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.