education – daled tues

Today in class we worked on:
5/10-
1. We had a good, and long end of year wrap up in the form of a Kahoot. Our class is fun loving and very competitive to show how much they learned.
2. Rabbi Prass spoke with the entire group in order to wrap up the year.
3. We ended the day enjoying some pizza.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/10-
1. Try to have your student review the Alef Bet during the summer.
2. I enjoyed working with this fun group of young scholars. Enjoy your summer!

Today in class we worked on:
5/3-
1. We started off today by joining the other classes for t’filah with Rabbi Bellows. We discussed Yom Ha’zikron (remembrance day) and Yom Ha’atzamut (Independence Day) -being celebrated in Israel tomorrow and Thursday.
2. We began class with a reading review of Shalom Aleichem, page 86 -the final blessing in our textbook.
3. We took our last Hebrew letter quiz of the year– I’m so happy to share that everyone did really well – no more than two incorrect answers!
4. We wrapped up class by completing the summary worksheets for v’shamru and shalom aleichem — next week, we’ll get a packet of all the worksheets and quizzes we took this year to mark progress.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/3-
1. No homework – but come prepared next week for our final end of the year Kahoot showdown reviewing everything we’ve studied this year!

Today in class we worked on:
4/26-
1. We started off today by joining the other classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass.
2. Today we started the final chapter in our book- lesson 9 (Shalom Aleichem). This hymn (song) is a wish for peace that is traditionally sung on Friday nights after lighting shabbat candles and before saying kiddush over the wine. Shalom Aleichem speaks of the angels of peace that are welcomed into each Jewish home on Shabbat. The blessing is on page 86 and we read through the whole thing a few times! (there are many repeated lines).
3. We completed the vocabulary and root exercises in our workbooks on page 87, 88 and 90.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/26-
1. Practice reading lines 1-8 of Shalom Aleichem on page 86.
2. Next week, we’ll begin our end of the year wrap up and review of all the blessings we’ve learned this year. Take some time to read through and review the blessings in your workbook.

Today in class we worked on:
4/19-
1. We started off today by joining the other classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass.
2. We continued with lesson 8, v’shamru. We reviewed lines 1 and 2 (pg 76) that we started last week and continued with lines 3 and 4.
3. Students worked independently to complete a number of activities in our workbook: vocabulary matching on the bottom of page 77, root activities on page 78 and 80 and additional vocabulary work on page 79 and 82.
4. We ended class with a Kahoot! Game, reviewing L’cha Dodi (lesson 7) and a quick review of Israel trivia in advance of Yom Ha’atzamut, Israel’s independence day which is celebrated in two weeks.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/19-
1. Practice reading lines 1-4 of v’shamru on page 76

Today in class we worked on:
4/12-
1. We started off class by introducing the next blessing in our workbook, V’shamru. V’shamru comes from the Torah (Exodus 31: 14-17). God spoke these words to Moses just before giving him the Ten Commandments. We are to keep, or guard, Shabbat as a sign of the covenant (brit) between God and the Jewish people, the children of Israel – and marks Shabbat as a holy time.
2. We read lines one and two of this blessing on page 76 and completed the “search and circle” activity at the top of page 77.
3. We had one final run thru of our maggid, telling of the Passover story before we joined the other classes for our presentations. Our class did a fantastic job and everyone should be very proud of themselves! You can check out their performance on the CBA youtube channel
4. Happy Passover!
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/12-
1) Practice reading lines 1-1 of v’shamru on page 76

Today in class we worked on:
4/5-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes.
2. We wrapped up Lesson 7, L’cha dodi by looking at what some of the key words and phrases mean. We also practiced reading it.
3. We began lesson 8 – V’shamru by reading the first paragraph on the top of page 76, and discussing its meaning, specifically the idea of protecting what is special to us, like Shabbat.
4. We spent a little time finalizing our Passover maggid (story) play for the all school model seder next Tuesday.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/5-
1. Practice reading v’shamru on page 76

Today in class we worked on:
3/29-
1. Sounded like everyone had a nice spring break- good to you back!
2. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes.
3. We completed our reading practice of L’cha Dodi on page 68. We started with popcorn reading line by line and eventually all read through the blessing once in its entirety.
4. In our workbooks, we did the activities on the bottom of page 71, page 73 and top of page 74. These activities focused on vocabulary and root letters. The root of L’cha is hay-lamed-chaf. Words with this root tell us that “go” or “walk” is part of that word (L’cha Dodi- come oh bride), the root of Sha-more is shin-mem-resh. This root tells us that “keep” or “guard” is part of the word. (Like Shomer Shabbat -keep/guard shabbat).
5. We spent a little time finalizing our Passover maggid (story) play and ended class with a quick Passover Kahoot review game.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/29-
1. Practice reading lines 1-7 of l’cha dodi on page 68

Today in class we worked on:
3/15-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes where we looked at the actual Megillah
2. We continued with L’cha Dodi. We reviewed lines 1-3 we learned last week and added in lines 4-5.
3. We spent a little bit of time today practicing our section of the mock passover seder.
4. Class ended with a Kahoot! Purim review game.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/15-
1. Practice reading lines 1-5 of l’cha dodi on page 68
2. Have a Happy Purim and enjoy your spring break! See you in two weeks.

Today in class we worked on:
3/8-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes.
2. We reviewed lesson 6: Oseh Shalom and each read the blessing outloud a few times before starting lesson 7: L’cha Dodi.
3. L’cha Dodi is a hymn sung towards the end of kabbalat Shabbat (Friday night) during which we receive, or welcome, Shabbat. In the song, Shabbat is compared to a bride. The idea of Shabbat as a brie developed in Talmudic times, and was further developed by the mystics who lived in Safed in the 16th century. We read lines 1-3 on page 68 and completed the vocabulary activities on page 69.
4. We ended class by working a bit on our contribution to the mock passover seder. We are responsible for the maggid- the telling of the Passover story. We have a story in 10 scenes and are preparing how we want to act it out for the other classes.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/8-
1. Practice reading oseh shalom on page 58
2. Practice reading lines 1-3 of l’cha dodi on page 68

Today in class we worked on:
3/1-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes.
2. Last week we finished lesson 5, Birkat Shalom. We began today with a quick worksheet review to wrap the lesson, as we do after every chapter. This is a final opportunity to review vocabulary, prayer themes, root letters and reading before moving on.
3. We began lesson 6: Oseh Shalom. We say this blessing immediately after the Amidah. Shalom translates to “peace” but means much more than that. It comes from the Hebrew word shalem which means “complete” or “perfect”. When we create peace, we are complete and are helping to create a perfect world. We read this short, two line blessing on page 58 and completed a vocabulary activity on page 59.
4. We ended class today by watching a video that told the Passover story and the Jews exodus from Egypt. In a few weeks, we’ll be participating in a school mock seder and this story review was the beginning of our planning for our contribution to tell the maggid- the story, at the seder.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/1
1. Practice reading oseh shalom on page 58

Today in class we worked on:
2/22-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes.
2. In class, we wrapped up the second birkat shalom, blessing of peace — Sim Shalom (pg 50). We did a lot of reading practice before completing pages 53-56 in our workbooks. The workbook pages emphasized two Hebrew roots: Bet-resh-chaf (this root indicates word meanings are connected to ‘bless’) and nun-tav-tav (indicating that “give” is part of a word’s meaning).
3. We graded our Alef-Bet letter quizzes we took last Tuesday. I’m pleased to say everyone either maintained or improved upon their last score.
4. We ended with a round of Hebrew vocabulary hangman.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/22-
1. Practice reading lines 1-4 of Shalom Rav on page 46
2. Practice reading lines 1-8 of Sim Shalom on page 50

Today in class we worked on:
2/15-
1. We started off this afternoon in the sanctuary for t’filah with Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes where we looked at 2 prayers about love.
2. We continued with chapter 5: Birkat Shalom (Blessings of Peace). We did a quick reading review of Shalom Rav, the prayer for peace said during the evening service (pg 46).
3. We introduced and read lines 1-4 of Sim Shalom (pg 50), the blessing for peace we say during a morning prayer service. We also introduced Sim Shalom vocabulary on page 51 by completing the workbook activity on page 51 and on page 52.
4. Students completed another alef-bet Hebrew letter quiz. They will receive their scores next week. We take this short assessment a few times every semester as means of reinforcing the Hebrew letters and vowels.
5. Class ended today with a Birkat Shalom Kahoot game.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/15-
1. Practice reading lines 1-4 of Shalom Rav on page 46
2. Practice reading lines 1-4 of Sim Shalom on page 50

Today in class we worked on:
2/8-
1) T’fillah time with Rabbi Prass and all school. Learning about Jewish participants in the Olympics.
2) Practiced reading Shalom Rav (chapter 5/page 46)
3) Worked on page 49 in the workbook
4) Did vocabulary games
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/8-
1) Review what we worked on tonight.

Today in class we worked on:
2/1-
1. We joined the other Hebrew classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass. Together, we read the Avot V’Imahot, G’vurot and K’dusha – all three are blessings we’ve learned in Dalet Hebrew this year. Rabbi Prass then spoke about the Kotel, the Western Wall – one of the holiest sites in Jewish tradition. When you visit the Kotel, the men are on one side, women on another, similar to a traditional orthodox Jewish shul. There’s an ongoing fight by Reform and Progressive Jews in Israel to open up part of the wall to everyone so men and women can visit and pray at this holy site together. Recently, the Israeli government decided not to move forward with this egalitarian site and we talked about why it’s important that they reconsider.
2. We started lesson 5 today, Birkat Shalom, blessings of peace. The Amidah concludes with a prayer for peace that we say as a community. In an evening service, we say the Shalom Rav blessing, and in the morning we recite Sim Shalom.
3. Today, we read through Shalom Rav on page 46 and completed workbook activities on page 47 and 48.
4. When people visit the Kotel, they often write notes to G-d and stick them in the cracks of the wall. We took some time today to write our own notes to G-d, and prayers for peace. We spent a few minutes watching a live stream video of the Kotel and submitted our written notes to be printed and placed in the Kotel! You can watch the Kotel cam and submit notes here!
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/1-
1. Practice reading lines 1-4 of Shalom Rav, on page 46.

Today in class we worked on:
1/25-
1. We joined the other Hebrew classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass. We watched a video about this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (laws). The focus was on choosing to do what’s right, even if there is pressure not to or other people are choosing to do what’s wrong.
2. Today we wrapped up lesson 4, Ho-dah-ah by reading through the blessing individually, completing the activities on pages 38, 41 and 44 in our workbooks and completing a worksheet that reviewed all of the vocabulary and blessing themes we’ve been focused on the last few weeks.
3. Class ended with a Ho-dah-ah Kahoot! Review game.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/25-
1. Practice reading lines 1-7 of the Ho-dah-ah, on page 37

Today in class we worked on:
1/18-
We joined the other Hebrew classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass. We did an individual activity about fears and learned about Birkat Ha’Gomel, a prayer for gratitude we say after overcoming something scary, difficult, challenging, etc.
1) We reviewed lines 1-3 of the Ho-dah-ah (Thanksgiving) blessing that we started last week and added lines 4-7. Everyone did a great job reading these new lines for the first time. Everyone read through the entire blessing individually and did really well!
2) In the midst of reading practice, we got into a conversation about our b’nai mitzvot, how much Hebrew we’d have to read from the bima and about what our Torah portions might look like, etc. After we finished reading, we wrote down our b’nai mitzvah dates (or our birthdays for those unsure of their date) and using the TaNaKh (Hebrew Bible), we looked up our portions (or the portion being read closest to our next birthday), read the English synopsis of each and spent a little time looking at a bit of the Hebrew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/18-
1) Practice reading lines 1-7 of the Ho-dah-ah, on page 37

Today in class we worked on:
1/11-
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter break. It was great seeing you all again.
● We joined the other Hebrew classes for t’filah with Rabbi Prass. We spoke about the holiday of Tu B’Shevat (happening Sunday night-Monday). Tu B’shevat is the “New Year of the Trees”. We watched a video from The Jewish National Fund highlighting over 50 years of Jews planting trees in Israel to celebrate.
● We started a new blessing today, Ho-dah-ah (Thanksgiving). This is the sixth blessing in the Amidah and is a blessing of thanks for all the good God has created. We thank God for our lives, our souls, miracles in the world, and wonders and great gifts.
● Before diving into the Hebrew (we focused on lines 1-3, page 36), each student thought of something special they’ve received from someone else (a trip, object, special experience, etc.). We brainstormed words of appreciation or feelings we had about that gift and why it was so special. They each then wrote a thank you note to the gift giver, expressing their appreciation and gratitude. They were quite lovely.
● We ended class by playing vocabulary review games (vocabulary is on the left of page 37 in the workbook).
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/11-
● Practice reading lines 1-3 of the Ho-dah-ah, on page 37

Today in class we worked on:
12/14 –
1. After joining the other classes and Rabbi Prass for t’filah, we started this afternoon with a final reading review of the Kdushah blessing (on page 28).
2. We did a little bit of sight reading practice (reading text we’ve never seen before). On page 35- there is a short blessing that is recited in the middle of the Amidah on Shabbat called kdushat hayom, holiness of the day (Shabbat). This blessing praises and thanks God for creation and for m’nucha, “rest” on Shabbat.
3. We completed our end of lesson worksheet and reviewed the alef-bet letter quiz we took a few weeks back.
4. We ended class with a few rounds of vocabulary hangman.
5. Have a fun and healthy winter break! We’ll see you in 2022!
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/14 –
1) Practice reading lines 1-8 of the Kdushah, on page 28
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/kdushah-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=20

Today in class we worked on:
12/7 –
● Today we started with a reading review of the Kdushah blessings, lines 1-8 on pg 28
● At the heart of this blessing are three verses that come from different places in the TaNaKh (Bible). We read all three and then went straight to the source and using copies of the Bible, found the lines that are in the blessing
● We spend a good amount of time reviewing vocabulary from this blessing and the G’vurot blessing. We played a few vocabulary review games together.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/7 –
● Practice reading lines 1-8 of the Kdushah, on page 28
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/kdushah-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=20

Today in class we worked on:
11/30 –
● We joined the other classes and Rabbi Prass for t’filah and lighting the chanukiah (menorah). During T’fllah we talked about ways that we can spread light.
● We continued with the K’dushah blessing on page 28. We reviewed lines 1-5 and introduced lines 6-8. We completed the workbook activities on page 33.
● Before playing a very competitive game of dreidel, we reviewed the letters on the dreidel and what they stand for: Nes Gadol Hi’ya Sham. (A great miracle happened there). We also spoke about what dreidels look like in Israel. They use the letters: Nun, Gimmel, Hay, Pay — and that stands for Nes Gadol Hi’ya Po. (A great miracle happened HERE).
Happy Chanukah!
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/30 –
● Practice reading lines 1-8 of the Kdushah, on page 28
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/kdushah-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=20

Today in class we worked on:
11/16 –
1. Joined the other Hebrew classes for t’filah.
2. We did a lot of reading practice! We worked on the Kedushah blessing (pg 28). We reviewed lines 1-2 from last week and added on lines 3-5.
3. We completed the “recognize the word” vocabulary activity in our workbooks on page 29.
4. We ended the class by playing a Jeopardy review game. Categories were: Kedushah vocabulary, G’vurot vocabulary, Avot V’Imahot vocabulary, Hebrew prefixes, suffixes and root letters and “prayer trivia”.
5. Happy Thanksgiving — see you in two weeks!
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/16 *
1) Practice reading lines 1-5 of the Kdushah, on page 28
2) If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/kdushah-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=20

Today in class we worked on:
11/9 –
1. Joined the other Hebrew classes for a tikkun olam project. We made Chanukah cards that are going to be sent to Jewish-Americans serving in the military.
2. We completed the end of lesson worksheets for the Avot V’Imahot and G’vurot that we started last week and didn’t finish.
3. We introduced lesson 3 – Kedushah (holy). This is the third blessing in the Amidah. It proclaims God’s holiness. Verses of this blessing come from the section of the Bible called Neviem (Prophets). There’s specific choreography we do when saying this blessing. We imitate the angels in the prophet Isaiah’s vision by going up on our tiptoes three times when we recite the words Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh (holy, holy, holy).
4. We practiced reading lines 1-2 of this blessing, on page 28.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/9 –
1. Practice reading lines 1-2 of the Kdushah, on page 28
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/kdushah-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=20

Today in class we worked on:
11/2 –
This week, we wrapped up lesson 2: G’vurot
● We had an all school t’fillah. We were the first ones to pray in the newly renovated sanctuary.
● We started class with reading review
● We completed a few worksheets individually that reviewed both lesson 1 (Avot V’Imahot) and lesson 2 (G’vurot) which reviewed blessing themes, connections to our lives today and vocabulary. . We also went through lesson two and completed any incomplete workbook activities.
● While we were working individually, students were pulled out one on one for reading review and practice.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/2 –
● Practice reading lines 1 -7 of the G’vurot, on page 16. Remember, at CBA, we read the blue word (may-teem) in this blessing)
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/gvurot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=19

Today in class we worked on:
10/26 –
● This week we continued with the G’vurot blessing (Lesson 2)
○ We started with reading practice; reviewing lines 1-4 and introducing lines 5-7.
● We joined kitah gimmel outside with Rabbi Prass for Hebrew Through Movement.
● Vocabulary review:
○ Page 22, we were introduced to the root letters “chet, yud, hay”. This root tells us that “life” is part of a word’s meaning, like m’hi-yay (gives life) or chayim (living or life). We read through text looking for words with this root.
○ Page 24, we were introduced to the root letters “resh, chet, mem”. This root tells us that “compassion” or “mercy” is part of the word’s meaning. Examples of this are b’rachamim (with compassion) or ha’rachaman (the merciful one)
● To wrap up this afternoon, we played a few rounds of Kahoot! Quizzing us on reading, vocabulary and themes of both the Avot V’Imahot and the G’vurot blessings.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/26 –
● Practice reading lines 1 -7 of the G’vurot, on page 16. Remember, at CBA, we read the blue word (may-teem) in this blessing.
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/gvurot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=19

Today in class we worked on:
10/19 –
● This week we continued with the G’vurot blessing (Lesson 2)
○ We started with reading practice; reviewing lines 1-2 we introduced last week and continuing on with lines 3 and 4.
○ We worked on prayer vocabulary and completed the activities on page 17 and 18 in our workbooks.
● We joined kitah gimmel outside with Rabbi Prass. He led Hebrew Through Movement, and reviewed the verbs we worked on during HTM a few weeks ago: La’koom (to get up), La’shevet (to sit down), La’lechet (to go), La’atzur (to stop) and l’hes-toe-vev (to spin). We also played or adom (red light), or yarok (green light)
● We ended class today discussing the G’vurot. This blessing speaks to God’s powers. Since we are created b’tzelem elohim, we have the ability to act in godly ways. The blessing lists four powers: help the falling, heal the sick, free the captive and keep faith with (take care of) the souls of those who have died.
○ We did a matching activity– matching various actions we can take to the power they’re associated with
○ We brainstormed other things we can do as individuals do act b’tzelem elohim and reflect the image of God.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/19 –
● Practice reading lines 1 -4 of the G’vurot, on page 16. (Remember -at CBA, we read the blue word (may-teem) in this blessing.
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/gvurot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=19

Today in class we worked on:
10/12 –
● This week we wrapped up lesson 1 : Avot V’Imahot
○ As a class, we did a read through of the blessing (pg 5)
○ Individually, we filled out a blessing recap worksheet (which we’ll do after every blessing this year). The worksheet asks students to reflect on the theme of the blessings and identify important vocabulary words.
○ While working on the worksheet, they each read the blessing in its entirety with me 1:1
● We introduced the G’vurot blessing.
○ G’vurot means “powers”, this blessing, the second in the Amidah, speaks of God’s powers: creating life, saving life, sustaining life, helping those who have fallen, healing the sick, freeing the captive.
○ We had a conversation about why the “Y” in You and Your were capitalized in the translation of the blessings when referring to God (a sign of respect).
○ We practiced reading the first two lines of the blessing, on page 16.
● During our time outside today, we played a game of Shimon Omer (Simon Says). Simon asked us to put our hand on the (ya’dayim al ha): head (rosh), eyes (ay-naiem), nose (af), ears (oz-nayim), mouth (peh), shoulders (k’tafayim), stomach (beh’ten) and legs (reg-layim). We also put our hands on the ground (al ha ritz-pa) and in the sky (b’shamayim).
● We ended class today by taking the alef-bet letter/vowel quiz. This is a quick assessment we take a few times every year to ensure we all remember the names of the Hebrew letters and the sounds the vowels make.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/12 –
● Practice reading lines 1 and 2 of the G’vurot, on page 16. (Remember -at CBA, we read the blue word (may-teem) in this blessing.
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/gvurot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=19

Today in class we worked on:
9/28 –
● We began in a quick all-school assembly with Rabbi Prass.
● The students completed two pages in their workbooks individually – page 7 and the top of page 14.
● The Avot V’Imahot outlines the very beginning of our Jewish family tree- Abraham and Sarah, their son Isaac and his wife Rebecca, and their son Jacob and his two wifes, Rachel and Leah. We made our own family trees, using Hebrew words for grandmother/grandfather, mother/father, aunt/uncle, cousin, sister/brother.
● While designing their family trees, we did individual Hebrew reading practice, reviewing lines 1-3 that we were introduced to last week and sight reading lines 4-7 of the Avot V’Imahot (pg 5).
● Each class rotated outside to look at the Lulav, etrog, and Torah in celebration of our 3 holidays: hoshana rabba, shemini atzeret, and simchat Torah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/28-
● Practice reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-7 on page 5 in your textbook.
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/avot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=18

Today in class we worked on:
9/21 –
Welcome back! It was great meeting everyone this afternoon.

● We began in a quick all-school assembly with Rabbi Prass.
● We jumped into a little Hebrew vocabulary and writing practice, sharing what Beit Sefer (school) we go to, our favorite seret (movie), sefer (book), and our favorite thing l’echol (to eat). We also shared what we did this kaytz (summer).
● In the sukkah, Rabbi Prass led a short discussion about the holiday of Sukkot, we said the blessing for being in the sukkah and shook the lulav and etrog.
● Back in the classroom, we introduced the first bracha (blessing) we’re learning this year, Avot V’Imahot. This is the first blessing in the Amidah, the central prayer section of every service. Avot means fathers and Imahot means mothers. This blessing reminds us that our ancestors, Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel each had a special and unique relationship with God. It asks God to watch over us, protect us, and bless us, just as God did for our ancestors. We read lines 1-3.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/21 –
● Practice reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-3 on page 5 in your textbook.
○ If you need help with pronunciation, or if you want to follow along, use this website: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/avot-prayer-page.html?uid=0&modid=3&activityid=18