IJC Hebrew School: Session 10
Saturday, November 17 - Channukah party!
Some important reminders for this weekend’s Hebrew School and upcoming Channukah party. Don’t forget the following items:
If you haven’t already signed up to do/bring something to the party, you still can by going here: https://goo.gl/yqQDqj. Feel free to contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Also, don't forget that friends are very welcome to attend.
Last Week's Hebrew School:
The parents have spoken and the newsletters will continue to summarize the previous week's session whenever possible! Here's a summary of last week's classes:
Dafna wrote, “We started Hebrew school with Ma’agal and a reminder of Channukah story and the words of Channukah that we already know. We then talked about light and darkness as a symbol of good and bad. We introduced the mitzvah candle and gave it to one of the kids. We then played the game of candle.
In Kita Aleph, we started the lesson with the hello song. After we looked at the Shabbat pictures the kids brought and talked about Shabbat dinner. We then talked about light and darkness as they relate to us personally and as a community – what it means to us, what we should do in different situations and what it says about us.
In the second lesson we had a game of questions about Channukah. We made some drawings of dreidels and we talked about the difference between the dreidels in and outside of Israel, including the letters on the dreidel and what they stand for. We then learned the brachah for lighting the Channukah candles. We finished with a game with Hebrew words and the song for shalom.
Kita Beit:Mayaan Morali, substituting for Shaya said; “In the first session we focused on Hebrew. We played a board game to practice direction words and went over Hebrew punctuation with a card game. In the second session we went back to the yearly curriculum with the idea of "Lo alicha": "it is not upon you to complete the mission, but neither you are to desist from it". A "lo alicha" moment is when you face a decision whether to go ahead and try something, even when your chances to succeed seem low. I told the story of the Maccabees, who decided to fight the Greek despite being small in numbers. The kids gave their own examples (taking a test, although it seems too difficult, competing in sports against a good/strong opponent/team). I continued with the story of Sodom and Gomorah, and towards the end of the session we got back to Hebrew and played a couple of games to practice the numbers and the days of the week.
Bar Mitzvah Class: Mayaan Smith wrote, “In last week’s session the class discussed the story of Channukah in detail. We learned about all the different characters in the story and what their roles were. We also discussed the aspects of the story that relate to our world today: oppression, religious extremism vs secular thinking and cultural assimilation.In the second half, we talked about the customs of Channukah and where they come from. We practiced reading and memorizing the Channukah blessings and had fun making videos of ourselves reciting the blessings.
Upcoming Snack Families:
December 17 Anya
January 14 Jessica/Paul
January 21 Andy
Please note that we still need to fill in the 2nd half of the year. Due to our small numbers we'll all probably have to bring snack at least twice again. Please sign up. Snack document can be accessed here: https://goo.gl/0mfEjY.
See you Saturday!