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Alef/Bet Update followed by their weekly schedules:


Shalom Parents,

            Last week, we began our 10 Commandments project; most of the children finished this week and took them home. ( The children did a great job on these and learned about the various commandments). We also made get well cards for one of the art teachers who had surgery.  In art, we finished making drawings for a Jewish calendar contest. Some children added their handprints to the table in the art room.

            Today, we listened to the story of Purim, discussed some of the characters and terms associated with the story, talked about the 4 mitzvot of Purim, and did a Purim crossword puzzle. Some of the children began making shalach manot containers as this is one of the mitzvot of Purim.

            In art today, the chldren made either crowns or graggers. We encourage them to use these at the meggilah reading on March 20. As always, we conclude each Sunday with our Hebrew reading groups, and the children are progressing nicely.

            I look forward to seeing your children next week. Don’t forget- please dress in costume. We will have class time for the first 35 minutes when we will finish making our shalach manot boxes. I hope that you will fill up your child’s box with goodies and give it to a friend, relative or neighbor . I wish your family a Happy Purim and a safe and restful spring break. We will have two Sundays of spring break. I look forward to welcoming your child back to class on April 7 when we will “dive into” our study of Pesach!

Thank you to all who sent empty milk cartons for our shalach manot project.

Ask your children some of the following questions: 

Who are some of the characters in the Purim story that we admire?

What qualities did Esther have?

What qualities did Mordecai have?

Tell one of the mitzvot of Purim.( listening to the megillah, enjoying a Purim seudah (feast), giving tzedakah, handing out shalach manot)

What does the Purim story teach us?

What makes someone a hero?

Diane Rosenfeld

Alef/Bet Teacher


-Written 3-10-19 by Ms. Diane Rosenfeld,

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Sunday Alef/Bet SJS Schedule

Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 9:40 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) #1: Self-Selected Time followed by Holidays, Values, TaNaKH (Hebrew Bible), Israel Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
9:40 a.m. 10:10 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) #2: Either continuation of Yahadut #1 or separate topic from Holidays, Values, TaNaKH (Hebrew Bible), Israel Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
10:10 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Shira (Music) Room 1 Cantor Simon
10:25 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Complete and/or Reflect upon Yahadut #1 and #2 lessons Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
10:40 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Snack and Story Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
11:05 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Tefillah (Prayer) Room 1 or Sanctuary Mr. Sherman & Mr. Marc
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) with Alef/Bet Helpers from the older classes Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld


NOTE: Please click here to access Alef/Bet SJS Curricular Learning Objectives, Materials and Resources.

This picture above, taken Sun, Apr 8, 2018, includes last year's Gan and Alef/Bet.
Thu, March 21 2019 14 Adar II 5779