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Hei Updates followed by their weekly schedules:

This past Sunday we started to learn about Tu B'Shavat and the importance of the holiday. Why do we need a day to celebrate trees? Does it seem strange that the word birthday or tree is not anywhere to be found in the Hebrew name of the holiday? Please ask your child about the holiday and it's importance.

-Written 1-16-19 by Mr. Allan Arnet,

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,

To finish our unit on tochechah (respectfully and constructively correcting others) we created a series of one-page comic strips illustrating situations where someone is corrected for their behavior in a way that demonstrates compassion and a desire to be helpful. Many of these comic strips are autobiographical, and we will be adding them to the walls of our classroom as we redecorate. Great job, Hei!

-Written 11-18-18 by Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.),

Kitah Hei spent their afternoon reviewing their Teir I siddur words by quizzing each other, reviewing in small groups and playing a game. We also began looking at Tier II words through call and repeat to begin listening to the sounds. To learn common Hebrew words found in the Siddur, Tier II, please click on the following link:

-Written 11-12-18 by Morah Aviva Tilles,

The past couple of weeks in the Hei class have been very productive ones. Last week the students dove into the meaning of B'tzelem Elohim, being made in the image of G-d. They discussed what it means to treat all people like they are made in the image of G-d and how that helps us to treat people better. This past week we worked on the tier 1 siddur words. We played games practicing our basic level Hebrew vocabulary. Go ahead and ask your child to tell you some words they know in Hebrew, you may be surprised at how many words they already know. We wrapped up this week by diving into the prayer Shalom Aleichem and playing a popcorn game where the students worked together to complete the prayer one word at a time. We paid special attention to following along and pronouncing each word as it is written instead of how we have heard it before. Next week we will continue our Hebrew vocabulary and explore more B'tzelem Elohim.

-Written 10-10-18 by Mr. Marc Sender,

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.

Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779