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Alef/Bet Update followed by their weekly schedules:


Shalom Parents,

            The past few weeks we have been learning about Israel and Lag B’omer. We do this through reading, discussions, art, and other activities. This  past Sunday your children brought home their Lag B’omer counting boards so that they can continue placing stickers to count the omer after religious school ends. They should put a new sticker onto the calendar each day until the 49th day which will coincide with June 8  ( Shavuot).

            We are also learning about cities and important places in Israel as well as people who were instrumental in establishing the state of Israel. Your children also took home poster board collages which feature David Ben-Gurion, Theodor Herzl, Golda Meir, maps of Israel, stamps, coins, etc…

            We also read and discussed a short booklet which explained about life on a kibbutz.

            Please ask your children some of the following questions or initiate a discussion:

Who are some of the Israeli heroes who helped to establish the modern state of Israel?

What are some of the places you learned about in Israel?

Why is Israel so important to the Jewish people?

Can you point to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa on a map?

What is a kibbutz?

Which birthday did Israel just celebrate?

What does the word “Omer” mean? How many days are in the Omer?

Why do we celebrate on Lag  B’omer ( 33rd day)? What are some ways in which we celebrate?

           Our final class session is Sunday, May 19. I have loved having each of your children in my class this year and look forward to seeing them next school year. I wish your family a relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable summer.

Diane Rosenfeld

Alef/Bet Teacher


-Written 5-15-19 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.
Sat, November 16 2019 18 Cheshvan 5780