December 11, 2018
Dear Kitah Chet Parents,
I am writing to let you know about a program your students participated
this month. On Sunday 12/9, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse’s
(JCADA) dating violence prevention initiative, AWARE®, ran their It’s Not Love®
workshop for the students of Kitah Chet and Kitah Zayin. Our goal for the
program was to educate our students about healthy relationships and the topic
was chosen based on a popular vote on social justice topics to discuss that
occurred in November in Kitah Chet’s classroom.
The workshop was a choose-your-own-path style workshop and every student assumed the role of a character who was in an abusive relationship or was friends with someone in an abusive relationship. Students engaged in small group discussions in order to identify characteristics of both a healthy and unhealthy relationship.
Engaging in a dialogue with your child about the program and healthy
relationships will help ensure this program has a lasting impact. For more
information about healthy relationships, warning signs of dating abuse, and how
to talk to your teen, we encourage you to visit www.awarenow.org. If you
have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
February 4, 2019
Hi. I’m Laura Kumin. Daniel Ben-Chitrit and I are your daughter/son’s Religious School teachers in KItah Chet at Etz Hayim. Our module, Dishing the Diaspora, meets roughly every other Sunday for 8 sessions. (We would have had 9, but our first session, on January 13th, was snowed out.) Our goal is to provide students with a sense of how the diaspora has resulted in a wide variety of foods, particularly as those foods relate to Jewish holidays. Each class will have a theme or themes relating to the overall topic of the module. We’ll be cooking in most sessions and eating in all, so we hope to keep the students’ attention and interest up, as we cook and eat our way through this program.
- an introduction to the module;
- an examination of what diaspora means, literally and also in the context of the dispersal of Jews throughout the world, facts about where Jews live today; and
- finally a discussion of Tu B’shevat, ending with a Tu B’shevat ice cream seder.
The introduction included students answering questions about themselves, who they admire and why, what they like to eat, and what Jewish food traditions they have observed and participated in at home. In the second part we talked about the number of Jews worldwide at various points in history, where they lived and why they left certain countries or areas of the world. Our Tu B’shevat discussion centered on the food traditions for the holiday, including the sheva minim or 7 species of sacred grains and fruits, what carob and etrog are, and where the students might find them today. If you are interested in the Tu B’shevat seder, I’ve attached a copy to this note.
February 11, 2019
Hi. Laura Kumin here.