From Conversational Hebrew to Moses and Korach in Ms. Mazor’s 7th Grade Class!

We have been busy in 7th Grade!

In Hebrew we are working on expanding our vocabulary and our conversation as we continue to learn about school’s subjects, food, drinks, music genres, musical instruments and the names of the months. Each student recognized his/her birthday month as a spacial one for them.

Every week we read from Sedra Scenes on the weekly Torah portion and that opens up a conversation on main topics of the portions.

We continue to read from Judaism’s Great Debates by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz about “Sexual Equality” within the creation of humankind, and how does it manifest in our life today. Men and women as equal partners, their intellectual and spiritual equality. We read the conflict of Moses & Korach, and we dealt with questions regarding leadership traits, element of elitism in leadership? Should certain positions of authority be restricted to an elite group? and what are the advantages and the disadvantages of elitism. We also read about King David and prophet Nathan.discussed the circumstances of revealing a friend’s secret, and how a secret can be helpful or harmful in a relationship. We also read the story of the Five Daughters of Zelophehad’s & the Twelve Tribes. The power of women during biblical time and now. How their power evolved and changed with time.
Pnina Mazor


Gimel (3rd Grade) Zedakah Party!

It is hard to believe that just a few months ago our Gimel students were just beginning Hebrew school.  They had yet to learn to read Hebrew, to print Hebrew letters, to write cursive Hebrew letters, to speak simple Hebrew phrases, to  sing Hebrew songs, to chant prayers and blessings…. the list goes on and on. But, now, the Gimel students are mastering all of these skills.  They are a friendly and enthusiastic group. They are kind to each other, and, they are kind and thoughtful to others.

Recently, we celebrated an important milestone in our Gimel class.  We reached a total of $100.00+ in our Zedakah collection. We decided earlier in the year that $100.00 would be our goal for holding a Zedakah party to celebrate our combined contributions.  It seemed like we were moving toward that goal slowly at first, but, with everyone’s consistent sharing, we did it! $100.00! Shehecheyanu! We reached our goal!

We had a wonderful party.  The Gimel students were anxious to contribute to our feast and a big Todah to you, parents, for fulfilling their food requests. Please see our students at the fabulous Zedakah party buffet table in the picture below.  In addition to yummy foods to eat, we also played a G’veret Kasanov made trivia game using buzzers. We had 3 contestants for each round and we kept track of the winner of each round. The championship group consisted of 3 students who were the winners of the initial rounds. The championship game was held the following week.  It was a lot of fun and a great review of our lessons…….Looking forward to the next Zedakah party!

As a reminder, the students have homework reading assignments from each class. They write the assignment in the last page of their machberet.  Please ask your student after each class to tell you about their assignment. They will love having an audience as they practice.

Going forward we will be getting ready for our Purim celebrations, the Megillah Reading on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:30pm and the Purim carnival on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 10:00am.

Also, please mark your calendars for Friday, March 8, 2019 for our next Gimel Simchat Shabbat.

I look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events. Many thanks for your participation in the recent Sunday, February 10, 2019 Family Program where we made blankets and dog toys as part of our social action, G’milut Chasadim mitzvah project.


Marsha Kasanov

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When Adar Comes We are Filled with Happiness from Mrs. Kasanov’s 4th Grade Class.

We have been working in a variety of subject areas these past few weeks in our Wednesday Dalet class.  I am thrilled to report that the Dalet students keep amazing me every week with their enthusiastic attitudes as we move along in our studies.

Even though Purim is several weeks away, we have already started discussing this joyous holiday.  This year, 5779, is a leap year in our Jewish calendar. In our secular calendar we add an extra day in February for a leap year, but, in our Jewish calendar we add a whole month.  We add a second month of Adar! We are currently in Adar l in the Jewish calendar, but, we will be celebrating Purim in Adar ll, several weeks away. Nonetheless, there is much excitement and happiness in our class and we have begun singing a Hebrew song, “Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’Simcha” (When Adar comes we are filled with happiness) each time we meet in anticipation of the holiday.  We will be celebrating at B’nai Tikvah at our Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The Megillah reading will take place on Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019 at 6:30pm.

We are continuing our study of the Shema/V’Ahavta, learning to confidently read the prayer and learning also, to understand the words.  We are learning about Hebrew grammar, how the formation of Hebrew words is based on root letters as we study the Shema/V’Ahavta. The Dalet students have been doing a good job reading the assigned lines of the Shema/V’Ahavta for homework.  Please listen to them read. It will be good practice for them and you will be proud of their progress. Our latest homework assignment: Read the Shema/V’Ahavta, lines 1-6. These verses refer to lines on the handout of the prayer the students have in their folders.  This prayer is also found in the students’ siddurim on page 103. This prayer is chanted at each Simchat Shabbat service. Our Dalet students will be featured at the upcoming Simchat Shabbat service on Friday evening, March 8, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Recently, I handed out a simple story all in Hebrew, Shabbat Ba’ah (Shabbat is coming) to the students.  They were so excited that they could easily read the story and understand it thanks to our classes in Ivrit B’Ivrit.  Many students were raising their hands……they all wanted a turn to read the story. I was enormously proud of them. Now, we are working together on answering questions about the story. The questions are posed in Hebrew and we are writing the answers in Hebrew, too.

Attached is the story.  Ask your child to read it to you!

Be happy! It’s Adar!

Marsha Kasanov

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From Aleph-Bet to Dog Toys in 2nd Grade!

Shalom Families!

We returned from our winter vacation to fun and exciting times. We learned many new letters of the Hebrew Aleph- Bet and learned new words either starting or ending with our new letters.  We learned about Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees and made an edible project depicting trees of all the seasons. We did several art projects for the Parsha: including making masks representing the plague of darkness, one of the 10 plagues brought on Pharaoh. We also did projects depicting the splitting of the red sea, the ten commandments and placemat’s for milk and meat. We had a family program where we made toys for dogs of a local animal shelter.  We also met and are getting to know our new teacher Morah Leah. We hope that our Sunday mornings will continue to WARM your childrens hearts and minds!


Morah Sandy & Morah Leah

From a Tzedakah Party to Tanach in Kitah Vav (6th Grade)!

Shalom Kitah Vav Parents,

We started off the new semester of Hebrew school with a Tzedakah party.  As we had collected our first $100 dollars, we celebrated with a Tzedakah party.  We said the appropriate brachot over the many treats that were brought to class. We even had left overs which we are still enjoying.  As the year goes on, we will discuss the various organizations to which we can contribute our Tzedakah. I am so proud of our students’ continuing commitment to Tzedakah. (By the way, we decided that in honor of TuB’shvat, our Tzedakah  for the month of Shevat will be sent to JNF to plant a tree in Israel).

Even though we have had frigid and snowy weather, thoughts of the start of spring in Israel, have kept us warm!   We celebrated the holiday of Tu B’Shvat (the new year of trees) in several ways. We learned about the traditions and customs associated with this holiday and of the importance of trees in our daily lives.  We discussed the 7 species that are grown in Israel and mentioned in the Bible, and then had a snack of Tam Tams, figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, and raisins. (ask your student to name the one missing!). In addition, the students did an art project and created beautiful trees.  I was very impressed with their creativity and thoughts. Some students made trees that stood up, others made trees with beautifully colorful leaves, fruit trees, and others drew elaborate trees.

Ivrit B’Ivrit lessons continue to be a favorite of the students.  We added words that had to do with weather, trees, and fruit! The students love to participate  and we are certainly learning a lot about each other! We integrated Ivrit B’Ivrit into one of my favorite TuB’Shvat


activities  I read the students the book, The Giving Tree, in Hebrew. You would be amazed at how much they understood. And not only did they understand the story, but the students raised great questions and thoughtful comments about this book.

We continue to read from the Siddur.  Soon we will start the challenging prayer, the Ashrei.  Some students have already learned parts of the prayer with Hazzan Hery, but we will read the entire prayer and identify the key concepts and words. Please continue to encourage your child to practice  reading at home in order to become fluent in this important prayer.

We also reviewed the structure of the Bible (Tanach).  All the students should be able to name the different sections of each part of the Tanach.  I have asked each student to bring the name of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah parsha to class. We will read about each parsha and the students will prepare summaries to present to the class.

As you can see, Kitah Vav keeps busy!


G’veret Gelbart