Week of May 16

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school on Sundays, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Important Dates

5/16/2021 – No High School

5/19, 5/20 and 5/21 Pick up end of year awards for students at CoM between 8:30am-2pm.

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration @ 11:15 (parents, grandparents, siblings and others invited)

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What students NEED for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to Hebrew Through Movement class:

  • New item! Children will need a “box”. Any kind of box will do.
  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks
  • Kiddush cup
  • Bread (that is not challah)

Grade 4-5 will also need:

  • braided Havdalah candle
  • spices

Grades 4-7

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Havdalah
  • Spivak – G’vurot
  • Schicker – Kaddish (Please let Rabbi Schicker know if you or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one. We want to make sure to be sensitive especially to those deep losses each of us carries.)

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Student-Led Service

Thanks to all who attended and led the Student Led Service on Friday. It was wonderful to have us all join together in prayer! Thanks so much to the teachers and parents who did such a good job getting the students ready.

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Join Us for Havdalah!

The children really seemed to enjoy Havdalah last Sunday. The PreK-3 students are beginning to get exposed to the lovely ceremony while the 4th graders are learning the prayer with Hebrew in Harmony and the 4-5th graders are learning the vocabulary in Hebrew Through Movement.

Havdalah may be performed as late as sunset of the Tuesday following Shabbat. We will do Havdalah during Assembly for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to join us. Bring your own Havdalah set if you have one. We will allow adults to light Havdalah candles but not the children!

Here’s more information about Havdalah from PJ Library.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

This week we ask “How will I help build a world of hesed?” We learn that there are many ways to build a world of hesed – it is in the learners’ hands.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: Pegboard; hooks; 1-2 small pegboard containers; activity cards; timing cards; blank card; pegboard labels.

The task: Create a pegboard Hesed Planner! Then, using the provided activity and timing cards (or by creating their own), pick a hesed activity and the time frame for that hesed project and do the selected project. Post the board on SeeSaw and the first hesed project to be accomplished.

PreK-3 Video Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Move toward action by recording a “grower’s guide” video that explains how they and their viewers
could partner together to grow a world of hesed.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_challenges__3_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

  • Mannaberg – Practice Havdalah in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Spivak – Practice G’vurot in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Schicker –Kaddish Lesson 3 Challenge; practice Kaddish in the Hebrew in Harmony app.

Kahoot!s

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

The students are moving deeper into the Shabbat vocabulary. They are learning the HaMotzi blessing we say for bread. They are learning the Hebrew for remove which has the same root as “motzi” in the blessing we do over bread. They experience removing things from the box on the command of l’hotzi as they learn the Hamotzi blessing so as to better understand that we are thanking God for “bringing forth” or “removing” bread from the earth.

Grade 4-5 are going deeper into the Havdalah vocabulary this week (the 4th graders are studying Havdalah in their Hebrew In Harmony curriculum as well).

This Week’s Words (there are no NEW words)

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
קוּפְסָהKoofsahbox
לְהוֹצִיאL’hotziremove
לאֲכוֹלL’akholeat
בְשָׂמִים b’samimspices (4th and 5th grades only

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly with Havdalah (families please feel free to join us)
  • 10:15-12:15 No High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-3 Hebrew; 4-7 Judaism
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-3 Judaism; 4-7 Hebrew
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library and Story Time

Monday

PreK-3 Story Time with Sam

Wednesday

PreK-3 Library with Mrs. Rachel

Shavuot in dribs and drabs! Each Wednesday for the next 3 weeks, the youngest students will be reading books on Shavuot and the Book of Ruth. But interspersed with that, we’ll also read biographies of individuals who have changed the world and overcome adversity to inspire us all. 

Rachel Haus, Librarian, Congregation of Moses Fisher LibraryKalamazoo MI library@congregationofmoses.org

Grades 4-7 Story Time with Mr. Mannaberg

Mr. Mannaberg will be filling in for Mrs. Rachel in May. He plans to read from various Midrashim that are appropriate for middle school and upper elementary children. He has books on Gollum stories, Elijah stories and a book called Midrash for Children. Each week the students will be asked to tell him which stories they would like among the books he has on hand. 

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

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Accepting Applications for our 2021-2 Teaching Team

OKCJS has open positions on our teaching team next school year. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to apply.

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Elijah Thompson’s Bar Mitzvah Project

Elijah’s bar mitzvah project request

For my Bar Mitzvah project I have chosen to bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven to raise money for an organization called Food Not Bombs. In order to support this organization I am asking for donations of any amount to help stop hunger across the world. What makes Food Not Bombs different from other organizations is that they distribute food worldwide during war protests and provide only vegan and vegetarian meals. They also distribute food after natural disasters, strikes, and do everything non violently with peace. My biking event takes place on Saturday May 29th 2021  with my family and I’ll make sure to show some of the ride on my project portion of the service. If you choose to help, any donation is welcomed (ex. Someone who donates 10 dollars would be 1/35 of our goal, or paying for one mile of the trail). Thanks for reading this and have a great day. (:

Also if you have any questions about the project or the bar mitzvah my email is elijah.thompson12321@gmail.com and the Food Not Bombs website is http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/.

If you choose to donate, please write a check to me and I will compile the donations in one total gift.  

Thank you! Elijah Thompson

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of May 9

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school on Sundays, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Important Dates

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

5/16/2021 – No High School

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration

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What students NEED for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to Hebrew Through Movement class:

  • New item! Children will need a “box”. Any kind of box will do.
  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks
  • Kiddush cup
  • Bread (that is not challah)

Grade 4-5 will also need:

  • braided Havdalah candle
  • spices

Grades 4-7

Important: Print the booklet for Friday’s service so your student can practice their part.

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Havdalah
  • Spivak – G’vurot
  • Schicker – Kaddish (Please let Rabbi Schicker know if you or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one. We want to make sure to be sensitive especially to those deep losses each of us carries.)

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Student Assignments for Student-Led Service

Each PreK-7 student has been assigned a role in the service that will be held on Zoom on 5/14 at 7pm. High School students are encouraged to volunteer for a role as well.

  • Make sure your PreK-3 students view the videos of their parts in SeeSaw or here.
  • Print the prayer booklet for your students in grades 4 and up to practice. Print copies for your family to use during the service. We will not screen share the service booklet so that everyone can see the students.
  • EVERY PreK-7 student has a part. Here are the assignments:
SpotlightPg PRAYER/LEADER
Welcome/RSS
1-13.) PreK-3 Class
1.) Arya response 1
2.) Sara response 2

27.) Sam Arnold
Opening song / Naomi MorseHinei Ma Tov (Elana Arian)
14.) Stan
29.) Cary Mannaberg
1Candle Lighting
27.) Sam Arnold1L’cha Dodi/sung (Taubman)Verses 1, 2, 5 and 9
14.) Stan
29.) Cary Mannaberg
2Shalom Aleichem/sung (Goldfarb)
1-13.) PreK-3 Class3Barchu – NaomiAm I Awake (Noah Aronson)
15.) Nora
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
3Ma’ariv Aravim – English & Chatimah
16.) Ellie
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
4Shema / chanted
16.) Ellie
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
4V’ahavta/chanted
5Mi Chamocha – MT Children pg 33
5Haskiveinu – MT Children pg 34
17.) Gabriel F. 
31.) Rabbi Schicker
6Adonai s’fatai tiftach/chanted
17.) Gabriel F.
31.) Rabbi Schicker
6Avot V’Imahot/chanted
18.) Evan
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
6G’vurot/chanted
7Kedusha – MT Children pg 45
19.)Anna
31.) Rabbi Schicker
7Shalom Rav/Kol B’Seder
Silent Prayer
1-13.) PreK-3 Class8Oseh Shalom / Elana Jagoda – Naomi
Nora Chaus
Ellen Winter
Henry Winter
Abby Strongin
Shana Winter Award 2019-20
20.) Elijah
31.) Rabbi Schicker
8Mi Sheberach/ Debbie Friedman
21.) Lucas (first 2 paragraphs)
22.) Julie (English + last part)
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
8Aleinu/chanted
9English Reading/RSS
10Mourner’s Kaddish/RSS
Rabbi Spivak will read COM names
Rabbi Schicker will read TBI names
Then will ask for more names
Announcements
Rabbi Spivak
Rabbi Schicker
1-13.) PreK-3 Class11Closing song / Naomi MorseShalom Shalom (Sheldon Low)
15.) Nora
30.) Rabbi Spivak 
12Kiddush
14.) Stan
29.) Cary Mannaberg
12Hamotzi

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Hebrew Prayer Assessments for Grades 4-7

Teachers will be setting up an additional hour of 1:1 to review all of the prayers that the students have been taught to assess their skill level with each.  We will not be doing the Hebrew Reading Assessments at the end this year as we know all of the student’s skills. The teachers and I think this will be a more meaningful assessment.  You can expect to be contacted by your child’s teacher to set up times that are convenient.  We will report the results in the end of year progress reports that will come to you in June

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Join Us for Havdalah!

The children really seemed to enjoy Havdalah last Sunday. The PreK-3 students are beginning to get exposed to the lovely ceremony while the 4th graders are learning the prayer with Hebrew in Harmony and the 4-5th graders are learning the vocabulary in Hebrew Through Movement.

Havdalah may be performed as late as sunset of the Tuesday following Shabbat. We will do Havdalah during Assembly for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to join us. Bring your own Havdalah set if you have one. We will allow adults to light Havdalah candles but not the children!

Here’s more information about Havdalah from PJ Library.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

This week we ask “How does hesed inspire hope?” and “Why is hesed important?” Using Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s famous statement about praying with his feet (said after participating in the Selma march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr), learners consider ways acts of hesed can bring hope to the world.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: Wooden heart; random act of hesed label; acrylic paint; paint brush.

The task: Create a random act of hesed heart. Then, during the week, do a secret random act of hesed for someone, leaving the heart behind. The idea is to inspire others to pass on the hesed. Post a photo of where the hesed heart was left, along with the story about it, to SeeSaw.

PreK-3 Video Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Design a plan for growing the hesed plant by reflecting on people’s needs and possible solutions. Add these seeds to a seed packet started the previous week.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_challenges__3_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

Kahoot!s

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

The students are moving deeper into the Shabbat vocabulary. They are learning the HaMotzi blessing we say for bread. This week they learn the Hebrew for remove which has the same root as “motzi” in the blessing we do over bread. They will experience removing things from the box on the command of l’hotzi as they learn the Hamotzi blessing so as to better understand that we are thanking God for “bringing forth” or “removing” bread from the earth.

Grade 4-5 are going deeper into the Havdalah vocabulary this week (the 4th graders are studying Havdalah in their Hebrew In Harmony curriculum as well). They will also need:

This Week’s New Words

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
קוּפְסָהKoofsahbox
לְהוֹצִיאL’hotziremove
לאֲכוֹלL’akholeat
בְשָׂמִים b’samimspices (4th and 5th grades only

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly with Havdalah (families please feel free to join us)
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)
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Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library and Story Time

Monday

PreK-3 Story Time with Sam

This week, Sam will be reading a story called: “The Wisdom Bird: A tale of Solomon and Sheba” retold by Sheldon Oberman and illustrated by Neil Waldman. It was taught that King Solomon  (King of Israel for 40 years) could answer any question in the world and solve any problem. Hearing this makes the Queen of Sheba journey to Jerusalem to see him for herself, as she is wondering if King Solomon can actually solve anything. However, while in Jerusalem, Solomon asks the queen if he has taught her anything, and the queen replies no. With that said, it pushes Solomon to figure out what he needs to do to teach the queen something, and along the way, comes to understand the difference between having wisdom and sharing wisdom. I hope that you will join me on the adventure of finding out what those differences are. 

Wednesday

PreK-3 Library with Mrs. Rachel

Shavuot in dribs and drabs! Each Wednesday for the next 3 weeks, the youngest students will be reading books on Shavuot and the Book of Ruth. But interspersed with that, we’ll also read biographies of individuals who have changed the world and overcome adversity to inspire us all. 

Rachel Haus, Librarian, Congregation of Moses Fisher LibraryKalamazoo MI library@congregationofmoses.org

Grades 4-7 Story Time with Mr. Mannaberg

Mr. Mannaberg will be filling in for Mrs. Rachel in May. He plans to read from various Midrashim that are appropriate for middle school and upper elementary children. He has books on Gollum stories, Elijah stories and a book called Midrash for Children. Each week the students will be asked to tell him which stories they would like among the books he has on hand. 

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

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Accepting Applications for our 2021-2 Teaching Team

OKCJS has open positions on our teaching team next school year. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to apply.

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Elijah Thompson’s Bar Mitzvah Project

Elijah’s bar mitzvah project request

For my Bar Mitzvah project I have chosen to bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven to raise money for an organization called Food Not Bombs. In order to support this organization I am asking for donations of any amount to help stop hunger across the world. What makes Food Not Bombs different from other organizations is that they distribute food worldwide during war protests and provide only vegan and vegetarian meals. They also distribute food after natural disasters, strikes, and do everything non violently with peace. My biking event takes place on Saturday May 29th 2021  with my family and I’ll make sure to show some of the ride on my project portion of the service. If you choose to help, any donation is welcomed (ex. Someone who donates 10 dollars would be 1/35 of our goal, or paying for one mile of the trail). Thanks for reading this and have a great day. (:

Also if you have any questions about the project or the bar mitzvah my email is elijah.thompson12321@gmail.com and the Food Not Bombs website is http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/.

If you choose to donate, please write a check to me and I will compile the donations in one total gift.  

Thank you! Elijah Thompson

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of May 2

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school on Sundays, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Important Dates

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration

Quick Links to This Week’s Content

Use the BACK button of your browser to return to the TOP after using these links.

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What students NEED for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to Hebrew Through Movement class:

  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks
  • Kiddush cup
  • Bread (that is not challah)

The PreK-3 students will not be moving to the Havdalah vocabulary next week as previously announced. The will instead move deeper into the Shabbat vocabulary.

Grade 4-5 will begin Havdalah vocabulary this week (the 4th graders are studying Havdalah in their Hebrew In Harmony curriculum as well). You might want to gather up the additional props for that:

  • braided Havdalah candle
  • spices
  • box (any kind of box, doesn’t have to be special)

Grades 4-7

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Havdalah
  • Spivak – G’vurot
  • Schicker – Kaddish (Please let Rabbi Schicker know if you or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one. We want to make sure to be sensitive especially to those deep losses each of us carries.)

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Join Us for Havdalah!

Havdalah may be performed as late as sunset of the Tuesday following Shabbat. We will do Havdalah during Assembly for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to join us. Bring your own Havdalah set if you have one. We will allow adults to light Havdalah candles but not the children!

Here’s more information about Havdalah from PJ Library.

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Videos and Prayer Booklet for Student-Led Service

Each PreK-7 student will be assigned a role in the service that will be held on Zoom on 5/14 at 7pm. High School students are encouraged to volunteer for a role as well.

  • Make sure your PreK-3 students view the videos of their parts in SeeSaw or here.
  • Print the prayer booklet for your students in grades 4 and up to practice. Print copies for your family to use during the service. We will not screen share the service booklet so that everyone can see the students.
  • EVERY PreK-7 student has a part. See April 18th’s blog post for the assignments.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_schmooze_3.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

This week we ask “Where and when is hesed needed?” We hear from a “hesed hero” who talks about needs in the
community and some solutions/activities as a result. Learners consider the implications of this person’s story to their own actions on behalf of hesed.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: Small container; container label; glue; pompoms; sequins; stickers; marker; hesed forms.

The task: Create a family hesed container. Then, throughout the week, when a person spots another doing an act of hesed, they fill out a form and put it in the container. At the end of the week all the forms are read during a family meeting. Post an image of the container with a hesed story from the week to SeeSaw.

PreK-3 Video Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: As partners with God and inspired by the G’vurot blessing, explore where and when hesed could
grow in the community by choosing one area of need. Name a “hesed plant” and begin to design a seed packet.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_challenges__3_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

  • Mannaberg – Havdalah Lesson 2 Challenge; practice Havdalah in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Spivak – G’vurot Lesson 2 Challenge; practice G’vurot in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Schicker –Kaddish Lesson 2 Challenge; practice Kaddish in the Hebrew in Harmony app.

Kahoot!s

  • Mannaberg – Shema 2 & 3, Havdalah 1
  • Spivak – G’vurot 1
  • Schicker – Kaddish 1

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

This week’s new words are noted with the word New! next to their English translation.

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

Beginning 4/11 and through most of the rest of the year we will be learning about Shabbat during Hebrew Through Movement.  Below is a list of our vocabulary for the Shabbat Level 1 unit.  Items needed each week will be listed in the Must Have for School This Week list at the top of this post.  You probably have most of these items around your house but may need to purchase or bake the challah.  Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.  Substitute grape juice for the wine.  When we get to bread, it will be just regular bread, not challah. We introduce about 3 words each week in the order listed. We may move faster if most of the children know the words we introduce.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
שַׁבָּתShabbatSabbath
חַלָּה/חַלּוֹתChallah/Challotbraided Sabbath bread
קִדּוּשׁKiddushprayer/blessing over wine
יַיִן (כּוֹס יַיִן)Ya’een (Kos Ya’een)wine/ wine glass
נֵר/נֵרוֹתNer/Nerotcandle, candles
פָּמוֹט/פָּמוֹטִיםPahmot/
Pahmoteem
candlestick, candlesticks
לְבָרֵךְL’varekhbless
לְהַדְלִִיקL’hadlieklight
לֶחֶםLechembread
כּוֹס קִדּוּשׁKos Kiddushholy cup
נֶר הַבְדָּלָהNer HavdalahHavdalah candle

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

Here is a video that will help parents with pronunciation. The video or table above should not be shared with students. Our students are learning to HEAR and understand Hebrew. They are not learning to translate. Our goal is to keep English out of our HTM lessons.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly with Havdalah (families please feel free to join us)
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)
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Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mr. Mannaberg
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library and Story Time

Monday

PreK-3 Story Time with Sam

Sam will be reading a story called Kishka for Koppel by Aubrey Davis and Sheldon Cohen. In unknown and difficult times, it is hard to recognize the good that is all around us. However, when we open our hearts to gratitude, we are able to see that in fact, our lives are good. Using magic wishes, the characters in the story seek to make their lives better. But, will those wishes actually help, or will they (the characters) need to Hikarat Hatov, recognize everything is already good? I hope you will join me on Monday to find out! 

Wednesday

PreK-3 Library with Mrs. Rachel

Shavuot in dribs and drabs! Each Wednesday for the next 3 weeks, the youngest students will be reading books on Shavuot and the Book of Ruth. But interspersed with that, we’ll also read biographies of individuals who have changed the world and overcome adversity to inspire us all. 

Rachel Haus, Librarian, Congregation of Moses Fisher LibraryKalamazoo MI library@congregationofmoses.org

Grades 4-7 Story Time with Mr. Mannaberg

Mr. Mannaberg will be filling in for Mrs. Rachel in May. He plans to read from various Midrashim that are appropriate for middle school and upper elementary children. He has books on Gollum stories, Elijah stories and a book called Midrash for Children. Each week the students will be asked to tell him which stories they would like among the books he has on hand. 

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

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Accepting Applications for our 2021-2 Teaching Team

OKCJS has open positions on our teaching team next school year that we would like to fill with high school and/or college students. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to apply.

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Seeking High School Students to Assist with Service 5/14/2021

High School students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the student-led Zoom service at 7pm on 5/14. There are both English and Hebrew parts available and we also need technical help managing Zoom and the many little people who will be taking part in the service. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to volunteer.

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Elijah Thompson’s Bar Mitzvah Project

Elijah’s bar mitzvah project request

For my Bar Mitzvah project I have chosen to bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven to raise money for an organization called Food Not Bombs. In order to support this organization I am asking for donations of any amount to help stop hunger across the world. What makes Food Not Bombs different from other organizations is that they distribute food worldwide during war protests and provide only vegan and vegetarian meals. They also distribute food after natural disasters, strikes, and do everything non violently with peace. My biking event takes place on Saturday May 29th 2021  with my family and I’ll make sure to show some of the ride on my project portion of the service. If you choose to help, any donation is welcomed (ex. Someone who donates 10 dollars would be 1/35 of our goal, or paying for one mile of the trail). Thanks for reading this and have a great day. (:

Also if you have any questions about the project or the bar mitzvah my email is elijah.thompson12321@gmail.com and the Food Not Bombs website is http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/

Thank you! Elijah Thompson

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Webinar: Creating A+ Human Beings

Adapting Livecast on May 5thCreating A+ Human Beings: The real purpose of Jewish education?  We’ll hear from Dr. Bruce Powell, a consultant for numerous Day Schools; Dr. Erica Rothblum, Head of School at Pressman Academy; and Dr. Ron Wolfson, President of The Kripke Insitute, about why Jewish education is best suited to help parents raise A+ human beings amid all the external challenges and forces youth face. 

Whether you’re an educator, parent, or grandparent, I know you’ll find this conversation more than just timely and worthwhile – you’ll be inspired about the vital role Jewish education can, and must, play in supporting students today. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportune time to rededicate our efforts to this cause. 

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of April 25

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Quick Links to This Week’s Content

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What students NEED for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to Hebrew Through Movement class:

  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks
  • Kiddush cup
  • Bread (that is not challah)

We will be moving to Havdalah next week. You might want to gather up the additional props for that:

  • braided Havdalah candle
  • spices
  • spice box (optional)

Grades 4-7

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Shema
  • Spivak – Avot v’Imahot
  • Schicker – Birchot HaHaftarah

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Guest teacher visiting from Israel this Sunday

Rabbi Hannah Esrin will be visiting our school from Israel. She will be joining our PreK-7 students and teaching their La-bri’ut lesson along with their regular teachers. Our students were very excited when we told them we would have a special guest this week. She will also be teaching our High School class a brief lesson in modern Hebrew.

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Videos and Prayer Booklet for Student-Led Service

Each PreK-7 student will be assigned a role in the service that will be held on Zoom on 5/14 at 7pm. High School students are encouraged to volunteer for a role as well.

  • Make sure your PreK-3 students view the videos of their parts in SeeSaw or here.
  • Print the prayer booklet for your students in grades 4 and up to practice. Print copies for your family to use during the service. We will not screen share the service booklet so that everyone can see the students.
  • EVERY PreK-7 student has a part. See last week’s blog post for the assignments.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_schmooze_2.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

This week we ask “What are acts of hesed I see around me?” We discover hesed in everyday actions, with consideration to what it takes to elevate a kindness to the level of hesed.

?” Students explore the difference between the general concept of “kindness” and the Hebrew word hesed. They listen to stories from the Torah and self-construct a definition of hesed.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: A hesed Bingo game; a hesed tic-tac-toe game; self-inking stamp.
The task:

The task: Over the next week, keep an eye out for hesed with the support of either a Bingo or tic-tac-toe game. When children see/find something on either the board, they mark the square with a stamp. Post the board (ideally
also with a photo of one of the acts of hesed seen) and an explanation to SeeSaw.

PreK-3 Video Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Expand ideas about hesed by putting their tree within a larger landscape that features reflections on increasing hesed in their world.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/hesed_challenges__2_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

  • Mannaberg – Havdalah Lesson 1 Challenge; Practice Shema in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Spivak – G’vurot Lesson 1 Challenge; Practice Avot v’Imahot prayer in the Hebrew in Harmony app.
  • Schicker –Practice Birchot HaHaftarah in the Hebrew in Harmony app.

Kahoot!s

  • Mannaberg –
  • Spivak –
  • Schicker –

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

This week’s new words are noted with the word New! next to their English translation.

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

Beginning 4/11 and through most of the rest of the year we will be learning about Shabbat during Hebrew Through Movement.  Below is a list of our vocabulary for the Shabbat Level 1 unit.  Items needed each week will be listed in the Must Have for School This Week list at the top of this post.  You probably have most of these items around your house but may need to purchase or bake the challah.  Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.  Substitute grape juice for the wine.  When we get to bread, it will be just regular bread, not challah. We introduce about 3 words each week in the order listed. We may move faster if most of the children know the words we introduce.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
שַׁבָּתShabbatSabbath
חַלָּה/חַלּוֹתChallah/Challotbraided Sabbath bread
קִדּוּשׁKiddushprayer/blessing over wine
יַיִן (כּוֹס יַיִן)Ya’een (Kos Ya’een)wine/ wine glass
נֵר/נֵרוֹתNer/Nerotcandle, candles
פָּמוֹט/פָּמוֹטִיםPahmot/
Pahmoteem
candlestick, candlesticks
לְבָרֵךְL’varekhbless New!
לְהַדְלִִיקL’hadlieklight New!
לֶחֶםLechembread New!
כּוֹס קִדּוּשׁKos Kiddushholy cup New!
נֶר הַבְדָּלָהNer HavdalahHavdalah candle

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

Here is a video that will help parents with pronunciation. The video or table above should not be shared with students. Our students are learning to HEAR and understand Hebrew. They are not learning to translate. Our goal is to keep English out of our HTM lessons.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-3 – Hebrew; 4-7 Judaism
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-3 – Judaism; 4-7 Hebrew
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)
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Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library this Wednesday

Though Shavuot is a few weeks away (May 16), traditional Jews have been counting the omer each day in anticipation of the last of the Shalosh Regalim (3 pilgrimage holidays) of the Jewish year.  The youngest students will get an introduction to Shavuot through some fun books and will learn more and more as the weeks go by. However, older students will learn it all this coming Wednesday — from its agricultural and pastoral origins as described in the Torah, to its rabbinical transformation into a celebration of the covenant on Mount Sinai. But what kind of talmudic “jujitsu” had to take place to allow for this radical transformation? Find out on Wed.– 

Rachel Haus, Librarian, Congregation of Moses Fisher LibraryKalamazoo MI library@congregationofmoses.org

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Important Dates

4/25/2021 – Rabbi Hannah Esrin who is a candidate for CoM’s rabbinic position will be assisting our teachers. Please make her feel welcome.

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

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Accepting Applications for our 2021-2 Teaching Team

OKCJS has open positions on our teaching team next school year that we would like to fill with high school and/or college students. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to apply.

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Seeking High School Students to Assist with Service 5/14/2021

High School students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the student-led Zoom service at 7pm on 5/14. There are both English and Hebrew parts available and we also need technical help managing Zoom and the many little people who will be taking part in the service. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to volunteer.

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Elijah Thompson’s Bar Mitzvah Project

Elijah’s bar mitzvah project request

For my Bar Mitzvah project I have chosen to bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven to raise money for an organization called Food Not Bombs. In order to support this organization I am asking for donations of any amount to help stop hunger across the world. What makes Food Not Bombs different from other organizations is that they distribute food worldwide during war protests and provide only vegan and vegetarian meals. They also distribute food after natural disasters, strikes, and do everything non violently with peace. My biking event takes place on Saturday May 29th 2021  with my family and I’ll make sure to show some of the ride on my project portion of the service. If you choose to help, any donation is welcomed (ex. Someone who donates 10 dollars would be 1/35 of our goal, or paying for one mile of the trail). Thanks for reading this and have a great day. (:

Also if you have any questions about the project or the bar mitzvah my email is elijah.thompson12321@gmail.com and the Food Not Bombs website is http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/

Thank you! Elijah Thompson

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of April 18

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

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What students NEED for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to Hebrew Through Movement class:

  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks
  • Kiddush cup (optional)

Grades 4-7

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Shema
  • Spivak – Avot v’Imahot
  • Schicker – Birchot HaHaftarah

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Read this before Reading Your Child’s Progress Report

Your PreK-7 child’s progress report for the first semester should arrive in your snail mailbox in the next day or so. I hope it provides useful information for you.

This has been a difficult year for all of us and some parents chose to limit their child’s participation in school as a way to lessen their family’s stress. Others chose to focus their child in other activities that the child needed this year. We have all had to focus on self care and parents should not feel guilty about the choices they made. We all did the best we could. If you chose for your student not to participate in all that the school offered this year, your child probably didn’t meet benchmark expectations in all parts of our program. That’s OK.

As you review your child’s progress report, keep this in mind and cut yourself (and your child) some slack. Some children thrived with online learning. Others not so much. Every single child in our school grew in amazing ways and the teachers and I are proud of all of them. We are also proud of you for making the difficult decisions about what was best for your child when the world around you became full of danger and risk for your family. We are impressed by all that you did to help your child succeed this year as everything about the way we did school changed.

In addition to the progress report, 4-7th grade parents also got an email with a link to a document that lists all of the prayer benchmarks in our curriculum and their child’s progress toward those benchmarks. We’ve been developing this assessment tool for several years and some students have partial data for previous school years. Data for September through February 1 of this school year is complete. Students who met expectations for Hebrew in Harmony were independent in the benchmarks for prayers taught during the fall semester.

PreK-5th grade students who met expectations for Hebrew Through Movement demonstrated an understanding of 75% of the vocabulary words taught during the fall semester. Parents can find the vocabulary in our Hebrew Through Movement curriculum on the sidebar of our website and also linked here.

We are proud of the objective data we have been able to provide you. We’ve been working hard to develop better ways to measure and report our students’ progress. We are not proud of how long it took us to compile this data and get it to you. It is always a time consuming process for us to do progress reports but this year it was really hard with all of us being in different parts of the state and having to develop new technology to document and share our data. Now that we have developed the technology we hope it won’t take so long to do the next reports since it’s almost the end of the second semester!

As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. It is a special honor to teach them and watch them learn and grow.

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Preparation for Student-Led Service

Each PreK-7 student will be assigned a role in the service that will be held on Zoom on 5/14 at 7pm. High School students are encouraged to volunteer for a role as well.

  • PreK-7 students have begun learning the hand motions to Hinei Mah Tov and Oseh Shalom. Naomi has made videos which are in SeeSaw for the children and also here for parents.
  • Grades 4-7 are using their 1:1 time to make sure they are prepared.
  • There are English readings that will be assigned as well.

Here is the service order with assignments (more to be added so watch future blog posts).

SpotlightPRAYER/LEADERCUE
Welcome/RSS
PreK-3 Class
Arya (response)
Opening song / Naomi MorseHinei Ma Tov (Elana Arian)
Stan L.Candle Lighting – Cary’s class 
Sam ArnoldL’cha Dodi/sung (Taubman)Verses 1, 2, 5 and 9*rise in body or spirit for verse 9
“Please be seated”
V1.- Stan L.v2-Aubrey M.v3,4-Zoe L.Shalom Aleichem/sung (Goldfarb) – Cary’s class
PreK-3 ClassBarchu – NaomiAm I Awake (Noah Aronson)“We rise in body or spirit for the Barchu”
Nora D. (ending)Ma’ariv Aravim – if one of Rabbi Spivak’s students can read it
English Reading – MT Children pg 21
Ellie W.Shema / Rabbi Spivak student
Ellie W.V’ahavta/chanted – Rabbi Spivak student“Please be seated”
English Reading – MT Children pg 33
Mi Chamocha/sung (tune choice by student) – Rabbi Spivak class“We join together for Mi Chamocha” 
English Reading – MT Children pg 34
Gabriel F.Adonai s’fatai tiftach/chanted“Please rise in body or spirit”
Gabriel F.Avot V’Imahot/chanted
Evan S.G’vurot/chanted
Evan S. ??Kedusha/chanted
English Reading – MT Children pg 45“Please be seated”
Anna S.Shalom Rav/Kol B’Seder
Silent Prayer“We continue with silent prayer” – RSS
PreK-3 ClassOseh Shalom / Elana Jagoda – Naomi*When prompted
Nora – awards
Elijah T.Mi Sheberach/Friedman (sing)RSS will ask for names first
Lucas (first 2 paragraphs)Julie P. English + last part)Aleinu/chanted“We rise in body or spirit for Aleinu”
English Reading/RSS
Mourner’s Kaddish/RSSRabbi Spivak will read COM namesRabbi Schicker will read TBI namesThen will ask for more names
AnnouncementsRabbi SpivakRabbi Schicker“Please be seated”
PreK-3 ClassClosing song / Naomi MorseShalom Shalom (Sheldon Low)
Nora D.Kiddush – Rabbi Spivak’s class
Aubrey M.Motzi – Cary’s Class

A PDF of the prayers will be available soon.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

We begin our last module, Hesed, this week. We ask “What is Hesed, really?” Students explore the difference between the general concept of “kindness” and the Hebrew word hesed. They listen to stories from the Torah and self-construct a definition of hesed.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: Memory Game cards; Yes/No stickers; drawstring storage bag; game label; safety pin.

The task: Create a Hesed Memory Game by cutting out the cards and matching each image with a green
“Yes, that is Hesed” card or a red “No, that is not Hesed card.” Then play a matching game with the extra images
and the red/green cards. Post a photo of matched cards (and, if desired, a
photo of the memory game being played) to SeeSaw.

PreK-3 Video Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Discover and collect stories of hesed through conversations with family members. Create a hesed tree to display key elements of family stories.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

4-7 Kahoot! Games

There are no Kahoot! Games yet for this week. Check back later.

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

This week’s new words are noted with the word New! next to their English translation.

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

Beginning 4/11 and through most of the rest of the year we will be learning about Shabbat during Hebrew Through Movement.  Below is a list of our vocabulary for the Shabbat Level 1 unit.  Items needed each week will be listed in the Must Have for School This Week list at the top of this post.  You probably have most of these items around your house but may need to purchase or bake the challah.  Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.  Substitute grape juice for the wine.  When we get to bread, it will be just regular bread, not challah. We introduce about 3 words each week in the order listed. We may move faster if most of the children know the words we introduce.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
שַׁבָּתShabbatSabbath
חַלָּה/חַלּוֹתChallah/Challotbraided Sabbath bread
קִדּוּשׁKiddushprayer/blessing over wine
יַיִן (כּוֹס יַיִן)Ya’een (Kos Ya’een)wine/ wine glass
נֵר/נֵרוֹתNer/Nerotcandle, candles New!
פָּמוֹט/פָּמוֹטִיםPahmot/
Pahmoteem
candlestick, candlesticks New!
לְבָרֵךְL’varekhbless
לְהַדְלִִיקL’hadlieklight
לֶחֶםLechembread
כּוֹס קִדּוּשׁKos Kiddushholy cup
נֶר הַבְדָּלָהNer HavdalahHavdalah candle

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

Here is a video that will help parents with pronunciation. The video or table above should not be shared with students. Our students are learning to HEAR and understand Hebrew. They are not learning to translate. Our goal is to keep English out of our HTM lessons.https://www.youtube.com/embed/LC1G6J10_og?feature=oembed

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-7 – Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)
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Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 4:30 Rabbi Spivak’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Avot v’Imahot)
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library this Wednesday

Few Jews realize that the 50 day period between Pesach and Shavuot is fraught with trepidation, considered a time of semi-mourning. Will the crops come through? Will God accept our grain offering on Shavuot? We count the omer, waiting, hoping, remembering a rebellion that ended in disaster.  

The one exception is Lag B’omer (33rd day of the Omer), a respite in which we picnic, light bonfires, plant trees, and marry. Those are the kinds of books the younger children will read, exploring the fun aspects of this mini-holiday.
The older children, however, will learn about something darker and more nuanced. They will learn why we count the omer and then about Bar Kochba, whom some believed to be the messiah, and the final Hebrew rebellion against Rome.

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Important Dates

4/25/2021 – Guest rabbi who is a candidate for CoM’s rabbinic position will be assisting our teachers. Please make her feel welcome.

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

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Accepting Applications for our 2021-2 Teaching Team

OKCJS has open positions on our teaching team next school year that we would like to fill with high school and/or college students. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to apply.

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Seeking High School Students to Assist with Service 5/14/2021

High School students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the student-led Zoom service at 7pm on 5/14. There are both English and Hebrew parts available and we also need technical help managing Zoom and the many little people who will be taking part in the service. Contact Nora Chaus at (269) 373-4138 or director@okcjs.net to volunteer.

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Elijah Thompson’s Bar Mitzvah Project

Elijah’s bar mitzvah project request

For my Bar Mitzvah project I have chosen to bike from Kalamazoo to South Haven to raise money for an organization called Food Not Bombs. In order to support this organization I am asking for donations of any amount to help stop hunger across the world. What makes Food Not Bombs different from other organizations is that they distribute food worldwide during war protests and provide only vegan and vegetarian meals. They also distribute food after natural disasters, strikes, and do everything non violently with peace. My biking event takes place on Saturday May 29th 2021  with my family and I’ll make sure to show some of the ride on my project portion of the service. If you choose to help, any donation is welcomed (ex. Someone who donates 10 dollars would be 1/35 of our goal, or paying for one mile of the trail). Thanks for reading this and have a great day. (:

Also if you have any questions about the project or the bar mitzvah my email is elijah.thompson12321@gmail.com and the Food Not Bombs website is http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/

Thank you! Elijah Thompson

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of April 11

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

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What students MUST have for school this week

PreK-5

Bring these things to class:

  • Challah (Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.
  • “Wine” glass. Can be a cup, plastic glass, water bottle. Optionally filled with liquid of your choice (we can also “pretend”).
  • Two candles (PreK-3 can use the Shabbat candles from activity box)
  • Two candlesticks (optional)
  • Kiddush cup (optional)

PreK-3

  • Small “finger treats” such as nuts, raisins, Cheerios, Goldfish, etc. Served in a small bowl with a second small bowl for our activity.

Grades 4-7

Students need their Hebrew in Harmony booklet.

  • Mannaberg – Shema
  • Spivak – Avot v’Imahot
  • Schicker – Birchot HaHaftarah

The transliterated name of the prayer is at the bottom of the page. Let Nora know if your student doesn’t have this booklet.

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Pick up School Supplies this week

School supplies for our final module of the year are ready for pick up at CoM this week, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-2pm. 
PreK-3 (Lower El) parents pick up:

  • 1 Activity box with your child’s name on it
  • 1 Yellow folder with your child’s name on it
  • 1 white pegboard
  • Any of these you don’t have at home or from a previous activity box:
    • 1 School glue
    • 1 Glue pen or stick
    • 3 each washable markers
    • 1 Hole punch

Grades 4-7 (Upper El) pick up:

  • Folder(s) with your child’s name on it(them)

Take your Upper El student with you so they can see the “Complement Chain” that they made in class this Sunday.  It’s hanging above their folders.  If the student can’t come, take a photo.
 If you need to arrange another pickup time, contact Nora.

Preparation for Student-Led Service

Each PreK-7 student will be assigned a role in the service that will be held on Zoom on 5/14 at 7pm. High School students are encouraged to volunteer for a role as well.

  • PreK-3 students will be leading prayers that have hand motions. There will be opportunities to learn the motions during assembly and also each Monday and Wednesday during drop in from 5-6pm. Please make sure your students get numerous opportunities to practice so that they will be prepared for the service.
  • Grades 4-7 will lead Hebrew prayers they have learned this year and their teacher will use their 1:1 time to make sure they are prepared.
  • There are English readings that will be assigned as well.

A copy of the service order with assignments and playlist will be available soon.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/kh-sh-5_orig.png

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

There has been a technical difficulty with SeeSaw and the activities for Lessons 3 and 4 of K’hillah did not post so that students could see them. They are now visible to students in SeeSaw. The activities for this week’s lesson (Lesson 5) will be visible to students on Sunday at 10am.

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

Lesson 5: In our final week of the K’hillah module the students ask “How do we continue to strengthen k’hillah?” They identify important ways each member of the k’vutzah contributes to the k’hillah and create a chain of compliments to strengthen the bonds among children.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

There is no PreK-3 activity this week.

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Students will consider how their interviewee strengthens the k’hillah. Students share stories or things learned about k’hillah from the interview.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/new_khillah_challenge_5.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

These assignments are DUE 4/18.

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

4-7 Kahoot! Games

These games review the content students learn in class and in their workbook activities and can be played multiple times until all questions are mastered. Students can access all links in SeeSaw

By playing these popular games, students are able to practice their skills and prepare for competitions with their classmates. We hold LIVE competitions during each class’ 30 minute drop-in session and the final competition is usually scheduled for the 4th (last) Sunday that the booklet is studied. Weekday Kahoot! drop-in times are Mannaberg @ 6pm Wednesday, Spivak @ 4:30pm Monday and Schicker @ 5:00pm Wednesday.

If parents want to play along, or just see what Kahoot! is all about, here’s what the kids are playing this week:

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend three sessions (Sunday, one weekday and 1:1). We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

Beginning 4/11 and through most of the rest of the year we will be learning about Shabbat during Hebrew Through Movement.  Below is a list of our vocabulary for the Shabbat Level 1 unit.  Items needed each week will be listed in the Must Have for School This Week list at the top of this post.  You probably have most of these items around your house but may need to purchase or bake the challah.  Children will only need a small amount of challah each week.  Buy or make a loaf, freeze it and give them just the amount they can eat each week.  Substitute grape juice for the wine.  When we get to bread, it will be just regular bread, not challah. We introduce about 3 words each week in the order listed. We may move faster if most of the children know the words we introduce.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
שַׁבָּתShabbatSabbath
חַלָּה/חַלּוֹתChallah/Challotbraided Sabbath bread
קִדּוּשׁKiddushprayer/blessing over wine
יַיִן (כּוֹס יַיִן)Ya’een (Kos Ya’een)wine/ wine glass
נֵר/נֵרוֹתNer/Nerotcandle, candles
פָּמוֹט/פָּמוֹטִיםPahmot/
Pahmoteem
candlestick, candlesticks
לְבָרֵךְL’varekhbless
לְהַדְלִִיקL’hadlieklight
לֶחֶםLechembread
כּוֹס קִדּוּשׁKos Kiddushholy cup
נֶר הַבְדָּלָהNer HavdalahHavdalah candle

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

Here is a video that will help parents with pronunciation. The video or table above should not be shared with students. Our students are learning to HEAR and understand Hebrew. They are not learning to translate. Our goal is to keep English out of our HTM lessons.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-7 – Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 4:30 Rabbi Spivak’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Avot v’Imahot)
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement & practice for student led service
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Library this Wednesday

It’s easy to celebrate Yom Ha-Atzmaut at the Okun School, considering  Fisher Library has hundreds of books on all aspects of Israel. Last week, the younger students read books about the history, geography, and people of Israel, but this week they will learn about Israel Independence Day itself! 
Meanwhile, the older students will do a textual analysis of Zionism — the foundational idea that led to Israel’s establishment. What may surprise them is that there isn’t just one Zionism, but many. The question is, which Zionism prevailed? 

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Important Dates

4/25/2021 – Guest rabbi who is a candidate for CoM’s rabbinic position will be assisting our teachers. Please make her feel welcome.

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

5/23/2021 – Last Day of School Celebration

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Message from Camp Tavor

Dear Kalamazoo Families,

We are delighted to announce Legacy Heritage Fund has established an incentive program at Camp Tavor for new campers for two summers, starting in summers 2021 and 2022.
New eligible campers enrolled in a 3-week program or longer will save $1500 off tuition this year and a guaranteed $1500 for summer 2022.
The program’s goal is to enrich children’s Jewish learning and identity by giving them the opportunity to attend camps with strong Jewish content and programming. Families from West Michigan are eligible. All first-time campers in a 19-day program are also eligible for the One Happy Camper Grant which could be up to another $1,000 off this summer’s tuition.
That means this summer you could save up to $2500 on tuition.
Qualifying campers must be first-time campers entering 4th -10th grade.
I would love an opportunity to talk to you more about Camp Tavor and our program. Feel free to contact me directly at Randy@camptavor.org.

Randy Lubratich (She/Her/Hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator | Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
269-215-1399 | Randy@CampTavor.org
Want to talk, feel free to schedule a date and time: https://calendly.com/camptavor/connecting-about-camp-tavor
Stay Connected on Camp Tavor, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

Posted by Nora Chaus

Week of April 5

Welcome Back!

Hope you all had a nice Pesach and Spring Break. School resumes with Weekday Drop In this Monday. We will also resume Hebrew 1:1’s beginning Monday.

Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 4:30 Rabbi Spivak’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Avot v’Imahot)
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

Library this Wednesday

With Pesach behind us, our next big holiday is Shavuot, always 50 days after the start of Pesach. But the calendar tells us that before Shavuot comes the relatively new observances of Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day) and Yom Ha-Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). For the younger students we’ll skip reading about the Holocaust (though we do have quite a few picture books on the subject) and for the next 2 weeks read books on Israel, which tend to be both informative and fun. For the older students, we’ll get to Zionism and Israel, but for this week, we’ll focus on texts that will help to contextualize the painful road to the Holocaust.

Important Dates

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

Posted by Nora Chaus

Sunday, March 21

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

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Must have/do for school this week

PreK-5

  • Yellow folder with Pesach (Passover) and Purim flash cards
  • As many of these items that you have in your cupboard:
    • 1 matzoh
    • 1 chametz (bread, crackers, cookies, etc.)
    • 1 horseradish and/or bitter greens such as endive, lettuce, etc.
    • 1 piece of celery or parsley
    • Charoset
    • 1 egg (suggest hard boiled to avoid possible mess)
    • 1 vegetable not on this list
    • Seder plate

PreK-3

Make sure your student writes a card to their assigned classmate and puts it in he mail this week. We want all children will get a card from someone in their k’hillah (community). Instructions are in the K’hillah Lesson 3 Activity in SeeSaw or on last Sunday’s blog post. Card and stamped envelope along with their classmate(s) name and address are in their purple folder.

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Coffee - Wikipedia

Parent Coffee Hour

Please BYO coffee and join Joint Religious School Committee (JRSC) members Marlene Denenfeld and Gillian Thommes on March 21 at 10:30am for a chance to listen and be listened to.

We would like to hear how this year’s Jewish school as well as life in general is going for our parents during this unusual time we are living in and give you a chance to connect and support one another.

Bring your coffee and join us in the OKCJS Zoom Classroom (the same link your child uses to Zoom on Sunday mornings. When you arrive, ask to be moved to the Parent Breakout Room. See you on the 21st. ☕️

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Register for Exodus in the Wild! This Sunday at 2pm.

Exodus: A Pre-Passover Community Celebration
Sunday, March 21 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
at 9687 West M Avenue in Kalamazoo

Join us on Sunday, March 21 as we kick off our Passover celebrations, with a bonfire and “Afikomen in the Wild!” This event will be held on 30 acres of private property in Oshtemo. We will follow COVID safety guidelines of masking and social distancing.

The event will begin with the bonfire, singing, socializing and symbolic Chametz burning. At around 2:30 pm, the Afikomen in the Wild hunt will begin. 

The competition area will be laid out with different colored guide markers that lead to the general area where the Afikomen is hidden. Each team will be assigned a unique guide color to follow. First team to find the Afikomen wins. All guide markers must be collected and returned as proof that your team followed the course without taking any shortcuts. The course length will be in the neighborhood of 1/4 mile.

Make sure you bring: Chametz to burn in a paper bag, chairs, blankets, s’mores sticks, hot or cold beverages for yourself, food donations for Loaves and Fishes. This is an opportunity to clear your home of forbidden Passover food and give it to those who can really use it. S’mores ingredients will be provided.

For more information, including location of the celebration, parking information, and to sign up, click here.

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La-bri’ut – come sing with us!

Virtual Children’s Choir – your chance to be a star!

Calling all singers, dancers and sneezers! We are creating a national virtual choir video of students participating in the La-bri’ut Curriculum – what a great way to see the power of k’hillah, community! Children of any age (with grownups’ help) can record themselves singing, dancing or sneezing along to any part of the La-bri’ut theme song by March 30 using these instructions.

Register for the National Zoom “rehersal”

You are invited to join a zoom “rehearsal” that will help you better understand how to make your video. Join us Sunday, March 21 at 5pm ET/4pm CT/2pm PT.  Be sure to register for the rehearsal.

La-bri’ut Song Official Page

Get lyrics, download the audio file, download instructions to apply for the Virtual Choir at the La-bri’ut Song’s Official Page.

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This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/khillah_schmoozes__4_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Judaism

These assignments are DUE April 11.

PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

In K’hillah Lesson 4, students continue their study of K’hillah (community). They ask, “If I want to belong to a k’hillah that is new to me, what are the steps I can take?” Students discover the possible steps of trying to join a k’hillah to which one currently doesn’t belong.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: Circular glow stick, clay.

The task: Using the glow stick to represent a community and the clay to create little people that are part of the k’hillah, make a video of a new person taking steps to try to join the new k’hillah. Narrate when posting to SeeSaw.

PreK-3 Video instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Conduct the interview, paying attention to stories and answers that help teach about k’hillah, specifically, the Jewish community.

4-7 Video instructions

4-7 Written Instructions

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/khillah_challenges__4_.pdf

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Asynchronous Learning – Hebrew

These assignments are DUE April 11.

4-7 Hebrew in Harmony Challenges

These challenges guide the student through the booklet activities that are NOT covered in class. Students can access all links in SeeSaw.

4-7 Kahoot! Games

These games review the content students learn in class and in their workbook activities and can be played multiple times until all questions are mastered. Students can access all links in SeeSaw

By playing these popular games, students are able to practice their skills and prepare for competitions with their classmates. We hold LIVE competitions during each class’ 30 minute drop-in session and the final competition is usually scheduled for the 4th (last) Sunday that the booklet is studied. Weekday Kahoot! drop-in times are Mannaberg @ 6pm Wednesday, Spivak @ 4:30pm Monday and Schicker @ 5:00pm Wednesday.

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Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

We are finishing the Pesach (Passover) lesson this week, just in time for the seder. The students have learned the foods on the seder plate.

We offer HTM lessons on Sunday, mornings, at 5:00pm on Monday and Wednesday and during Hebrew 1:1s. We find that retention is best with 3 HTM lessons per week and highly recommend that students attend all three sessions. We also play games with these vocabulary words during weekday drop-ins.

Here is a list of the our Pesach vocabulary words.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
מָרוֹרMarorbitter herbs
לֶאֱכוֹלL’echoleat
זְרוֹעַZ’ro-achshank bone
חֲרֹסֶּתCharosetsweet, dark-colored paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder.
כַרְפַסCarpascelery or parsley
יְרָקוֹתY’rachotvegetable
בֵיצָהBeitzahegg
קְעָרָה שֶׁל פֶּסַחK’arah shel Pesachseder plate

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

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Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly showcasing student asynchronous work
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-7 – Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

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Monday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Sam
  • 4:30 Rabbi Spivak’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Avot v’Imahot)
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Wednesday’s Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Story Time with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

Important Dates

3/21 @ 10:30 Parent Coffee with Nora & JRSC

3/21 @ 2:00 Join Congregation of Moses and Temple B’nai Israel 
for a Chametz (food with leavening agents) Bonfire and Afikoman Hunt!
Masks and social distancing required. More information and registration here:
https://www.congregationofmoses.org/exodus/
3/28-4/4 No School – Spring Break & Pesach

3/21 @ 5pm National La-bri’ut Zoom “rehersal”. Be sure to register for the rehearsal.

5/14/2021 – Student Led Service @ TBI on Zoom with awarding of Shana Winter award to last year’s winner, Abby Strongin.

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Wednesday, March 17

This Week’s Asynchronous Learning

This week’s home learning is especially important. It won’t take much time. Please make sure your student participates so everyone will feel a part of the group. We don’t want your student to feel left out.

Wednesday Schedule

  • 4:30 PreK-3 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 5:00 PreK-3 Hebrew Through Movement with Miss Nava
  • 5:00 Rabbi Schicker’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Birchot HaTorah)
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Mah Nishtanah)

Students can also drop in for help with the asynchronous learning or just to hang out with friends and teachers at any time between 4:30-6:30.

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Sunday, March 14

If you need help getting onto Zoom during school, text or call Rob Manson at (269) 270-2825.

Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly –
    • Announcing rules for the La-bri’ut National Children’s Choir contest
    • Talking about Passover
    • Showcasing student asynchronous work
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 10:55-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-7 – Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

PreK-5 need foods and Passover flash cards for Hebrew class

Please make sure your PreK-5 student has their Pesach flash cards available for use in class. They are in the latest yellow folder you picked up. Here is a link to pictures of the Pesach flashcards if you need that for reference.

If you have the following in your cupboards, please let your student use them for Hebrew class:

  • Matzoh
  • Chametz (Bread or crackers, cookies, etc.)
  • Horseradish and/or bitter greens such as endive, lettuce, etc.
  • Celery or parsley
  • Charoset

If you don’t have these foods on hand, not to worry.

Here are last week’s Hebrew Through Movement vocabulary words.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
חָמֵץHametzleven (things we don’t eat on Pesach)
מַצָהMatzohunleavend bread
מָרוֹרMarorbitter herbs
לֶאֱכוֹלL’echoleat

Here are this week’s Hebrew Through Movement vocabulary words.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
חֲרֹסֶּתCharosetsweet, dark-colored paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder.
כַרְפַסCarpascelery or parsley
יְרָקוֹתY’rachotvegetable

All of the HTM vocabulary words can be found in the sidebar.

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PreK-7 La-bri’ut Lesson (Judaism)

In K’hillah Lesson 3, students continue their study of K’hillah (community). They consider, “What is my responsibility to the k’hillah? What is the responsibility of others in the k’hillah to me?” Students explore what is possible to do in a community that you cannot do alone ideally because those in a k’hillah share in activities and with responsibilities.

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

In the box: White candles; decorating wax; blank card to decorate and send to another member of the k’vutzah; envelope for the
card; postage stamp; sheet with the Shabbat blessings

The task: Decorate candles to be lit on Shabbat in a virtual celebration with class members on Sunday, March 21. Each child then decorates the card to send to another person in the class. The name and address of the student(s) they are to write to can be found in their purple folder.

PreK-3 Video instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

The challenge: Continue to plan for the upcoming interview by developing a list of questions: four are provided and others are developed by the learner.

4-7 Video instructions

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4-7 Hebrew Challenges

Links to Challenges and Kahoot!’s are in SeeSaw.

  • Mannaberg – Mah Nishtanah Lesson 3 Challenge and Kahoot!’s
  • Spivak – Mi Chamocha Final Kahoot!
  • Schicker – Final Birchot HaTorah Kahoot! (Torah blessings before and after) Kahoot!

This Week’s Family Schmooze (All Grades)

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/khillah_schmoozes__3_.pdf

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Be part of the North American La-bri’ut sing-along video!

Entry deadline: March 30

The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, with the incredible efforts of Jay Rapoport and his musical team, is creating a new La-bri’ut virtual choir video with the voices and faces of children across North America. We need YOUR help! You are invited to record yourself (with an adult’s help) singing along to the La-bri’ut theme song. Due date for your contribution is March 30. The theme song team will edit together their favorite contributions and share the final version in late April.

Full instructions are at:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k-vfkQykYe92iY7eUxpjF7ZYF_EwtRDr/view?usp=sharing (Note: this is a corrected link. The first link that went out did not work.)

There are links to a practice video, the video you need to sing along with, and a permission form for the JEC to use your video segment.

You know you wanna do it! Start practicing and then record!

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