Education-Gimel Tuesday (Moreh Kerman)

2/27: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Today, we began with an all-school t’fillah in the sanctuary with Rabbi Prass.   He led a discussion on things that ‘lift us up.’  Then we looked at the line in the kedusha prayer “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh” which has us act like the angels, lifting us higher, closer to God’s throne.
  2. Today we did a lot of great reviewing: pages 16 (line 1) , 18 (1 &2) , 28 (1 &2) 29, 33 (1,2,4,5,7) , 34 (1-4), 41 (1-3), 42 (1-3) 46. 54 (1-3)
  3. We talked about Purim
  4. The students finished the day with Rabbi Prass, and Hebrew through movement, adding on new words.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Please review the pages we looked at in class

2/20: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents,
  2. Before class started, we attended Tefillah, led by Rabbi Prass. He led a discussion about the reality that we all have felt ‘low’ at least point in our lives.  Then we shared someone who has helped lift us up.  Then Rabbi Prass pointed out that in our prayer Gevurot, it praises God for being the source/inspiration for lifting up “those who sleep in the dust.” The students contributed some interesting answers including how valuable their pets are as a foil to talk to.
  3. Upon returning to class, we worked with our flashcards. Instead of adding a few new cards, we had a quiz where I held up a card and the students defined the Hebrew word in English. I had originally planned on incorporating this activity twice a month, but the students enjoy the challenge so we will work this into our weekly activities.
  4. We then worked on three common prayers. Next, we worked on The V’Ahavta and a word analysis assignment. We ended our class time we a round of Jewish Trivia emphasizing Purim and Passover.
  5. Lastly, we joined the entire school to play Hebrew Through Motion (HTM). Today’s session was so interesting because Rabbi connected the (HTM) based on everything the students did while wearing a Tallit.
  6. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Page 54 all three prayers, and page 50 lines 1-5.

2/13: Today in class we worked on:

  1.  Hello Gimmel Parents,
  2. Before class started, we attended an all-school Tefillah, led by Rabbi Prass. He talked asked all of us to share a strength we all admire/aspire to and why.  The students contributed some interesting answers.  Then we talked about how the prayer Gevurot talks about God’s strength of helping others.
  3. Upon returning to class, we worked with our flashcards. Instead of adding a few new cards, we had a quiz where I held up a card and the students defined the Hebrew word in English. This is the second time we have done this, and I am going to add it to our activities twice a month.
  4. We then worked on three common prayers and talked about this week’s Parsha, Trumah, which deals with gifting to build the Tabernacle in the desert. Next, we worked on several vocabulary activities before playing Jewish Trivia.
  5. Finally, we joined all the other classes to play Hebrew Through Movement and add on even more words.
  6. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1.  Page 54 all three prayers, and page 50 lines 1-5.

2/6: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents,
  2. Before class started, we attended Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. He talked about who/what makes us feel protected, why that is such a special feeling, and how we feel when we don’t feel protected.  Then we looked at the last line of the Avot v’imahot which Blesses God for the being the “Shield of Abraham and Help of Sarah”
  3. Upon returning to class, we worked with our flashcards. Instead of adding a few new cards, we had a quiz where I held up a card and the students defined the Hebrew word in English. We are going to repeat this experience next week as well.
  4. We then worked on The V’Ahavta and Mi Chamocha and three blessings as a review.
  5. Next, we played our trivia game
  6. We concluded the session with all the students joined together for our weekly round of “Hebrew Through Movement” where we keep adding in new words each week.
  7. B’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Page 64 all three prayers and page 50 lines 1-4.

1/30: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, before we went to our classroom, we attended an all-school Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. We discussed what it means to know someone who has a WOW Factor, and how God is the ultimate example of one having a Wow Factor in our prayer, Avot V’imahot
  2. Upon returning to class, we worked with our flashcards and added five new cards to our set..  It is very rewarding to watch our students decode these words and define them so very accurately.
  3. We then worked on The V’Ahavta and Mi Chamocha.  We also engaged in several written activities which concentrated the words of each prayer and their Hebrew roots and meanings. These activities took up the majority of our class time.
  4. We then played our trivia game for about 5 minutes
  5. We concluded the day with an all-school “Hebrew Through Motion” led by Rabbi Prass
  6. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Page 41- lines 1-3
  2. page 50 Lines 1-4

1/23: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents,
  2. At the beginning of the session, we attended an all school Tefillah, led by Rabbi Prass. He led a discussion about who has our back and what it feels like to have someone’s back.  This led us to see how the opening lines of the avot v’imahot talk about God having our back due to the individual relationship God has with our ancestors and us. It was a very interesting conversation.
  3. In class, we began with a question, do we also have God’s back? The students realized that this means that God also depends on us.  
  4. Next, we worked with our flashcards and added one new word to our list.  It is very rewarding to watch our students decode these words and define them so very accurately.
  5. We then worked on the V’Ahavta and Mi Chamocha.
  6. After spending the majority of the class session studying Hebrew, we talked about that today is day 108 of the Hostages being held by Hamas. I mentioned that while we have prayers that ask for the freeing of captives and protecting those who “sleep in the dust” this hostage situation is so egregious that maybe we should create a special prayer just for our hostages. The students did a beautiful of creating their own prayers which I shared with Rabbi Prass.
  7. We then played our trivia game for about 5 minutes.
  8. All the classes joined together for our weekly round of Hebrew Through Motion, led by Charlie, where we continue to add on Hebrew words for trees in preparation for Tu Bishvat. 
  9. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

The homework for our next session is:

  1. Page 34 lines 1-3 and page 42

1/16: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, I was very glad to hear after talking with our students today that everyone had a wonderful winter break. It was so good to see everyone today. Perfect Attendance is awesome.
  2. Our day began with an all-school Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. We talked about times “When I a time you have not been able/allowed to speak? And “What bothered you about that?  How did that feel?”  That was our segue into the first prayer, ‘adonai sifatai” God open up my lips.
  3. Our class started with a review of our flashcards. We did not add any new words to our list today, but our students did a great job reading and explaining each Hebrew word I held up.  It is very rewarding to watch our students decode these words and define them so very accurately.
  4. Next, we reviewed several prayers that we had mastered before the break. We will be working on The V’Ahavta and several other prayers.
  5. The rest of our class time was spent reading new pages in our text.
  6. We then played our trivia game for about 5 minutes.
  7. We finished the day with all school Hebrew thru Movement, led by Rabbi Prass, where we added on Hebrew words for trees in preparation for Tu Bishvat. 
  8. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

The homework for our next session is:

  1. Page 33, lines 1, 2, & 5

12/19: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass.  We talked about the success of the Israel Art Fair CBA co-sponsored and how we helped them. We also talked about ways we can bring light during these days of less sunlight.
  3. Our class started with a review of our flashcards. We added four new cards this week which our students quickly identified. It is very rewarding to watch our students decode these words and define them very accurately.
  4. Next, we continued working on the Shema and the V’Ahavta. We read these prayers in a new font and took note of the troupe as well. If you can, ask your child to explain why the troupe is included in the prayers. The rest of our class time was spent reading new pages in our text and writing answers to questions on the Shema. We then played our trivia game for about 5 minutes.
  5. Our day concluded with the all-school pizza extravaganza.
  6. Lastly, my wife and I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy secular new year. It is a joy spending time with this class every Tuesday!
  7. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1.  study page 40 in our textbook

Reminders:

  • December 24th: CBA Religious School & Hebrew School Winter Break Begins
  • January 14th: Religious School Resumes
  • January 16th: Tuesday Hebrew School Resumes
  • You can always access the school calendars by clicking here.
  • You can always access the entire CBA calendar by clicking here.

12/12: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with an all-school Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. We also lit the Chanukah candles and discussed miracles that happen in our lives.
  3. Our class began with a review of our flashcards. We added two new cards this week which our students quickly identified.
  4. Next, I showed each student their second Hebrew Alphabet test. The bulk of our class time was spent reading new pages in our text, and writing answers to questions on the Shema. We then played our trivia game for about 10 minutes before convening with all of the classes to play “Hebrew Through Movement” led by Madrich Charlie and Rabbi Prass.
  5. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Pages 26 -28 & page 33

12/5: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with an all-school Tefillah in the sanctuary, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. Talia S. and Ella U. helped lead. We also talked about two things going on Israel: The first was the good news of how many hostages have been released, AND the work of how many hostages still need to be released.  Secondly, we also watched a video about, sufganiyot, the special Chanukah jelly doughnuts. That was a delicious experience!
  3. In class, we began with a review of our flashcards. We added three new cards this week which our students quickly identified.
  4. The students were then retested on the Hebrew Alphabet. Next week they will see their graded tests. I am sure Rabbi will notify the parents of students who need to continue studying the letters and vowels.  
  5. We then talked about Chanukah and reviewed the three prayers.
  6. Finally, we reviewed Yoser Or and worked on the second line of the Shema.
  7. The last fifteen minutes of class were spent playing “Hebrew Through Movement.” Led by Rabbi Prass and Charlie. Several of our students were able to lead the group in this activity today.
  8. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. 12/12 pages 26-28
  2. 12/19 pages 26 -28

11/28: Today in class we worked on:

  1.  Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with an all school Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass.  We discussed the recent ‘better’ news coming out of Israel in regard to the hostages being released.
  3. In class, we began with a review of our flashcards. This was the first week in a month I did not add a new card to the mix.
  4. The students were then tested on the Shema, the Barchu and Ma’Ariv Aravim. Most of the students passed all three prayers. The remaining students are very close to passing.
  5. We then talked about Chanukah and reviewed the three prayers. We spent some time learning about the Sheheciannu, and why we only say it on the first night of the holiday.
  6. The last fifteen minutes of class was spent talking to the parents who visited the synagogue today for Hebrew school open house. We discussed our class and played the Trivia game I play with the students. I also passed out a list of all the homework up to winter break.  While I was with the parents, the students were in the sanctuary doing Hebrew Through Movement led by our Madrich Charlie.
  7. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. If you were unable to attend today’s program, here is the homework up to the break:
    1. 12/5: page 18 & Chanukah prayers    
    1. 12/12: pages 26-28  
    1. 12/19: pages 26 -28

11/14: Today in class we worked on:

  1.  Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with with an all school Tefillah, led by Rabbi Bellows. We studied the meaning of one of our prayers that dealt with “freeing the captive.” Rabbi then explained how old this prayer is and yet, how meaningful it is in our world today.
  3. In class, we began with our Flashcard game. I added four new words to the mix, and the students did a great job of recognizing and reading the new words.
  4. Next, we read The Maaariv Aravim on page 14. Our students will be tested individually on this prayer when we return on November 28th.
  5. We then discussed Thanksgiving, and the students listed three things they are thankful for, and one thing they hope to be thankful for soon. I was delighted to see that the most common answer was peace in Israel.
  6. The last fifteen minutes of our day was spent with Charlie working on “Hebrew Through Movement” with the entire school.
  7. My family and I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to meeting you all on the 28th  at the CBA Hebrew School Open House for Current Tuesday Parents (CBA)

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1.  Practice reading pages 14,18, and 20.
  2. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

11/7: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class
  2. Our day began with an all school Tefillah, a brief service, led by Rabbi Prass. As part of the t’fillah, we read the English translation of a new song written about Israel’s current situation and watched a video showing how Israelis from all walks of life are helping the soldiers and others who are in need.  
  3. Our class began with our Flashcard game. I added four new words to the mix, and the students did a great job of recognizing and reading the new words.
  4. Next, we, along with kitah daled, met with Rabbi Prass for “Hebrew Through Movement.” The students had an opportunity to lead the activities today, and we had a fun time.
  5. Upon returning to class, we read the prayers on pages 18 – 20 and completed two matching exercises.  We also reviewed several prayers for additional practice.

The homework for the next week is:

  1.  reviewing the Hebrew Alphabet
  2.  reading pages 14, 18, and 20.
  3. I am looking forward to meeting you next Tuesday at our school’s parent program.

10/24: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Mr. Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with Tefillah and several videos of Israeli soldiers commenting about how happy they were to receive notes from our CBA Students.
  3. We then worked with our flashcards. I added four new words to the mix, and students earned Extra Credit by correctly identifying the newly added words. Next, we talked about the Torah Portion of the week, Lelch Lacha. In this portion Avram and Sari are asked to leave their home in Ur and travel to the Land of Canaan. During this journey, Avram and Sari change their names to Abraham and Sarah.
  4. We then met Rabbi Prass and Charlie outdoors to study “Hebrew thru Movement” with kitah daled. Several students had the opportunity to lead the group in Hebrew. We always enjoy this activity!
  5. Upon returning to class, we read several prayers, and added several new lines to the material we are studying. We also played our trivia game.
  6. As a reminder, next week our students do not have class as the teachers will be participating in an in-service.

The homework for the next two weeks is as follows:

  1. Continue reviewing the Hebrew Alphabet and vowels…
  2. Continue reading page 13, lines 1-9, and page 14, lines 1-4.
  3. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in attendance on November 7th.
  4. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman

10/17: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Mr. Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with Tefillah led by Rabbi Prass. As part of t’fillah, we discussed the situation in Israel, and the students expressed some interesting opinions and asked several excellent questions.
  3. Upon returning to class, we took the first of many Hebrew alphabet tests. The results were very good.
  4. We then worked with our flashcards where the students were asked to compare two Hebrew words and explain how they were alike and yet different. Everyone answered these questions correctly. (While the letters in the two words were the same, the vowels were different.)
  5. We then, along with kitah daled, went outside with Rabbi Prass and Charlie and played “Hebrew thru movement.”
  6. Upon returning to class, we read three prayers, and during the last ten minutes of class, played our “review” trivia game.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Reviewing the Hebrew Alphabet
  2. working on pages 12,13, and 14.
  3. Thank you again for sending us such awesome students! L’Shalom, Mr. Kerman

10/10: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about today’s Hebrew class.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf0PWJ40z1E or https://fb.watch/nCEXzIHHxD/ ) so that Israelis know they are not alone.  In the video each learner was able to say, “My prayer for Israel is……….”
  3. In Hebrew class we began reviewing our flashcards, practiced reading the Barchu and Shema, and reviewed the importance of Simchat Torah.  
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq-3bOnA3HI  And we of course reviewed our Hebrew thru Movement vocabulary.
  5. Upon returning to class, we had a brief introduction to The Yosir Or prayer,and played our review/trivia game.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1.  reviewing the Alphabet/ vowels
  2. working on the Barchu and Shema.
  3. I am stressing the need to study the Alphabet because it is the key to decoding new words.

10/3: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Morah Kerman here, reporting to you about the activities in today’s Hebrew class.
  2. Our day began with an all-school Tefillah led by Rabbi Prass.  We discussed times we personally have celebrated in the last week, and how we Jews have so many celebrations this month.
  3. In class, we began with a review of Sukkot, and the vocabulary we learned last week.
  4. We then worked with our flashcards. I added three new words to the mix, and students earned Extra Credit if they could correctly identify the newly added words.
  5. Next, we worked on the Barchu and Shema in our textbook. We reviewed some of the exercises, worked on reading the prayers, studied some of the words to understand their pronunciation, and completed a new assignment on each prayer.
  6. We then met Rabbi Prass, along with kitah bet and daled, outdoors to study “Hebrew in Motion” and discuss the importance of the Lulav and Etrog.  We combined the Hebrew thru movement vocabulary using the Sukkah.
  7. Upon returning to class, we completed a summary of our prayers, wrote a short journal entry on what it might have been like to harvest crops during Sukkot,(in ancient times), and ended the day with our Trivia game.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. The homework for the week is reviewing the Hebrew Alphabet, as we are going to have a quiz on the first half of the list and continue practicing the Barchu and Shema.

9/26: Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Mr. Kerman here, reporting to you about today’s Hebrew class.  
  2. We began with a community-wide Tefilla. Rabbi Prass led t’fillah and a discussion about what was one Jewish thing we did between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  3. Upon returning to class, we reviewed some of the information we talked about last week.
  4. We then worked on reading our flash cards. As we read each word, we also discussed its meaning and analyzed the letters and vowels found in each word.
  5. We then studied the Barchu, and worked in our textbook.
  6. Next, we went outside with Rabbi Prass and Charlie (our Madrich) and played Hebrew in Motion, along with the Daled class.
  7. Returning to class, we read the Shema, discussed its importance, and completed the day playing our Jewish-oriented trivia game.

Homework to be completed by the next class:

  1. The homework for the week is reviewing the Alphabet & vowels
  2. working on page 4 in our text (The Barchu) and page 24 reading the Shema.
  3. As I said last week, this is an amazing group of motivated students. It is a joy working with all of them! L’Shalom, Moreh. Kerman

9/19 Today in class we worked on:

  1. Hello Gimmel Parents, Moreh Kerman here, reporting to you about our first Hebrew class. This is an amazingly talented class! I would like to thank you all for sending us your awesome children.
  2. Today, we began reviewing the Hebrew alphabet, practiced reading our flashcards, talked about Yom Kippur, went outside with Rabbi Prass and played a game, and started working on reading the Barchu.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. The homework for the week is reviewing the Alphabet/ vowels and working on page 4 in our text. I am looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday.
  2. My family and I want to wish you all a Shana Tova. May we all be bound up in the “Book of Life” for a sweet and healthy New Year.
  3. L’Shalom, Moreh Kerman