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session 2 10/3/18

Mrs. Copel and Mrs. Smith

In Hebrew class, Kita vav began studying the V’ahavta (And you shall love) prayer. We read the English and talked about its pattern of repeated words to help understand the Hebrew grammar and meaning.

When we met with Cantor Lauren today, she also worked on the V’ahavta with the whole grade. She explained that learning its melody will help learn torah portions in the future B’nai mitzvah process. Ask your student why!

Cantor’s recording of V’ahavta can be found on the temple website at

Starting next week I will start assigning homework to prepare for the Nov 2 Shabbat service.

The students are at different levels of Hebrew skills and practice at home is the only way to improve.

Morah Ariella and Mr. Chazdon are already sending some decoding sheets home as they continue to assess the whole class.

Morah Laura Copel

Shalom Kitah Vav Parents-

In Judaica class tonight our Vavniks began to explore our new text book, The History of the Jewish People: A Story of Tradition and Change by Jonathan D. Sarna and Jonathan B. Krasner. I am very excited for us to be using this book since the information presented will help our Vavniks compare their lives with the lives of our ancestors, how each generation adapts Judaism to its time and place, and how the decisions of our forebears influence our own lives and decisions in today's world. Our Vavniks began to learn tonight that they are very much a part of the action of Jewish history!

As an introduction, our Vavniks thought about what might be said about them in a Jewish textbook 100 years from now and what role would they like to play in the story of the Jewish people. We also discussed the major differences between the early Israelites and their ancient neighbors and the concept of monotheism and the Torah. We learned that monotheism fostered the Israelites' development of a strong ethical code and that today we are guided by the same core ethical values as our ancestors. We also discussed that the Sh'ma prayer represents our belief in one God. We took a closer look at our Patriarch Abraham and his values and contributions to the world and what values we might want to emulate.

We also completed our Facebook profile pages which will be on display on our class bulletin board soon. Our even concluded with clergy time with Cantor Fogelman.

Shavua Tov,


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