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January Jewish Studies (5-8)

FIFTH Fifth Graders have been busy studying the story of Yosef (Joseph), and examining the “roller coaster” of his life. Students have been introduced to the idea of a character arc, and are excited to continue plotting Yosef’s life when some characters from an earlier chapter throw a plot twist (or is it…???) into our story. We’ve discussed food scarcity and what a...

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December Den Blog (Jewish Studies)

5th grade What a busy time of year for us! We have been learning about Hanukkah – specifically, about olive oil. We looked back through parts of the Torah that talked about oil and discovered that the menorah which was lit in the Temple required the purest, hand-crushed olive oil. So, because of this, we try to use the best oil available to us when we fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the...

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5, 6, 7, 8… Jewish Studies Update!

5th grade Fifth graders have been busy lately during Jewish Studies! They are continuing to take Trope classes with “Prof” Risa every Monday, and on the remaining days they are moving on in the story of Joseph. The most recent activity we did with our Torah unit was to hold a trial to figure out who is guilty and who is innocent in the crimes committed against Joseph. Some students claimed...

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Purim, Pesach and more!

Shalom AJA families! We’ve been having a blast learning about Purim and Pesach during the month of March – read below to find your child’s grade!! Second grade: For Purim, we focused our learning on reviewing the story as well as learning about the four Mitzvot of Purim (reading Megillah, eating a festive meal, sending food to friends, and giving gifts to the poor). Students...

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January Jewish Studies Post (2nd-6th grade)

2nd grade has concluded their main Torah story of the year of the story of Noah – and each student came away with a greater appreciation of just how difficult it must have been for Noah and his family to be on the ark for so long – after all, it wasn’t just the “40 days and 40 nights” story you think you know! We had a chance to talk about promises and patience,...

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