IJC Hebrew School Newsletter
Next Session: May 11
The next session of Hebrew School is this coming Saturday, May 13. Please note that the meeting between the Rabbi and interested parents to discuss next year's curriculum has changed, and will take place after HS this Saturday (originally May 20th).
A reminder that your child had homework to do for this week's lesson relating to the school's tzedakah project; each child has been asked to write a few words or draw a picture about the organization he or she believes their class should support. In each lesson, the children will be asked to show their work and to try convince their classmates that their organization is the most deserving. Thank you with your help in making this happen.
A summary of last week's lessons:
Introduction/Ma'agal and Kita Aleph (Dafna):
During Ma'agal we talked about Shavout -- the holiday, and the meaning of the name -- and Shloshet Haregalim (three pilgrimage festivals). During the first lesson we talked about Sfirat Haomer (the counting of the days from Pesach until Shavout). We made a decision to try to improve something about ourselves until the Omer is done. We then made a calendar for that so we can follow the days and see if we can meet our goal. We went on to talk about the Shivat Haminim- the seven species of edible plants native to the land of Israel that were traditionally brought as offerings to the temple (olive, dates, wheat... ) We talked about what is unique about each of them and what they all have in common.
During break time we sang the Brich Rachamana. We started the second lesson with the reading of the story of Ruth (as is customary in Shvout). We than talked about the meaning of the story and about the sacrifices Ruth made for Naomi. We also talked about the fact that this story is unique because it is about two strong woman that did not ask for help and stuck together through good and bad. After we discussed the different costumes of this holiday and the way we dress up to celebrate it. We made flowers crowns for our own costumes.
Kita Beit (Shaya):
After the Ma'agal, we watched a short video on Shavuot. We learned the story of Ruth and found different connections between her story and Shavuot. We asked -- What does the story tell us about being (or choosing to be) Jewish? How is it connected to the story of Matan Torah? We then talked about how we celebrate the holiday, its different names and the connection between the Shivat Haminim.
After the break we learned new words in Hebrew which are connected to the holiday. Since reading poetry on Shavuot is also part of the tradition, we created and read short Gibberish-Hebrew poems (which at the same time improves reading and writing in Hebrew).
Bar Mitzvah class (Mayaan):
Last week we learned about the holiday of Shavuot, it's origins customs and evolution. We learned (and tried to memorize) the Shivat Haminim. We then practiced our Hebrew by learning to read and write some key words related to the Holiday.
Only two more sessions of Hebrew School remain this year:
May 13 David
May 20 Pam
See you Saturday!