Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I forgot to take Pictures!!!!

Today was such a busy and productive day at Religious School that I totally forgot to take pictures of everyone working!!!

Sixth grade spent time working from their "Let Freedom Ring" book as they talked about Russian Jews Emigrating to the United States after the progroms.  They learned about some famous Jews like boxer Ruby Goldstein, composer George Gershwin, and actor Zero Mostel.  Their sub even showed a video of Zero Mostel singing songs from "Fiddler on the Roof."  Students also worked on the kiddusha and had a small competition reading Hebrew words!

George Gershwin's "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess

Fifth graders continued talking about becoming B'Nai Mitzvah.  Today they talked about mitzvot and potential mitzvah projects.  Students asked questions about becoming a B'Nai Mitzvah and shared their personal experiences.  Students reviewed twelve different ways to perform a mitzvah and shared personal activities that they have done that fell into each of the categories.  They also recited the Shema and V'Ahavtah by memory at the end of the day!  They sounded great!!!

Third and fourth graders got to go to the library at the end of the school day and heard Ms. DeRusha read a story from the Torah today.  Their rapt attention showed how much they enjoyed hearing the story!  They spent the beginning of class reviewing the Hebrew terms they have been practicing in class.  Not only did they take turns reading and sharing the days of the week and numbers from 0-10, but they also heard about feminine and masculine words in Hebrew.  I was amazed by how many students quickly began creating grammatically correct phrases from the words they already know!

Seventh graders were in the midst of reading a play that shared the story of Parshas Shmot and Vaera.  Though they were laughing at the silly elements of the play, they asked questions about the story, added elements that they remembered from previous readings and one student even added information from his Torah portion at his recent Bar Mitzvah!  Students also read the Avot and Gvurot and continued with their Holocaust study by discussing the film, Escape from Sobibor.

We return for classes this Sunday with all grades.

Please note that there was an error in the January calendar in the Shofar.  Despite what the calendar says, We DO have Religious School on Wednesday, January 30th.

-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis

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