Kitah Vav: Letters to Parents

December 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

During the past weeks in class, we talked about the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine before Israel became a state. We discussed how life was hard for these early immigrants, the many reasons why they came and stayed, and how the seeds of the Arab-Israeli conflict began during this time (late nineteenth century and early twentieth). In addition, we touched upon life for Jews in Western Europe and how it differed greatly from life in Russia and why and how this impacted immigration to the United States and to the Yishuv.  We also discussed how WWI impacted the Jews of Europe and how the world was changed when it was over.

This upcoming week we will finish chapter 5, which discusses the Jewish community in the United States after WWI and how it changed from an immigrant-based society to one where American-born Jews became the majority after immigration was restricted.

Please have your student bring in a notebook to class as the students have many questions and comments. They can use their notebook to write down their thoughts, which we can later discuss.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Hanukkah!

Sincerely,

Sharon

Dear Parents,

This past Sunday, we finished discussing the events that took place in Europe during the interwar period.  We discussed the rising anti-Semitism, including the Nuremberg Laws and how circumstances kept getting worse for the Jews of Germany, and how Jews responded.

This upcoming Sunday, we will start our study of the Holocaust.  We will read the chapter in the book that gives an overview of the Holocaust, including kristallnacht, the increased violence and boycotts against the Jews, and ending with the final solution.  During this unit, we will also watch the movie The Devil’s Arithmetic, information on which is below.  The field trip to the Holocaust Museum is currently scheduled for February 10th.  You are all welcome to join us. I will send out permission slips soon.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

More information about The Devil’s Arithmetic can be found at the following link:  http://janeyolen.com/works/the-devils-arithmetic/

Sincerely,

Sharon

January 30, 2019

Dear Parents,

Last week in class, we started reading the chapter in the book about the Holocaust.  This upcoming Sunday is an all-school program on Shabbat so we will not be having regular class.  We will be going to the Holocaust Museum on February 10th; the permission slip is attached.  On the slip, please indicate if you will be coming as well (highly recommended) and if you can drive.  We will be starting with Daniel’s Story before visiting the main exhibits.  Cheryl Whitehead, copied, used to volunteer at the museum and lead tours.  She has agreed to give our class a tour and help us get the most out of our visit.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Sharon

Holocaust Museum PERMISSION SLIP

Congregation Etz Hayim
2920 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 979-4466 phone
(703) 979-4468 fax

Attention all Sixth Grade Parents! Please sign and return this permission slip.

I give my child permission to travel with Congregation Etz Hayim to the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum on Sunday, February 10, 2019. This visit will involve my child traveling with a parent or other member of our community by car, visiting the entire museum, and returning.

_____ I would like to visit the museum with my child.
_____ I volunteer to drive and can take _________ people.

Child’s Name ________________________________
Parent’s Signature ____________________________
Parent’s Emergency Contact Information: ____________________________
____________________________