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session 3

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Copel

Shalom Kitah Vav Parents,

In Judaica class, we continued our study of Jewish history and learned more about the "12 tribes of Israel".  Students were assigned a tribe and created a poster including fun facts and qualities about the tribe's leader, locations and an illustration with the tribe's emblem.

Then the classes thought about the challenges the Israelites faced to become a unified people.  We discussed that this is not an easy task to settle disputes or maintain law and order without a unified government.  This will lead to our next class activity where Saul becomes the first King of Israel.

After pizza, our Vavniks met with Rabbi Jaech who asked us to prepare questions for her to answer during the year.

Please save the date for our Vav class service November 2nd at 7:00 pm, with a pot luck dinner before.

Shavua Tov,


As the sun sets sooner and the days turn cooler, I thought it would be nice to do some deep thinking outside.

I challenged our students to come up with ways that THEY can show love for God so that they could have a CURRENT lens on the ancient ואהבת V'ahavta whose text comes right from our Torah.

Too often we, yes even adults, recite our liturgy by rote without really understanding what it all means or why we do it.

We identified the root alef-hay-vav אהב which means love. What does love mean? Who are we loving? Who/what/where is God? That was a great conversation.

By identifying God, it was easier to think of ways to show love to him/her/it.

You can find the lists from each class at this link.

I also helped them figure out why the word צדקה tzedakah - which means justice- is the name of the money we collect for charity.

We did the same for מצוה mitzvah - which means commandment, but is commonly used as a catch all for 'good deed.'

Ask them what the connections are. Think of what things YOU could add to the list. They later shared some of their ideas with Rabbi Jaech.

We will incorporate their creations into their service on Friday, November 2.

As wonderful as the shared thinking moments were, it is important to share with you that many of the students needed to be reminded to focus and stop chatting. I temporarily took away a few phones and separated some friends and thus will assign seats in the future. You can contact me at with any questions.

Laura Copel

Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779