IJC Hebrew School Newsletter
Saturday, May 20: Last Session!
This coming Saturday is the LAST session of Hebrew School for the 2016-17 year (where has the time gone?). It is also the date for a welcome/newcomers/kid-friendly service and a pot-luck lunch for the entire community.
Looking towards next year, we need assistance again from parents in planning holidays and special events. This past year the system worked pretty well, with each HS parent picking one holiday and partnering with someone from the Community in order to make it happen. A reminder that signing up doesn't mean you do the event all by yourself -- you're just in charge of the organization and getting others to help you put it together. Could each parent please pick an event on the Google doc here?
Next year we're also planning to get the Teen Group back together, hopefully with a Friday night or weekend meeting once every 5-6 weeks. The idea would be to watch a movie with a Jewish theme, discuss a current event, or take a trip to an interesting place with Jewish significance. If your teenager would like to join, or if you happen to know any other Jewish teens who might be interested, please get in touch.
Here's a summary of last week's lessons:
Introduction/Ma'agal and Kita Aleph (Dafna):
We started by talking about the idea of tzdakah and looking at the containers we made at the beginning of the year. The kids then made presentations about the charity they felt we should support, and we discussed the different causes and ways that the organizations might use the money. We then voted for the cause we believed was the most important and that we wished to donate our money to.
During the second lesson we told the story of Noah and the Ark, and talked about what this story means and what we can learn from it. We then discussed the different symbols of the story; the rainbow and the dove with an olive leaf. We then talked about all the different things Noah had to do to in order to build an ark that would enable him to take so many animals for so many days, and tried to plan an ark for Noah. One question that came up and was discussed was: did this story really happen or is it a legend?
Kita Beit (Shaya):
In our first lesson we finished our conversation from last week about Ruth. We read (in Hebrew) the first part of the Judgment of Solomon ("Splitting the baby") and we watched a short movie about it. After, each child presented the organization he chose to donate money to for our tzedakah project. We discussed which one we thought was most important and why. Finally, after the break we did some Hebrew, and played a quiz that reminded us about the last three holidays we've discussed.
Bar Mitzvah class (Mayaan):
Last week we spent the first half discussing the tzedakah project for the end of this year. We then joined everyone for Ma'agal to decide which charity we wanted to support. For the second half we focused on learning the veshamru prayer that we're going to lead next week during kiddush with the whole community.
May 20 Pam
See you Saturday!