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session 12 1/2/19

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Copel

Happy New Year Kitah Vav parents!

In Judaica class, our Vavniks shared some of their activities during the break as our ice breaker activity. Then, we continued our study of Jewish history and learned how the Jews adapted and survived after the destruction of the 2nd Temple as prayer eventually took the place of sacrifice which had previously been the central form of Jewish worship.

To get started, our Vavniks thought of different activities and places here at Temple Israel that help us develop our identities as Jews.

For examples, our Vavinks learn Jewish History, Jewish values and to read Hebrew prayers which helps us grow and live as Jews as well as to participate in services. Tzedakah projects helps put the mitzvah of giving to others into action. Temple activities such as grade level services  and dinners brings Jewish families together and makes us feel like part of a community.

We also thought about how our lives would be different if there wasn't a temple in our community.  How would we learn to read Hebrew and pray?  Where would we celebrate Jewish holidays or become a Bat or Bat Mitzvah?  This led to our learning how the first synagogues developed and became important in Jewish Life and the role Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakkai had in making that happen.

To make a family connection from last night's class, please take a few moments during the week to think about the ways Temple Israel helps your family strengthen your Jewish identities.

Shavua Tov,


Dear Kita Vav parents,

Happy New Year!


We started 2019 with tefila in the sanctuary during which Rabbi Pein and Cantor Fogelman explained the similarities and differences between the Jewish and secular new year greetings and celebrations.

In Hebrew class, the students received their Kiddush paper packets from Hebrew in Harmony. We use the packets to review the words and try to establish relevance to our own lives.

At the end of the evening we had a session with Cantor Fogelman who introduced the celebration of Havdalah at the end of each Shabbat on Saturday at sunset. She framed it as the partner of Kiddush which is chanted as Shabbat begins.

Please save the date: Kita vav will lead a Havdalah service at temple Israel on Saturday April 6. Details will arrive as it approaches.

HOMEWORK!!! Each student received a paper copy of instructions to create a private recording of The Kiddush using the Hebrew in Harmony app. I've sent them previously, but am re-attaching them here.

The recording should be made well before class next week in order for me to have a chance to review and correct.



If your child has already made a prayer recording, I have made corrections and those parts need to be re-recorded OR they can choose to either record more words/lines OR advance to the next level of settings.

As usual, if you have ANY questions, let me know and i will do my best to answer.

Thank you,

Laura Copel

Sun, June 16 2019 13 Sivan 5779