We tried a new art direction today with “torn midrash”. We talked about the concept of angels and what it means to be afraid, what makes us afraid and what makes us feel safe. The class watched G-dcast on You Tube to understand the meaning of the parsha, Was Jacob wrestling with an angel, with G-d or actually with his brother Esau?
Our Bet Hebrew class has been studying the Shema prayer and what the difference is between hearing and listening. Start a conversation with your child and see what they think! Ask them to take a deep breath and see how long they can draw out the word Shema.
Learning the prayer for the consecration service led us to interest in our Hebrew names and what they mean. We talked about what an ancestor is, who they were named after, where that person came from and how they got to America. This could lead to some great family conversation between the generations of your family. If you come across an old photo of an ancestor and can photocopy it, have your child bring it to school. A phone call to a grandparent also can lead to some very enlightening chatter. Jot down some of the info if you can, to share next Tues. THANKS! Morah Miriam
Who can believe that the summer is over and a new year begins!
Today we began by exploring the meaning of “a new year”. The class practiced blowing the shofar and listening to the different sounds that shofars can make. We had prayer service, met our prayer buddies, tasted a pomegranate and celebrated a sweet new year with apples and honey. What a whirlwind day! Looking forward to another amazing year! Shana Tova!
Our joint wishes for the New Year! We are all connected as is illustrated in the crossword style layout for our New Year Wishes! Be sure to come into the building and read what our students are wishing for!
Shana Tova and G’mar Hatima Tova
We began studying the next book of the Torah…Shemot. Our prayer study began with Mi Chamocha and the word “Norah” – awesome. We talked about how it felt to be a slave, to experience freedom and the amazing feeling of excitement after the crossing of the Red Sea. Ask your children what the word awesome means to them…
Shabbat school always brings back memories of a joyous childhood and a connection to Judaism. The topic yesterday was rituals and ritual objects. We journeyed to foreign places to investigate what Shabbat looks like in Uganda and India using the wonders of the Internet. Ask your children what they thought of Shabbat in Africa and listen to their experimentation with the class shofar!
Lots of love
A great start to a great year! New beginnings, getting to know one another and a sweet snack to start the year off!! We talked about what the Torah is, what it looks like, what it contains, the Parsha of the Week and a quick look at the inside of our mini Torah…Have a healthy happy wonderful new year ,L’Shanah Tova!