We started the Middles class out with introductions, then the children learned how to say “how are you?” (“ma sholmcha” for boys and “ma shlomech” for girls), and a few responses in Hebrew. We went around the room and each responded to the question in Hebrew.
Then we talked about our theme for the year: Tradition. We talked about the meaning of the word, watched a clip from the movie Fiddler on the Roof, and discussed some of the traditions that we observe in our families.
We had a brief Hebrew lesson from Muriel Stern, in which the children learned about the Hebrew calendar, how to say “Happy New Year” (Shana Tova) in Hebrew, and how to say mother and father.
We then briefly discussed the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as well as Sukkot. The students learned both the traditional and the Humanistic meaning of the holidays, and learned some Hebrew words associated with each one. On the topic of Rosh Hashanah, we learned the song “Apples and Honey” in both Hebrew (Tapuchim u-d’vash) and English, and then ate apples and honey. As part of the discussion of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we talked about Tashlich, and the theme of forgiveness. For Sukkot, we learned about the lulav and etrog, and how to shake the lulav.
Finally, we made origami shofars out of construction paper, and then practiced blowing them!