This week we focused on a booklet about “what it means to be a humanistic jew.” This booklet includes discussions about what it means to be Jewish: some of which include that we are connected to a long line of other Jews, that Jews are doing all sorts of cool things and have done so for awhile, what kinds of philosophies we believe in personally. This is the section that we focused on mostly during this session. The students filled in their own philosophies, roots, and such by coloring in the pages. We also got to listen to some great Jewish children’s music as we worked.
We also learned a new word- Mayim! This word means water and we practiced it by playing a game of “duck, duck, goose” but substituting the words “water, water, mayim.” It would be great if everyone could practice this new word at home.
We then read the book “It Could Always Be Worse,” which is the story after which this year’s Hanukkah play is based. It’s a story about how, no matter how difficult things are, things could always be harder and the lesson is to be appreciative of what we do have.
The last thing we did was work on a project with the class above ours to create chew toys for small animals at the humane society. This project coincided with the group’s year-long goal of tzedakah for animals in need.