This week our weekday Second graders finished their unit on Passover! Our Saturday students did not have instructional time, because we celebrated Passover Around the World with our family workshops! We were so excited to see so many of you there!
This week in 5th grade, our students got to interview some of the Rabbis at CBE to learn what being a Jewish leader means to them and see how our Rabbis live the Jewish values we’ve been learning about. The Saturday/Tuesday class interviewed Rabbi Green and the Monday/Wednesday class interviewed Rabbi Epstein.
Thanks so much for those who attended our Chazakah 10th grade Shabbat service this Saturday, as well as those who created Purim presentations for our Purim Carnival on Sunday! Great to see so many of you over this past weekend, which was a busy and fun one at CBE!
The 9th Grade Yachad class has spent the past year delving into today’s most pivotal social justice issues affecting Jewish and non-Jewish communities alike. Spanning from racial to economic to food justice, we have treaded on numerous topics, and our students recently decided how we will be spending the rest of our year: asking CBE to begin recycling plastic!
This week we continued our modern Jewish leadership unit by watching the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary. We discussed the mitzvot Justice Ginsburg demonstrates, such as loving those different from you and pursuing peace.
We had SO much fun celebrating Purim at Yachad this week with a fun shpiel(Yiddish for play) put on by our teachers, rice krispie hamantashen, creating groggers/ra’ashanim (noisemaker) to use at the megillah reading, singing Purim songs, face painting, mishloach manot preparations (gifts to others to help increase joy on the holiday) and mask making!
This week in fifth grade we are moving onto our final unit of the year in which we will focus on Jewish leaders in our world today. We’ve started by listing all the Jewish leaders we can think of in our lives and we will continue by learning more about some in particular and even interviewing a few of them in person.
This week in Jewish studies, students learned about the transformation of Germany into a dictatorship in 1933–1934. Students drew conclusions, based on this history, about the values and institutions that might serve as a guard against dictatorship and make democracy possible.
This semester of 7th grade has been going really great since the schedule change. The students seem to be more engaged and we are doing a lot of learning. Tonight in class we have a CBE 10th Grader coming in to speak to our 7th graders about an organization she founded called Teens Resist.
This was our first week using our brand new workbooks during our Hebrew lesson. Students are continuing to work in leveled groups of 2-4 during this time to get personalized attention from teachers and madrichim.
After the tefillah (prayer), mitzvot & Torah classes came to a close this trimester, students participated in an informative, interactive session led by representatives from the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
The 10th Graders are working on their projects for their Chazakah service. The service is Satuday March 23rd and it is a way for the students to show our CBE community what their Judaism means to them.
Our 5th grade students are busy examining evidence and developing their arguments in the mock trial case of whether Esau wrongfully stole Jacob’s birthright. Over the past two weeks, in addition to learning about the ancient Jewish court system, we’ve been lucky enough to hear from real lawyers about their jobs and experience.
We are very excited to invite all 5th grade families to our Esau v Jacob mock trial! The Tuesday/Saturday class mock trial will take place on Tuesday March 5th at 5:30pm in the Chapel. The Monday/Wednesday class mock trial will be on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30pm in the Chapel.
It was lovely to see the kids after a weekend away! In our last session we continued to review numbers in Hebrew and danced to a Tu B’shvat song on the rug together (moving-growing from seeds to trees (etz-etzim עץ, עצים).
9th Graders are busy learning about community organizing! We discussed the entire “Selma” movie for those students who might not have of been there. We also talked about the Cycle of Community Organizing.
Last week 7th Graders were visited by an educator from Hazon! Hazon is at the forefront of an evolving conversation about how American Jewish life can be strengthened by engagement with food, the outdoors, and the environment.