Each week, we will post a few class update highlights and upcoming programs, as well as some pictures from Religious School here. To see even more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.
Please note that Sunday, March 4th is Purim-palooza! There will not be regular Religious School classes, instead please come to enjoy the Shushan Shuffle, Purim Schpiel, Carnival and more!
First Graders read the story One Good Deed. In the book there is a child on a street that does “one good deed” for a neighbor, then the neighbor to another and so one. The “one good deed” turns the neighborhood into a an amazing place to live where everyone is kind and helpful. After reading the story, the children were eager to create their own good deeds. Many of them may have come home with a box that they want to use to collect items for others. Your children have amazing hearts that are filled with kindness, I am humbled by their desire to help others!
Feel free to fill their boxes and bring them back to religious school, I will be happy to find homes for their collections. Some collected scarves/mittens, books, games, socks etc.
We are continuing to collect mitzvah hands. The children are eager to do good and really excited to see our “helping hands” around the world. Thank you for continuing to encourage your child’s participation.
First Graders have also had a chance to “interview” different people around Temple Jeremiah. So far they have met and asked questions of Rabbi Rachel, Naomi Segal, Dr. Anne Lidsky, Juan Carlos (he is the building supervisor), and coming up are Danny Glassman and Dina Bauwens. You should ask them what they have learned from their “interviews,” they have come up with some great questions!
Our Sunday Alef Hebrew students enjoy playing review games like Hebrew Baseball.
Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowds, buy me some peanuts and.…well you know the rest. Can you guess what game we played? The “Lightening Lameds” vs the “Super Sins” for a fun game of Hebrew Baseball! We played the game to get some extra experience reading words with the new letter Gimmel. Gimmel makes the “G” sound as in Guy. Hints: the letter looks like a guy or my favorite is it has a gap at the bottom. We also learned about a special Hebrew rule with the letter Het. When the Het is at the end of a word with the “ah” vowel the vowel is read first. Basically, instead of CHA it would be ACH.
On February 25th all 4th Grade classes will go on a Scavenger Hunt and we will learn about the concept of kavanah and prayer. They are also getting time with Rabbi Rachel Heaps who will answer a long list of questions they’re prepared.
Save the date of March 16th for a lovely 4th Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Service. More information will follow.
Fifth and Seventh Graders continue to build on their relationships with our Israeli partners through terrific video conferencing.
The Fifth Grade year teaches your children about Lifecycle events; Birth and naming ceremonies, Brit Milah: Circumcision, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Marriage, Family Life, Aging and Death and Mourning. One of the most special programs of the year is the Wedding portion of the 5th Grade Lifecycles program. Please join us on March 11th as everyone is invited to celebrate when Rabbis Sid and Debbie Helbraun renew their vows. Students are creating invitations, the Ketubah, the Chuppah and the reception. Many are excited to be “bridesmaids and groomsmen.”
Don’t forget about the 6th Grade Double Mitzvah Project! There is Wish List of items we are asking you to donate for the project that will culminate with a visit from a Staben House (a shelter for homeless women and their children) representative to talk with the students about homelessness on March 18th.
KESHET: On February 11th we had a highly informative and exceedingly inspiration session focused on disabilities led by Carly Krawetz, a social worker with Keshet, the only nonprofit agency in the U.S. providing schooling and recreational programs for children with disabilities. The students were engaged in a myriad of very special activities that were simultaneously fun and educational as they learned about the importance of “inclusion” of disabled youth, how to effectively communicate with them, and how to separate myths from facts about what they may have come to hear about children with disabilities.
The 6th Grade class made their very own yads in January! Students were even able to try them out by reading from our Torah scroll, which was completely unrolled across the length of the Slotnick Social Hall.
Students were also led in a dynamic discussion by Rabbi Rachel Heaps and Naomi Segal, Youth and Family Engagement Director, while Dr. Anne Lidsky chatted with the parents. Sixth Grade can be a very busy, and sometimes stressful year. We want everyone to know that staff and clergy are always here.
On Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m., PARENTS are invited to join us and gain wisdom from some of the expert psychologists of this generation as shared by social worker and parent Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW. The topic is “Teens and Parenting: a Conversation.” Your 7th Grader will be in class during the same block of time.
On Sunday, April 15th, with your permission, your 7th Graders will visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Look for more detailed information as the time gets closer.
March 4th– Purim Schpiel and Carnival! Volunteer at the carnival- help run games, take tickets at the entrance, and run the prize room. For more information, please visit our Purim page.
March 11th: Trip to The ARK. Take a tour of The ARK and find out more about what they do and what services they offer, as well as help in their food pantry. We need at least 5-6 volunteers to drive students from Temple Jeremiah to The ARK and join us in touring The ARK and working to empty a pod of food donations for their food pantry.
April 15th: Breakfast with Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Heaps
April 22nd: Judaism and Taking Care of the Environment
April 29th: Join us for an Or Tzedek Presentation! It is also the last day of class.
Please mark your calendar with these dates. If you are able to volunteer on January 28th and/or March 11th, please email email@example.com.
March 18th: There is a special Israel program with Stand With Us. Parents are invited to join us for this amazing program. All high school and college students, as well as interested congregants, are invited.
April 15th: “Let’s Get Social,” a program and discussion with a speaker from RESPONSE. Through interactive activities and relevant media examples, this program discusses the micro and macro level impact that the internet and social media have on the developing minds of teens. The main goals are to help teens identify when social media and the internet are becoming less of a tool for connection and more of a stressor, or even a danger, in their lives. This program will give teens the resources necessary to navigate social media in a more positive and safe way.
April 22nd: 9th Graders will take a trip to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Park City, Lake County. We will be asking for some parent volunteers to help provide the transportation. The hours will be different from our usual school session. An email or direct mail will follow as the date gets closer.
May 18th: Confirmation Dinner and Service! More information and invitations will follow as the date gets closer. But mark your calendars for a lovely Friday evening.
Here is some helpful information when your class helps out with Feed the Hungry. In an effort to incorporate Tikkun Olam into your children’s lives, we will be making lunches with them in the Social Hall during the first Sunday school session (9:00-10:45 a.m.), to be delivered to the church later in the day. They will be given a short, age appropriate explanation of Feed the Hungry before making a small assembly line to make sandwiches and pack lunches.
We are asking for your help in this great effort. Please send your child with enough food for 5 lunches. This includes:
- 1 loaf of bread (for 2 sandwiches per lunch)
- 2 slices of lunch meat for each sandwich (any kind of meat is fine)
- 5 bags of chips
- 5 pieces of fruit (any kind is fine)
- 5 baggies with 2 cookies in each.
Due to common allergies, we request that the cookies be brought already in small baggies. Temple Jeremiah will supply the bags for the sandwiches and the brown bags for the lunches.
Children will be making the sandwiches and bagging the lunches themselves so please send the materials above and do not make the lunches yourself.