education – gimel tues

Today in class we worked on:
5/10-
1. The students took their final Alef Bet quiz. It’s great to see their progress throughout the year.
2. We worked on a final wrap up worksheet for our last chapter, which was about the Kiddush.
3. Rabbi Prass spoke with the entire group in order to wrap up the year.
4. 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. The students had teffilah with Rabbi Bellows. Rabbi Bellows talked about Israel’s Remembrance Day and Independence Day.
2. Today was a fun review day. We reviewed the Alef Bet and vowel markings. Please have your student practice this for next week
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/3-
1. Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil, and their book to class.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
4/26-
1. We had an all school t’fillah where we talked about Yom Hashoah.
2. We went over how the chet with the patah at the end of the word is pronounced “ach”. Think of the words sameach (happy) and ruach (spirit). We also reviewed three important words to remember how they are pronounced. Ask your students if they remember those words.
3. We learned more about the kiddush for Shabbat. The shoreshim (roots) for this lesson is kaddash (to sanctify/make holy) and zachar (memory, remembrance).
4. It was great to hear some very nice Hebrew reading today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/26-
1. Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil, and their book to class.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
4/19-
1. We had an all school t’fillah.
2. The students started to learn about how the chet with the patah at the end of the word is pronounced “ach”. Think of the word sameach (happy).
3. Rabbi Prass took half of the students at a time for some reading practice.
4. There was some very nice Hebrew reading by the students.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/19-
1. Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil, and their book to class.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
4/12-
1. The students read the Pesach blessings. Ask your student to help read them at your family seder.
2. We had the model seder today. The students did a great job presenting the ten plagues. Ask your student which plague/plagues they presented and check out their performance on the CBA youtube channel
3. Have a safe, fun, and joyous Pesach.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/12-
1. Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
4/5-
1) We began with an all school T’fillah where we talked about the superheroes of Passover.
2) Our Model Seder is on April 12. It would be wonderful for each student to attend so that they can participate. Attendance is important, but I do understand illness, or that things can come up with little notice. Please let Rabbi Prass know before class if your student cannot make it next Tuesday.
3) The students worked on their ten plagues presentations for next week. I’m looking forward to this, as I hope your students are, too.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/5-
1) Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2) Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4) Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
3/29-
1. It was nice to be back in the classroom today after spring break.
2. We started the day with an all school t’fillah.
3. We finished the chapter on the Mi Chamocha, or Who is like you? This prayer comes from Exodus 15:11, and is after the Israelites made it across the Sea of Reeds, and escaped the pursuing Egyptians. Speaking of which…
4. Our Model Seder is on April 12. It would be wonderful for each student to attend participate. We need to start on the project next week, so again, attendance is important, but I do understand illness, or that things can come up with little notice.
5. There was some very nice Hebrew reading in class today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/29-
1. Please have your student practice their Alef Bet and the vowel markings. By now, each student should have a good working knowledge of the letters and vowel markings.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings, again, are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
3/15-
1) It was so nice to be back in the classroom today.
2) We began the day with an all school t’fillah where we looked at the Purim Megillah.
3) We started the chapter on the Mi Chamocha, or Who is like you? This prayer comes from Exodus 15:11, and is after the Israelites made it across the Sea of Reeds, and escaped the pursuing Egyptians.
4) Each student was assigned, randomly, a plague to present for the Model Seder on April 12. Please let us know if your child will have a conflict that day.
5) There some very nice Hebrew reading in class today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/15-
1) Please have your student practice the Mi Chamocha on page 42 of their Hineni. The more they practice reading it, the easier it will become.
2) Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4) Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
3/8-
1. T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and all school.
2. We wrapped up the V’ahavta chapter (pages 35 – 40)
3. We went over their answers in the textbook on pages 35 -39
4. We practiced reading outloud, with an eye towards fluency and accuracy. For those students that are putting in the practice time between class, we are seeing improvement.
5. We looked ahead to Passover to prepare for the in Hebrew school model sedar presentations.
6. We ended the day playing Shimon Omer (Simon says) in Hebrew using the body part vocabulary.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/8-
1. Please have your student practice the V’ahavta on page 34 of their Hineni textbook. The more they practice reading it, the easier it will become.
2. Start thinking of creative ideas for our park in the Hebrew School seder.

Today in class we worked on:
3/1-
1. T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and all school.
2. We split into 2 groups so as to get plenty of small group attention. One group worked with Rabbi Prass in the Sanctuary working on reading fluency and accuracy of the V’ahavta on page 34.
3. The other group stayed in the classroom and worked in the textbook on pages 35 – 39.
4. Then we switched so everyone did both activities.
5. We concluded in the classroom, all together by doing an activity decoding English “Food words” written in Hebrew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/1-
1. Please have your student practice the V’ahavta on page 34 of their Hineni textbook. The more they practice reading it, the easier it will become.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3. They should complete the textbook pages 35 – 39 if they did not in class.
4. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
5. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
2/22-
1. T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and all school where we looked at 2 prayers in the siddur about love.
2. We spent a lot of time in our textbook (page 34) reading the v’ahavta for accuracy and fluency.
3. We talked about Elizer Ben Yehuda, the re-inventor of modern Hebrew. We saw several words that he created. Then we created some of our own Hebrew words.
4. We practiced reading several SuperBowl words in Hebrew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/22-
1. Please have your student practice the V’ahavta on page 34 of their Hineni. The more they practice reading it, the easier it will become.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
2/15-
1. T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and all school where we looked at 2 prayers in the siddur about love.
2. Today, Rabbi Prass showed the class tefillin, and explained why it was/is used for prayer. Each tefillin box contains the Shema and the V’ahavta.
3. We reviewed the rules for shewa. One way your student might have an easier time remembering one rule is “When two shewas go a’ walking the SECOND one does the talking.’ The first one means stop, and the second one means go.
4. We restarted the chapter on the V’ahavta, which contains the most difficult Biblical Hebrew the students will be learning this year. Everything they have studied up until now, especially the rule of shewa, the cholam vav, are of the utmost importance for being able to read this very important prayer.
5. There was some very nice Hebrew reading in class today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/15-
1. Please have your student practice the V’ahavta on page 34 of their Hineni. The more they practice reading it, the easier it will become.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

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) Today we finished the chapter on the B’rachot shel Mitzvot, or the Blessing of Commandments, which shows the difference between the regular blessings, like over the bread or wine, with the blessings which COMMAND us to do something, like lighting the candles for shabbat.
3) We reviewed how the cholem vav is pronounced when no vowel precedes it (It is said as O), and when a vowel does precede it (It is said as VO, VA, etc…).
4) We started the chapter on the V’ahavta, which contains the most difficult Biblical Hebrew the students will be learning this year. Everything they have studied up until now, especially the rule of shewa, the cholam vav, are of the utmost importance for being able to read this very important prayer.
5) There was a lot of very nice Hebrew reading in class today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/8-
1. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day.
2. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
2/1-
• Today we continued the chapter on the B’rachot shel Mitzvot, or the Blessing of Commandments, which shows the difference between the regular blessings, like over the bread or wine, with the blessings which COMMAND us to do something, like lighting the candles for Shabbat. There was some good reading today. Ask you student how they can tell the difference between the two.
• We learned how the cholem vav is pronounced when no vowel precedes it (It is said as O), and when a vowel does precede it (It is said as VO).
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/1-
Your child should complete the homework sheet that was sent home today. All answers, should they need the help, can be found in chapter six of their main Hineni sefer. Please have them bring this back next Tuesday.
Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

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. We reviewed letters and vowels
3. We began chapter 6 (pages 52 & 53 and following)
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/25-
1) If your student did not complete the homework sheet that was due today, please have your student complete the homework to be turned in in two weeks. All answers, should they need the help, can be found in chapter three of their main Hineni sefer.
2) Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4) Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.
5) Work on chapter 6

Today in class we worked on:
1/18-
1. Today we finished the chapter on the Shema, which is the declaration of Adonai being our one God. There was some good reading today.
2. We talked more about the shoresh (root) of Melech (king).
3. We had some review over the vowel (nikkud) markings and Alef Bet, which will be a weekly exercise to make sure each student has a firm grasp on the vowel markings.
4. The class finished with some Alef Bet: The Nikkud version around the world, as this is a fun way to wind down, and get more familiar with the vowel markings.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/18-
1) If your student did not complete the homework sheet that was due today, please have your student complete the homework to be turned in in two weeks. All answers, should they need the help, can be found in chapter three of their main Hineni sefer.
2) Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes. The vowel markings are of utmost importance.
Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
1/11-
1. Today we started the Shema, which is the declaration of Adonai being our one God.
2. We had some review over the vowel markings and Alef Bet.
3. The class finished with some Alef Bet around the world, as this is a fun way to wind down, and get more familiar with the Alef Bet.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/11-
1. Please have your student complete the homework sheet that was sent home. They should bring it back next Tuesday. All answers, should they need the help, can be found in chapter three of their main Hineni sefer.
2. Each student should put in at least ten to fifteen minutes of review each day. The more practice they do, the easier Hebrew becomes.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
12/14 –
1. Today we started the Yotzer Or, the partner to the Ma’ariv Aravim. The Yotzer Or is thanking Adonai for creating light.
2. We had some review over the vowel markings and Alef Bet.
3. I heard some very nice reading b’Ivrit.
4. The session finished with some Alef Bet around the world.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/14 –
1. Please have your student read the Ivrit on page 23 of their sefer. This is the review. Encourage them to sound out the syllables to the best of their ability. The more they read Ivrit outloud, the more comfortable they will become.
2. *Please, please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
12/7 –
1. Today we went over the Alef-Bet quiz. Each student improved on their score, which is great.
2. We started the chapter on the Ma’ariv Aravim, the evening tefilah. This is a “partner” tefilah with the Yotzer Or, the morning tefilah, which we will start next week.
3. I heard some very nice reading b’Ivrit.
4. The class finished with Hebrew Bingo.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/7 –
1. Please have your student read the Ivrit on page 18 of their sefer. This is the Yotzer Or. Encourage them to sound out the syllables to the best of their ability. Please have them review the Ma’ariv Aravim on page 14.
2. *Please, please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
11/30 –
1. Today the students met with Rabbi Prass in T’fillah where we prayed parts of the Amidah, to light the chanukiah, and to talk about Chanukkah. During T’fllah we talked about ways that we can spread light.
2. The students had an Alef Bet quiz, to check on their progress.
3. We read, in Ivrit, about how many nerot are lit on each night.
4. We light the nerot on the chanukkiah, which is a type of menorah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/30 –
1. Please have your student read the Ivrit on page 14 of their sefer. Encourage them to sound out the syllables to the best of their ability.
2. *Please, please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
3. Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4. Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
11/16 –
1. We began the day with an all school t’fillah where we talked about the 1st line in the Amidah and how it teaches us to focus on what we say.
2. We worked on the Chanukah prayers.
3. We worked on the pages in our Hineni Workbook, pages 81-82 & pages 48-50.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/16 –
1) Please, please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
2) If they didn’t finish the pages in the workbook in class, they should do so at home.
3) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
11/9 –
1. Today the students met with Rabbi Prass to make Chanukah cards for our brave Jewish Americans serving in the military.
2. Since we have entered the month of Kislev, (Chanukah time is coming!), the students read a short story, in Hebrew, about Judah Maccabi, and how he only had a small amount of oil left for the lamp in the Temple. There was some nice reading today.
3. The students were eager to participate, which is always nice.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/9 –
1) Please, please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
2) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
3) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
11/2 –
1) Today the students we finished the chapter on the Barechu. I heard some nice Hebrew reading today. The more they practice, the easier it will become.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/2 –
1) I sent home a one page review worksheet to be completed by next week. All of the answers can be found in their main Hineni sefer.
2) *Please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
10/26 –
• Today the students played Around the World with the Alef-Bet, and the vowel markings. We concentrated solely on the letters and vowel markings to bring the students up to speed on the vital building blocks of the Hebrew language. Amazon carries sets of Alef-Bet flashcards, if your child no longer has his/her first year cards. Making their own is also a good idea.
• The students had some nice outdoor Hebrew thru movement time with Rabbi Prass. Please remember that the weather is getting chillier. Jackets and real shoes with socks will help your child stay more comfortable.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/26 –
1) This was a fun day in class. *Please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards, as mentioned above, are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point in their studies.
2) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
3) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
10/19 –
• Today the students had a test of the Alef-Bet, and the vowel markings.
• The students were given a handout with the morning blessing on it. This was for them to start to recognize and become familiar with the very important parts of grammar, like the daghesh, the double Shewa, the pronounced yōd, and final letters.
• The students had some outdoor time, organized by Rabbi Prass. The students had a game like Red Light/Green Light, but with some Hebrew words. As long as the weather is nice, and the students behave nicely, we will do a short outdoor time. It’s good to get the kids out for a stretch and fresh air. We also used our Hebrew Thru Movement words to use conversational Hebrew. *Please send your child with a sweatshirt, as it is getting chilly in the evenings.
• We finished off class with a short game of bingo b-ivrit.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/19 –
1) This was a pleasant day in class.
2) To reiterate: The homework is to make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew folder to keep all the handouts in, and easily retrieved for class time.
3) *Please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Flash cards are an excellent way for your student to memorize the Alef-Bet, and the nikkud (vowel markings). Reading is paramount at this point.
4) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
5) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
10/12 –
• We had a review of the Alef-Bet, and the vowel markings.
• The students had some handouts to work on to this end.
• The students had some outdoor time. The students had a game like Red Light/Green Light, but with some Hebrew words. As long as the weather is nice, and the students behave nicely, we will do a short outdoor time. It’s good to get the kids out for a stretch and fresh air.
• We finished off class with a learning about the ten word b’racha introduction.
• This was a pleasant day in class.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/12 –
1) Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew folder to keep all the handouts in, and easily retrieved for class time.
2) Please have your student review the letters and vowel markings. Reading is paramount at this point.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil.
4) Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
9/28 –
• We started to go over some basic rules for Hebrew. These are important to know, in order to become a good, fluent Hebrew reader.
• The first rule is:
1. The Rule of Shewa. This is the vowel marking (nikkud) which looks like a colon : I gave each student a paper about these rules. I’ll always point out the shewas, and explain why they are, or not pronounced.
2. We went over the little dot called the daghesh. The Masoretes used this daghesh to change the sound of letters like bet to vet, pay to fay, and kaf to chaf. The daghesh can also indicate a doubling of a consonant. For example, the word gimel does not have a daghesh, so it only has one M, but a word like hammelech, has a doubling of the mem (m).
• The students met with Rabbi Prass outside. The Rabbi explained about the Torah. Ask your student if they read from the Torah, and what is special about each Torah.
• We practiced some reading, and basic translation.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/28 –
1) This was a very nice, productive class.
2) The homework is to complete pages 2 and 3 in their Hineni Workbook. If your student becomes stuck, it’s OK. We will go over everything next week. Reading is paramount at this point.
3) Don’t forget to have your student bring a pencil. A dedicated folder for Ivrit (Hebrew) would be great. I often hand out papers with practice/information on them.
Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.

Today in class we worked on:
9/21 –
• Our class came up with a covenant (B’rit) for the year. The students had great ideas.
• Here is our covenant:
1. Be kind.
2. Be Respectful (to the rabbi, teachers, staff, and fellow students).
3. Be Responsible (Remember to bring your Hebrew books and pencil to class).
4. Stay on task.
5. Have fun!
6. Be Safe (Follow COVID protocol).
7. Do not interrupt when another is speaking.
8. Put cellphones away. Any emergencies should be called into Beth Am, and the message will be relayed in a proper fashion. Conversely, if a student has an emergency in class, the Rabbi or Mrs. Cohen will act promptly.
• The students did a review sheet on the Alef Bet.
• Each student got to design their own name card based on the first Hebrew (Ivrit) letter of their name.
• The class went to the sukkah to meet with Rabbi Prass, and to learn about the lulav and etrog. Ask your child what they did with these ritual objects.
This was a very nice first class.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/22 –
1. The only homework is to review the Alef Bet. The Alef Bet can be found in the back of their Hineni Workbook. Flashcards are always a great way to test your child on the Alef Bet.
2. Please do no hesitate to ask any questions.