From the Littles class, teacher Josh Kaplan
This week at JCS we welcomed a brand new member of our class -she fit right in! Welcome, Payton! The topic of the day was Hanukkah. We learned two Hanukkah songs, practiced spinning dreidels, and colored some awesome pictures. Later, we practiced lighting a menorah on a toy, non-burning, safety menorah. Then we watched as Teacher Josh lit a real one for the first night of Hanukkah. The next time we see each other will be at the Hanukkah party so make sure to save room for latkes!
From the Middles class, teacher Colline Roland
On Sunday our class had music with Sarah. The kids decided rather than be alone in front of a group for the Hanukkah party that they’d prefer to be with the littles, so they learned the littles song. After this we attempted to make our own challah bread as we discussed the origins of Hanukkah and the traditions. As our bread baked the two students who were left chose to play dridel rather than bingo. The winner took home a dridel and gelt from Israel.
Middles students making challah and playing dreidel.
From the Juniors class, teacher Renee Dorman
In December, the Juniors reviewed with a game of Hanukkah pictionary. Then they read the story Latkes and Applesauce, and rehearsed for a play of the story for the Hanukkah party. We also reviewed the Hebrew letters found the dreidels – hey, gimmel, nun, and shin – and completed a coloring activity to practice letter recognition and sounds. Hope to see you at the Hanukkah party!
From the B’Mitvah Prep class, teacher Eva Cohen
Today in the B’Mitzvah Prep class, we learned about medieval European Jewish history and prepared for Chanukah. After our regular Hebrew conversation warm-up, students read a selection from The Veterans of History: A Young Person’s History of the Jews that focused on Jewish history and culture in Europe during the Middle Ages. After discussing the reading, students learned about the medieval European origins of dreidel, played a couple games of dreidel, and then learned about how the letters on the dreidel are traditionally read to symbolize “Nes gadol haya sham” (a great miracle happened there–a reference to the religious Chanukah story). Then we practiced some more Hebrew Chanukah vocabulary and a holiday song with Sarah. The last part of class students spent preparing a pantomime of “The Pan of Oil,” a Chanukah story by Chaver Paver translated from the Yiddish, in preparation for the Or Emet Chanukah party.