Rabbi Offner's confirmation class spent time talking about Jewish laws and traditions and how our beliefs relate to gun laws and the events in Newtown, CT. The eighth graders had a similar discussion regarding gun violence and gun control.
Fifth graders worked with a substitute as well. They spent time on lifecycle events, focusing on becoming a bat or bar mitzvah. They also continued their Hebrew work by reading the Shema and V'Ahavta.
First graders worked with their substitute on the letter, Vav, and reviewed the letters Zayin and Chet. Students were lucky enough to go to the library and hear a story from the librarian about Shabbat called "The Shabbat Box" by Lesley Simpson. In their classroom, they began working on their Shabbat boxes. At one point, when I walked in, the students were dancing to "Hava Negilah!"
Music was as fun and busy as always and Tefilah was wonderful! Rabbi Offner asked all of the students with January birthdays to join her on the bimah and lead the group in reading the V'Ahavta.
We'll see you 3rd though 7th graders on Wednesday and everyone once again on Sunday the 13th!
-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis