Rachel Hirsch

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Name: Rachel Hirsch
Date registered: October 10, 2016

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  1. Final project time! — May 18, 2017
  2. Rabbinic Ideas about Shavuot — May 11, 2017
  3. Megillat Rut – The Book of Ruth — May 4, 2017
  4. Group Challenges in Alonim — April 27, 2017
  5. Bake Sale for Hunger — April 6, 2017

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May 18

Final project time!

This week in אלונים (“Oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we’ve been busy working on our final projects for the year! Our final project prompt is: Tell the story of your encounter with a big idea or question this year. Children are working independently or in pairs to identify a big question or idea …

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May 11

Rabbinic Ideas about Shavuot

Alonimers have spent the past couple weeks reading Torah text about Shavuot. They saw that the Torah says three main things about Shavuot: 1. Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest, 2. Shavuot comes at the end of the counting of the omer, and 3. People bring bikkurim (the first things that grow) to Adonai on Shavuot. This week, …

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May 04

Megillat Rut – The Book of Ruth

This week in Alonim (“Oak Trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we read Megillat Rut, a text some Jews read on the holiday of Shavuot. As part of our exploration of Megillat Rut, we connected the ideas we had during our Bamidbar and Kedushah themes with our current theme, Shavuot. Alonimers heard Megillat Rut on their special Shabbat session …

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Apr 27

Group Challenges in Alonim

This week in Alonim (“oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we started our new theme, שבועות (Shavuot)! We learned about three ideas that the Torah gives us about the holiday of Shavuot: Shavuot comes at the end of the counting of the omer, Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest, and people bring bikkurim (the first things …

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Apr 06

Bake Sale for Hunger

This week, children in our mixed-age חוגים (chugim, Pesach electives) were given a text from the seder that says, “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover.” When asked how they want to help hungry people in Chicago, they came up with a plan to …

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Mar 30

Pesach Learning!

“What do you think you know about פסח (Pesach, Passover)?” When asked this question, Alonimers had many things to say! They talked about the Pesach story (“Moshe was in a basket and Pharoh’s daughter found him”), things people might do on Pesach (“There’s a seder plate,” “We recline,” “We sing songs”), and food that some people …

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Mar 09

Purim Spiel in Alonim

This week, Alonim (for 5th and 6th grades) is working very hard on writing and directing their own scenes in a Purim Spiel, or funny play telling the Purim story. Their spiel will be performed on Sunday for the younger children at the Enrichment Center. Get ready – Alonim has a lot of puns up …

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Feb 23

Exploring Kedushah Outside

This week, we spent time outside exploring קדושה (kedushah, holiness) outside. What a perfect week to spend time outside! At our special session on Shabbat, we walked to the lake and observed the day turning from Shabbat back into a normal day as the sun went down. We noticed the changes in the colors of the sky …

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Feb 16

Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society) with Alonim

This week in אלונים (Alonim, “Oak Trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we had special visitors from a Chicago-area Chevra Kadisha (Jewish Burial Society). Our two guests, Rabbi Larry and Dr. Larry, spoke with us about Jewish rituals surrounding burial. Rabbi and Dr. Larry shared with us their perspective that every person is קדוש (kadosh, holy). …

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Feb 09

Sorting Leviticus 19

This week, אלונים (Alonim, oak trees, for 5th and 6th grades) did something unusual with our text. In order to better understand what our text says, we cut up the פרק (perek, chapter) into chunks according to ideas. Then, we sorted the chunks into categories. 5th and 6th graders chose for themselves how to cut the …

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