Tag Archive: Middle School 5779

Feb 14

Coming Home

“Oh, I remember this!” “I’m so proud of this!” Our imaginary characters are back! The energy in our room skyrocketed. Everyone talked at once (which isn’t very different from how the middle schoolers usually interact with each other). We’ve said good-bye to a few beloved characters. The creator of Big Shaq, our Roman soldier who …

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Feb 07

Growing up?

Snippets from this week’s conversations about becoming B-Mitzvah (which happens whether or not we choose to celebrate it, which is important, because not all of us are sure that we want to have a public ritual)… “I really think Torah should be part of your Bat Mitzvah. It’s not just about reading Torah. But a …

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Feb 01

Individual and Communal Responsibility

Who gets to decide if I go to war? We opened our segment on “Conscientious Objector” with a deep looking at Picasso’s Guernica, and most middle schoolers zeroed in on that part with the mom holding her dead child. Oh, my goodness. Should my country get to decide if I serve? Should I have the …

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Jan 25

Tu B’Shevat, Ethical Eating, and Conscientious Objection

It was a full week in Middle School. In three days, we touched THREE topics. How unusual! We’ve been exploring Jewish decision-making. Soon, our imaginary characters will spring back to life with topics like organ donation, ethical kashrut, and conscientious objection as part of their world. Our three topics came as we concluded one topic …

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