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Zayin (7th Grade)

Zayin Updates followed by their weekly schedules:

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.


Wed, January 23 2019 17 Shevat 5779