Hebrew School Newsletter
Next Session: February 18
The next session of Hebrew School is this coming Saturday the 18th, and will take place at the Quaker House. It is located at 50 Square Ambiorix, 1000. We are told parking is easy to find around the square.
The following HS session will be on March 11th, and this is also the date of the IJC Purim party. Lisa and Anya, who volunteered to coordinate the event, need all of us to sign up and help with activities in order to make it happen. The sign up sheet is here. Feel free to contact Lisa or Anya with any questions.
Below is a summary from the the last session of Hebrew School:
Introduction/Ma'agal and Kita Aleph (Dafna): We started the Ma’agal introducing our new student, Lura, to everyone. We then listened to the mitzvah candle stories of Theo C. and Gabriel and passed the candle on to Theo M. We then we talked about Tu BiShvat and the words we learned previously and sang together the Tu BiShvat song.
During the Kita Aleph lesson we talked about the different groups of fruits and what they mean. Each child chose a fruit and prepared a special decoration for the Tu BiShvat Seder. During the second half we talked about what we would like to say during the seder and practiced our lines.
Kita Beit (Mayan M. substituting for Shaya): After the Ma'agal, we talked about Tu B'shvat - we learned that the days in the Hebrew calendar are counted with the Hebrew letters, and that Tu B'shvat is the 15th (טו) of the month shvat. We demonstrated with our bodies the earth moves around the sun and how the seasons in nature are caused due the tilt of the earth's axis. In preparation for the Seder we talked about fruits which are soft on the outside and hard on the inside, and gave the example of a date (Tamar). To illustrate, we looked at some pictures of famous women named Tamar and talked about how they may seem soft on the outside, but are strong inside.
In the second session we got back to the theme of our yearly curriculum - lo alicha and talked about the example of planting trees in Tu B'shvat. We also went over the Hebrew words related to family. We finished with some rehearsals before joining the Seder.
Bar Mitzvah class (Mayaan S.): Last week we focused on writing and rehearsing our Tu Bisvhat presentation. Our class presented the fruits that are hard on the outside and have a soft edible interior. In the Kabala, these represent people who have many defenses but are good and kind once you get to know them. We had a great discussion about bullying and what might be the reasons that lead someone to behave in negative ways and trying to react with compassion to negativity rather than more negativity. We then wrote and rehearsed the little play that we put on for our presentation in front of the whole congregation.
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.
March 11 Cory
March 18 Cory
March 25 Jessica/Paul
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.