Class Updates March 2012



Kitah Alef /Bet


Lisa Jean Cohen 

Greetings  friends and families of Kitah Aleph and Kitah Bet!

 What an exciting few weeks we have had.

 Since Purim we have been focusing on the story of Exodus and creating our own books.  As you know the story of Passover is told 4 ways during the seder…so we decided to focus on the story itself as the basis of our project for this holiday. If anyone knows how to use the COMB-binding machine and has time to come in and help assemble the books for the last 15 minutes of class that would be great….And I hope you all enjoy these retellings of the story!

 Rachel has been out for the past few weeks with performance schedules…but should be back this week —we are all excitedly waiting to see where she will be attending college next year!  She has been an active and strong member of the teaching community at Kehilla school for 4 or 5 years now…and her presence and contributions will be missed next year…so we really hope this final year here for her is a good one…

While Rachel has been out we have been blessed to have a new congregational volunteer, Heather Fox, with us and assisting with our projects…I am sure we will be seeing more of her around the school in the future!

 I wish you all good health and a feeling of budding potential as Spring is upon us and our Pesach moon approaches;

 Teacher Lisa Jean (:

Kitah Gimel / Dalet (Gibburim)
Talya Husbands-Hankin

On March 19th, the Gibburim, along with Kitah Alef and Bet, enjoyed a wonderful, interactive, extended Tefillah (spiritual practice) led by Kehilla’s Music Director, Shulamit Wise Fairman. 

For the past two sessions, we’ve also been continuing our study of the prophets and prophetic voices.  In preparation for Pesach, we focused on Miriam and Elijah– two prophets for whom we put symbolic cups on the seder table.  Miriam’s cup is filled with water, to recall the legend of Miriam’s well, that kept the Israelites from dying of thirst in the wilderness.  And Elijah’s cup is filled will wine, and offered as an invitation to the prophet to join us at the seder table.  We learn that Elijah, who didn’t die, but ascended to heaven alive, will return to earth in messianic times. 

We learned these two prophets and their cups at the seder, and spent time “filling” drawings of the cups with our wishes and hopes for a just and peaceful world.  What might “messianic times” look like?  And how can we help bring them about?

We also devoted our Hebrew lesson to reading and learning the words to the song “Eliahu ha-navi/Miriam ha-neviah,” Elijah the prophet/Miraim the prophet, which is sung at the seder, and at the close of Shabbat. 

Kitah Hey
Kendra Lubalin  

We continued our conversation about assimilation and evolution in Judaism with an illustrative art project.  First we drew in colored marker everything we’ve learned about Judaism pre-destruction of the temple.  Then on top of it in colored crayon we drew everything we’ve learned about Judaism’s evolution during the beginning of our exile into the diaspora.  Unfortunately your kids were so engaged in the dialogue and the art, that we didn’t get to finish the project, but when we return, we will draw in black crayon on top everything we’ve learned so far about ways Jews have assimilated in the area’s we’ve studied so far: Africa and Asia.  Then we use the art project to explore how knowing history impacts evolution and assimilation and use a scissors to scratch into the art, giving a visual to the layered perspective history can offer.  I hope you all have a great Pesach, and a good two weeks off.  I will miss your kids!   


Kitah Vav
Mirit Mizrachi 

On March 22th, we had a guest speaker, Nikki, from Kehilla’s Chevra Kadisha come to talk to the 5th and 6th grade classes. She spoke about the work that the Chevra Kadisha does, and also more broadly on ideas and rituals about death in Judaism.

After Nikki finished her talk, the classes separated, and Kitah Vav stayed together for their Hebrew lesson, which was guest-taught by our teaching assistants, Shaina and Maya. They played a Jeopardy-style game with the class, where the students had to sound out and guess the meanings of words in Hebrew, identify Hebrew vowels, and recite prayers.

This past class, March 29, was our last before Pesach. Many of the students were already on spring break, and everyone was in good spirits.

For Hebrew study, we broke into groups. My portion of the class played a version of the game Around the World where we sounded out Hebrew words.

For the second half of the class, the students acted out scenes from the story of Passover in groups of three. We are now on break for Pesach and will resume classes on Thursday, April 19th. 

Kehillat Ha’Adamah
Casey Yurow & Rabbi Dev 

Our time back on the farm has been awesome!  We’ve been joined by our fabulous interns, Yotam and Lizzie, and we’ve been doing some great learning, farming, collaborating, playing in the mud, and having fun.

Our first week back on the farm, the kids made mud bricks with Yotam, and planted heirloom sunflowers with Lizzie.  We also made name tags on slices of tree branches.

The mud bricks dried, and the sunflowers…well, the Urban Adamah mice got to most of the tender, delicious sprouts.  So we’re starting again on that.  Our plan is for the students to watch and journal the growth of their sunflowers during the course of our time together this spring.

We’ve also learned how to build and tend a fire, getting a good blaze going with the use of just one match.  Some of the kids are really mastering fire-making and fire-tending!

We used our fires and our bricks to build an outdoor stove to bake our own matzah.  We also used the bike blender to make our own haroseth.  Then we enjoyed our matzah and haroseth together.

We’ve also been doing some harvesting on the farm.  The kids know that most of the food we grow on the farm is for people who are hungry, and who can’t buy enough of their own fresh fruit and vegetables to get the nutrition they need.  So our practice on the farm is that we get to eat 1/20th of everything we harvest, and 19/20ths is set aside to give to people in need.

It’s great being back on the farm!

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