Winter Update Continued
This year’s Bnai Mitzvah class consists of 5 incredible students all full of musical ability and great interest in what we are learning in class. We are experimenting with melodies and harmonies for certain prayers as they master many of our weekly Shabbat prayers and get ready to lead them for the congregation. During the months of November and December, each student had the opportunity to lead a Torah service for the congregation and they all did a wonderful job. As we head into the Holiday Vacation week, all 5 students are ready to move on from their Torah readings and we will begin learning Haftorah trope in the new year. They are also all ready to polish the Pseukei D’Zimra part of the service and we will be beginning to focus on Shacharit towards the end of January. This class is moving quickly and will be ready to impress in the late spring and early fall when all of their simchas will happen. Keep your eyes and ears open for this talented class!
After a busy fall semester filled the Jewish holidays, the Shabbat morning second and third grade classes have been studying the Parashah of the week before joining Junior Congregation, a new experience for the students.
We are learning about various Mitzvah Heroes and their impact on making this a better world. Last class we met Mitzvah Dog, Ziva, and her partner Merle Ferber upstairs at KI. It was a truly “hands on” experience!
We are also reading Jewish Fairy tales from the 5th century Babylon, Morocco, and Egypt from the oral tradition. This is from the book by Howard Schwartz, Elijah’s Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales.
More interesting stories from the various countries where Jewish communities have been for hundreds of generations next semester.