Today we focused on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. We read the book Bread, Bread, Bread, by Ann Morris, which shows photographs from people all around the world with different versions of special breads. We practiced braiding with yarn, and talked about the braided Challah we eat for Shabbat. We sang a Shabbat song (Ma Yafeh Hayom) and talked about the concept of Sabbath rest.
We begun also preparing for Hanukah, practiced some songs, and spun around like dreydls. We talked about two additional Hebrew words for the day: Kelev (dog) and Chatul (cat), and then practiced using our new words with a game like Duck, Duck, Goose.
Today we talked about the Jewish concepts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Oshek (organizing). We linked this to the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We talked about the dream of equality, and the children shared their ideas of their dreams for making the world a better place. We also read the book Click Clack Moo, which demonstrates the idea of fair treatment of others.
We were lucky enough to use the kitchen today, so for a special treat we made Challah bread which we had discussed last session. Lastly, we played a game of Hanukah bingo, since we missed out on our Hanukah class in December because of the big snow storm.