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Gimel (3rd Grade)

Shalom Gimel Families,

The students are working hard, learning about the concept of Koach Hadibbur, translated as “the power of speech”. Students learned the meaning of this Jewish value and how it relates to the previous values we have studied so far this year. Using various street signs, students examined ways we communicate with limited speech and the power that each word or symbol holds. In addition, the students studied a very famous story of a rabbi and a pile of feathers. This story emphasized the importance of what we say and how words are forever, as we are unable to take them back. The students then had a chance to create their own brit, translated as “covenant or contract,” for how to use their own speech. Following this lesson, the students learned about examples of Koach Hadibbur in the

Torah. We emphasized the story of Moses and the Exodus to see how we can make changes in the world when we use our power of speech wisely. This included a look at how Miriam was able to help her brother and her family speak up and use their speech for good. Next, we focused on Moses’ courage to help the Israelites escape from Egypt. In both of these instances, Miriam and Moses used the power of speech to help others to make a difference. We completed the lesson by analyzing some of G-d’s statements in the story of Creation. The emphasis was on ways in which our speech can be used to create, rather than to destroy. Most recently, we examined modern leaders and communicators through a Jewish lens, and how they create positive change in the world through the power of their words.

            In addition to learning about Koach Hadibbur, the students have been working very hard on learning their tefillot, prayers. They are excited to lead these tefillot in front of their family, friends, and the congregation on Friday, May 3. Please click here to find both the text and the audio for most of these prayers for the students to practice at home. While I do feel it is important to note that the service on Friday, May 3rd is not a performance but rather a reflection of the student’s hard work and study of the tefillot over the year, I do want each student to feel comfortable on the bimah. Please have your student practice these prayers at home.


Ahavat Olam




Mi Chamocha






Shira Sender

-Written 4-29-19 by Mrs. Shira Sender,


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Sunday Gimel SJS Schedule


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 10:10 a.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
10:10 a.m. 10:20 a.m. Shira (Music) Room 1 Cantor Simon
10:15 a.m. 10:55 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) and/or Omanut (Art) Room 5 or Lower Level Art Room Mrs. Shira Sender, Ms. Sara Preis & Ms. Sheila Serota
10:55 a.m. 11:05 a.m. Snack Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
11:05 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Finish and/or Reflect on Yahadut lesson Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Chugim (Choice Acitivities): See directly below Various Various


Sunday Chugim (Choice Activities)


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Alef/Bet Helpers Room 3 Ms. Diane Rosenfeld
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Band Chug Lower Level Library Mr. Marc Nevins
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Gan Helpers Room 1 Morah Lynn Washer
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Kadima Chug Rooms 9 and 10 Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm and Mr. Allan Arnet
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Kahoot Chug Room 8 Mr. Dennis Gelbart
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Musical Drama Chug Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Omanut (Art) Chug Lower Level Omanut (Art) Room Ms. Sara Preis and Ms. Sheila Serota


Wednesday Gimel SJS Schedule


Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
4:15 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Tefillah (Prayer) Sanctuary or Courtyard Mr. Sherman & Gimel, Dalet & Hei Teaching Team
4:55 p.m. 5:35 p.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender
5:35 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 5 Mrs. Shira Sender


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


Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779