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Zayin (7th Grade)

Zayin 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


In our Holocaust Education we showed the film The Last Days.  Here is a link to learn more about Hans Munch who was featured in this film: The students are learning a lot as they prepare for their field trip to the Holocaust Museum which will be taking place for Zayin students on Sun Apr 28 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


-Written 1-27-19 by Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm, 


Dear Zayin Families,


1. In August 2018 I sent out an email regarding the Zayin Mitzvah Projects Presentations. With our first of two presentations taking place in just over a month, I am resending this message.


2. Due to the large size of this year’s Zayin Class, we are dividing the class presentations over the course of two separate dates: Sun Feb 24 and Sun Apr 14. The presentations will take place following Sunday Morning Minyan — from 9:50 a.m.-10-:30 a.m.

3. We will work with the students at SJS to practice their verbal presentations. Each presentation will be about 2-4 minutes in length.

4. There are a dozen tri-folds on the second floor hallway serving as examples for our students. Here is the link to our Zayin Mitzvah Projects Assignment:

5. Here are the dates that our Zayin students are assigned to present:


Sun, Feb 24 9:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Tal Belkind
  • Aden Creinin
  • Micah Friedman
  • Ben Goldfeder
  • Rachel Kreiner
  • Sarah Mae Levy
  • Esther Loewenthal
  • Alyssa Miller
  • Jeremy Schoen
  • Jessica Wilson

Sun, Apr 14 9:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Kylie Brodsky
  • Erin Davis
  • Ethan Fogel
  • Sammy Froum
  • Daniel Gordon
  • Hayden Joseph
  • Lauren Ostroff
  • Naomi Szmuilowicz
  • Roan Weiss
  • Noah Youderian



Mr. Sherman/Charlie


-Written 1-22-19 by Mr. Charlie Sherman


Charlie Sherman, MAEd, CJE
Head of School
Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation
4 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
847/446.7215 ext. 12


We have followed the lead of JLab students to do more debates. We did one debate on guns and whether, according to Jewish texts and halacha (Jewish law), they should be permissible. Last week we discussed the laws in New York regarding secular studies in yeshivot and the kids debated whether the state should have the right to control what happens in private schools. Specifically the impact in Jewish schools.

Allan Arnet and Annie Glasser have been teaching our Jewish Literacy Lab (aka “JLab) on Wednesdays to serve as an enrichment to this year’s Kitah Zayin learning and help make sure that their literacy for as much Jewish knowledge as possible continues to grow.  Yesterday in JLab we rounded out our fourth session with personal commentaries on passages from the Torah. After learning about Rashi, one of the most influential Jewish commentators, and doing a group commentary on the first sentence of the Torah, this week each student did their own! Students either chose passages from their bat/bar mitzvah parshiot or from this week’s parsha.

-Written 1-16-19 by Morah Annie Glasser and Mr. Allan Arnet

We had a later start this past Sunday after an extended tefilah due to Rosh Chodesh and Chanukah. We went thru a series of poems that were prepared for the students surrounding the theme of light. The students took the discussion in many different directions and of course included some of the holiday traditions they celebrate with their families. A few of the children were working on their Torah portions as well. Have a great week. 

-Written 12-13-18 by Mr. Michael Aberman, substitute teacher

Today we learned about the power of speaking softly and in control verses yelling. We learn how Yehuda, pleading his case to Joseph, whispered in his ear instead of losing his temper and yelling.

We also saw the power of forgiveness and how Joseph was able to forgive his brothers. Not only was he able to forgive them but he went as far as to say, everything happens for a reason. Had you not sold me into slavery, I never would have ended up in Egypt. I never would have rose to power and I would not have been able to help my people with food. Such a difficult concept to understand but yet such a powerful lesson to learn.

We also started our mitzvah board projects and practiced reading the blessings for the Haftorah.

-Written 12-12-18 by Mr. Allan Arnet aarnet and Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm, 

Sunday Zayin 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 10 Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm
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) Rooms 9 and 10 Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm and Mr. Allan Arnet
5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Ivrit (Hebrew) Rooms 9 amd 10 Morah Sandra Mieli Kamm and Mr. Allan Arnet


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


Sun, July 21 2019 18 Tammuz 5779