mean doing something so that others can benefit. We watched video on how people in Israel have created different kinds of technology and how people can benefit from them. We discussed what is one thing we can do this week to have a healthy mind and body.  In Ivrit, the yeladim continued working in the Hebrew workbook and practiced writing skills in the notebook. We also played “Last reader standing” – a game that helps us practice Alef-bet and reading skills.  -Morah Anna

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Dalet SJS is Wed, Feb 22 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 4:15 p.m.

 

Today we worked in havruta (cooperative pair learning) to study a moment in the life of Moses in which he might have felt a strong personal connection to God (deveikut). Partners were presented with Exodus 3:1-10, in which Moses encounters an angel in the form of a burning bush. Together they were asked to examine the text, highlight portions in a color code designed to demonstrate their comprehension, and to serve as a roadmap for future discussion exploration. We also had a lively conversation about the exact nature of “burning without burning up,” which I will follow up on in our next class with a video presentation.       -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
This week we focused on the prayers “Emet,” “Mi Chamocha,” and “Tzur Yisrael.”  We also briefly discussed Parashat Hashavua, focusing on Yitro and the wisdom of the system he taught Moses to rule the people.  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 11th prayer “Mi Chamocha and Tzur Yisrael.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis
          

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Heh SJS is Wed, Feb 22 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 4:15 p.m.

Our study of the mitzvah of feeding the poor, which has focused so far on the facts of food insecurity in the United States, turned this week to Jewish tradition and history. As a class we read through a scripted version of the story of Ruth, the Moabite woman who migrates to Israel to escape a local famine and eventually becomes the great-grandmother of King David. One major theme of Ruth’s story is the generosity of Boaz, who instructs his farm workers to ensure that Ruth, who is landless and forced to gather gleanings from other farmers’ fields, always has enough to feed herself and her mother-in-law Naomi.                -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

 

Shalom, We started our day by reviewing letters and the sounds they make.   We then continued to work on reading skills and played a “Capture the Flag” Hebrew reading game. For the next class students were asked to review letters, final letters and vowels for the ‘Aleph Bet Challenge.”  For the easiest access to review for the ‘Aleph Bet Challenge,’ please go to the Hebrew Step-By-Step page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html  Thank you, Morah Anna & Ms. Rosenfeld

Morah Anna & Ms. Rosenfeld

Connecting to the Jewish teachings of morals and values, I taught the students about Rabbi Akiva’s story and his value of
ואהבת  לרעך  כמוך.    Love your neighbor like yourself
I taught the students a song with these words in it.  We also briefly discussed Parashat Hashavua, focusing on Yitro and the wisdom of the system he taught Moses to rule the people.  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 11th prayer “Mi Chamocha and Tzur Yisrael.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis

This past week in Torah Trope, the Heh students reviewed the main trope melodies and began to look at the third paragraph of the Sh’ma.  In addition, we discussed the difference between the Torah/Chumash and the Tanakh. -Mr. Lerner

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Vav SJS is Wed, Feb 22 beginning in Room 10 on the upper level of the SJS building at 4:15 p.m.

Last Sunday, Vav, Zayin, Prozdor and Pardes watched a film, Salaam Neighbor, presented by a representative of H.I.A.S.  They also participated in a discussion which followed the meeting.  The film clearly showed the devastation caused by the Syrian conflict, the utter hopelessness felt by Syrian refugees and urged activism and support by the Jewish and international communities to help fellow human beings in distress. -Cantor Simon
Our Vav and Zayin students teamed up again this week for tefillah practice in the sanctuary. Zayin students were assigned one or more Vav students to assist in reading and learning important prayers from the siddur, with an eye for accurate pronunciation. We are keeping track of who is working on which prayers, so that everyone gets the chance to broaden their repertoire as much as possible. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Zayin SJS is Wed, Feb 22 beginning in Room 9 on the upper level of the SJS building at 4:15 p.m.

Last Sunday, Vav, Zayin, Prozdor and Pardes watched a film, Salaam Neighbor, presented by a representative of H.I.A.S.  They also participated in a discussion which followed the meeting.  The film clearly showed the devastation caused by the Syrian conflict, the utter hopelessness felt by Syrian refugees and urged activism and support by the Jewish and international communities to help fellow human beings in distress. -Cantor Simon
We are beginning serious work on our hero projects—visual and spoken presentations on people we consider to be heroic based on what we have learned in our gevurah unit. One portion of this project is a comic strip, and today we drafted proposals for how each one would go. Some students also took the time to refine their knowledge of the person on whom they will be presenting.  Our Vav and Zayin students teamed up again this week for tefillah practice in the sanctuary. Zayin students were assigned one or more Vav students to assist in reading and learning important prayers from the siddur, with an eye for accurate pronunciation. We are keeping track of who is working on which prayers, so that everyone gets the chance to broaden their repertoire as much as possible. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Prozdor SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS).

Last Sunday, Vav, Zayin, Prozdor and Pardes watched a film, Salaam Neighbor, presented by a representative of H.I.A.S.  They also participated in a discussion which followed the meeting.  The film clearly showed the devastation caused by the Syrian conflict, the utter hopelessness felt by Syrian refugees and urged activism and support by the Jewish and international communities to help fellow human beings in distress. -Cantor Simon

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: There are no classes this Sun, Feb 19.  Our next Pardes SJS is Sun, Feb 26 beginning in Room 9 on upper level of SJS building at 10:30 a.m. (one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS).

Last Sunday, Vav, Zayin, Prozdor and Pardes watched a film, Salaam Neighbor, presented by a representative of H.I.A.S.  They also participated in a discussion which followed the meeting.  The film clearly showed the devastation caused by the Syrian conflict, the utter hopelessness felt by Syrian refugees and urged activism and support by the Jewish and international communities to help fellow human beings in distress. -Cantor Simon

III. Special Info for next weekend:

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

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

c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

a) I. Shabbat Family Programming (SFP) 

Sat, Feb 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (includes kiddish lunch)

We hope that you join us to celebrate Shabbat for our fourth SFP of the academic year on Sat, Feb 25 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. SFP offers 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: Jacob Brodsky (Prozdor/Madrich), Erin Davis (Heh), Lyla Drapatsky (Bet), Daniel Gordon (Heh), Rachel Gordon (Bet), Mia Strubel Iram (Madricha), Ben Legator (Dalet), Stephanie Orr (Bet), Toby Lerner (Dalet), Ben Plawsky, Evan Schack (Aleph), Hannah Schoen (Pardes/Madricha), Naomi Szmuilowicz (Heh), Nate Szmuilowicz (Gimel), Etai Weisberg (Vav), Noam Weisberg (Dalet), Kate Wilson (Prozdor/Madricha), Jake Wilson (Gimel), Jessica Wilson (Heh), Marissa Youderian (Prozdor/Madricha)

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

Who:

Kadima 6th-8th Graders from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison

When: 

Sun, Feb 26

12:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

What: 

CHUSY Regional Kadima Day 2017

Funtopia World at The Glen

We will be meeting in Room 10 for lunch shortly after SJS dismisses

Pickup will be at The Glen at 3:30 p.m.

Cost is $21.00 via the CHUSY website in #3 below

Additionally, please bring $5.00 for lunch at Am Yisrael to be paid either by check (made out to “Am Yisrael”) or in cash

Where:

Funtopia World

2050 Tower Drive

(Glen Town Center)

Glenview, IL

RSVP:

1. Kadima and USY Advisor, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm via email smielikamm@amyisrael.org or cell phone (847) 721-2137 call/text to let us know that you will be joining us at Am Yisrael for lunch in advance of the program.

2. Please indicate if you are available to help drive from the synagogue to Funtopia World.

3. Please register for Kadima Day with our Regional Director Julie Marder by Fri, Feb 17 by clicking on this link: http://www.chusy.org

4. Please fill out the Funtopia Waiver by clicking on this link: http://www.chusy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Facility-Use-Agreement.pdf

c) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

The local Jewish Boy Scout troop is having an event at the Holcaust Museum on Sunday, Feb. 26 and they have asked me to spread the word.   They would love to get the word out to potential interested boys at Am Yisrael. All the details are on the flyer attached to the Limmud/Education Update 2-17-17.

IV. In Case You Missed It

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) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

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,  and focuses 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.

c. Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

One of the most versatile tools we can provide our students to help them foster a connection to Judaism is the ability to decode (read) Hebrew words.  Above each packet are the Hebrew letters and vowels introduced within that packet. Letters and vowels are reinforced through the remaining packets once they are introduced.  Thank you to Rae Antonoff for teaming with us in this endeavor with the Hebrew Step-By-Step program.  While some of the activities are in theory meant for writing, we recommend that while accessing this material with a screen that you use this program for reading.  I can send you the PDF’s via email or printout for the writing exercises.

https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html

In addition, there is an amazing relatively new website (can connect to the app with this website as well) that I can’t recommend highly enough.  More information will be shared on this, but in the meantime, please check it out:

http://www.jewishinteractive.org

V. Looking Ahead

a) Gimel helps lead services combined with Siddur Ceremony is Fri, Mar 3 @ 6:00 p.m.

b) Heh Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin is Sun, Mar 5 9:50 a.m.-11:25 a.m.

c) Purim Megillah Reading and Carnival is Sun, Mar 12; AM Programming details are coming next week

d) Spring Break: No SJS Classes goes from Sun, Mar 26 through Sun, Apr 2 (SJS Resumes Wed, Apr 5)

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

VII. Tzedakah Totals 5777

Our classes in Am Yisrael SJS choose organizations to donate their Tzedakah money.  As of February 12, here is how much each class has brought in so far this academic year:

Gan: $62.50

Aleph: $54.14

Bet: $119.97

Gimel: $113.97

Dalet: $91.32

Heh: $105.15

Vav: $81.16

Zayin: $57.32

Prozdor: $32.65

Pardes: $43.64

Total: $765.89

VIII. Mazal Tov to Ariana Freimuth as she will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat

Mazal Tov to Ariana’s parents, Wendy and Kyle, her brother, Zachary; great grandfather, Dick Sager and the entire family.

Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 2-10-17

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Dear Am Yisrael SJS Community,

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

I. Welcome to our Am Yisrael SJS Community, Mr. Allan Arnet

II. Class Updates Sun, Feb 5 & Wed, Feb 8

III. Special Info for this weekend:

a) Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark

b) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

c) Gan, Aleph and Bet help lead services Fri, Feb 10 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.

d) HIAS Program: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Jewish Call to Action Sun, Feb 12 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   

e) Chicago Community Tu Bishvat at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

IV. Special Info for next weekend:

a) SJS is not in session on Sun, Feb 19.  SJS teachers will be attending a professional development seminar.

V. Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

VI. 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) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18)

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

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

VIII. Mazal Tov to Jayden Fogel and Mike Fogel as they are called to the Torah as B’nai Mitzvah.

I. Welcome to our Am Yisrael SJS Community, Mr. Allan Arnet

I’m pleased to announce that Mr. Allan Arnet has joined our Am Yisrael SJS Faculty.  His teaching responsibilities include the Vav, Zayin and Prozdor classes on Sundays.  Mr. Arnet has been teaching in the Chicago Jewish community for the past 20 years and is a welcome addition to our teaching team.

II. Class Updates: Sun, Feb 5 & Wed Feb 8

Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play (0-3 year olds)

Upcoming: Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in Room 2 on main level of SJS building at 9:30 a.m.

We had our first session last Sunday and the turnout was awesome!  Cantor Simon sang with the children and their parents and I led Tefillah with them.  In between the singing of Jewish songs and prayers we had all kinds of toys and books available for the children.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining our group for any of the next eight weeks, or if any of the parents (or other friends/relatives) of our new Camp Am Yisrael have a great story that they want to read to the class, they should please send me an email csherman@amyisrael.org or give me a call in the synagogue office 847-446-7215 ext. 12, via cell phone (talk or text) 847-708-1805.   We look forward to seeing those who attended last Sunday and a few new families this coming Sun, Feb 12.    -Mr. Sherman

Gan (3-6 year olds)

Upcoming: Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  PLEASE NOTE: We will be calling up our Gan, Aleph and Bet students onto the bimah tonight, Fri, Feb 10 for our 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m. service.

In Gan this week we had fun talking about Tu B’Shvat. We made a “Treemendous” Growth mural on paper where everyone got to decorate and color in their very own tree. Each tree is beautiful and unique!  We also enjoyed Shira (Music) with Cantor Simon and Tefillah (Prayer) with Mr. Sherman and Mr. Marc.   -Miss Preis and Miss Serota

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Aleph SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 3 for at least the next 8 weeks while the Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds meets in Room 2.  FINALLY: We will be calling up our Gan, Aleph and Bet students onto the bimah tonight, Fri, Feb 10 for our 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m. service.

This week the Aleph students were wrapped up in all things Tu B’Shvat. The students went to art to create planting boxes, created their own pots filled with parsley, and began to make their own Tu B’Shvat Haggadah. The students also watched an episode of Shaboom called Bal Tashchit — Waste Not!  Finally, our students discussed ways in which we would be able to reduce, reuse and recycle.   -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Bet SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 8 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: Starting this week, Feb 12, we are moving our class to Room 8 (upstairs) for at least the next 8 weeks to make room for our new Camp Am Yisrael: Learn-By-Play class for 0-3 year olds.  FINALLY: We will be calling up our Gan, Aleph and Bet students onto the bimah tonight, Fri, Feb 10 for our 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m. service. 

This week the Bet students were wrapped up in all things Tu B’Shvat. The students went to art to create planting boxes, created their own pots filled with parsley, and began to make their own Tu B’Shvat Haggadah. The students also watched an episode of Shaboom called Bal Tashchit — Waste Not!  Finally, our students discussed ways in which we would be able to reduce, reuse and recycle.    -Mrs. Berlow

Gimel (3rd Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Gimel SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in Room 5 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m. 

This week the Gimel class reviewed their Hebrew letters and vowels through a variety of fun games.  Additionally, they participated in the family brunch and education with Rabbi Newman Kamin.  The Rabbi spoke with the yeladim and their families about our value of Achrayut (Doing what we can to make the world a better place) as it relates to the 10 commandments.
B’Shalom,
Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra

      

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Dalet SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

 

Continuing our study of deveikut, the cultivation of our personal relationship with God, we began to examine the relationship between God and Moses. Moses, we learned, was the last prophet to have a panim el panim (face-to-face) relationship with God. We discussed how a face-to-face relationship with God would change our views, and in particular how it would affect the things we are not confident we can say about God.  In addition, in a special combined class between Dalet and Heh, we searched for connections between the two classes’ curricula. Dalet is currently studying deveikut, the cultivation of a personal relationship with God, and in particular the concept of Moses’ unique face-to-face relationship with God. Heh is studying the obligation to feed the hungry, and with it some of the details of food insecurity in the United States.  Confronted with the question “Do you know anyone who is or has been food insecure,” most of us said no. We considered that the real number may be higher because people who have trouble making ends meet are often uncomfortable advertising this fact, and because not all students are necessarily aware of their elderly relatives’ experiences with immigration, the Great Depression, and other hardships. Integrating the two concepts, students agreed that having a personal, face-to-face connection with someone experiencing food insecurity would likely change one’s approach to the problem, since it would result in increased empathy and greater awareness of the realities of the problem.           -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
This week we focused on Tu B’Shvat and the very important lesson of the Mitzvah of planting trees. We discussed the seven species that  G-d blessed the land.  The students also learned about how Tu B’Shvat gets its name (a lesson in gematria of Hebrew letters equalling numbers).  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 10th prayer “Vayomer.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis
          

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Heh SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

In a special combined class between Dalet and Heh, we searched for connections between the two classes’ curricula. Dalet is currently studying deveikut, the cultivation of a personal relationship with God, and in particular the concept of Moses’ unique face-to-face relationship with God. Heh is studying the obligation to feed the hungry, and with it some of the details of food insecurity in the United States.  Confronted with the question “Do you know anyone who is or has been food insecure,” most of us said no. We considered that the real number may be higher because people who have trouble making ends meet are often uncomfortable advertising this fact, and because not all students are necessarily aware of their elderly relatives’ experiences with immigration, the Great Depression, and other hardships. Integrating the two concepts, students agreed that having a personal, face-to-face connection with someone experiencing food insecurity would likely change one’s approach to the problem, since it would result in increased empathy and greater awareness of the realities of the problem.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

 

This week we focused on Tu B’Shvat and the very important lesson of the Mitzvah of planting trees. We discussed the seven species that  G-d blessed the land.  The students also learned about how Tu B’Shvat gets its name (a lesson in gematria of Hebrew letters equalling numbers).  As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  To access the prayers, please go to the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html and click on the 10th prayer “Vayomer.”  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis

We had a short review of the prayers in the student’s folders and read a simple Hebrew story. In addition, we played a tic-tac-toe game with teams using words from the siddur.     -Ms. Rosenfeld

In Torah trope this past week, we continued to work on Torah trope, including learning to read ST”aM font, that is used in a Sefer Torah. -Mr. Lerner

 

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Vav SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.  PLEASE NOTE: Our Vav, Zayin, Prozdor, Pardes and Tichon classes will all be attending the HIAS Chicago session this Sun, Feb 12 from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

In B’nai Mitzvah Academy this past week, we continued to work on Torah trope, moving on to the third paragraph of the Sh’ma.     -Mr. Lerner

This week we took a look at the closing words of the Hagaddah, “Next Year in Jerusalem”. It is easy to understand why we would say those words, pre-1948 before Israel was re-established as a state. However, is there still a need to say those words today?  Ask your kids about the conversations that took place. -Mr. Arnet

We joined with the Zayin class to work on personally targeted areas in Tefillah, with the goal of strengthening our Hebrew reading ability and knowledge of the Siddur. Working in the Sanctuary, we broke up into pairs or small groups led by Zayin students and progressed through a checklist of important prayers to work on. Anyone who felt confident they had mastered a particular text was able to ask a staff member to check them and mark their tracking paper as appropriate. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

I gave a short introduction to the video The Wave and showed it. We had a very interesting discussion afterwards and the students wrote their reactions to the movie.  Morah Sandra will do a lot of follow-up with this very important part of the Holocaust Studies curriculum in the Vav Class.  -Ms. Rosenfeld

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Zayin SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.  PLEASE NOTE: Our Vav, Zayin, Prozdor, Pardes and Tichon classes will all be attending the HIAS Chicago session this Sun, Feb 12 from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

This week the yeladim looked at some current events as it relates to the Chicagoland Jewish community: the anti-Semitic graffiti and damage that effected the Chicago Loop Synagogue and the Skokie Holocaust Museum.  The yeladim discussed what actions they could take as Jewish young-adults in our community.
B’Shalom,
Mrs. Sender

This week we took a look at the  closing words of the Hagaddah, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” It is easy to understand why we would say those words, pre-1948 before Israel was re-established as a state. However, is there still a need to say those words today?  Ask your kids about the conversations that took place. -Mr. Arnet

We read and compared two poems, one written in the third person about young Israeli soldiers, and one written by a man to his Holocaust survivor wife on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary. Students discussed the different ways in which gevurah (heroism) is treated in these two poems, and how that reflects on the diversity of heroism. We also watched a video about the Hanukkah story that presented yet another variety of heroism, and treated the military victory of Hanukkah almost as an aside.  In addition, Zayin students joined with the Vav class to work on personally targeted areas in Tefillah, with the goal of strengthening our Hebrew reading ability and knowledge of the Siddur. Working in the Sanctuary, we broke up into pairs or small groups led by Zayin students and progressed through a checklist of important prayers to work on. Anyone who felt confident they had mastered a particular text was able to ask a staff member to check them and mark their tracking paper as appropriate. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Prozdor SJS is Sun, Feb 12 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 10:15 a.m.(fifteen minutes earlier than usual and one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS).  PLEASE NOTE: Our Vav, Zayin, Prozdor, Pardes and Tichon classes will all be attending the HIAS Chicago session this Sun, Feb 12 from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

In our Israel unit we started learning about the Shalosh R’ga’lim (Three pilgrimage holidays) and how they relate to Israel. We also started to learn what the actual Hebrew words Shalosh R’ga’lim mean and which holiday’s they are. We also spoke about the Bait Hamikdash (Holy Temple) and how it was the point of destination for all Jews for the Shalosh R’ga’lim. This was something very fascinating for the kids who went on to ask some great questions. Please ask your child about the class discussions each week. Feel free to email me any comments or questions at aarnet@amyisrael.org. -Mr. Arnet

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Our next Pardes SJS is Feb 12 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 10:15 a.m.(fifteen minutes earlier than usual and one hour later than the majority of the classes in SJS).  PLEASE NOTE: Our Vav, Zayin, Prozdor, Pardes and Tichon classes will all be attending the HIAS Chicago session this Sun, Feb 12 from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. 

Last Sunday, we had an open and candid discussion about President Trump’s immigration ban.  We discussed participation in peaceful marches as a sign of unity with Muslims, and potential conflicts when sponsors of such marches may have philosophical beliefs that are diametrically opposed to our own.  The debated question was if we unite in our mutual interest – fighting injustice to immigrants – or opt not to participate due to unrelated issues of disagreement.       -Cantor Stuart Simon

III. 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) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

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,  and focuses 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.    

c) Gan, Aleph and Bet help lead services Fri, Feb 10 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.: Please RSVP to csherman@amyisrael.org so that we know how many people to expect.  Thank you.

d) HIAS Program: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Jewish Call to Action Sun, Feb 12 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   We invite everyone to attend (parents and other relatives of our students).  Vav, Zayin, Prozdor and Pardes will attend this program.

FILM SCREENING: SALAM NEIGHBOR  Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film that connects viewers to refugees. Filmmakers Chris and Zach were the first to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp and through their lens, we can immerse ourselves into the life of a Syrian refugee.  Discussion will follow with Jessica Schaffer, Director of HIAS Chicago.

e) Chicago Community Tu Bishvat at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

IV. Special Info for this weekend:

a) SJS is not in session on Sun, Feb 19.  SJS teachers will be attending a professional development seminar.

V. Hebrew Step-By-Step and Jewish Interactive Website and Ji Tap App

One of the most versatile tools we can provide our students to help them foster a connection to Judaism is the ability to decode (read) Hebrew words.  Above each packet are the Hebrew letters and vowels introduced within that packet. Letters and vowels are reinforced through the remaining packets once they are introduced.  Thank you to Rae Antonoff for teaming with us in this endeavor with the Hebrew Step-By-Step program.  While some of the activities are in theory meant for writing, we recommend that while accessing this material with a screen that you use this program for reading.  I can send you the PDF’s via email or printout for the writing exercises.

https://www.amyisrael.org/hebrew-step-by-step.html

In addition, there is an amazing relatively new website (can connect to the app with this website as well) that I can’t recommend highly enough.  More information will be shared on this, but in the meantime, please check it out:

http://www.jewishinteractive.org

 

VI. 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) Scouting out Intolerance is Sun, Feb 26: Scouts & Prospective Scouts (grade 3 – age 18) are invited to visit the  third largest Holocaust Museum in the world for *FREE. – Two meaningful, educational, and empowering programs will be offered.  (Flyer is attached to Limmud/Education Update 2-10-17)

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

VII. 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.

VII. Mazal Tov to Jayden Fogel and Mike Fogel as they are called to the Torah as B’nai Mitzvah

Mazal tov to Jayden’s mom/Mike’s wife, Wendy Schiffman, Jayden’s brother/Mike’s son Ethan and the entire family.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

Am Yisrael SJS Limmud/Education Update 2-1-17

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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 29 & Wed, Feb 1

II. Special Info for this weekend:

a) Mitzvah Opportunity: Please Help The Ark

b) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

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

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

III. Special Info for next weekend:

a) Gan, Aleph and Bet help lead services Fri, Feb 10 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.

b) HIAS Program: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Jewish Call to Action Sun, Feb 12 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   

c) Chicago Community Tu Bishvat at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School 11:30 a.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

VI. Mazal Tov to Michael Sherman as he is called to the Torah as Bar Mitzvah.

NOTE: Attachments that are listed below are in the weekly Limmud/Education Update email only (not in my blog).

Attachments: 

Brand New Limmud Collage 2-1-17

3rd-5th Grade Youth Group Event 2-5-17

HIAS Flyer 2-12-17

Chicago Community Tu Bishvat 2-12-17

6th-8th Grade CHUSY Regional Kadima Day 2017

Funtopia Waiver Form for 6th-8th Grade Kadima Day 2017

I. Class Updates: Sun, Jan 29 & Wed Feb 1

Gan (3.5-5 year olds)

Upcoming: Our next Gan SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 1 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

Highlights from the Gan…. I read to the children a snippet of a Bible story where it discussed Moses observing the slaves.  I asked the children how they would feel if they were slaves and the unanimous decision was they would not like it.  I told them that is exactly what Moses thought and that was why he had to help them.  We began a very brief discussion of the upcoming holiday of Tu B’Shevat.  The children sang all their favorite prayers today with Mr. Marc during Tefillah.  The children were also treated to seeing one of our class volunteers Michael recite the prayer prior to reading the Torah.  They were very impressed and wished him a Mazal Tov as he becomes a Bar Mitzvah this upcoming weekend.  -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Aleph SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 3 on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: We are moving our class to Room 3 for at least the next 8 weeks while the Camp Am Yisrael class for 0-3 year olds meets in Room 2

This week the Aleph students were able to add the letter Reysh to our list of letters. They also added the words Rav (rabbi) Ra’ah’shan (Grogger). Students went into the art room to start our Tu B’shevat project of planters for our classroom.  The students continue to learn about Tu B’shevat with the Mitzvah of taking care of the earth and its animals.                       -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Bet SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 3 (with the Aleph Class) on main level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.  NOTE: Starting next week, Feb 12, we are moving our class to Room 8 (upstairs) for at least the next 8 weeks while the Camp Am Yisrael class for 0-3 year olds meets in Room 2  

This week the students became familiar with some of the cultural and geographical aspects of Israel.  We created a connection to the sights and sounds of Israel through music and dance and learned about some symbols of Israel and.  In addition, we learned how Yaa’kov from the Torah and the State of Israel got theirs names.  Last week, after the students learned about mezuzot and explored different designs, the students got excited by the idea of making their own personal mezuzot. This week the talmidim (students) used clay  during the first step of the mezuzah making process.

B’Shalom,

Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

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

Shalom Parents,

This week we examined the concept of responsibility from a Jewish perspective.  Not only is it important to fulfill our responsibilities within our secular communities; we also have responsibilities as Jews.  Some of these responsibilities come in the form of performing mitzvot (commandments from the Torah), and others come from Jewish values and being a part of the Jewish community.

We studied the Ten Commandments as a list of “rules” for how to live according to Jewish law.  We expanded this idea and discussed how we can follow our “own commandments” and make the world a better place.  On Wednesday, we learned about the celebration of Shabbat as a Jewish responsibility.  We will conclude with the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, “healing the world.”                             

Recap:

  • Students learned that Judaism gives us different things for which to be responsible.
  • Students explored areas of responsibility within Judaism.
  • Students learned how they can help their family members to be Jewishly responsible.

Table Talk: How will you follow the Ten Commandments this week?

MyShalomLearning Activity for next week: 3.4.3 Achrayut Week 3  

Login to My.ShalomLearning.org and upload a photo of you doing something that is responsible. It can be at school, at home, at your volunteer place, or anywhere else!

Ivrit:

In Ivrit this week, the yeladim continued to practice their Hebrew writing using both Hebrew letters and the appropriate vowels.  The yeladim learned about the special vowels: kammatz katan and hataf vowels.  Additionally, the yeladim learned about Hebrew pre-fixes and suffixes, the double-duty dot, and the dagesh.  Lastly, the yeladim are learning about the V’ahavta prayer (the meaning of the prayer as well as how to read and sing the prayer).  The yeladim concluded class by playing a Hebrew letter review game!

Please make sure that your student is practicing their Hebrew at least 15 minutes per evening as well as practicing with their Hebrew flashcards.

Next week: 

In next week’s Achrayut lesson we will look inward.  We must realize that even though we have responsibilities toward others, we must be physically and spiritually healthy in order to fulfill these responsibilities.  We will explore the Jewish value of Sh’mirat HaGuf, literally translated as “guarding the body” or “taking care of the body.”  We will also explore the laws of Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) and learn why these laws are followed.

Have a great week!

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender and Morah Myra          

Dalet (4th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Dalet SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 7 on upper level of SJS building at 9:15 a.m.

The class reviewed Hebrew reading and writing, using the siddur and our packets as sources.  We began a keepsake project, thinking of ways we connect to G-d and creating individual memorabilia to use as part of a larger class project. -Mr. Dallal
This week we are working on the meaning of the Shema, V’Ahavta  & Va’yomer from the siddur to make sure that the students are reading and not memorizing these prayers.  These prayers are the 9th and 10th on the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis

Dear Parents,

This week the students began to understand the mitzvah of “v’ahavta l’reyacha kamocha” (loving others as ourselves) as a responsibility toward others.

Recap:

  • Students analyzed pop culture through a Jewish lens.
  • Students incorporated “v’ahavta l’reyacha kamocha”behaviors into their daily lives.

Table Talk: Discuss with the responses in Rabbi Manis Friedman’s video “Why Do You Give?” and in your own video.  Which answers did you find the most interesting?  Has this project changed why or how much you would give?  In your opinion, which charities should we give to?  Do you believe in the idea that everything in the world belongs to God, and that it is our responsibility, therefore, to share what we have with others?

My.ShalomLearning.org Activity for next week: 4.4.3 Achrayut Week 3  

Next week: 

Next week the students will examine the concept that we are responsible to give of our time and money to others in need.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender              

Heh (5th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Heh SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

The class continued its discussion on feeding the hungry.  With an average of $6.33 per meal on government support, the class looked through grocery advertisements to find healthy meal ideas that will feed four people within this budget.  It was a great exercise and helped build empathy for those who can’t afford complete meals. -Mr. Dallal

 

This week we are working on the meaning of the ShemaV’Ahavta  & Va’yomer from the siddur to make sure that the students are reading and not memorizing these prayers.  These prayers are the 9th and 10th on the “Practicing Tefillah” page of our website: https://www.amyisrael.org/practicing-tefillah.html  Please Click on the name of the prayer to listen to the mp3 and the page number in our Siddur Lev Shalem is listed.  For easy access, if you do not have a copy of our Siddur with you, please click next to the name of the prayer on the word “Text” for a PDF of the page in the Am Yisrael SJS Siddur, that we use in our classes in the School of Jewish Studies. -Mrs. Moustakis

We had a short review of the prayers in the student’s folders and read a simple Hebrew story. In addition, we played a tic tac toe game with teams using words from the siddur.     -Ms. Rosenfeld

This past week, the Heh students continued to work on Torah Trope. -Mr. Lerner

On Sunday we began discussing the question from the Torah “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  We separated into small groups and each group discussed a different Jewish text regarding refugees and our responsibilities to help.  We will be continuing the discussion this coming Sunday when each group will share their texts and the answers to the questions.   -Morah Sandra

 

Dear Parents,

Today we worked on the second lesson of Achrayut, responsibility.

Recap: Achrayut requires that we ‘step up’ and ‘stand up’ when we are confronted with an injustice to ourselves or to another person.  The biblical prophet is a prime exemplar of a person who calls out for justice no matter the cost.  The prophets spoke truth to power, defended the vulnerable, and did so publically at great personal risk.  A goal of Jewish enculturation must be to empower another generation of passionate defenders of justice who take the responsibility to act as a moral imperative.  To help understand this responsibility we watched a video about a boy and a rock.  The entire town kept leaving the rock in the middle of road and walking around it preventing others from getting through.  Only the boy decided to stop and help move the rock.  He felt it was his responsibility.

Table Talk: In what ways can you stand up to injustice?

MyShalomLearning Activity:

People who act like prophets aren’t always adults.

Watch this video about the girl who silenced the UN to see an example.

Find it on My.ShalomLearning.org Achrayut week 3

Next Week: Sometimes you need to act even when others tell you it is none of your business.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

Vav (6th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Vav SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.

This past week, the Vav students continued to work on Torah Trope, including learning to read the Stam font that is used in a Sefer Torah.       -Mr. Lerner

In class we are continuing our unit on Israel.  We learned about the oneness of G-d and the oneness of B’nai Yisrael (the Jewish people) as we say in the Shema prayer. We did an experiment in class to help demonstrate what happens when we act as a group verses an individual. We took an object that was impossible to balance on an individual’s one finger. However, when each member of the group used only one finger, now you have 5 fingers balancing the item.  Teaching us that when we come together and act as one nation, we are much stronger then standing alone.  -Mr. Arnet

Zayin (7th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Zayin SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in the Sanctuary in the synagogue building at 9:15 a.m.  

This week the yeladim engaged in an interesting discussion based on the text Tough Questions that Jews Ask.  Together, we looked at all of the “rules” Jews should abide by, and questioned why those rules exist in the first place (also, why are there so many – 613 to be exact).  The students explored the function of such rules (i.e. kashrut – Jewish dietary laws) and questioned what the world might be like if we had no rules.  Going along with that thought, the students questioned what might happen in instances of killing another individual (murder) or self-defense.  The Jewish values of Rodef Shalom (pursuing peace) and Pikuach Nefesh (the importance of saving a life) were discussed as it relates to this thought.  B’Shalom,  Mrs. Sender

In class we are continuing our unit on Israel.  We learned about the oneness of G-d and the oneness of beni Yisroel (the Jewish people) as we say in the Shema prayer. We did an experiment in class to help demonstrate what happens when we act as a group verses an individual. We took an object that was impossible to balance on an individual’s one finger. However, when each member of the group used only one finger, now you have 5 fingers balancing the item.  Teaching us that when we come together and act as one nation, we are much stronger then standing alone.  -Mr. Arnet

On Sunday we began discussing the question of “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  We separated into small groups and each group discussed a different Jewish text regarding refugees and our responsibilities to help.  We will be continuing the discussion on Sunday where each group will share their text and answers to the questions that went along with each.  -Morah Sandra

Prozdor (8th Grade)

Upcoming: Our next Prozdor SJS is Sun, Feb 5 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) 

In class we are continuing our unit on Israel.  We learned about the oneness of G-d and the oneness of beni Yisrael (the Jewish people) as we say in the Shema prayer. We did an experiment in class to help demonstrate what happens when we act as a group verses an individual. We took an object that was impossible to balance on an individual’s one finger. However, when each member of the group used only one finger, now you have 5 fingers balancing the item.  Teaching us that when we come together and act as one nation, we are much stronger then standing alone.
We also took a moment to look at the closing words of the Hagadah. “Next Year in Jerusalem”.   It is easy to understand why we would say those words, pre 1948 before Israel was re-established as a state. However, is there still a need to say those words today?  This is the discussion we started to have at the end of class that we will continue with on Sunday.  Please send in your thoughts with your child so we can add them to our discussion.  -Mr. Arnet

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Upcoming: Our next Pardes SJS is Sun, Feb 5 beginning in Room 6 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 Shabbat morning, Pardes students were inspired by the words of Tamar Manasseh, founder of M.A.S.K., Mothers Against Senseless Killings.  Hearing her personal story, growing up in Englewood, witnessing the killings of close personal friends, left a profound impact on everyone.  As we focus on Tikkun Olam, repairing our broken world, who couldn’t be impressed by someone who at personal risk, acts to curb violence in the community in which she has lived?  Our students now know first hand what it takes to be an activist.        -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) Camp Am Yisrael 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. meets in Room 2 of the SJS building

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.

c) Gimel (3rd) Brunch & Family Ed with Rabbi Newman Kamin, Sun, Feb 5  9:50am – 11:25am in Room 5 (upper level of the SJS building)

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.

d) 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

    

III. Special Info for next weekend:

a) Gan, Aleph and Bet help lead services Fri, Feb 10 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.: Please RSVP to csherman@amyisrael.org so that we know how many people to expect.  Thank you.

b) HIAS Program: The Global Refugee Crisis and the Jewish Call to Action Sun, Feb 12 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   We invite everyone to attend (parents and other relatives of our students).  Pardes will attend this program for the entirety of SJS on Sun, Feb 12

FILM SCREENING: SALAM NEIGHBOR  Salam Neighbor is an award-winning film that connects viewers to refugees. Filmmakers Chris and Zach were the first to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp and through their lens, we can immerse ourselves into the life of a Syrian refugee.  Discussion will follow with Jessica Schaffer, Director of HIAS Chicago.

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.

VI. Mazal Tov to Michael Sherman as he is called to the Torah as Bar Mitzvah

Mazal Tov to my wife Laura, and to Michael’s siblings, Gabe and Amelia and the entire family.

Wishing you all an early Shabbat Shalom,

Charlie Sherman

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