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Welcome back!

Welcome back to Hebrew School! I was not there this week and missed seeing all of you! Hoping you are all keeping healthy and warm,
Fraida

Dear Parents,

This week in Hebrew School we  began our unit about Kosher. We talked about the different signs that make animals, birds, and fish Kosher. We learned that people who keep Kosher do not mix meat and milk together. The kids got to make two placemats. One for meat, בשר, and one for milk, חלב. The placemats will be laminated and the kids will get to take them home next week. We also reviewed our Aleph Champ letters. Next week we will be talking about the different Kosher symbols that can be found on food items.

Looking forward to another fantastic week!

Love,
Morah Gavriella and Morah Tzipora ( Morah Raizy was out this week)

Review and heads up for after the break

Dear parents,

This week we learned about “gam zu l’tovah” - “this too is for the best.” The kids did a great job coming up with reasons why hard things in our lives can be for the best, and they had fun acting out gam zu l’tovah stories. They are also working very hard at the Aleph Champ program and their Aleph Bet skills are improving week by week!

Note: if possible over the next few weeks, please save your dry recycling items to send with your child the next time we meet. Examples are old magazines, empty paper towel rolls, bottle caps, etc. Thank you!

Have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you all in January!

Love, 
Morah Raizy
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Dear Parents,

This week we finished up our unit on Mitzvot. Our last mitzvah topic was mezuzah. We had a race to find all the mezuzot in the Hebrew School building. Each student got to design their own mezuzah case out of clay.

We also reviewed all of our Hebrew letters we have learned so far and added in final chaf. The kids are all working really hard on their letters. 

After the break we are looking forward to beginning our unit on kosher. Since some of our projects may be food related please be sure to let us know if their are any allergies. 

Have a wonderful break! Can’t wait to see everyone in January. 

Love,
Morah Gavriella

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Dear Parents,

This week we learned about challah and how we put 2 on our Shabbos table. We spoke about Shabbos being the 7th day of the week. We all enjoyed braiding  our very own challah and topping it with chocolate chips and sprinkles;).

We introduced the letter daled and had fun dotting it for our Aleph Bet book.

Keep warm and enjoy vacation! See you in a couple weeks,

Morah Fraida 

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Mitzvot and Hebrew Review

Dear Parents,

Thanks for another great day at Hebrew School! This week we started our unit on mitzvot. The kids enjoyed a hunt for hidden mitzva cards and painted creative posters of different mitzvot that apply to their everyday lives. Can’t wait for next week!

Love,

Morah Raizy

Hebrew School 

Dear Parents,

Today was another fantastic day at Hebrew School. We continued our unit on mitzvot. We reflected on some of the mitzvot we have already learned about (kavod=honor, bikur cholim=visiting the sick, etc). We learned about our new mitzvah, tzedaka, giving charity. The kids each decorated their own tzedaka box which we will be keeping at Hebrew school and putting in a penny every week. We are continuing to practice our Hebrew letters and improving each week. 

Looking forward to next week!

Love,

Morah Gavriella

Hebrew School 2 

 In our class, we reviewed the letters Aleph, Bet, Vet and Gimmel and filled in our golden gimmel for our aleph bet book. We also started our Jewish Numbers puzzle and filled out number 8 for the 8 candles on the menorah.

Morah Fraida 

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Kindness and Prayer

Dear Parents,

This week we reviewed letters Bet and Vet, emphasizing the Vet does not have a belly button whereas the Bet does. We learned about giving tzedakah, giving to others that have less then us, and we decorated our very own tzedakah boxes. 

As usual, we enjoyed music and movement and had fun finding the letters we know in our snack of Aleph Bet cookies;)

Morah Fraida 

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Dear Parents,

This week we learned about Gemilut Chasadim - this means doing kind things. Each student got to make a shrinky dink key chain in the shape of a heart to remind us to be kind. We also made Get Well Cards for other kids in the hospital. This mitzvah is called Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick/making them feel better) and it is something kind that we could do for them.

In Alef Champ we spent time reviewing our past letters and talked about Kaf and Chaf. These letters are twins just like Bet and Vet. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next week! 

Morah Gavriella

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Dear Parents,

This week, we learned about prayer. The kids brainstormed on the different reasons that we talk to Hashem and we had a race to create a wall of things we are thankful for and things that we need to help us connect to Hashem while praying. We also made cool bookmarks for our Siddurs marking the prayers that we say every week!

The group is coming along with their Aleph Bet knowledge. We are currently working on end letters and vowels and are even starting to read small words!

Looking forward to another great week!

Morah Raizy 

Our Roots HS Updates

Kita Aleph

Today we reviewed the letters aleph and bais/bet and introduced vais/vet. We had fun tacking our bets and taping bets to the table and turning it into a vet by taking off its belly button.

We read a book about how colorful mitzvos are and made our very own grape juice for kiddush on shabbos. We all braved tasting it! It was a unanimous vote not to keep it😂.

Morah Fraida

 

Kita Beis

Dear Parents,

This week we learned about our Jewish roots. Each student got to fill in a family tree and talk about their family. We planted seeds to demonstrate how roots are important to our growth.

In Alef Champ we spent time reviewing our past letters and introduced our new letter of the week, Kaf. 

We won’t see you next week but are looking forward to seeing you the week after! 

Morah Gavriella

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Names and Family

Kita Aleph

Dear Parents,

Today we reviewed the letters Aleph and Bet. We blew bubbles on bais and traced the letters with bottle caps.

Throughout the year, we will be exploring our Jewish colors. We have done red for the apple dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana and brown for the shofar. Today we spoke about purple and how we make grape juice out of grapes that we can then use for kiddush.

Of course we also enjoyed some music and movement with our colorful scarves;)

See you next week!
Morah Fraida 

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Kita Beis

Dear Parents,

In aleph champ this week, we got up to the letter Yud! If you would like review sheets, please respond to this email. I don't want to overwhelm the kids with homework;).

We also learned about our Hebrew names. Our Hebrew name is part of our Jewish identity and it connects our Neshama (soul) to Hashem (G-d). Each child was able to tell our group about his/her Hebrew name and why they were given that name. Some children were named after a relative and some were given their name because their parents just liked the name. We also got to look up the meanings of some of their names as well as some Jewish historical figures who shared the same name. 

Everyone got to make mask chains with beads and included their Hebrew name in it. 

Next week we will be talking about our Jewish roots - please send your child with a list of their Jewish ancestors going back 3-5 generations. 

Looking forward to next week! 

Morah Gavriella

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Kita Gimmel

Dear Parents,

This week, we learned about loving our fellow Jew. The kids talked about the difference between people they love and people they like, and we learned that every Jew is part of the same family. We ended by making cards and toys for Jewish children who are sick in the hospital to show them that we love them and we are thinking about them. 

Can’t wait for next week!

Morah Raizy

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Life size chutes and ladders and more HS Updates

 

Dear Parents,

Today in Hebrew School, Morah Gavriella’s class talked about our Jewish Identity. As Jewish people we have a special connection to Hashem (G-d) through our Neshama (soul). By doing mitzvos (commandments from G-d/good deeds) and staying away from aveiros (bad deeds) we can use our Neshama to get closer to Hashem. Be sure to ask your child(ren) about our life size chutes and ladders game - the kids had to decide if the card they chose was a mitzvah (thumbs up) or aveira (thumbs down). Congrats to our winner, Gabe!

We also learned the Hebrew letter Vav which earned all of the kids their first white strip in our Alef Champ curriculum. They each successfully know Alef through Vav. We then moved on to letter Zayin. Feel free to review our letters at home. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Sunday 

Morah Gavriella

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