Tehilah's Message:

Sneak Peek into our Classrooms

 
Pela:
12/8 Friday @ JCC Harlem: We will continue the theme of Gratitude. The different ways young children and adults can express and receive gratitude. With a focus on the upcoming holiday of Chanukah!
 
12/9 Saturday @ SAJ: 
  • Kehillah kedosha means a very special community. What makes Pela special? What makes SAJ special to you

  • Chanukah is a time where we add light, candle by candle. We add good in a time where we might feel cold or a little down with all the dark during the day. Coming together with community is a great way to add light so we have a community shir today & a chanukah hootenany for children and adults next Saturday @ 5:00 pm!

  • Chanukah song: sivivon

 

Makom Saturday (12/9):
K-1st:
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     Review ritual elements of Chanukah - songs, blessings, candles, games, foods. Learn the Hebrew letters and words associated with Chanukah: or/chodesh (light/dark) & po/sham (here/there). CHET for chodesh and chanukah, SHIN for sham. We will make the story our own as we share exciting parts and parts of Chanukah story in our own ways, through art.

2-3rd: 
  • Exploring Kehillah/community through the story of Chanukah and the different kehillot/communities in the story. Learning the Hebrew words connected to the letters on the dreidel/sivvon: Nes (miracle), Gadol (large), Hayah (was), sham (there) through games. We will consider the concept of Chanukah miracles and if we have ever heard (from friends, relatives) or experienced things that felt like miracles.

      

     

4-5th:  
  • Studying the prayer: tefillat haderech & concept of community/kehillah through art (similar to Romare Bearden)
  • Argue for why your version of Chanukah is the one to be remembered (war vs oil) because it’s best for the kehillah/community
6th: 
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    Chanukah from a kavod and trying to change behavior lens (quick review of details, what was the kavod conflict? How were behaviors used to try to change belief, does that ever work?) Chanukah from a kehilla perspective hellenists vs macabbim. Judith’s story compare/contrast with Yael and what led them to want to serve their community in that way? Also compare/contrast with Rachav (not a Jewish person who protected Jews and thus renounced her kehillah, why?)

    Where is God in the Chanukah story?

     

Makom Tuesday (12/5):
Tefila: we will be having a debate about the meaning of Chanukah!
 
4-5th:   

Rosh Chodesh & Chanukah last 20 min, parents invited (5:40 - 6:00 pm therefor class is from 4:35 - 5:40)

  • New God’s name on Chanukah “Maoz Tzur Yeshuati” strong rock of my saving. Where is God for you in the Chanukah story and which version of God makes sense to you if any? (Maoz Tzur, Al HaNisim)
  • Begin discussing making a Jewish timeline
  • See the 2 different factions in the Jewish kehillah, hear arguments from both sides. Debate.
  • Have they heard of the “Daughter’s Holiday” or the Mexican Chanukah Moon traditions?

6th:

Rosh Chodesh & Chanukah last 20 min (5:40 - 6:00 pm)

Ancient kehillot

  • Chanukah from a kehilla/community perspective Hellenists vs Macabbees
  • Judith’s story compare/contrast with Yael and what led them to want to serve their community in that way? Also compare/contrast with Rachav (not a Jewish person who protected Jews and thus renounced her kehillah, why?)
  • Where is God in the Chanukah story?

 

Makom Sunday (Dec 10):

7&8th:

Both grades meet at SAJ  to leave by 11:00 am sharp (please bring metrocards) we will enjoy an interfaith day of celebrating the season of light. First stop: St Nicolas Cookie walk @ St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church on E 10th St. Students will return to SAJ by 1:30 pm, students (and families) who wish to join Tehilah at Cordoba House for a celebration of Prophet Muhammad's birthday and Chanukah may do so by RSVPing in advance (pick up will be at the location in midtown where the event takes place). We look forward to bringing our rich Jewish identities on a tour of multi-faith and multi-celebrating NYC. Don't forget to practice singing Sivivon! so we're ready to sing alongside our Muslim cousins who have been practicing!
Tue, December 12 2017 24 Kislev 5778