This week at JCS, we learned about Chanukah. We learned Chanukah songs for our party, and read a great Chanukah book. We lit a real menorah and colored some Chanukah pictures. As a special bonus, Kai told us some hilarious jokes, such as this gem:
The cat in the balloon.
The cat in the balloon who?
The cat wanted to live in space.
Thanks Kai! Kid jokes are the best.
In December, the Middles learned about Hanukkah and family history. We started with the story of the Maccabees. Sarah taught us the Hanukkah blessing to share at the JCS Hanukkah celebration. We made family tree felt menorahs to take home and “light,” and students shared where their families came from. For special holiday fun, we finished up by playing dreidel. Naomi Rockler-Gladen helped out in our class this month – thanks Naomi!
In December, the Juniors class continued with their humanistic study of the book of Exodus while also getting into the Hanukkah spirit! To open the lesson, students played a warm-up game of dreidel in small groups. Then, after a brief review of the Torah stories we studied in November, the class began a group dramatic reading of the short, funny Sedra Scenes skits for the Vayera through Yitro Torah portions. As usual, students had fun playing around with voices and expressive reading styles to make the stories come to life. We discussed provocative questions raised by each Torah portion, ranging from possible science-based explanations for the Ten Plagues to opinions on the morality and modern relevance of each of the Ten Commandments. After a break for snack and a bit more dreidel play, Sarah Berman-Young came to teach the class two Hanukkah songs– “Mi Y’malel” and “Chanukah, Chanukah.” Students listened to a short talk connecting the seven-branch menorah first described in the Torah to the Chanukah menorah, and then they looked over scripts and chose their roles in this year’s Hanukkah play! This year’s play (written by me, Eva) tells the story of Hanukkah and the Maccabees from a historical perspective with a humorous twist. The class had time for one run-through of the play; students look forward to rehearsing more and then performing at the Or Emet Hanukkah party!