Hebrew School Newsletter: Message from Rabbi Ira
Next Session: Sat, February 4
First, a message from Rabbi Ira:
On Shabbat, February 11th, the IJC will be celebrating Tu BiShvat, the New Year for the Trees. (To learn more about the holiday click here.) (The Jewish calendar has 4 New Years. Glad to tell you more about that if you are curious.) Tu BiShvat is a moment for us to celebrate nature, the gift of nature that we enjoy and our role in taking care of creation.
One of the traditions for celebrating Tu BiShvat is planting trees. This can be done in your neighborhood and it can be done anywhere else that needs trees. Some people like to plant trees in Israel. The JNF- the Jewish National Fund Israel. T’ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights has a Plant Trees and Justice for Tu BiShvat program that is planting trees in a village. Finally, as citizens of the world, we can all also do our part to help preserve the rain forests. One organization through which you can sponsor an acre of rain forest is called Rainforest Concern.
If and when you decide to plant trees in one of the above ways or in a different way, please make your kids part of the process so they know why you are doing what you are doing, what values these represent and why you are doing it now (Tu BiShvat) in addition to the tzedakah you give at other times of the year.
Our HS students will lead us in a short Tu BiShvat seder at the end of a shortened service on 11 Feb. Following the service and kiddush, there will be a spring themed pot luck lunch. Bring something with spring vegetables or fruits.
Look forward to seeing you all there-
Below is a summary from the the last session of Hebrew School.
Introduction/Ma'agal and Kita Aleph (Dafna): We started Ma'agal with Heike's description of her time with the mitzvah candle, and we then passed it to Theo. After, we played a game with numbers in Hebrew and studied a new song Kol Haolam kulo.
In Kita Aleph, our first lesson was about Jonah and the fish. We told the story and had discussion about it, and then each child made his own Jonah in the fish. We started the second lesson with the hello song. We then learned the last two letters of Alef Beit and some new words. We played a questions game with all the words we learned so far and finished with the letters song.
Kita Beit (Shaya): After the Ma’agal we learned how to count to 200. We also listed the Hebrew words we know by themes: time (the days of the, month etc…), space (directions), and members of the family. After the break we talked about different Brachot and started to learn about the 10 Commandments. First, we read the story of how Moses received the 10 Commandments, then we talked about the meaning of each of the commandants: why are they important? do we follow them? How? Which commandments related to God and which one is related to other humans?
Bar Mitzvah class (Mayaan): Last week there were only 2 kids so we had a bit more of an intimate lesson/discussion. We worked in the Hebrew work book of the Beth Hillel Hebrew school for the 1st half. Then for the 2nd we started speaking about Tu Bishvat. We learned about the Hebrew Calendar and the origins of the holiday. We learned about the ancient customs regarding the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and of the connection of the people to nature and the cycle of the seasons and life through their religion and worship.
Upcoming Snack Families: If you have not already, please choose two dates in the coming weeks to bring snack.To access the Google doc click here.
February 4 Pam
February 11 Daniel
February 18 Daniel
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.