education – daled tues

Today in class we worked on: 

2/7-

  1. We enjoyed all grades T’Fillah with Rabbi Prass.  We connected the prayer gevurot which talks about strength with tu bishvat.  We shared where we have grown, and how we are stronger because of that.  
  1. Today we continued with Shalom Rav – the evening blessing for peace.  We reviewed lines 1-2 that we learned last week and added in lines 3-4.  
  1. We spent time with a partner working in our textbooks on page 47 and 48 looking at vocabulary. 
  1. We ended class with a game of around the world, testing our vocabulary and Hebrew reading skills 
  1. Our class along with the other grades were able to enjoy Hebrew with Movement with Madrich Charlie. We worked on our Tu Bishvat words.  We even shared tree jokes 
  1.    Lihitaot (good-bye).  

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-4 of Shalom Rav on page 46 in your textbook. 
  1. Use this website to listen to the blessing and read along: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/shalom-rav-prayer-page.html?uid=4&modid=4&activityid=40 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/31-

  1. We began in an all-school tfilah with Rabbi Prass. During silent prayer, we wrote notes which will be put in the kotel in Jerusalem by Rabbi Bellows next week when she goes there. 
  1. Today we started lesson 5, Birkat Shalom, blessings of peace.  This lesson includes two blessings, the Shalom Rav blessing, which we say at the end of the evening Amidah service and Sim Shalom, said at the end of the morning service.  
  1. We started the lesson by sight reading the vocabulary words from Shalom Rav and played a quick team game. 
  1. We introduced the blessing and practiced reading lines 1-2. 
  1. Class ended with a reading fluency game before joining the other classes for Hebrew through Movement.  

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-2 of Shalom Rav on page 46 in your textbook. 
  1. Use this website to listen to the blessing and read along: https://www.behrmanhouse.com/hinfree/shalom-rav-prayer-page.html?uid=4&modid=4&activityid=40 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/24-

  1. Our kitah (class) had sanctuary/t’fillot time with Rabbi Prass.  We talked about who has helped us grow, and connected that to the upcoming holiday of Tu Bishvat (new year of the trees) and the prayer avot v’imahot. 
  1. We wrapped up lesson four, Hoda’ah.  We started with a quick round robin reading review. 
  1. Students were assigned individual work to complete in our workbooks and while they were working, we did 1:1 individual reading pull outs. 
  1. This afternoon ended in the sanctuary with the other kitot (classes) doing Hebrew Through Movement led by Madrich Charlie and Rabbi Prass.  

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-7 of the Hoda’ah blessing on page 36 in your textbook. 
  1. Complete any activities from class today in your textbook you didn’t finish: Pg 40, 41 and 42. 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/17-

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Bellows. 
  1. Today we continued with Lesson 4- Hoda’ah, the Thanksgiving blessing. We spent a great deal of time on reading practice and got through the entire blessing together. 
  1. We reviewed the blessing vocabulary and played a round-robin tic-tac-toe review game 
  1. This afternoon ended in the sanctuary with the other kitot (classes) doing Hebrew Through Movement led by Rabbi Bellows and our madrich Charlie Schwartz.  

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-7 of the Hoda’ah blessing on page 36 in your textbook. 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/10-

  1. Welcome back! Happy New Year! 
  1. Our kitah (class) had t’fillot with Rabbi Prass where we had a discussion about how much fun everyone had on break, how we express special moments, and that t’fillah can be an opportunity to express special moments.  
  1. Today we started lesson 4- Hoda’ah (“thanksgiving”). This is the second-to-last blessing in the Shabbat Amidah. Before we conclude the Amidah, we say this prayer of thanksgiving to God.  We acknowledge that God alone created the blessings and the good in our lives. We bow at the beginning and end of the blessing to show respect and gratitude.  
  1. We spent some time today thinking about special things we’ve received from people (gifts, experiences, trips, etc.)  We discussed how we articulate appreciation to the people who provide that to us. 
  1. We began reading lines 1-3 of the blessing on page 36 in our textbooks and completed a vocabulary activity on page 37. 
  1. This afternoon ended in the sanctuary with the other kitot (classes) doing Hebrew Through Movement.  

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-3 of the Hoda’ah blessing on page 36 in your textbook 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/20-

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass where we talked about heroic acts we have seen and how that connects to the heroic acts of the Maccabees in the Channukah story.  We also lit the chanukiah for the 3rd night of chanukah.  
  1. In class we celebrated Chanukah! We did a review worksheet in small groups – going over Chanukah vocabulary and practicing writing those Chanukah words in Hebrew.  We had a conversation about the meaning of the acronym on the sivivyon (dreidels) – Nun, Gimmel, Hay, Shin (A great miracle happened there) and discussed why dreidels in Israel have a Pey instead of a Shin (A great miracle happened HERE). 
  1. We broke into small groups and played dreidel 
  1. We ended class with a pizza dinner to wrap up the semester and celebrate the hard work we’ve all put into our Hebrew studies this year. 
  1. Happy Chanukah! Have a safe and fun winter break. See you next year. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. None, enjoy your break! 
  1. The CBA Winter Break schedule is: 
  1. Sunday, December 25 - Sunday, January 8 NO Religious & Hebrew School – Winter Break 
  1. Tuesday, January 10 - Tuesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Sunday, January 15 - Religious School Resumes 
  1. You can always access the school calendars by clicking here. 
  1. You can always access the entire CBA calendar by clicking here. 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/13-

  1. We enjoyed all school t’fillot with Rabbi Prass where we talked about the gifts we have given and can give to our parents. 
  1. Today we wrapped up lesson 3 – the K’dusha blessing.  We started with a quick reading review and completed an end of lesson worksheet.  The worksheet focused on root letters: koof-daled-shin, bet-resh-chaf and mem-lamed-chaf, as well as vocabulary and prayer themes. 
  1. We played a Kahoot blessing review game. 
  1. We ended class in the sanctuary for Hebrew Through Movement with the other Hebrew classes. 
  1. Happy Chanukah! 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-8 of the K’dusha, on page 28.  

Today in class we worked on: 

12/6-

  1. We began in an all-school t’filla with Rabbi Prass. 
  1. Continuing on with lesson 3, the K’dusha – the third blessing in the Amidah.  We spent a significant amount of class time practicing reading the blessing.  We pulled up an online wheel with everyone’s name and another random number generator. We spun the name wheel to see who was going to read and we used the number generator to pick which line they were reading.  We went through 4 rounds! 
  1. We took our second alef-bet quiz of the year.  These assessments test our letter and vowel recognition.  Students will receive their scores next week.  Our goal is to see improvement from the last time we took the assessment (in October).   
  1. We split the class in two groups – group one went with Rabbi Prass to do more reading practice and the other half of the group stayed in the classroom with me and practice vocabulary.  
  1. We ended class in the sanctuary for Hebrew Through Movement with the other Hebrew classes. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-8 of the K’dusha, on page 28.  
  1. Please send your students to class next week with a device (phone or tablet) that they can access the internet – we’re planning to play an online Hebrew review game. 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/29-

  1. Welcome back! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving break! 
  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass. 
  1. Continuing on with lesson 3, the K’dusha – the third blessing in the Amidah.  We spent a significant amount of class time practicing reading the blessing. 
  1. Students completed the activity on page 31 in their textbooks.  We looked at the sentence in the blessing: N’kadesh et shmcha baolam – let us sanctify your name in the world.  We broke down the word N’kadesh – let us sanctify- make holy. This word has the koof-daled-shin root (meaning ‘holy’).  We discussed that we’re referring to God as ‘your’ in this blessing.  
  1. We split into two teams and competed in a challenging vocabulary review game- reviewing words from lessons 1, 2 and 3. 
  1. We ended class in the sanctuary for Hebrew Through Movement with the other Hebrew classes. 

 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-8 of the K’dusha, on page 28.  
  1. If you need help with pronunciation, or 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: 

11/15-

  1. We began in an all-school t’filah with Rabbi Prass. 
  1. We continued with lesson 3, the K’dusha – the third blessing in the Amidah.  We spent a good amount of time on reading practice- page 28, line 1-3. 
  1. We introduced the lesson vocabulary (pg 29) and completed the activity in our books on the same page.  We played vocabulary review games to reinforce our Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew word recognition as well as our vocabulary reading skills  
  1. We ended class in the sanctuary for Hebrew Through Movement with the other Hebrew classes. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice reading lines 1-3 of the K’dusha, on page 28.  
  1. Happy Thanksgiving- see you in two weeks! 

Today in class we worked on:

11/8- 

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  2. Today we did a wrap up of the G’vurot blessing. We completed a review worksheet, completed the activities in our textbooks and spent time doing one on one reading practice.
  3. We started lesson 3, the K’dusha.  This blessing is the third in the Amidah.  The K’dusha proclaims God’s holiness.  Verses from this blessing come from the Bible (book of Prophets). We imitate the angels in the prophet Isaiah’s visions when we recite this prayer.  The blessing is on page 28 and we focused on lines 1 and 2.
  4. We ended class in the sanctuary for Hebrew Through Movement with the other Hebrew classes.

Homework to be completed by next class:

Today in class we worked on:

11/1- 

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  2. Today we started off with a reading review of the G’vurot blessing (pg 16, lines 1-7).  We read through the blessing a few times, each taking a line or two and rotating around the room.
  3. We played a Kahoot game to review the themes and vocabulary from the G’vurot and Avot V’Imahot.
  4. In small groups, we completed the activities in our textbooks on pages 24 and 25. Page 24 broke down the work “B’rahchameem” – with compassion.  The root letters resh-chet-mem indicates that “compassion” or “mercy” is part of a word’s meaning.  We looked at a few names of God that share those root letters.  Page 25 broke down the words “Mi Chamocha” -who (is) like you and like last week -reviewed that the “you” referring to is God.
  5. We ended class in the sanctuary with the other Hebrew classes and watched a video about OSRUI summer 2023 and Charlie led Hebrew Through Movement.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. 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.

Today in class we worked on:

10/25-

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  2. This week we continued on with the G’vurot blessing and began with a review of the blessing themes. We completed pg 19 in our workbooks that asked us to brainstorm how we can imitate some of God’s powers. We also had a conversation about why the “Y” is capitalized in “You” and “Your” in the blessing translation- “You” and “Your” refers to God and we want to capitalize God’s ame, it also indicates respect for God.
  3. We reviewed lines 1-4 of the G’vurot blessing and added on lines 5-7.
  4. We ended class by completing page 22 in our workbooks- looking at the word “m’chayeh” -which means “give live” and pulling the root letters- hey yud hey from that. This root indicates that the word translation includes “life”.
  5. We had an all school Hebrew thru Movement to end the day.
    Homework to be completed by next class:
  6. 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
  7. Complete page 21, “Prayer building blocks” in your workbook

Today in class we worked on:

10/18-

  1. We enjoyed all grades T’Fillah with Rabbi Prass. . The students learned that one of the prayers that change for the seasons is the Gevurot.  As part of the t’fillah we had a discussion about the Lulav and the Etrog, especially the taste of the Etrog.  And we used the Lulav to pray for suitable weather for the crops to grow like our ancestors did in the Temple.
  2. Class started with a review of the theme of the G’vurot blessing- God’s powers: helping the fallen, healing the sick, freeing the captive, keeping faith with (taking care of) those who have died.  As a class, we brainstormed ways that we could act b’tzelem elohim, in the image of God, that would reflect God’s powers.
  3. We reviewed lines 1-2 of the G’vurot and introduced lines 3 and 4.
  4. We ended class with a vocabulary review game.
  5. Our day ended with Madrich Charlie leading the classes in Hebrew through movement. Rabbi Prass had cut up an etrog to let students find how it tastes.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. 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.
    1. 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:

10/11:

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  2. This week, we wrapped up lesson 1: Avot V’Imahot. We completed a worksheet that reviewed vocabulary and major themes from the blessing.
  3. We introduced the G’vurot blessing. G’vurot means “powers”. This blessing, the second in the Amidah, speaks of God’s powers: creating live, saving life, sustaining life, helping those who have fallen, healing the sick and freeing the captive.  We focused in on lines 1 and 2 on page 16 and completed the vocabulary activities in our workbooks on pages 17 and 18.
  4. Rabbi Prass joined us in class so that we can all perform the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and etrog and saying the blessing.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. 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.
    1. 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:

9/27-

  1. Shana tova! Happy new year!
  2. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  3. Students completed pages 6, 7 and 9 in their workbooks- reviewing vocabulary.
  4. We joined the 5th grade Gimmel class outside with Rabbi Prass for Hebrew Through Movement
  5. We split the class into two groups – half the group went with Rabbi Prass into the sanctuary where they assisted in rolling the Torah (we need to go from the book of bereshit (Genesis), which we read on Rosh Hashana to d’varim (Deuteronomy), which we will read on Yom Kippur.  The other half of the class practiced reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-7.  Then we switched.
  6. We ended class by playing a vocabulary review game.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Practice reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-7 on page 5 in your textbook.
    1. 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
  2. We are NOT meeting next week (erev Yom Kippur), when we have class again (October 11) we’ll wrap up lesson 1 with a review worksheet before beginning the next blessing.

Today in class we worked on:
9/20-

  1. We began in an all-school t’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
  2. Adding onto lines 1-3 of the Avot V’Imahot we started last week, we introduced lines 4 and 5 and practiced reading in small groups
  3. We joined the 5th grade Gimmel class outside with Rabbi Prass for Hebrew Through Movement
  4. 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.
  5. We ended class playing Wordle with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur words.
    Homework to be completed by next class:
    9/20-
    1) Practice reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-5 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:

9/13-

  1. Welcome back! It was great meeting everyone this afternoon.
  2. We began in an all-school assembly with Rabbi Prass.
  3. 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).
  4. We joined Rabbi Prass and Madrich Charlie outside for Hebrew Through Movement.
  5. 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:

9/13-

  1. Practice reading the Avot V’Imahot, lines 1-3 on page 5 in your textbook.
  2. 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
  3. Complete the activities on page 6 in your textbook