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
October 28, 2018
End of Month Wrap-Up
We had wonderful October! We learned about the value of the month: Timkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. In order for us to learn what does it means, we decided to help and cleaned and organized the teachers’ art closet. The students had fun helping!
We finished learning the Ashrei and Mode Ani and started the Kaddish. We practiced reading the prayers, played fun games and used the Hebrew in Harmony app to learn all about the prayers and to practice reading them correctly.
In history we learned about the prophets, the exile and started the Hellenistic period, the period between the death of Alexander the Great and the annexation of the classical Greek heartlands by Rome.
In Hebrew through movement we learned new words and commands and play fun games in order to practice the new vocabulary!
We also wrote what we are thankful for in our life just before Thanksgiving!
In November we will continue to dive deeper into Jewish history, finish the Ashrei, learn about the value of the month (Tikun Olam: repairing the world) and continue to learn modern Hebrew using Hebrew Through Movement.
In December we will continue to learn about the Hellenistic period, practice reading the Kaddish, celebrate Chanukah and learn new Hebrew words!
End of Month Wrap-Up
We had a great time in December! We learned about the value of the month (Shalom Bait; to be peace at home), which is the concept of domestic harmony and good relations in our homes. We wrote our own Shalom Bait prayer, put it on a wooden plate and decorated it. We also celebrated Hannukah and had Doughnut Wars!
We continued our journey through Jewish history and learned about the Hellenism, life in exile the conflict in Judea.
In Tefillah we continued to practice reading the Kaddish and used the new Hebrew in Harmony program. This program helps us learn prayers using an app with games, explanation about the prayers and many more!
In January will continue to dive deeper into Jewish history, finish the Kaddish, learn about the value of the month (Bal Tashit, which equates to conserving resources) and continue to learn modern Hebrew using Hebrew Through Movement. We will also have our Kitah Hey Friday night service on January 11, 2019 at 6:15pm.
January 27, 2019
We had a great month in Kitah Hey. We started the month with a socks, hats and gloves drive to be donated to a homeless shelter. This drive is a part of the Friday Kitah Hey service we had on 1/11.
We learned about Tu Bishvat and tasted some dried fruits like we eat in Israel. We also talked about the value of the month : Bal Tashlich (do not destroy) and saw a short video on how to reduce our trash.
We practiced reading the Kaddish and used the Hebrew in Harmony app. We learned about Israel as a preparation for our Israel learning sessions with Tifereth Israel Congregation. We had a great first session! Thank you for all the parents who volunteered to carpool.
In February we will have a whole congregation study session about Shabbat with fun activities and stations all morning. We will also finish practice the Kaddish and continue to dive into Jewish history. The value of the month in February is Shmirat Haguf (taking care of our body).
February 24, 2019
Thank you for supporting Kitah Hey’s Bake Sale! The class raised almost $160 to donate to a homeless shelter!
March 24, 2019
It’s almost the end of March! Wow! Time flies when you are having fun! In March we started new prayers: Birchot Shalom (blessing for peace) we used the Hebrew in Harmony app and practiced reading accuracy in Hebrew. In history we learned about the Roman Empire and about Christianity. We had so much fun celebrating Purim and wear costumes. We also had bake/ craft sale and we collected 155$. The students decided to give the money to WWF- World Wildlife Fund!
In April we will continue learning about Birchot Shalom , continue to dive into Jewish history and learn about Passover.
May 12, 2019
It was a great year in Kitah Hey!! I am so proud of my students who worked very hard and made my first year at Etz Hayim wonderful.
We learned four prayers using the Hebrew in Harmony app and dove into Jewish history from the creation story all the way to the 18th century.
We had a great bake/art sale and we donated all the money to rescue animals. We celebrated the Jewish holidays had a scarf and gloves drive for the homeless.
I am glad I had the opportunity to be a part of the Etz Hayim community.
Have a great summer,