Greetings, and Happy 2020
Here are summaries from each of our teachers of their December, 2019 Jewish Cultural School lessons. One week later, our annual Hanukkah Party was held, with photos to bear witness to the great time had by all.
Littles Group, Pre-school – Kindergarten, teacher Josh Kaplan:
This week was all about Hanukkah! We practiced the song we will sing for our Hanukkah Party, we learned about dreidels, we practiced lighting a play-menorah, we colored and we read our favorite Hanukkah book: Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. We also welcomed a visitor this week who fit right in with the class!
Middles Group – First – Third Grade, teacher Colline Roland
Today we continued our monthly mitzvah and made Hanukkah cards and Star of David ornaments to give to a senior care facility. We also read a story book and learned all about the story of Hanukkah.
Juniors Group, Grades 4 – 5, teacher Renee Dorman
In December, the Juniors group talked about the issue of underrepresentation of minority groups, and how it applies to Judaism as well as other non-Christian religions. We took a small step toward changing this norm by imagining a Hanukkah celebration into our favorite stories. Students were encouraged to pick whatever story world they wanted, from Minecraft to Percy Jackson and beyond. We pretended to be a character celebrating Hanukkah and wrote a letter about our imagined celebration. Students also had the opportunity to illustrate the scene. We closed the lesson with a few rounds of Hebrew letter bingo.
B’Mitzvah Prep Group, grades 6-7, teacher Eva Cohen
Our December lesson focused on preparing for Chanukah. After our usual Hebrew conversation practice, students spent practiced writing their Hebrew names in block letters and script. Then, after a brief overview of the history of ancient Israel, the class divided up roles and acted out a historically-grounded Chanukah play retelling the story of the Maccabean revolt and the origins of Chanukah as a holiday. Students voted perform this play as their class Chanukah party presentation, reviewed a Chanukah song they sing at Chanukah party with Sarah, and wrote funny arguments to take positions in the great latke-hamantaschen debate. We rounded out the lesson with practice speaking and writing Hebrew (and some Yiddish) holiday vocabulary terms, and then brainstormed issues to make the focus of our tikkun olam letter-writing campaigns to state and federal legislators in early 2020.
2019 Or Emet Hanukkah Party