Kehila School resumed on January 6 after the holiday break. Between the snow and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there has only been one class this month. We’re looking forward to Kehila’s Tu B’Shevat celebration at the end of January.
The K-1 students had a wonderful first week back at Kehila. They talked a lot about why we learn things, and what's so important about learning to be Jewish. They also reviewed old letters and started in our last few. Students are learning to sing along to the Aleph-bet song, (Debbie Friedman version).
Grade 2–3, Hebrew: Hanna
Hanna checked in with each student on his/her progress. The rest of the time students worked in pairs (chevrutah) as student-teacher. They were incredible in both roles.
Grade 2–3, Judaics: Gale
Our class time was packed! Students continued our year-long theme of becoming a mensch, worked on the cookbook project and started a unit on Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees. Students read the book Snow in Jerusalem, which covers the values of respecting those from different backgrounds and caring for animals. Next week cookbooks will be coming home so they can add recipes to them. Students were encouraged to do something special with their families for homework.
Grade 4–5, Hebrew: Hanna
We started with the new book HINENI (translation: here i am ready)! We started with the blessings. Kids should know that God has at least two names we use in the blessings: Adonai, and Elohim (not Eloheynu). And now we know that we have a goddess in our class! One of the meanings of the name Ella is goddess.
Grade 4–5, Judaics: Gale
The students discussed generosity with those you love, as well as a book to review the Jewish holidays we’ve learned about, plus a preview of those coming up for the remainder of the year. They also finalized their goals for the upcoming 2019 new year and will post them up to remind themselves of their commitments to themselves. As homework, students were asked to perform a special act of kindness for someone.
Mitzvah–Machon: Sarah-Beth Alcabes (substitute for Liz)
I had a great time getting to know your students! We talked about what we know and questions we had about how different Jews dress, pray, use food, and celebrate holidays. We then came up with questions to ask Jewish friends and family to discuss next week. Finally, students came up with a pie chart to represent what is influential and important to how they each practice Judaism.