Dear Grand Rapids Jewish Community,
We at the United Jewish School are continuing to have a year full of building Jewish pride, celebrating our Jewish holidays, and learning about our Jewish values.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK
In Kindergarten: “This week, we learned about Tu B’shvat and began growing the Magical Mitzvah Tree in our classroom. We watched videos about Tu B’shvat seders, the value of Bal Tashchit (do not waste), and other ways we celebrate the holiday!”
In the 1st grade: “We continued working on our family tree project. We also watched an episode of the program Shalom Sesame, which is an Israeli version of Sesame Street. In this episode we learned about the aleph bet and counting numbers in Hebrew.”
In the 5th grade: “We learned about Amos. Who are prophets? What is their role? Who was Amos? What was his message? When is it our responsibility to speak up for others?”
In the 7th grade: “We continued talking about our unit on Achrayut (responsibility). We expanded on our lesson about environmental stewardship that we started last week celebrating Tu Bishvat and focused on our responsibility to animals.”
In the 9th and 10th grade class: “We dove into the origins of Christianityn (0 CE-325 CE). We focused on what life was like for ancient Judeans and the impact of the Roman Empire’s conquest on Israel and Judea.”
We are delighted to continue to offer special programming outside of the general curriculum. On February 6th, Jack Moga and Deet Newman will be back again to teach Jewish Art, this time with our 1st, 2nd, and 8th graders. On February 13th, our 9th and 10th grade class will once again have Jewish Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation with certified teacher Corey Dane. On February 27th, Miriam Chrenka will be doing Traditional Israeli Folk Dancing with all of our students. She will also be sharing with us her incredible experience as a camper at Habonim Dror Camp Tavor.
We look forward to continuing to educate the Jewish children of Grand Rapids.
Cantor David Fair