Mr. Sherman’s Blog

Am Yisrael SJS Highlights: Week of Feb 26

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Class Updates: Sun, Feb 26 & Wed, Mar 1

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

We are ecstatic about the turnouts for Camp Am Yisrael!  What an awesome addition to our congregational community!  We can’t wait to see the little kiddos and their parents each and every week!  -Mr. Sherman

Gan (3-6 year olds)

We began a discussion of the upcoming holiday Purim.  As I explained to the children, Queen Esther was brave and we went around the room telling each other a time we were brave.  We worked on our sticker book about performing Mitzvot (the plural of Mitzvah).  The children enjoyed Tefillah with Mr. Marc. -Morah Lynn

Aleph (1st Grade)

This week students began focusing on the holiday of Purim. The students learned about how Vashti stood up for herself when the King asked her to dance.  We also discussed how Mordecai would not bow down to Haman because Jews only bow to G-d, and how Queen Esther showed her bravery by saving the Jews from Haman’s plan.  The Aleph students also learned about the letter “Nun.” -Mrs. Berlow

Bet (2nd Grade)

Shalom, today Kitah Bet was very busy learning about Purim. We read the story of Purim and used puppets to act out the play. We discussed the main characters of the story and what it means to be brave. Also we discussed the upcoming Purim Carnival at our school, costumes and games that we will be playing.  -Morah Anna

Gimel (3rd Grade)

 

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)

Dear Parents,

This week we focused on the idea that humans have an innate sense of possession.  The Jewish people do not attempt to deny this natural tendency but uses ritual to help moderate the default setting that, unbridled, leads to greed and jealousy.  The Jewish idea is that while we have the right to own and derive benefit from our possessions, we are responsible to share what we have to help others.  This is a fundamental idea to grasp prior to being able to fully understand the importance of giving tzedakah

Recap:

        Students recognized how wealthy they are in comparison to the rest of the world.

        Students should now view tzedakah as an obligation, not as charity.

        Students should now consider their responsibility to give to others.

        Students learned from their peers about why they give.

 

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: 4.4.4 Achrayut Week 4  

Next week:

Next week we fill focus on how we are fortunate to have our needs met.  This creates a responsibility to help those people who do not have their needs met.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender          

In a break from our usual curriculum, the Dalet class spent much of our time developing ideas for our Purim carnival booths. Students brainstormed options for the three booths, then put them to a plural vote with each student allowed to vote as many as three times. Once our choices were confirmed, we divided up to plan and create posters, a process that began in out class and continued in the art studio during the following period. -Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

We had a great conversation about Megillat Esther which will be read in a little over a week for Purim.  We focused our prayer study on “Vayomer,” and discussed the meaning of the prayer. As always, please continue to practice the prayers at home.  We also started our discussion of the Avot and Emahot from the Amidah.  To access “Vayomer,” 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)

 

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our work in our unit of Achrayut, we focused on: How can the value of achrayut come to life in a community?

Recap:

      Students learned about various models of achrayut in communities

      Students applied what they have learned about achrayut to a “sim city” model community (a kibbutz/communal living arrangement of their creative design) and their own class.

      Students created their own model community and presented them to the class

Table Talk: Discuss what you would have in your model community.  What would the jobs be?  Who would make more/less?  How would needs be met

MyShalomLearning:

For Next Week:

·         Week 4 Questions for Achrayut 

Next Week: We wrap up our unit on Achrayut

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Marc Sender

We reviewed what we had learned during the previous lesson when we read through a play based on the book of Ruth. Students began to address the questions of how this story treats food insecurity, both from the perspective of people experiencing it and people interacting with them. We also explored some of the Torah-based rules that form the background of “Ruth,” including which parts of a cultivated field must be left for the poor.-Hazzan Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)

This past week, the Heh students continued to work on Torah Trope and the Torah reading for the next SFP which will be taking place on Saturday April 22. -Mr. Lerner

The students worked on “Mi Chamocha,” “Hashkiveinu” and the “V’sham’ru” prayers. We practice reading and discussed the meaning of the prayers. We talked about praying with kavanah (intention), when “Mi Chamoha” was said first time and why “the children of Israel shall guard the Shabbat.  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

We reviewed and discussed the meaning of two songs: “Amar Rabbi Akiva” and “Gesher Tzar M’od”  We talked about the importance of taking the right path in life and to do our best to find a balance in everything that we do.  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)

This past week, the Vav students continued to work on Torah Trope and the Torah reading for the next SFP which will be taking place on Saturday April 22. -Mr. Lerner

Today in Vav and Zayin we learned about the month of Adar and why this month is such a joyous month. We started to review the story of Purim. Lastly, we learned that the Jewish people are many times compared to the moon. Please ask your child why that is.                   -Mr. Arnet

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)

This week the students discussed current events relating to the local Jewish community, the Jewish community on a National-scale, and the Jewish community from a global perspective.  The students looked at the most recent news on antisemitism, and discussed whether there is an increase in antisemitism or if existing covert antisemitism has become more overt?  The students discussed their role in putting an end to antisemitism through education: knowledge is power.  

B’Shalom,

Mrs. Sender

Today in Vav and Zayin we learned about the month of Adar and why this month is such a joyous month. We started to review the story of Purim. Lastly, we learned that the Jewish people are many times compared to the moon. Please ask your child why that is.                   -Mr. Arnet

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)

Purim was in full swing in our class today. We were designing games for the upcoming Purim Carnival. It is so nice to see the creativity this class has and such a willingness to help. Being Rosh Chodesh adar, we also learned about the moon and how the Jewish people are often compared to the moon. Please ask your child what the moon and the Jewish people have in common. -Mr. Arnet

Pardes (9th-10th Grades)

Among the multiple subjects covered in last Sunday’s class session was Israeli innovation in health care, as presented in a 12 minute video. One of the devices shown was patterned after the olfactory sense of canines in detecting the presence of cancer.  It took this same sense, incorporated and fine-tuned it into an electronic medical device.  Once again a tiny country surpasses all others in technological breakthroughs.  -Cantor Simon

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