Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Jewish Children’s Education Program

May 15, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204

Hebrew classes.

Morah Jen’s Hebrew class. Substitute teacher for the day was Eric Rosenberg. We broke into two teams and had one heckuva game of Hebrew bullseye. The text we used was Avot v’Imahot on page 20. The kids did a great job reading a line with nice fluency and then taking a turn at hitting the bullseye on the chalkboard. Lucy and Sam’s team won.

Homework:  Please read page 40 in the textbook and continue to practice the Avot v’Imahot on page 20.

Morah Erin’s Hebrew class: We continued learning to decode and understand the V’ahvta. Students worked on a couple of lines at a time and then tried to beat each other at how fast they could read it. We also tried singing it and some grudgingly admitted that it helped:) Then students attempted to write “Happy Mother’s Day,” and what they got for their mom, in Heblish.

Homework: Continue working on reading or singing page 76 of S’fatai Tiftach. Do pages 84 and 88 in the same book. Pages 33-35 in I Can Read Hebrew. Here is the link to V’ahavta:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqV9VwZcuW4

Moreh Steve’s Hebrew class. We read and studied the first three siddur pages of the Amidah, translating and discussing vocabulary and ritual context as we went.

Homework: Prepare two other parts of the Amidah: G’vurot on p. 95, and Birkat Hashalom on p. 105. “Prepare” means read it through enough times that you can read every sentence without stumbling, and can say what each word means.

Jewish studies classes.

Morah Jen’s Jewish studies class:  We took a health hiatus, since Morah Jen would rather share her ideas than her contagious virus…

Homework:  We’ll be talking about how wisdom relates to tzedakah, Tikkun Olam and tshuvah.  Think of some examples that show how actions that reflect these three Ts are smart things to do.

Morah Erin’s and Moreh Zach’s Jewish studies class: This week Jonah taught us about the Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky, Sam taught us about the great Jewish baseball player Sandy Koufax, and Clara taught us about Sydney Taylor, author of the All of a Kind Family books, a series of books about a Jewish family who lived in New York in the early twentieth century. Thank you to all who presented this week!

We also learned about the Book of Ruth, which is read in synagogues on the holiday Shavuot. We talked about the holiday commemorating receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and how Ruth, many years later, became a convert to Judaism and accepted the Torah. Even her name adds up to the number of mitzvot in the Torah.

Finally we learned about Judith Resnik, a Jewish American woman who who became one of the first female astronauts. We watched a video of her on her flight on the space shuttle Discovery and learned that she died on the Challenger two years later.

Next week Sarah, Brita, and Lucy will present their Jewish American Heroes. See document attached below for the assignment.

Moreh Steve’s Jewish studies. We looked at the word clouds of the (only) two students who prepared them, and considered where the words in the clouds could be placed on last week’s big chart of ideas of Jewish identity (theology, tribal/community, ritual, ethical). The idea is to stimulate the kids’ own explorations of what it means to be Jewish. Then we went around the room for student impressions of the first 6 brief chapters of the encyclopedia—this was hampered by lack of preparation. We are up to the Crusades, which we tried interestingly to define. Then we changed the subject and tried to name, for each student, one or more famous people in modern life who are Jewish, and assigned each child such a person to report on next week from notes they make at home.

Homework. Read through chapter 7 of the encyclopedia, catching up if behind. And learn about your chosen individual and prepare some notes for your 1-to-5-minute presentation about the person you chose. What is the person like? what field, what accomplishments, what background of childhood and heritage, and what does the person say about his or her Jewishness?



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4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) & George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204
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