Class Updates

TEACHER NOTES

Kitah Gan (K):  On Sundays we will  explore the holidays and learn about mitzvot and why they are important to us.  We will also learn the Aleph Bet and some common Hebrew words through our new Hebrew Through Movement program.  ~ Robyn Norrbom

Kitah Aleph (1st):  The bulk of what Kitah Aleph works on are skills related to letter and vowel recognition, blessings over food and major holidays.  We will also begin to develop a Jewish identity, learn the major stories from the Torah and explore various Jewish values.  Students in Kitah Aleph will create a strong foundation for the skills that they will be able to develop in the coming years.  ~CJ Burka

Kitah Bet (2nd):  Kitot Bet and Gimmel will gain a complete understanding of Jewish holidays, the Torah, Jewish values, Jewish traditions, and Israel.  This year’s subject matter will allow students to think critically as they begin to develop their very own Jewish identity.  ~ Adam Wassell

Kitah Gimmel (3rd):  Kitot Bet and Gimmel will gain a complete understanding of Jewish holidays, the Torah, Jewish values, Jewish traditions, and Israel.  This year’s subject matter will allow students to think critically as they begin to develop their very own Jewish identity.  ~ Adam Wassell

On Wednesdays, I teach Kitot Gimmel and Dalet where our emphasis will be on the Hebrew Prayer book.  ~ Robyn Norrbom

Kitah Dalet (4th):  Kitah Dalet will read The Explorer’s Bible: Volume 2, which begins with the story of the Jews escaping from Egypt and ends with the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. For each story, we discuss its relevance to our lives today, including how what we learn can be used to improve our world and ourselves.  ~ Melissa Kaps

On Wednesdays, I teach Kitot Gimmel and Dalet where our emphasis will be on the Hebrew Prayer book.  ~ Robyn Norrbom

Kitah Hey (5th):  Shalom!  I am Morah Lital and am excited to be teaching 5th grade Judaic and Hebrew studies.  This is my first year teaching at Etz Hayim and I’m excited to meet your children and get to know them.  I’m sure this will be a great year fully of learning history, Hebrew, prayers and much more.  ~ Lital Burr

Kitah Vav (6th):  In 6th grade the students continue to learn about Jewish history, starting with life in Eastern Europe and ending in modern times.  The major themes we cover are immigration and the changing Jewish world in Europe, the United States and Israel.  ~ Sharon Kaps

Kitah Zayin (7th):  Kitah Zayin is thrilled to start the new year off with a deep dive into who we are as individuals and as a Jewish people. This year will focus on who we are as individuals and how we evaluate our decision-making. As we grow and learn more about identity, we will also read a variety of Jewish texts to better understand how so many of our fundamental debates have continued over time.  ~Stuart Portman

Kitah Chet (8th & 9th):  This Fall Kitah Chet will be focusing on the intersection of Judaism and social justice.  We will explore how the Jewish tradition defines charity, giving and justice, while discussing how we to analyze, identify and address inequity to create a more socially just world.  We will welcome a few guest speakers who work or volunteer for socially just organizations and will have the opportunity to ask them questions about their work.  Our semester will culminate in the design and completion of a social justice project, which the class itself will design.  ~ Julie Margolies

Music:  I am thrilled to be returning to teach music this year, my fifth year at CEH!  In music class, we will be learning both traditional and modern Jewish music related to our Jewish values of the month, holidays, and from other textual sources.  This year I plan to incorporate more movement into the curriculum, as I will be joined by Abby Cohen, who has a vast amount of dance experience.  ~ Will Rivlin