Understanding anti-Semitism

Jewish Studies

In our last few lessons, we’ve continued learning about anti-Semitism. Students have explored the long history of hatred and discrimination against Jews, and learned how anti-Judaism, a religious prejudice, was transformed in the nineteenth century into anti-Semitism, a form of racism. Learning about the development of anti-Semitism will provide students with important context for the worldview of the Nazis when we begin to learn about the Holocaust. It will also help students recognize and understand the impact of stereotypes and myths about Jews that persist today.

We took a pause in our Facing History learning to celebrate Hanukkah. Students got to rotate between stations which included candle making, a dreidel tournament, music video making, improv games, Hanukkah MadLibs, and more.

Hebrew Update from Yael

In the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, we worked on the Hanukkah blessings and vocabulary. Students learned how to say “I am lighting a candle” and Hanukkah food vocabulary words. We played puzzle games with the 3 blessings said on the first night and spoke about the meaning of key words such as miracles and ancestor. The more advanced students played a game in groups focusing on the words first through eighth (candle), as well as reviewing Hebrew numbers. Some more beginner groups played a human dreidel game that helped them review letters and vowels and work on reading/decoding in a fun and interactive way.

Announcements

Family History Projects

The Family History Projects are due January 24th and students will be presenting in the classes to follow. I will be sending out a presentation schedule when we return from Winter Break. As a reminder, we will be providing some time for students to work on these projects during Yachad.

6th Grade B’Nei Mitzvah Family Learning Sessions

Please save the dates for the following B’Nei Mitzvah learning sessions:

Saturday, 3/30, 11:30-1:30
Thursday 5/23, 6:30-8:30

More information to come.

Upcoming Yachad Closures

12/22-1/1 Winter Break
1/18-1/21 MLK Weekend