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What we did on for Sunday, November 3rd

  • Assembly with Rabbi Jeff at Cemetery, burying Genizah, sacred books and objects that are no longer usable

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  • Hebrew groups
  • Parsha Hashavuah: Sedra Scenes play on Toldot. Active debate afterwards about whether Jacob earned the birthright, and thus the brachah of Isaac, or whether Jacob stole the birthright from Esau.


What we did on Wednesday, October 30th

  • Hoogim: Started making boxes to contain Genizah, holy objects that are no longer usable and must be buried. This was in preparation for the program on Sunday

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  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: We did another complete davening routine. We then read the quick Sedra Scene for Chayei Sarah, since we missed it on Sunday.


What we did on Wednesday, October 27th: No school. Teacher Yom Limud

What we did on Wednesday, October 23rd

  • Hoogim: Ritual Object Jeopardy game.
  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: We did a complete davening routine, reviewing all of the prayers we have learned and reviewed. Barchu, Maariv Araviim, Shema, Vahavta and Aleinu. This was an incredible milestone



What we did on for Sunday, October 20th

  • Parsha Hashavuah: Yayeira. Read the Sedra Scenes Play
  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: Continued reviewing Barchu and Maariv Aravim bracha

What we did on Wednesday, October 16th

  • Hoogim: Edible Israeli Flags

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  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: Made get-well cards for our classmate Evan who was sick. This was an incredible way to teach the students to think about others before themselves

What we did on for Sunday, October 13th

  • Parsha Hashavuah: Lech Lecha. Read the Sedra Scenes Play
  • Hebrew groups:
  • Tefilah: Switched to reviewing Barchu and Maariv Aravim bracha

What we did on Wednesday, October 9th

  • Hoogim
  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: Started Va’yomer, the third paragraph of the Shema.

What we did on Sunday, October 6th

  • Morning assembly with Rabbi Jeff and Morah  Mira
  • Parsha Hashavuah: Noah. Acted out a play about the story of Noah and the flood. Discussed the significance of the types of birds Noah chose to send out
  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: Completed V’Ahavta paragraph of the Shema.

What we did on Wednesday, October 2nd

  • Hoogim
  • Hebrew groups
  • Tefilah: Reviewed V’Ahavta paragraph of the Shema.

What we did on Sunday, Sept 29th

  • Calendar Corner: Examined the next month of Cheshvan which has no holidays. This is G-d’s way of giving the Jewish people a break after the holiday-full month of Tishrei
  • Parsha Hashavuah: Bereisheet. We went over the Days of Creation and had fun putting together the Bereisheet Puzzle. This taught us the importance of the order of Creation, and how everything created on one day relied on things created on the previous days. See the pictures below.

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  • Hebrew groups
  • In Tefilah, we reviewed the Shema and started on the meanings of the V’ahavta.
  • Moreh Eric put on his tefilin in order for us to understand the phrases “Ukshartem l’ot al yadeycem, u’li’totavot bein ay’neichem” (you should bind these words on your arms and between your eyes)
  • We then took a trip to the Gift Shop to see the beautiful mezuzot cases. This helped us understand the third phrase of the v’ahavta, “u’chitavtem al mezuzot b’eitecha” (and you should write these words on your doorposts of your house)

No school on Wednesday, Sept 25th

What we did on Sunday, Sept 22nd

  • Sukkot Extravaganza!!
  • Visited different stations to learn about the customs and practices of Sukkot, These included edible sukkot, Bikkurim Basketball, and a play on Ushpizin

What we did on Wednesday, Sept 18th

  • We first had Hoog and Hebrew.
  • In Tefilah (prayers), we learned two of the brakot for Sukkot; la’yeshev b’sukah (sit in the succah) and al n’tilat lulav (shaking the lulav).

What we did on Sunday, Sept 15

  • Learned about the meaning of the Arbah Minim (four species: Lulav, Etrog, Hadas, Aravah) that we use on Sukkot. Using Taste to represent Knowledge and Smell to represent Doing Mitzvot, we saw how the characteristics of the Arbah Minim can describe the four types of people in this world.
  • We were challenged to describe a person who is like the Hadas, lacking knowledge (taste), but full of smell (Mitzvot). We discussed that some of the great heroes in society, both Jewish and Secular, may not be very smart, but know enough to realize that they need to just do the right thing.
  • We also discussed how the etrog, full of flavor and smell, is shaped like the heart. This should symbolize how we should use our heart to drive both our desire to learn, and passion for doing Mitzvot.
  • We spent a few minutes in our respective Hebrew classes, meeting our teachers and reviewing the letters and vowels.
  • Back in the classroom, we reviewed the valid sizes of a succah and learned a cool trick. The valid sizes of a succah have 4 walls, 3 walls, or 2.5 walls. Drawing these shapes, we see that they make a samech, caf, and hey which are the letters used to spell the word succah. We then learned the minimum (10 hand-widths) and maximum (20 cubits, measured elbow to fingertip) lengths for the walls of a succah. By comparison, the minimum size would be half the height of our classroom, and the maximum would be 4 of our classrooms stacked one on top of another!!
  • Using popsicle sticks, we created 3D models of a succah using the valid sizes we just learned about. Noah took my challenge and built a 3-wall succah. Rachel, Naomi and Aubrey had a height contest. Ben and Josh both added schach (roof covering) to their sukkot, ensuring that there was enough space to see the moon and stars through the cracks. Simon decided to use build his succah upside-down. After drying, he will turn the succah over, using the paper as the schach.
  • All of the models are drying in Morah Mira’s office and will be available for pickup on Wednesday. I will also post pictures here.

What we did on Wednesday, Sept 11

  • Signed up for our Hoogim (activites). These will be announced next class
  • Did Hebrew Reading assessments with teen aides and Morah Donna
  • Learned about the customs and traditions of Yom Kippur. What we eat (nothing), what we say (I’m sorry), what we wear (white), who we hit (ourselves), what we hit (our hearts), and why Yom Kippur is an important day for Jews
  • We also discussed why our prayers on Yom Kippur say “We sinned” instead of “I sinned”.
  • Your children had some very profound answers:
    • We have to stick up for each other
    • Someone in the room did this sin. We don’t want to point him out, so we say ‘we’ to indicate that one of us did it
    • We pray for those who can’t pray for themselves
  • We learned about the Prophet Jonah, and why we read his story during Michah of Yom Kippur
  • We had a very fun an exciting game of Yom Kippur Jeopardy. It was a very close game, and in the end, Team A came back to tie it all up.

What we did on Sunday, Sept 8th

  • Welcome back to school!!!
  • Assembly with Morah Mira and Rabbi Jeff
  • Rosh Hashanah activities: Tashlich, New Year Cards, eating new fruits, make your own Rosh Hashanah “seder” plate
  • In the classroom, we took attendance and learned how to say “poh” if you are here, or “loh poh” if you aren’t here. We all laughed at that joke :)
  • We learned the importance of Commandments and created our own Classroom Commandments. See below.
  • We learned what we will be learning this year: Prayers, Torah and Haftarah (Prophets), Hebrew Reading, Looking at Jewish Calendar, and most important, having fun

Bet Classroom Commandments

The Bet class came up with the following classroom commandments on the first day of school. I’m very proud of them for coming up with these ideas all on their own, and choosing to obey all 13 instead of trying to limit it to just ten. They felt that each student, as well as Moreh Eric, should have an equal contribution value in setting the standards for the classroom. As you’ll see, our commandments show respect for ourselves, each other, and the school itself.

  1. We should be respectful of each other
  2. We should be and feel safe
  3. We should listen to the person talking
  4. We should learn a lot
  5. We should have fun!
  6. We should use inside voices
  7. We should raise our hand
  8. We should NOT act crazy
  9. We should NOT scream
  10. We should NOT ignore the person who is talking
  11. We should NOT hit or bite people
  12. We should NOT touch the Judy Sare Pre-school items in our shared classroom
  13. We should NOT be bullies

You Bet I’m Set To See the Kids in Bet

I’m very excited to be the new Kitah Bet teacher this year. I already have several fun activities planned to teach Parshah Hashavuah (Torah portion of the week), our new Tifilot (Prayers), and Calendar Corner, where each month, we will look at the Jewish Calendar and see what holidays and events are coming up.

By day, I’m a computer programmer, and will incorporate my computer skills into the classroom. I love Jeopardy and will use a fun computerized Jeopardy game at the end of each unit. After we master the material, maybe we could even challenge Rabbi Jeff? :)

I’m also an active congregant at TI, and before school starts, I’d love to see everyone at Friday night and/or Shabbat day services.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year, and I’ll see everyone on Sept 8th.

Moreh Eric Berzofsky

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