6th grade

Morah Eliana Glickman

 

Today in class we worked on:
5/19 – Today, we started off again with Morah Dickson as we finished learning all the trope symbols and applied them to the V’ahavta. Morah Dickson is so excited to work with us all in the coming months as we prepare for our B’nai Mitzvot. Then, we finished up our unit on comparative religion. We took all of the things we learned about Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, and all of the other things we learned this year, and created a B’rit (contract) for how we will go forward from our time this year:

1. We will be proud of our Judaism.
2. We will be kind to our fellow Jews.
3. We will study Midrash.
4. We will pass on our stories to future generations.
5. We will respect those who are different than us.
6. We will follow the Golden Rule (treat others how you want to be treated).

Then, we had a short feedback discussion about the year – how we connected to our Judaism through our lessons and discussions, and how next year can build on what we all did this year.

Our Madricha Hannah brought a treat – donuts! We quickly ate those before going to T’filah with Morah Ari, Rabbi Prass, and the rest of the school. It was amazing to see the second grade Olim ceremony, and then Madricha Hannah, Morah Glickman, and the rest of the teachers and madrichim were honored as well.

Finally, we went to the ice cream truck outside! We had so much fun eating our sweet treats.

It’s been an honor to be your teacher, and I hope you all have a great summer! L’hitraot!
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/19 – Please make sure that everyone brings their highlighters and a writing utensil. Have a great week!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
5/12 – Happy Mother’s Day! We had a bit of a different schedule today, and we started off with Trope Plus with Morah Dickson. We continued learning trope symbols, and put them to use in the V’ahavta. Remember, Morah Dickson has asked that we continue to study our symbols and prayers at home, and to bring highlighters again next week.

Then, we talked with Morah Glickman about awesome Jewish mothers in history – Sarah, Rachel, Leah, Yocheved, Rebecca, and others. We all had a fun time talking about why each mother was awesome in her own right.

Our Madricha Hannah then reviewed the Five Pillars of Islam with us, and how we as Reform Jews have similar practices. We reviewed our lesson last week about the Spanish Inquisition, and then began discussing the beginnings of Christianity and the storied history we as Reform Jews share with people of the Christian/Catholic faith.

Finally, we went to T’filot with the whole school and our parents, led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. It was such a treat to pray all together. Next week, please remember to bring your highlighters and a favorite memory from this year. Have a great week!
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/12 – Please make sure that everyone brings their highlighters and a writing utensil. Have a great week!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
5/5 – Today, we had services with Rabbi Prass and the fourth and fifth graders. In celebration of both Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, we all wore clothes with either Hebrew on it or in the colors of white and blue. Rabbi Prass taught us a lot about Israel and how we can support and understand it.

Then, we had trope with Morah Dickson. Thank you to all who brought their highlighters; we always need to bring them. We started to learn about a third trope family, and used what we learned on the V’ahavta. Morah Dickson asks that we continue to study they prayers we’ve learned so far.

Finally, we had a discussion and activity about the shared history of the Jews and Muslims. Specifically, we talked about the Spanish Inquisition. Izzy and Nathan A. were great helps as we acted out how the Spanish monarchs tried to rid Spain of Jews and Muslims over 600 years ago.

Next week, we will finish learning about Islam and start learning about Christianity, and how we interact with it today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/5 – Please make sure that everyone brings their highlighters and a writing utensil. Have a great week!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
4/26 – Today, Rabbi Prass led us in T’filah. We used our time thinking about all of the things we’re grateful for, while remembering and honoring the life that was lost in California on Saturday. 

Next, we had Trope Plus with Morah Dickson. Along with bringing highlighters (as per Rabbi Prass’ last email), Morah Dickson has also asked that we review ALL of the prayers and trope symbols we’ve learned so far.

After that, our Madricha Hannah taught us all about the caste system in India. We were all separated by caste, and Hannah showed us how Hinduism is based on a complicated social caste system. 

Finally, we started to learn about Islam. We studied the Five Pillars of Islam and connected them to our own Reform Jewish traditions.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/26 – Next week, we will be looking at how Muslim and Jewish people have interacted for centuries. Please remember to bring highlighters, and have a great week!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
4/14 – Today we had a lovely service with the whole school led by Rabbi Bellows and Morah Ari. We talked about the things we were grateful for. 

Then, we learned some more trope symbols with Morah Dickson. Remember, we all need highlighters! 

Finally, we started learning about Hinduism. First, we talked about the basics and the history of the religion and then we discussed how it relates to us as reform Jews. 

I hope you all have a great Pesach and I will see you on 4/28!
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/14 – Please remember to bring your highlighters for trope plus.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
4/7 – Today, we had a beautiful service with the fourth and fifth graders, led by Rabbi Bellows. She led a meaningful discussion about being brave and courageous in the face of things we don’t always want to do. 

Morah Dickson then started teaching us the trope signs and what they mean. She has asked that we all remember to bring our different colored highlighters next week.

Then, we finished up our unit on Buddhism and how it connects to us as Reform Jews. We read an article written by the Dalai Lama about Buddhism today, and Morah Hannah led us in an invigorating guided meditation.

Next week, we will be looking at the basics of Hinduism and how we as Reform Jews can understand it. See you soon!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/17 – We had the Purim Carnival today! After weeks of planning and scheming, we were able to pull off a great booth – Pin the Kippah on the Rabbi (Prass)! We first attended T’filah with the entire school, families from JCYS, and even some parents! Ruth Bader Ginsburg (AKA Rabbi Bellows), Captain Mordechai (AKA Rabbi Prass), and Morah Ari (aka Miss Cubs) helped us tell and sing the story of Purim with edible groggers galore!

After a quick planning session, we were off to the Carnival! Each student helped out for twelve minutes (lots of math was involved), and we were able to raise a lot of money for Beth Am’s Caring Partner’s Committee which offers support to families in need.! Have a great spring break, and see you on April 7!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/10 – 4th – 6th grade had a beautiful t’fillah with Rabbi Bellows where we talked about the daily miracles, and how we should take time to recognize them all. Then, she helped us with our trope plus We focused specifically on the blessing before the haftorah – the tune and the words.  Then, we finished planning our Purim carnival booth for next week – so exciting! Finally, our madricha Hannah led us in a lesson where we learned about the history of Buddhism – it was awesome!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/3 – After having a beautiful service with Rabbi Bellows and the fourth and fifth graders, we joined Morah Dickson for trope plus. We worked on reviewing the before the Haftorah blessing, the Torah blessings, the Avot V’Imahot, the G’vurot, and the V’ahavta. This week, Morah Dickson has asked us to study the blessing for after the Haftorah, which can be found on the school website (https://congregation-betham.org/trope/)

After Trope, we planned for our booth at the Purim Carnival – pin the kippah on the Rabbi! Here is a list of what everyone said they would bring:

Asher – bullseye (will bring next week)
Izzy – picture of Rabbi (bringing next week)
Abby – prizes (let Mallory know if she needs to bring them next week)
Emma S – kippah pictures (giving to Mallory to bring next week)
Romy – sign
Gina – velcro 
Mallory – blindfold

Finally, we started our final unit of the year – comparative religion. We started learning about Buddhism – mainly the life of the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths. Next week, we’ll continue to learn the tenets of Buddhism and its history.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/24 – Today, we had a beautiful service with Rabbi Bellows where we talked about how we are all made in the image of God. Then, Rabbi Bellows joined us again for Trope Plus. She answered some questions we had about B’nai Mitzvah and we started to learn about the trope symbols. We finished our unit on Midrash today, watching some key scenes from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and discussing how they are each Midrash within “Joseph,” which is a Midrash itself. 

Next week, we will begin our unit on comparative religion, starting with learning about Buddhism. 
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/24 – None

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/17 – Today, we had a wonderful t’fillah with Rabbi Bellows. After that, she joined us for Trope as she discussed with us about our B’nai Mitzvahs, and what we can expect from this great experience. Then, we discussed how “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a modern-day Midrash.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/17 – Please watch the musical (1:16:46 Watch later) and write a paragraph summarizing the film. Next week, we will discuss the ways in which Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice modernized the story of Joseph.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/10 – First at Tefilla, Rabbi Prass continued our ongoing “Siddur Workshop” where we are learning the tefillot we have in a new and better way.

We had trope again with Morah Dickson. We are working steadily through our booklet of prayers, and we should spend a little time each day getting as confident as we can on each prayer.

Continuing our unit on Midrash, we studied an example of Midrash from “Legends of the Jews” and had a discussion with about how we interpret and understand Midrash in modern times.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/10 – Our homework this week is to watch the Broadway musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” (linked here) in order to discuss how interpretations of Jewish stories we know and love can be worked into stories that also entertain us.

Link again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnPClWznEY4

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/3 – We got to witness a mitzvah today! During T’filah with the whole school, Rabbi Bellows led a faux-Aufruf (pre-wedding blessing) as part of the fifth grade mock wedding ceremony. Then, during trope with Morah Dickson, we reviewed the Torah blessings, the Avot V’Imahot, and the blessing before the Haftorah. We then started to learn the Gevurot. Morah Dickson has assigned us five minutes a day of reviewing and practicing these prayers. We finally finished presenting our original Jewish stories, and discussed them. Finally, we started our unit on Midrash,  which is the way Jews have filled in the gaps in our ancient texts for centuries. 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/27 – This week, we had T’filah with the fourth and fifth graders, led by Rabbi Bellows. In trope, we went over the before and after Torah blessings, the Avot V’Imahot, and started learning the blessing before the Haftorah. Next, we saw some story presentations, and continued working on our own. We will all have presented by the end of next week. Next week, we will start learning about Midrash and read some examples. Stay warm, everyone!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/20 – We celebrated Tu B’Shvat today by wearing green! After quickly checking in with each other, we all went to T’filah with the fourth and fifth graders, led by Rabbi Bellows. We had a meaningful discussion about what prayers mean and why we say them. We then had Trope with Morah Andrea Dickson. We worked on the V’ahvata, Blessing before the Torah, and we learned the Blessing after the Torah. Morah Dickson suggested that we all record ourselves doing a prayer we’re comfortable with, and then watching it over. We can learn a lot that way! Finally, we continued to work on our original Jewish stories. We will begin presenting them next week. There are five groups that have finished, and they will start first. Remember, if you have any props or costumes you want to bring, you may. I look forward to seeing everyone’s performances!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/13 – This week, our schedules changed. We started off with t’fillot with Rabbi Prass and the fourth and fifth graders. Then, we met with Morah Dickson for the first time and started getting comfortable with reading prayers in front of people. She has asked us to study the V’ahavta and the Torah Blessing (before the reading) in preparation for next week. Finally, we continued our story unit. After warming up by re-enacting this week’s Torah portion and hearing some short stories inspired by it, we paired off and started to work on our very own original stories! We’ll finish them in class next week, and we might even perform them too!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/16 – Today, we put our study of the structure of a story to good use. After an invigorating Shira with Morah Ari and the fourth and fifth graders, we used the story structure to make up our own story together, one sentence at a time. Then, using Jewish themes, we each wrote our own stories. We’ll share them when class reconvenes next year. Finally, we all went to T’filah with Morah Ari, Rabbi Prass, and the fourth and fifth graders. Have a happy new year, and I’ll see you all in January!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/9 – Today, we started to learn what makes a story a story. After an invigorating Shira with Morah Ari and the fourth and fifth graders, we used the story of Joseph to learn about the structure of a story. We are starting our new unit on Jewish stories! We then creatively shared what our favorite Jewish stories are while listening to two tales from our tradition. Finally, we had a beautiful T’filah led by Rabbi Bellows and Morah Ari with the fourth and fifth graders!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:

12/2 – This week, we started things off with a bang with the entire religious school by celebrating our new student consecration! It was a beautiful ceremony and T’fillah led by Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari. Thank you to all who were there. We then started a new unit on Jewish stories, and read a skit of this week’s Torah portion – Mikaytz. Then, we listened to a song about the portion, did an art project based on the portion, and listened to two wonderful Jewish stories. We finished things off with a wonderful Hanukkah-themed Shira and some delicious cookies! Happy Hanukkah!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/18 – Today, we finished learning about the different types of Judaism and compared them all together on one large chart. We had services and Shira with fourth graders, fifth graders, Morah Ari, and Rabbi Prass. We also made cards to send to Jewish victims of the horrible wildfire and heard two stories about being grateful for what you have.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/11 – Today, we learned about the origins and beliefs of Reconstructionist Judaism. We then compared and contrasted it with Reform and Conservative Judaism. As always, we enjoyed Shira with fourth and fifth grades and Morah Ari, and Rabbi Prass joined us for T’filah. 

For next week, please watch the attached clip from “Fiddler on the Roof” to prepare to learn about Orthodox Judaism. 

https://youtu.be/sWSoYCetG6A

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/4 – Today, we celebrated our Jewish tradition with Morah Ari and the fourth and fifth graders by singing joyful songs during Shira. Then, we finished learning about Conservative Judaism, and did a Venn diagram activity comparing and contrasting Reform and Conservative Judaism. Finally, we rejoined the fourth and fifth graders with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari for a brief T’filah.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/28 – We had a beautiful all-school service led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari where we talked about the strength of being together as a Jewish community, in good times, and challenging times. In class, we discussed the difficult news of Saturday by having a safe and honest discussion about what that means for us. Our students had some wonderful questions.

Then we learned all about OSRUI (www.osrui.org) with Morah Ari, Rabbi Prass, and a special guest from camp!
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/28 – Also, please make sure that all students have a notebook and pencil for class next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/21 – Today we had Shira with Morah Ari and 4th and 5th grades. After that, we learned about the history and basic ideals of Conservative Judaism. Then, we prayed with the fourth and fifth graders with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/21 – Also, please make sure that all students have a notebook and pencil for class next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/14 – Today we had Shira with Morah Ari and 4th and 5th grades, finished learning about Reform Judaism, started to talk about the rules and laws of Kashrut, and had T’filot with Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, and the fourth and fifth graders. Next week we will start to learn about Conservative Judaism.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/14 – Also, please make sure that all students have a notebook and pencil for class next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/7 – Then back in class, sixth grade discussed what religious school meant to each of us, took a tour of our new(ish) building, and worked on some team building exercises. Next week, we will start learning comparative Judaism!

We all did a great job today! After beginning the day in our classroom, 4th – 6th grade had shira led by Morah Ari. We had a great discussion about the beginnings of Reform Judaism and what Judaism means to each of us. Next week, we’re all going to come with two sentences prepared: 1. What my own personal brand of Judaism is. (If you don’t know what yours is, that’s okay! Write a sentence about why you think that is.) 2. What your favorite part of being a Reform Jew is. We ended the day with 4th – 6th grade in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/7 – Also, please make sure that all students have a notebook and pencil for class next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/30 – After beginning the day in our classroom, 4th – 6th grade had shira led by Morah Ari. Then back in class, sixth grade discussed what religious school meant to each of us, took a tour of our new(ish) building, and worked on some team building exercises. Next week, we will start learning comparative Judaism! We ended the day with 4th – 6th grade in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/23 – It was so great to have this session of religious school at the synagogue. We started the day meeting just with our classroom to collect tzedakah, attendance, and then play a name game. Secondly, all Gan – 6th grade met in the sanctuary for an all school T’fillah led by Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass. We sang, prayed, and looked around our Jewish space. After that Gan – 3rd grade rotated thru 3 stations: (a) visiting the Sukkah with Rabbi Bellows and learning about how it is built; the lulav and the Etrog (b) a workshop where we saw how early American Jews were able, and sometimes not so able, to procure the citron etrog needed as one of the four species of the chag. We saw how Jews here tried to get them from many different countries including Greece, Jamaica, and Morocco, none of which proved to be reliable sources. Finally, the Ludmir family in what was then Palestine launched an etrog farm that has provided American Jews with everything they need for the chag ever since. (c) looking at how Sukkot is a Jewish time of Thanksgiving and that there are similarities between the American thanksgiving and Sukkot. After the three rotations, all of Gan – 6th grade gathered back together for Shira led by Morah Ari and a story by Rabbi Bellows, about why it always rains on Sukkot.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/13 – Shalom! I was so happy to meet all of our sixth graders! Today, we learned more about each other, talked about appropriate behaviors for class, and played some getting-to-know-you games! Students should come in next week with an idea of what charity they would like to donate their tzedakah money to this year. We had Shira led by Morah Ari. It was great to see so many parents at our opening ceremony. As a reminder, all students should have a notebook, folder, and a writing utensil by the next class session. I can’t wait to learn with you all!