Over the past two weeks, the students in KAlef, enjoyed learning about two classmates. Julia shared her father’s tallit that he received on his Bar Mitzvah! Julia noticed the similarity between the blue on her dad’s tallit and the blue of the Israeli flag. Additionally the class noticed the stripes on the tallit and wondered what was first, the stripes on the flag or the stripes on the tallit!
This week we learned about the hanukiyah that Jadyn’s great grandmother once had. Jadyn shared a sivivon (driedel), a chai charm and a photo of her great grandma. Jadyn noticed the melted wax on the hanukiyah looked like a rainbow, a keshet, like we learned about in shira with Cantor Eric.
A special toda raba to the Richards family and the Underberg family for providing dinner and dessert to the kalef classes!!
On October 17th the K class added hands to their tree of mitzvot. While discussing the small ways that each of them can make a difference, the students added their ideas to hands that were later placed on the tree.
The alef class was busy creating colorful posters of the words henai mah tov. We discussed what helps us have that “pleasant” feeling that the song sings about!
We finished learning the colors of the keshet (rainbow) in the song, “These are the colors I know” and some parts of our gof (body). With PJ Library this Saturday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at RSNS, we learned two songs for shabbat, the topic of this month’s PJ Library!
During t’filah we focused on the “conversation” that takes place during the barhu. We created our own signs for the shema as we practiced the words together. We shared our blessings of healthy children, losing teeth, going on trips, having special visitors and most of all being part of this loving community!!
We visited the garden that will have blubs planted by the KAlef families on Sunday during Mitzvah day! We talked about how we will have to wait till the spring to see the flowers but that the bulbs need to be planted now, as the winter approaches.
Our joint efforts to collect tzedekah money has been quite successful!! We are proud that we remember that every penny counts and together we have collected over $50 since our class began in early October!!
We created cards today that will be sent to with the rainbow bracelets to children in Guatelma. We have over 825 bracelets and we believe we will hit our goal of 1,000 bracelets by the end of Mitzvah day!!
There is no class next week, Thursday, October 31st. We look forward to being together again on Thursday, November 7th!!
Morah Lauren, Morah Tracy, Morah Beth, Morah Heather & Alyssa