“Let My People Go,” 10 Plagues & More!
1. Save the Date: Installation of Rabbi Rebecca Epstein
Friday, March 1 beginning at 5:00 PM
Friends and families of all ages are invited to join us for a special dinner and Shabbat service to officially welcome Rabbi Epstein to the CBE family! Yachad students present will help lead the service together!
2. Upcoming Closures | Presidents’ Week
Yachad will be closed Saturday Feb 16- Saturday Feb 23 for Presidents’ Week.
3. URJ Camp Info Session & Lunch 2/9
This Saturday the Director of URJ Crane Lake Camp, Debbie Shriber, will be coming to CBE to tell us all about Eisner, Crane Lake, and Sci-Tech! This is a great opportunity for students and parents to ask questions and learn about the URJ camping system. We will be providing lunch as the presentation will be directly after Yachad in the Ballroom. Please email Hannah Isaacs (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know you’re attending!
Andrew’s Monday/Wednesday Class
The students did the impossible on Monday. They brought baby Moses to life (in the form of a potato)! We continued learning about the life of Moses and how he stood up to Pharaoh to lead the Hebrew people to freedom. Wednesday introduced us to the ten plagues and made us think about why it was these specific plagues and warnings G-d sent down. The class concluded with skits by the students on the plagues and demonstrating what it could have been like to experience them. Next week we will learn about the splitting of the Red Sea and the Exodus!
Lee’s Monday/Wednesday Class
This week, we started by reviewing the trickery that led to Jacob marrying both Leah and Rachel. Then, anticipating that our upcoming story will have a lot to do with names, students had a chance to tell us one interesting thing about their own name. We learned about the large family that Jacob, Leah, and Rachel would have, and we went through their names (with students taking the part of the many family members as they were introduced). We talked about how the Torah suddenly introduces us to the whole family, and that they would go on to be the ancestors of the Tribes of Israel. We then continued in the story to Jacob’s encounter with what turns out to be an angel, the change of his name, and his reunion with Esau. We talked about the name changes we’ve already learned about (Avram –> Avraham, Sarai –> Sarah) as well as why they are sometimes pronounced a few different ways. We then dissected the name Israel (traditionally understood to be a combination of a name of God and the root of the word Sara, which can have a few different meanings). Students were given a chance to go more in-depth about their own names and share with the class. Finally, we used some magnetic-poetry-style cards to play with the different ways we could understand the meaning of ‘Israel’ and begin to create some poetry related to the interpretations of its meaning.
David’s Tuesday/Saturday Class
This week we continued the story of Joseph and his exploits in Egypt, as a slave until he came to power. We have seen that Joseph turns out not only as a dreamer but also as a dreamer, first to Pharaoh’s ministers and finally even to Pharaoh himself.
We conducted a trial for Yehuda, who was responsible for the sale of Yosef (Joseph). Yosef acted in the position of the prosecution, with a qualified lawyer, as did Yehuda. Reuven served as a key witness, and the court was attended by security and three judges. The children demonstrated great participation, felt a lot of ambition and passion during the process.
Lee & Marna’s Tuesday/Saturday Class
We learned about Jacob falling in love with Rachel and his agreement with Lavan to work for 7 years to earn her hand in marriage. We learned about Lavan’s trick and how he switched the sisters and married Leah off to Jacob instead of Rachel. We then discussed the deception and rivalry throughout the stories we’ve learned thus far and added them to our rhyming themes- starting with the story of Adam and Eve, then Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah.
Considering Jacob being duped, we talked about disappointment in not always getting what we want after we’ve worked hard for it and about moments when we were dishonest and what the consequences were. Students shared reasons for being dishonest in the first place (popular reasons were fear, and not wanting to hurt someone). Common examples they gave were when that they told a parent they liked a meal they had made but in truth they didn’t like it… 🙂 and then they had to eat a lot of it because the parent had the wrong impression.
Students then rewrote the story (some in drawing, some acted out) to see how it would look if everyone did the “right” thing (Leah, Rachel, Lavan, Jacob…)!
Richard’s Tuesday/Saturday Class
We delved deeper into the story of Moses as he returned to Egypt to tell Pharaoh “to let my people go.” We read about the 10 plagues and had an interesting discussion about bad in the world and whether or not God should rid the world of it all and why he doesn’t if He’s all-powerful. The students mostly felt that we ourselves should be responsible for making the world a better place. We finished our class time watching the animated movie “Prince of Egypt.”
Hebrew through Movement
This week we focused on directions: Front – kadima – קדימה, Back – achora – אחורה, Left – smola – שמאלה, Right – yemin – ימין. We practiced these words using different dance moves, which ended in a big dance party!
Students learned a few new classroom objects and reviewed some others. We practiced responding to commands combining the following objects and adjectives:
ספר – sefer – book
תוש – tush – marker
עפרוו – iparon – pencil
עולם – olam -world
קטן – katan – small
גדול – gadol – big
As a fun activity, students took turns choosing what to draw and with some assistance from their teacher, commanded the entire group to do so (l’tzayer limon katan al niyar im tush tzahov (draw a small lemon on paper with a yellow marker).