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Hei Updates followed by their weekly schedules:

We have been focusing on issues affecting entire communities rather than just individuals. We began the year learning about tochechah, the Jewish way of offering corrective advice so that it will be appreciated, understood, and followed without inciting unnecessary conflict. We are now finishing our study of how to form a kehilah kedoshah, holy community, through changing our own behaviors and helping others to understand how better to be welcoming and supportive.

-Written 4-4-19 by Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.),

On Sunday we reviewed the Torah portion of Yitro. In this portion the 10 commandments are listed. After going over the 10 commandments, I challenged the kids to come up with an 11th commandment. Something they feel is missing in 2019 and would like to add. Next week we will continue with the mensch handbook. 

Stay warm!

-Written 1-30-19 by Mr. Allan Arnet,

On Wednesday evenings we spend our time focusing first on tefillah.  We daven tefillah in the Sanctuary along with the Gimel and Dalet classes.  The Hei class has done a great job of helping take on a leadership role during tefillah and have most recently been helping lead Hatzi Kaddish.  In the classroom we have been working hard on learning the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Siddur words seen on the framed pictures in the classroom.  The students have created and used flash cards to play games and practice with the words and most recently even been able to write full sentences in Hebrew using the words that they know.  We have also spent time practicing Judaic values and holidays.  We have explored the idea of Teshuvah and B'Tzelem Elohim along with looking at the various holidays that have come up.  We most recently looked at Tu B'Shevat and discussed the ways we celebrate the upcoming holiday.  I am enjoying working with your children and look forward to a great second half of the year.

To learn common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier I, please click on the following link:

To learn common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier II, please click on the following link:

-Written 1-16-19 by Mr. Marc Sender,

We have now met twice as Kitah Hei JLab. During the first meeting we talked through some basics of Jewish prayer - what times we do it, what the services are called, etc. we started with Schacharit and zoomed in on Birkhot Hashachar. We practiced reading in Hebrew and looked at the English after talking about our own morning routines. We talked about importance of giving thanks for the things we take for granted every morning. Each student ended their Birkhot Hashachar with an extra, personal line of thanks. During second session we moved onto the Torah service and looked at the weeks parsha - talking about when Joseph reunites with his brothers. The students analyzed wether they thought Joseph should have been kind like he was to his brothers or if he had the right to hold a grudge, etc. 

-Written 1-16-19 by Morah Annie Glasser,

Please click here to read class updates from previous weeks.

Sunday Hei SJS Schedule

Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Sunday Morning Minyan Sanctuary Morah Aviva Tilles, Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm, Mr. Allan Arnet, Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
9:55 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 9 Mr. Allan Arnet
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) and Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.)
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Chugim (Choice Activities): 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 Hei 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 7 Mr. Marc Sender
5:35 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 7 Mr. Marc Sender


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

This picture, taken during a Wednesday Tefillah session at SJS, includes Kitah Hei and Kitah Dalet, as these two classes joined together twice this year to lead Friday evening services.

Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779