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Vav (6th Grade)

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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

We began with a powerful Yom HaShoah Assembly led by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz.  I then covered the followed with Kitah Vav:

1. The Avot and Emahot – when you are talking to G-d we need to introduce who we are and what is your background. Does G-d need your introduction? No but just like a parent teaches you to say thank you and introduce yourself so do we do the same with G-d

2. How Awesome is G-d- we say how great G-d is and how we thank him/her for all they have done throughout the ages. Then we go after complementing and make our request.

3. Requests- now we get to our requests

4. We introduced the concept of in Tefilot of :

a. What – what do I want from G-d

b. Why – why do I want it – for a greater good or to be selfish

c. What does G-D want? – what would G-d want us to do.

We looked in the Siddur and saw how this applies.

-Written 5-5-19 by Mr. Dennis Gelbart,

This week we launched a new program for students and parents from the organization Moving Traditions, The program focuses on the social, spiritual, and emotional elements of becoming a teenager, including peer pressure, gender norms, self esteem, and social responsibility. Developed by a team of rabbis, psychologists, and social workers, the program integrates Jewish wisdom into a program specifically designed for the developmental milestones that occur during sixth and seventh grades.  Moving Traditions also created the podcast @13 which is a podcast for parents all about b’nai mitzvah and students have been using Moving Traditions’ curricular materials to explore the coming of age elements of b’nai mitzvah. Moving Traditions teen groups are one of the few informal educational experiences that speak directly to the real-life challenges of teens. The groups have been proven to increase teens’ self confidence, teach teens how to think critically, give teens skills to develop friendships, and deepen teens’ connection to the Jewish community.

-Written 3-10-19 by Mr. Charlie Sherman,

As more of our students receive their bat and bar mitzvah assignments, we are moving toward a more consistent preparatory schedule focused on Hebrew, the siddur, and individual students' readings. Motivated by many of the students' interest in math, we recently took some time to learn about gematria, the original system for writing numbers in Hebrew using the letters of the Hebrew alphabet to represent digits rather than sounds. A fun side effect of writing numbers this way is that any word can also be assigned a numerical value, and Jewish tradition sometimes finds connections between words with the same value.

-Written 2-26-19 by Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S.),

The class continued their discussions around three topics: embarrassing others, laws between two people, and lashon hara (evil speech, guarding your tongue).  We shared examples of situations where we can be more sensitive to the feelings of others, and how to set the example to be a holy people.  We noted that these three topics are all interwoven, and the need to treat others as we wish to be treated.

-Written 2-5-19 by Mr. Eytan Dallal, Substitute Teacher

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Sunday Vav 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. 11:30 a.m. Yahadut (Judaica) and Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 8 Mr. Dennis Gelbart
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 Vav SJS Schedule

Starting Time Ending Time Title of Session Room/Space Educator(s)/Leader(s)
4:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Yahadut (Judaica) Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)
5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Room 6 Hazzan Lawrence Szenes-Strauss (Mr. S)


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

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779