On a beautiful Sunday morning in May, our Jewish Cultural School students and teachers met over Zoom to connect with one another as members of the Or Emet community, and to continue the process of learning about our Jewish culture, history, traditions, arts and values though a humanistic lens.
The Littles Group – PreK – Kindergarten, teacher Josh Kaplan
This month at JCS we learned about Jewish folktales. We read a great book called Something From Nothing by Pheobe Gilman which is based on an old Jewish folktale. Then I (Teacher Josh) told the class a folktale and, afterwards, the class drew some illustrations for the story.
Note: we did have some background noise issues today. Just a reminder that, if parents are having a conversation while their Little is Zooming, we’ll all hear it on our end.
Middles Group, grades 1- 2 – teacher Colline Roland
On Sunday we learned about Shavuot and craved dairy products and fruit. We learned the story of the Ten Commandments being received, including the commandment not to kill Afterwards we each created our own commandments for society. We also read the book Kopecks for Blintzes. We also read Kopecks for Blintzes by Judy Goldman.
Here are the Ten Commandments each of the Middles Students thought up.
Juniors Group, grades 3-5 – teacher Renee Dorman
In May, the Juniors class learned about Shavuot. We watched a video about this lesser known holiday. We learned about the tradition of reciting acrostic poems of the alef-bet during the Shavuot service, and briefly looked at the content of one such poem, which is full of gratitude for God’s blessings. After a review of Hebrew, we took a humanist lens on the tradition and made our own (English) alphabet books of things we are grateful for. We also included the Hebrew letter(s) that makes the same sound in each alphabet page.
B’Mitzvah Prep Group, grades 6-8 – teacher Eva Cohen