Hebrew School Newsletter
Next session: December 3
Your help is needed -- twice! First, Dafna would like to bake challah with the kids this Saturday, but to do so she needs three parents to bring in prepared dough. She also needs 2 volunteers to soak raisins in hot water and bring the raisins and water to HS. Can we get 5 volunteers? Please email Jessica @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second cry for help -- our upcoming Channukah party. As mentioned earlier, it will be held on Saturday, December 17th, after Hebrew School. In addition to adding a few more games and activities, we need people to sign up to bring various items (latkes, dreidels, etc.) Could you please sign up? Perhaps right now? Any Israeli dance aficionados out there? We need you! This is a really important event for the Community and our kids, but it needs lots of input to make it happen. And your friendly Channukah party leader Tammy and others trying to organize the event would be oh-so-grateful. You can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w5UIadhLDmuJ_RRqefTkhrtpMmP3i8v6EWIrpdkfiNo/edit?usp=sharing).
Last week we had Hebrew School at our satellite location (otherwise known as Daniel & Margarita's house -- thank you!). The teachers changed the routine a bit and had a long Ma'agal with all the children rather than a Ma'agal +first lesson. The kids played some games that incorporated Hebrew the kids have learned so far, including songs, the days of the week, some letters and Hebrew words. The group went on to study a new song and dance for Channukah - "banu choshech legaresh".
The Bar Mitzvah class spent their class period revising and memorizing prayers for the upcoming Havdallah ceremony that is planned for next Shabbat with the community. They also discussed what Shabbat means to each of us and all the ways that Shabbat can be a fun, restful exception to the rest of our hectic daily lives.
In Kita Beit the class talked about the value of Hahnasat Orchim (traditional teachings on being a good host and guest), how to practice it and different examples of doing it right.
Kita Aleph spent time discussing Channukah, and learned a new song 'Banu choshech legaresh' (we came to break the darkness) and connected the lyrics of the song to the way communities function: the idea that the community is stronger than individuals, which can be seen as a metaphor of the lights of Channukah. Like people, each individual candle sheds a small light, but more together can fight the darkness. We talked about the necessity of trust to make this happen and we experimented with the concept of trust by blindfolding each other, exploring the space in the dark and holding the hand of our seeing partner. After learning Hebrew words for space and directions, we hid an object and gave directions in Hebrew to the blindfolded participant that tried to find the hidden object.
Upcoming Snack Families:
December 3 Lisa
December 10 Andy or Daniel? (Please clarify)
December 17 Anya
Please note that we need to fill in snack for the 2nd half of the year. Due to our small numbers we'll all probably have to bring at least twice again.
Snack document can be accessed here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XkmDpMYwTbCfoj4CaEGbNLXCTW9dtkzvBj-wN4E6Hik/edit?usp=sharing