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Sunday, April 28th - Last Day for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Grade Classes

For our final class of 2021-2022, our 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders prepared presentations on the three “Yom” spring holidays - Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (The Day of Remembrance), Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day.)  Additionally, the students submitted in advance a list of “Everything I Always wanted to know about Judaism” questions and Rabbi Forman answered them.

Sunday, March 6th - 6th Grade & TAs Create Sh’ma Using Doodly Jew Techniques

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Thursday, March 3rd - 7th Grade Makes Hamantashen

Sunday, February 27th - K/1/2 The Holiday of Purim

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We identified 5 things on the Purim window:

  1. Hamantashen was the easiest for the kids to identify.
  2. Megillah - the scroll that the story of Esther is written on - it has one wooden stick - and compared the Megillah to the Torah which has two wooden sticks - the Torah’s wooden sticks are also call the eitz chayim - trees of life). The Megillah has pictures - the Torah does not.
  3. Gragger - noisemaker we use to blot out Haman’s name
  4. Baskets of food (aka Mishloach Manot)
  5. Mask

We read the book Esther’s Gragger which tells the story of Purim—standing up for your own rights against evil.

Young Esther is given a special gragger (a noisemaker) to celebrate the fun, and sometimes raucous, Jewish festival of Purim. An older boy bullies her to get it for himself, but Esther reacts with great courage and intelligence. Add a toyshop, a children’s parade, and a lively cast of characters, and there is fun, and some learning, for all.

Sunday, February 13th - Valentine's Day

In preparation for the holiday of love—Valentine’s Day, we learned the Hebrew word for heart is Lev (lamed+vet). The first letter of Lev is Lamed—which is the last written letter in the Torah from the word, Yisrael—and the other letter in Lev is Vet—which is the first letter in the Torah found in the word B’reishit. So when we begin and end the Torah we form a heart. 

Additionally we learned the word for love is Ahava.

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Friday, January 28th - 5th Graders Receive Prayer Books at Shabbat Service

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Thursday, January 6th - Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 - Tu B'Shevat and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 met on Zoom to discuss Tu B’Shevat, the "Birthday of Trees". Activities included: Reading the Honi Story, singing our favorite Tu B’Shevat Song and writing with a "Tree Font" on

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Next we learned about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. We talked a bit about legacy of Honi the Circle Maker (Tu B’Shevat) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Then Congregant Andy Korfin shared his process of building Tree Houses.


Sunday, December 19th - Hebrew Alef Bet, Oneg Shabbat, Making & Baking Challah

Sunday, December 12th - Leading Prayers from the Bimah and Learning to Braid

Practicing leading prayers from the bimah.

Teaching Assistants leading us

in Oseh Shalom.

Learning how to braid (next week with challah dough).

Enjoying oneg

on the bench!

Sunday, November 21st - Hanukkah with Grades K, 1, 2 & Temple Tots

Sunday School Photos

Teaching Assistants received Hanukkah gifts.

Our K/1/2 along with Temple Tots made Maccabee shields and candy Hanukkah menorahs.

Thursday, November 18th - Challah Braiding Class, Grades 8, 9 & 10

Yes! This was the text exchange between the smart, incredible and gracious freelance writer and cookbook author, Leah Koenig and me on Tuesday! (Leah answers my crazy text requests at all times of day and night.)

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I had never refrigerated massive quantities of challah dough overnight and needed some reassurance. The photo of the dough “proofing” in my oven is evidence—refrigeration works just fine.

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The challah recipe we used is from one of my most beloved go-to books - Leah’s Modern Jewish Cooking.( This dough recipe in incredibly forgiving and delicious which is an excellent combination. (Hint: make sure you use active dry yeast that has not been sitting in your frig too long.)

We challenged—and many kids accepted —to try a six strand challah braid. Here is the six strand instructional video - it is excellent:

Let the snakes and braiding begin!!!

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Instructions: Turn on your ovens to 375 and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until nice and golden brown. 

And the gorgeous baked challah results! Shabbat Shalom!

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With the 2021 Hanukkah Thanksgiving weekend mashup you might want to try these pumpkin shaped challah rolls. Perfect for your Thanksgiving table. You can use Leah’s challah recipe. Here are the instructions for pumpkin shaped challah rolls:

These are crazy fun to make!

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