5A Class Information

2015-16

Teacher: Naomi Weinblatt        

Madrichim: Sage Lapides & Francesca Sirignano

Contact Information: nhw27@brandeis.edu

Hello BJEP families! My name is Naomi and I am returning to BJEP for my fourth year as a fifth grade teacher. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Along with my role as a teacher, I am also a peer counselor for Brandeis students, an office assistant at Brandeis Office of High School Programs, and a volunteer at a local homeless resource day center. I have also been a camper as well as counselor at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a Jewish sleepaway camp where I cultivated my Jewish identity. I am very excited to teach your children this year about Jewish prayers and Israel!

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Class #21, April 17, 2016

Today was our last class at BJEP! We played some games to review Hebrew and our Judaics lesson plan. I hope everyone has a fun, meaningful summer! L’hitraot! (ask your child what that means!)

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Class #20, April 10, 2016

Today we learned about our final city - Jerusalem! Something you can ask your child is what are the four quarters of the old city. Look forward to seeing everyone at our last BJEP in the classroom next week!

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Class #18, March 20

Today was a super goofy and fun day at BJEP! We celebrated Purim by watching a Star Wars themed Purim shpiel (play), playing games in class, and winning prizes at the carnival at the end of the day! We don’t have BJEP next week, so we’ll see everyone in two weeks!

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Class #17, March 13, 2016

Today we went to the 6th grade legacy fair. We learned about where their families are from, and tasted delicious treats from family recipes! The 5th graders will be doing that next year, so we have been talking about our own family histories.

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Class #16, March 6, 2016

Today we learned about the Jews of New York! Did you know that New York City has the greatest population of Jews outside Israel? Something you can ask your child is why so many Jews immigrated to New York City in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Class #14, February 7, 2016

Today we had a guest speaker come in who is a Jew from Turkey. Remembering what we learned from last week, we asked her questions about her life as a Jew in Turkey, and how it’s different in America. Something you can ask your child is how the cuisine in Turkey is different from here. We won’t have BJEP for the next two weeks because of break, but we’ll see you when we come back on February 28th!

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Class #13, January 31, 2016

Today we learned about the Spanish Inquisition and how Jews fled from Spain to Istanbul because of anti-Semitism. The students watched a video of a woman describing her family’s experience fleeing to Turkey. We also talked about our own experiences with anti-Semitism and feeling comfortable in our skin as Jews. Something you can ask your child is how fleeing to Turkey affected Jews, and what those types of Jews are called (hint: it’s Sephardim). Next week a Turkish Jew will come to class and talk about her experience!

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Class #12, January 24, 2016

Today we learned about each other’s family backgrounds. We also learned fun facts about 4 cities: Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris and New York City. Throughout the semester we will learn about the Jewish cultures in these cities, and branch together our shared connections as Jews! What fun facts does your child know about these cities?

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Class #11, January 17, 2016

Welcome back! Today we learned about Sojourner Truth and the connection between abolishing slavery/racism and Judaism’s value of Tikkun Olam. This semester we will talk about Jews around the world, so the review assignment for this week is: Ask your parents about where your family is from before they came to America. Where did they travel and why? Write 3-5 sentences or a draw a picture that you can describe for next class.

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Class #10, December 13, 2015

Today we had a fun Channukah celebration in the auditorium! We hope everyone has a wonderful break and we’ll see you in a month!

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Class #9, December 6, 2015

Welcome back! Today we played Jeopardy to review the history, demographics, and conflict in Israel. The students truly showed the knowledge that they acquired this semester. We are excited for the Hannukah party we will have next week! Also in cooking, we made bimuelos, a Spanish sephardic Hannukah dessert. Here’s the recipe we used: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/recipe/bimuelos-with-honey-orange-drizzle/ 

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Class #8, November 22, 2015

Today we learned about the maps of Israel throughout history, and colored in our own maps. One thing you can ask your child is what an ideal map of Israel might look like. We hope you have a fun and meaningful Thanksgiving break, and we’ll see you back at BJEP on December 6th!

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Class #7, November, 15, 2015

Today we had a fun family program! Thank you to all the families who participated. We engaged with the concept of prayer, through text reading and movement. We’re so glad our students have their own Siddurim! We can’t wait to use them throughout the year.

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Class #6, November 8, 2015

Today we learned about the demographics of Israel. One thing you can ask your child is what proportion of Israelis are Arabs? (The answer is 20%!) We are looking forward to meeting back again next week!

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Class #5, November 1, 2015

Today we learned about Zionism, the Israeli Flag, and Hatikvah. One question you can ask your child is why the Israeli flag has two blue stripes on it. See you next week!

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Class #4, October 25, 2015

Today we continued our discussion of the history of Israel, from 1947 until today. The students were very attentive and engaging! One question you can ask them is how the map of Israel has changed since then. We also continued to learn the Amidah. Looking forward to another great week next week!

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Class #3, October 18, 2015

Hello! Today we reviewed the Amidah. It was also the first week of electives, and students thoroughly enjoyed their individual electives! Once back together in the classroom, we reviewed the history of Israel through a game. Students should be very proud; they retained much of the information! One question you could ask your child is: how was Israel divided in the 1947 Partition Plan? What areas of Israel were given to the Jews? What is the “Negev”?

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Class #2, October 4, 2015

Welcome back! Today we talked briefly about sukkot and why we build sukkahs. We also spent most of our class time discussing the history of Israel from the 600s to 1947. The students engaged with the material beautifully and maturely. One question you can ask your child is: Why did conflict start to develop between Jews and Arabs in the early 1900s? We hope to see you back in two weeks!

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Class #1, September 20, 2015

Welcome! Today in class we learned about our curriculum map for the year. We will be focusing on Israel in the context of people, land, and state; as well as World Jewry. One question you can ask your child is: Why is Jerusalem the holiest site for Jews? We hope to see you back in a couple weeks!