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Alef/Bet Update followed by their weekly schedules:


Shalom Parents,

I was happy to welcome back your children after winter break. Last Sunday we learned about the difference between tzedakah and g’milut chasadim tovim (acts of loving kindness). Tzedakah is giving of our resources to help others, and g’milut chasadim is giving of our time to help those in need. We learned through discussion and by our booklets on Jewish values. We also began creating the objects that we will use for our upcoming havdalah ceremony.


Today in class we studied the importance of taking care of the earth and our environment . We learned about Tu B’shevat, the New Year of the Trees. We talked about the importance of trees especially in the land of Israel. We learned about the Jewish National Fund and how we can plant trees in Israel to help beautify the land. We did this through discussions, and activities. We heard the story “Honi and the Carob Tree”. We also worked on our beautiful havdalah sets.


Please ask your child some of the following questions:


How are tzedakah and g’milut chasadim different? Give examples of each:


What are some ways that we can help others who are in need?


Why do we have a responsibility to give tzedakah?


Who can we help by giving tzedakah?


Why is it important to plant trees?


What are some ways that we can take care of our environment?


Name some things that we can recycle.





I look forward to seeing you and your children at these important upcoming events:


Wednesday, January 16, 3:45 - 7:00—Parent- Teacher Conferences


Saturday, January 19- Shabbat Family Program and Lunch -9:30-12:30


Saturday, , January 26- Alef / Bet Havdalah



Warm Regards,


Diane Rosenfeld


Alef/Bet Teacher


-Written 1-13-19 by Ms. Diane Rosenfeld,

Please click here to read class updates from previous weeks.


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.
Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779