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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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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Wednesday, March 10

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.

Library this Week

This coming Saturday is Shabbat HaChodesh, announcing the new month of Nisan (and reminding us that Pesach is not far behind). But why a special Shabbat about one of the Jewish months…now? Because even though we celebrate Rosh Hashanah as the Jewish new year, the biblical new year is Nisan, called the 1st month, the beginning of spring (aviv).

For the younger students, we will read books exploring the quirks of the Jewish calendar, as well as that special holiday traditionally celebrated by women — Rosh Chodesh, i.e. the 1st of the month — and how it relates to Aviv, the 1st month of the year.

Also this week, the haftarah is from the book of Ezekiel, so the older students will explore one of the weirdest and most “out there” prophets in the entire Tanach!

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Sunday, March 7

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 – Showcasing student asynchronous work
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

PreK-3 Activity Box Instructions

4-7 Judaism Challenge Instructions

4-7 Hebrew Challenges

This Week’s Family Schmooze

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Wednesday, March 3

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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Our kids on video!

Did you see the Purim video staring our PreK-7 kids?

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!
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot!

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 Week

Ready, set, GO! Purim is in just a few days, so it’s full speed ahead. Last week for Library, the younger students heard all about the origin of Purim, i.e. the Scroll of Esther. Now they will learn all about the holiday itself and how differently it can be enjoyed depending on who you are and where you are.

As for the older students, last week they learned about Shabbat Zachor, in which we are urged to remember the Jews’ eternal enemy Amalek (Haman being a descendent). This week, we will dive deep into Megillat Ester itself — its origins, its place within Tanach, and its influence on Jews throughout history (it’s not what you think).

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Sunday, February 21

PreK-5 need their gragger and Hamentaschen for Hebrew class

Make sure your PreK-5 student has the gragger and Hamentaschen from their school supplies for class today. They will be learning that the Hebrew name for Hamentaschen literally means “Haman’s Ears”. EEEWWW!

Sunday’s Schedule

  • 9:30-10:00 Socializing with Friends (optional)
  • 10:00-10:15 Assembly – Introducing our new La-bri’ut Module, K’hillah (Community)
  • 10:15-12:15 High School
  • 10:15-10:55 PreK-7 – Hebrew
  • 11:15-12:55 PreK-7 – Judaism
  • 11:55-12:10 Mr. Mannaberg’s Hebrew Through Movement (4th & 5th Grade)

New La-bri’ut Module Starts Today

This Week’s Family Schmooze

https://jec-tohealthcurric.weebly.com/uploads/1/0/6/1/10614651/khillah_schmoozes__1_.pdf

Community Purim Celebration Today

Celebrate Purim Online with Us!

Sunday, February 21 on Zoom from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Raise your voice, make some noise and strut your stuff!

Join in the noise and fun on Sunday, February 21 from 2:00-3:00 pm for a community Purim celebration with Temple B’nai Israel and the rest of our Jewish community.

Costume Parade

Get your costume put together and plan to be in our virtual costume parade. You submit a 15-20 second video or photo of yourself in costume and send it to us. We’ll include it in our virtual costume parade to be shown at the event. In order to be included in the video, your costume video must be submitted by February 15.

Mask Making Competition

Make a mask of any kind, or simply draw or paint one. You can enter the contest in one of three categories: under 6 years, 7-12 years and 13 and up. Everyone who makes a mask will have a chance to show it and participants will choose their favorites during the event.

Fulfilling a Mitzvot of Purim

Lastly, to fulfill the mitzvot of helping others, we’ll be collecting food donations in boxes at both CoM and TBI. As an alternative, you can make monetary donations to either (or both) Loaves and Fishes or Portage Community Center. Collections of non-food items such as soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent, diapers etc. are also welcomed and needed.

Guest Stars

Adam Weiner will be joining as once again as our Master of Ceremonies for the event, and singer extraordinaire Naomi Morse will lead us in fun Purim songs!

We hope that you will join us for a fun afternoon as we celebrate the silliest holiday in the Jewish calendar. For more information and to register for the Zoom link, click here.

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Wednesday, February 17

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!
  • 5:30 Grades 4-7 Library with Mrs. Rachel
  • 6:00 Mr. Mannaberg’s class prayer review with Kahoot! (Ein Keloheinu/Adon Olam)

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 Week

Before there was the holiday of “Purim”, there was Megilat Ester (the Scroll of Esther) and that’s what we’re going to focus on today with the younger students. Esther was a hero for her people when few women were even given names in the Tanach — what better way to link our school’s current curriculum of “g’vurah” (power and strength for good) than to highlight the amazing story of Esther!

For the older students, we’ll also discuss Purim, but from quite a different angle. Next Saturday is Shabbat Zachor, meaning Shabbat of remembrance — but what are we supposed to remember…or, to never forget? It’s not what you think.

Have you completed the La-bri’ut survey?

Please take 8 minutes to respond to an anonymous survey that asks questions about your children’s (and your) experience with the Labri’ut curriculum we are using this year for Judaism. We want to know what kinds of Jewish learning experiences you seek moving forward.

To take the survey, please visit:https://rosov.co/Labriut

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Pick Up School Supplies

Pick up school supplies at CoM Wednesday-Friday from 7:30am to 2:00pm. If you need to arrange another pickup time, contact Nora.

PreK-3

PreK-3

PreK-3 pick up:

  • Yellow folder for the Purim and Passover Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) units.
  • Purple folder for the K’hillah Judaism Module
  • Activity Box
  • 1 styrofoam circle
  • A glue stick if you don’t have the glue stick distributed earlier

Note: Purim treats are inside the Activity box. Students will use their Purim treats during Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) this Sunday. There is also a glow stick necklace inside the box that you might want to put in a safe place so they don’t accidentally get activated before Week 4 (week of April 11).

Grades 4-7

Grades 4-7

Grades 4-7 pick up folders and a Purim bag. Mr. Mannaberg’s and Rabbi Spivak’s students will use their Purim bag during Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) this Sunday. Rabbi Schicker’s students can just enjoy the treat. Yellow folders are for the Purim and Passover HTM units. Purple folders are for the K’hillah Judaism Module.

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