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Session 1 9/26/18

Morah Laura Copel and Morah Susan Smith

It was delightful to meet your children today. They were certainly glad to see each other! I’m always pleased when kids from different public schools greet friends they only see at Temple Israel’s CJL. I was also pleased that the veterans welcomed our two new students as well.

We heard and sang a new melody for Hinei Mah Tov - by Mikey Pauker. Very upbeat way to welcome everyone to class - “How great it is for brothers and sisters to hang out on this day!” We looked at the Hebrew words to learn what they literally meant. I told them we’d learn a new melody for Hinei Mah Tov on a regular basis.

We also learned to say “My name is…” in Hebrew: “Sh’mee...” I told the students “Sh’mee Morah Copel” which means “My name is Teacher Copel.”

Lastly, we played a game in which each student had to say “Sh’mee..” followed by their name and then a motion about something they like to do. The goal was for me to remember the motions for each student in the room. One of my classes got to the next level where nearly each kid was able to remember everyone’s motions!

Homework - Have your child tell you which representative motion he or she chose plus that of at least two other students.

We had a BBQ dinner with the whole school and then had a Sukkot lesson from the 8-10 graders!

Special things to note -

  • Kita Vav/Grade 6 service will be Friday, November 2 at 7 pm.

  • Cell phones are not allowed to be used in class or in the sanctuary.

  • Each day, students will be pulled out of the class for Hebrew assessment by Morah Ariella or Mr. Chazdon until each have had a turn.


    Shalom Kitah Vav Parents,

    It was great to see everyone back at the CJL!

    In Judaica class we:

  • Played an ice breaker game which revealed our similar interests and shared what we did over the summer
  • Established class routines and had an overview of Kitah Vav's Jewish history curriculum to the mid 1800's with a focus on studying famous Jewish historical figures and how we might emulate the values they embodied in our lives today
  • Created a class Brit

  • a reminder that you must pick up your child inside the Temple at dismissal time, 7:00 PM. We can not release students into the parking lot as a matter of safety. Also, tzedakah is collected each week, and classes start promptly at 4:30 PM.

    Our Vavniks joined the upper grades for a barbecue. After dinner, we joined Kitah Zayin (7th) for Tefilah with Cantor Fogelman and Rabbi Pein. We concluded the evening with an all-CJL gathering by the outdoor Sukkah with Italian ices.

    Please mark your calendar for our grade level service on November 2nd at 7 PM. There will be a Pot Luck supper prior to the service.

    Shavua Tov,

  • Susan

  • Refreshed our knowledge of the customs/traditions of Sukkot. First session acted out a Sukkot play.
Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779