Friday, June 9, 2017


6. 9.17
Gesher is amazing!

It has been an amazing experience to share your Jewish journey with you this year.  Together, we learned Torah and rabbinic texts, we did parasha plays and made video commentaries, we learned from the experts about those milestone events that punctuate the Jewish life cycle, we developed tefillah skills, we led social action projects in our school, and, with gratitude to Robin Kahn, we learned about opportunities for growth and new experiences as our Jewish journeys continue beyond the Gesher class.  May you discover on Jewish journeys meaning, substance, passionate and compassionate Jewish communities, friendships, teachers, love and joy.  You have certainly enriched my Jewish journey and every day, I thank God for you.  Please keep in touch.

With love and abundant gratitude for all that you do, all that you give and all that you are,

HaMorah Margalit

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dear Kitah Vav Parents,
 We had a nice last day of Sunday school on June 4, filled with fresh fruit and ice cream, plus the Gesher service in the sanctuary. 

The Gesher class had a chance to shine as they led Shacharit so beautifully, and we got a chance to see their values and creativity in the videos they wrote and produced. The videos were quite wonderful! Your students will lead this same service as the culmination of their studies in Gesher next year. 

Over the years, as a Hebrew School teacher, I like to revisit what I see as my mission in partnering with parents to transmit Jewish values, knowledge, and culture. I met most of my goals for your students, if the student was open to meeting me. I believe real learning happened this year, and even some fun Jewish experiences!  Thank you for entrusting your children to TI religious school; it has been an honor to teach them.

I want to thank you for your most generous Amazon gift card. I’m hooked on all that Amazon provides: books, movies, tv series downloads, and gadgets of all sorts. I will put your gift to quick use. Rav Todah!

My plans going forward:
I will not be returning to teach at TI, as I will be taking my fourth unit of chaplaincy in the fall.  This is a six month internship at Boston Medical Center, after which I can apply for certification.  Presently I am the Jewish chaplain at The Spaulding Rehab Hospitals. 

I wish all a safe, fun summer.
 Kol tuv, all the best,

 Rav Elana  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

ALEF Last class June 4, 2017

Dear families:

It has been a wonderful year.  We have so enjoyed being with the children for lots of learning and lots of fun!  Thank you so much for the Amazon gift card.  As a book lover, I will put it to good use.

Cantor Ken began the day with tefillah outdoors.  The children described what they enjoyed outdoors.  Then we recited our usual prayers, some with sign language accompanying our words.

HEBREW:  We finished the book, and we signed the certificates in the back The last letter in the book is  ז“zion,” the first letter in  z’ayv” (wolf), and the cognate “zebra.”  We used our review packs to show what we remembered about the Hebrew letters.

Later in the morning, we played Hebrew bingo to show off what we remembered about the letters and vowel sounds.  No prizes, but a lot of fun,

GODLY PLAY:  It is traditional to read the story of Ruth on Shavuot because of its harvest setting. Naomi and her husband went to Moab to escape the famine in Israel. Her two sons married Ruth and Orpah, Moabite women.  After the three men died, Naomi decided to return to Israel, which had abundant crops again.  She urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their own families.  However, Ruth protested, telling Naomi—“wherever you go, I will go; your G-d shall be my God, where you live, I will live; and where you die, there, I shall one day die.”  (Ruth is regarded as the first convert to Judaism.)

The two women journeyed across the Salt Sea (Dead Sea) to Israel.  Since they had no money, Ruth got food by gleaning.  We discussed this way of helping the poor without cash.  Harvesters were not allowed to pick up any crop that they had dropped or missed.  They also did not touch the corners of their fields.  Poor people were allowed to pick these crops.  Naomi’s relative Boaz owned the field where Ruth gleaned—he asked her to glean only in his fields; his workers would let her eat and drink with them, and they would protect her.  Naomi encouraged Ruth to go to where Boaz was sleeping; he awakened startled and professed his love for Ruth. They wed and eventually had a child; through this child’s family, Ruth became the great-grandmother of King David.

In groups, the children discussed these issues of family, loyalty, gleaning, helping others.  We also worked on two word puzzles on the story of Ruth.

Students concluded with books and games, among them Circle the Year, a path game on the yearly cycle of holidays.

The students took home their Hebrew nametags and photos that I took the first class—See how much the students have grown!

Have a wonderful summer.

Judy and Cheryl (Esther and Tzipporah)

Grade K - Gan Class Update 6-4-17

Hello Gan Class Families!

Our year-long journey together has come to a close.  It seems like time has literally flown since last September.

As I was preparing the materials that your students took home today, I was able to reflect on the year and all the knowledge and experiences the Gan Class students have enjoyed. It is truly amazing to notice how drawings can become more detailed and expressive in just a few weeks' time.

Each student took home their own workbook, filled with the illustrations they have created to help them remember our Torah stories, letters and celebrations.  It is a compilation of all of the wonderful things that we learned this year.

Students also received their own personal Torahs.  Each one contains the This week on Shabbat drawings your students created each morning.  When rolled out they show a whole years worth of Shabbat activities! 

Today we finished up our learning with outdoor Tefilah, some new Torah stories and a review of our letters and celebrations.

I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of the Gan Class students and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success as Aleph Class students next Fall.

Have a fun and relaxing summer!