Learning more about Passover!

This week our Second graders learned about Passover, and continued through their Torah stories

Saturday Jewish Studies

Elie’s Class

This past week we played a Passover board game and reviewed the road to freedom. We talked about what’s on the Seder plate and some traditions they might do at home. We also reviewed the Passover story through a drawing challenge and trivia questions.

David’s Class

Last Shabbat we explored the Book of Numbers. We focused on the story of the scouts who reported on their travels to the Land of Canaan, and the personal qualities that are important in building a strong community. Next Shabbat, please join us for Yachad’s Passover Around the World Workshops!

Tuesday Jewish Studies

This week we reviewed what we’ve learned about Moses so far and explored the 10 Commandments more. We learned that besides the 10 commandments, there are 613 commandments total. We discussed why it’s important to have rules. Then each student created a commandment and we made our own version of the 10 Commandments. Next week, we’ll be learning more about Passover!

Wednesday Jewish Studies

Lauren’s Class

This week we reviewed what we’ve learned about Moses so far and explored the 10 Commandments more. We learned that besides the 10 commandments, there are 613 commandments total. We discussed why it’s important to have rules. Then each student created a commandment and we made our own version of the 10 Commandments. Next week, we’ll be learning more about Passover!

David’s Class

Dear Parents,
This week we continued to learn about the Ten Commandments, and tried to reach a deeper connection to the tablets and commandments. We built the Tablets of the Covenant, each one choosing one rule that he loves very much, not necessarily from the Torah. We dealt with the meaning of the word mitzvah and the beauty of Jewish laws and culture.
I hope you all have a happy Passover,
David.

Hebrew Through Movement

Saturday

This week in Hebrew through movement we started preparing for Passover!

We learned about some of the Passover traditions and learned the words מצה (matzah), חמץ(Chametz) and the difference between them. 

We also started learning about צלחת פסח– Seder plate (tzalachat pesach) and some the meanings of the foods on it. 

Everyone shared some of their favorite things about Passover and clearly everyone can’t wait for it to be Passover!

Happy Passover!

Tuesday

Shalom Families,

This week for HTM, we practiced following commands in Hebrew while manipulating the Seder Plate foods (in their plush form!). These are the hebrew words for the seder foods: charoset, maror (bitter herb such as horseradish), chazeret (another bitter herb/romaine lettuce), z’roah (shankbone), karpas (spring vegetable – we had a plush potato but this could be represented by parsley or celery) and beitzah (egg).
In addition, we played a few rounds of “Find the Afikomen.” We learned to follow the commands for the Hebrew words liftoach (open) and lisgor (close) einayim (eyes) while closing our eyes when a child hid the afikomen. We also followed the commands l’hachbi (hide) and limtzo (find). Finally, we munched on a little matzah after saying the Hebrew bracha, “baruch ata adonai eloheinu melech haolam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al achilat matzah.” The kids were super engaged and enthusiastic. Please try to reinforce some of these words with your children during Passover!

B’shalom,
Sharone

Wednesday

In the past two weeks, we have been learning about Pesach!
We started our classes by talking about the holiday traditions and what were looking forward to; most kids talked about being together as a family and having great food!
Next we discussed the Seder plate – Tzalachat Pesach – צַלַּחַת פֶּסַח, and learned about the different parts of the Seder plate: Karpas – כַּרְפַּס, Chazeret – חֲזֶרֶת, Maror – מָרוֹר, Haroset – חֲרֹסֶת, egg – Beitza – בֵּיצָה, Shank bone – Zroha – זְרוֹעַ.
We also played the Afikoman game and learned the words:
To hide – le’hachbi – לְהַחְבִּיא, To seek – le’chapas – לְחַפֵּשׂ.
This and next week we are focusing on vocabulary around the Four “Ma Nishtana” questions:
Day – yom – יוֹם / Night – Lailah – לַיְלָה / Nights – Leilot – לֵילוֹת
Hametz -חָמֵץ / Matzah – מַצָּה
Vegetables – Sh’ar yerakot – שאר ירקות / Maror – מָרוֹר
To dip – matbilin – מַטְבִּילִין
One time – paam achat – פַּעַם אַחַת / Two times – shtei pe’amim- שְׁתֵּי פְּעָמִים
Sitting – yoshvin – יוֹשְׁבִין / Reclining – mesubin – מְסֻבִּין
In addition, in the last few weeks some kids have started to replay in Hebrew, and even gave instruction in Hebrew!! Its so great to see how much they learned and then apply it in class.