6B Class Information

2015-16

Teachers: Anna Glassman-Kaufman & Dina Kritz

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Contact Information:

Anna:

agk@brandeis.edu

612-840-4500

Dina:

dinakritz@aol.com

301-518-4591

Hi Parents!

I am Anna Glassman-Kaufman, one of the 6B teachers. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota and am currently a sophomore at Brandeis University studying business and anthropology. I plan to attend a culinary school after graduating from Brandeis and pursuing a career as a pastry chef in small business management. I am very involved in my Jewish community back at home and have attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin (a Jewish summer camp) as a camper and counselor for the past 10 summers. I am so excited to be teaching the sixth grade at BJEP this year where we will explore American Jewish history, Jewish lifecycle events, learning Hebrew, and more!

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Hi!

I’m Dina Kritz, the other 6B teacher. I’m from Silver Spring, MD and a senior at Brandeis, majoring in History. I plan on going into Jewish education after graduation this May, and I’m excited to have this opportunity to teach! Other teaching and Jewish education experiences include youth leadership in my synagogue and substitute teaching Judaics classes at my Jewish Day School, including 3 weeks of teaching 6th grade girls. We’re going to have a great year in 6B, where your children will learn about Jews in American history and important moments in a Jewish life, among other topics, and even something about themselves!

Class #20, April 10, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today we moved on to our last life-cycle event we’ll be talking about which is death. First, we introduced some terminology to understand the rituals associated with mourning. Then, we had a guest speaker, Allen Spivak, who spole about the ritual of Tahara - how we prepare a dead body for burial. He is a member of the Boston Community Hevra Kaddisha.

We also went to see the BJEP play today, The Rabbi of Oz. We had a great time seeing half the class in the show!

One thing you can ask your child….

What are some ways that we comfort mourners in Judaism?

Hazara/Review…

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class #19, April 3, 2016

SNOW DAY

Class #18, March 20, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today, we saw a purim shpeil where the teachers put on a play about the Purim story. Then in our classroom, we talked about Matanot Le’evyonim, gifts to the poor, and decorated bags filled with a water bottle, granola bar, pair of socks, and some chocolate to give out to homeless people we might drive or walk by on the streets. We’ve been talking about Tikkun Olam and the idea of “pay it forward” and this gives each student the opportunity to give out bags to two people in need.

One thing you can ask your child….

How will you pay it forward and how have you in the past few weeks? What did you learn about purim today as it relates to tikkun olam?

Hazara/Review…

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class #16, March 6, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today we learned about the concept of ‘pay it forward’ as it relates to tikkun olam. Pay it Forward was a movie from 2000 where a middle school class was assigned to think of an idea to change the world and put it into action. One student thinks of the ‘pay it forward’ idea in which a person helps three people to do something they cannot do for themselves. Each of the three people goes on to help three more people, and so on. We talked in class about ways in which we can pay it forward, specifically ways that each student can incorporate tikkun olam (changing the world) into their bar/bat-mitzvah as they gain more responsibility as a Jewish adult.

One thing you can ask your child….

How will you pay it forward?

Resources for more information…

Pay it Forward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxB43PxasGA 

Imagine - John Lennon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVg2EJvvlF8 

If Everyone Cared - Nickleback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IUSZyjiYuY 

Hazara/Review…

Purple: review the Amidah a couple times each week singing with the words - should be able to sing the first 2 pages and the first half of the third.

Gold: Review the blessings before and after the Torah and the beginning of the amidah

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class #15, February 28, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today we practiced the legacy projects where each student shared their presentation and had the opportunity to ask their classmates questions about their legacy projects.

One thing you can ask your child….

What is something you learned about a classmate’s legacy?

Hazara/Review…

Purple: review the Amidah a couple times each week singing with the words - should be able to sing the first 2 pages and read the third.

Gold: Review the blessings before and after the Torah

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class #14, February 7, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today, we talked about Jewish identity. We talked about our own personal Jewish identities and what it means for each of us to be Jewish in America today. We also had dance in which we learned 2 Israeli dances with the rest of the sixth grade.

One thing you can ask your child….

What does being Jewish mean to you?

Hazara/Review…

Legacy Project: On February 28, all students are expected to bring in their finished legacy projects. This means that students should be conducting interviews and working on their projects and presentations in the coming weeks.

Purple: review the Amidah a couple times each week singing with the words.

Gold: Review the blessings before and after the Torah

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class#13, January 31, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today we went on a field trip to visit a mikveh. A mikveh is a ritual bath that is used in many Jewish lifecycle events, and this semester, the sixth grade is focusing on Jewish ritual life cycle events, including Jewish birth/naming, bar/bat mitzvot, Jewish weddings, and Jewish death/funerals.

One thing you can ask your child….

What did you learn today about the mikveh? Why do people go to the mikveh?

Hazara/Review…

Legacy Project: On February 28, all students are expected to bring in their finished legacy projects. This means that students should be conducting interviews and working on their projects and presentations in the coming weeks.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Class #12, January 24th, 2016

Today in class we talked about…

Today in Judaics, we began discussing lifecycle events. The class split into groups to create skits of what they thought certain Jewish lifecycle events looked like. We also discussed spirituality and how to make an event special.

One thing you can ask your child…

What is a mikvah? Why is it important?

Hazara/Review

Purple: Practice the words of the Amidah and make sure you can pronounce each word.

Gold: Practice pronouncing the blessings before the Torah reading

Important Upcoming Dates

Class #11, January 17th, 2016

Today in class we learned about…

We talked about freedom and Tikkun Olam after watching the play about Sojourner Truth.

One thing you can ask your child…

What is one thing you can do to change the world?

Hazara/Review

Class #10, December 13th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

Today we had the Hanukkah party with all of BJEP in which we sang songs, lit candles, ate sufganiot, and celebrated the last night of the holiday together!

One thing you can ask your child…

Who do you want to interview for your Legacy Project and how will you present your project?

Over this break, 6th grade is expected to do a large portion of their work on the legacy project. The information about this project was emailed to all of the parents, but if you need a copy just let us know!

Hebrew Hazara/Review

Purple: Practice V’Shamru and review the Torah blessings. Practice reading the Amidah.

Gold:

Class #9, December 6th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

We had Art for most of class, and everyone made their own tallitot (prayer shawls). We discussed the Legacy Project.

One thing you can ask your child…

Who do you want to interview for your Legacy Project?

Next week (December 13th), we would like everyone to hand in a paper with their project idea. The paper should have: the subject, the subject’s relationship to the student, a few possible interview questions, and a parent’s signature.

Hebrew Hazara/Review

Purple: Practice V’Shamru

Gold: Practice the Torah blessings

Class #8, November 22nd, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

We learned about the upcoming Legacy Project during the Family Program

Hebrew Hazara/Review

Purple: Practice V’Shamru

Gold: No review, but the we started talking about the Torah service, and the students have questions about their own Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, such as: What is my portion? Will it be very long? Do I also have to lead prayers? Who will be at the ceremony?

Upcoming Important Dates

November 29th: Thanksgiving weekend, no class

December 6th: Students should decide on their Legacy Project topics

Class #7, November 15th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

Our students wanted to share their anger, sadness, and confusion regarding the terrible tragedy in Paris this weekend, so today was mostly an open discussion space.

Hebrew/Hazara Review

Purple: None

Gold: None

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 22nd: 6th Grade Family Program

Class #6, November 8th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

We simulated the experience of traveling from Europe to America through Ellis Island, and the students got to experience packing up and being questioned before being allowed into the country. This is the beginning of our unit on Jewish immigration to America during the 20th century.

One question you should ask your child…

What was something you didn’t know before about coming to Ellis Island and the obstacles of the journey?

Hebrew/Hazara Review

Gold: Review and practice reading v’shamru (entire first page of the binder)

Purple: Review the blessings before and after the torah, try to sing on your own

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 22nd: 6th Grade Family Program

Class #5, November 1st, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

Today, we read George Washington’s letter to the Touro synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island in which he expresses his hopes that America will be a country of religious tolerance. We also read an article about Jews in the Gold Rush and talked about the businesses that Jews set up in California, in particular, Levi Strauss, who invented the blue jeans.

One question you should ask your child…

Who invented blue jeans? Why is he important?

One question your child should ask you…

Where did our family come from? Are there any interesting stories about our family’s journey to America or experience at Ellis Island?

One resource for more information…

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/letter-to-the-hebrew-congregation-at-newport/ 

Hebrew/Hazara Review

Gold: Review and practice reading v’shamru (entire first page of the binder)

Purple: Review the blessings before and after the torah, try to sing on your own

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 22nd: 6th Grade Family Program

Class #4, October 25th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

Today we continued to learn about the Spanish Inquisition. We read an article about Haim Casas, a man who grew up in Spain as a Catholic and realized as an adult that his family was once Jewish and converted to Catholicism during the inquisition. Haim became a rabbi and was inspired by his Judaism and his family’s history. We also talked a bit about what it means to be Jewish in America today.

One question you should as your child…

How can our Judaism affect the way we view American history?

One resource for more information…

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/84674/spanish-student-rabbi-a-mission 

Upcoming Important Dates:

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Hebrew Hazara/Review: 

Purple: Practice the blessings before the torah so that you can sing them on your own and review the words of the blessings after. Make sure to bring your binders!

Gold: No review, but please be sure to bring your binder to class

Class #3, October 18th, 2015

Today in class we learned about…

Today we started our units on the Jewish lifecycle and American Jewish history. We talked about the ceremony at the beginning of a Jewish child’s life, and we talked about where our families came from, and where the first American Jews came from.

One question your child should ask you…

Where specifically does your family come from? What’s a story about one ancestor you can share

One resource for more information…

Upcoming Important Dates:

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Hebrew Hazara/Review: 

Purple: Practice the blessings before the torah so that you can sing them on your own

Gold: No review, but please be sure to bring your binder to class