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session 10 12/12/18

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Copel

Dear Parents,

In Judaica class, we embarked upon a two (2) week lesson which explores the cultural-socio diversity with Judiasm.  Specially, our Vavniks began to learn the differences in the historical origins of Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Mizrahi and Ethiopian Jewish communities.

As a warm up, we remembered that last week we enjoyed latkes and learned that eating latkes is a distinctly Ashkenazic Jewish custom. Vavniks also shared if they ate or prepared latkes at home during Hanukkah.  I then revealed and
gave each Vavnik a munchkin donut and some were surprised that jelly donuts are typically eaten in Israel during Hanukkah.  A few knew the Hebrew word for it (Sufganiyot).

We then watched a brief video which explains the historical origins of the Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Mizrahi and Ethiopian Jewish communities.  See link below and students who were absent should watch and compete the attached tree map note sheet.

Next, we observed the Festival of Lights picture exhibit in the Oneg Room and went on a Scavenger Hunt to learn more about the diverse Jewish world communities. Students wrote written responses from the clues.

For homework, your child will be asking you what is your families origin. Is your background Ashkenazi or Sephardi? Is there a special tradition that your family does that has been passed down or interesting fact to share. Your child should come to the 12/19 class prepared to share what you have discussed with the class.

Shavua Tov,


Today we started studying the Kiddush for Shabbat which your son or daughter will chant on the Friday night before he or she becomes bar or bat mitzvah. This long version of the Kiddush expands the simple blessing of the wine or grape juice into an explanation of why we keep the Sabbath as a holy day. We examined the word Kiddush and it's meaning - Holy. What does it mean to be holy?

I also pointed out that very few of the students had done their homework for the week, to get onto the Hebrew in Harmony website, and play the Kiddush Quiz It. For those who have done it, or for those who'd prefer to skip the QuizIt, they should study the actual prayer by using the dictation practice section. The instructions are at the links below:



I will see who has done these exercises, and thus will know who hasn't. If it's because the student is having trouble accessing Hebrew in Harmony, PLEASE let me know at

Laura Copel

Kita Vav Hebrew Teacher

Sun, June 16 2019 13 Sivan 5779