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Pardes (High School First Years and Sophomores)

Pardes Updates followed by their weekly schedules:

Our Yom HaShoah program focused on the theme of indifference to the suffering and persecution of others. In doing so, it highlighted the response of the American government and many Americans to the plight of Jewish refugees from Nazi antisemitism seeking entrance into this country during the 1930's. The response was characterized largely by xenophobia, nativism and Judeophobia. The American refusal to admit greater numbers of Jewish refugees was highlighted by the screening of the film, "The Double Crossing: The Story of the St. Louis." The 80th anniversary of this doomed voyage of some 900 Jewish refugees, turned away by the United States, Canada and Cuba, symbolized the indifferent response of the world to Jews attempting to flee the Third Reich. The lesson that Elie Wiesel took from the world's apathy in the face of the genocide of European Jewry was that the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. Another lesson is the need for a Jewish state, the state of Israel, that can serve as a Jewish refuge and haven.

-Written 5-6-19 by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz

After discussing the concept of freedom last week jumping off from the story of Passover, this week we did an A to Z review of Passover with everything from the very basic of what Matzah is and what it means to the holiday to how xenophobia plays a role not only in the story but also in the lessons that we should take away from the holiday in 2019. This included references back to our conversation last week about why freedom is such an important concept throughout the history of the holiday and for us as Jews today. I encourage you to ask your child about what lessons they feel they have learned about freedom in discussions of Passover and how they can make an impact for others with that moving forward.

-Written 4-17-19 by Morah Aviva Tilles, atilles@amyisrael.org

Hello,

It is hard to believe that Purim and Passover are just around the corner. This past Sunday our class was shortened a little because of the mitzvah board presentations. 

We read this very interesting article about Israel from a totally different perspective. I encourage each of you to please spend a moment, read it and discuss with your child.We also spent time about the upcoming elections in Israel and what the future might hold. The kids continue to bring in there articles on Israel and I thank you for encouraging them to do so.  Have a GREAT SHABBAT!  https://www.jpost.com//Opinion/Why-should-we-hate-Israel-581279

-Written 2-26-19 by Mr. Allan Arnet, aarnet@amyisrael.org

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Sunday Pardes SJS Schedule

Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Madrichim Responsibilities and/or Madrichim Training Various Based on Madrichim Assignments from Mr. Sherman (for those who are a part of that program)
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica)  Room 9 Mr. Allan Arnet
11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica), Current Events and Leadership Training --includes High School Juniors and Seniors Room 7 Morah Aviva Tilles

 

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

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779