2AB Class Information


Teacher: Stephanie Strifert

Madrichim: Mia Reine and Isabel Savine

Contact Information: email: stephanie.strifert@gmail.com, cell: 612-860-6687

Class #22 April 17, 2016

Today was our final day. We learned all about Passover. We watched A Rugrats Passover, learned about what goes on our seder plate and what it means and made our own, and had a yummy chocolate/candy seder. We had a end of year wrap where we talked about everything we learned as a class then we joined the rest of BJEP for an end of year circle. I had a great semester teaching and learning from your kids. They are a great group and I hope they will continue to be involved with Judaism at BJEP, at school, at summer camp, etc because they all learned so much and seemed to really value their Jewish relationships.

Class #21 April 10, 2016

Today our theme was animals. In Hebrew, we learned the names for a bunch of animals and in Judaics we learned about kashrut and identified which animals are and aren’t kosher. We talked about our family’s own ways of keeping kosher whether it meant actually following the laws of kashrut or thinking about how animals are treated before choosing them to eat or just thanking god for our food. We also went and saw the play “The Rabbi of Oz”!

Class #20 March 20, 2016

Today was Purim! We went to the Purim shpiel with the rest of BJEP then to the Purim carnival, which was really fun! Then we returned to class and read a book about Purim and made our own Haman hats and graggers to boo Haman.

Class #19 March 13, 2016

Today our focus was on our Torah Heroes, Miriam and Aaron. We read a book about them, performed skits about big events in their lives, and watched two clips from the movie The Prince of Egypt. In hebrew, we worked on our hebrew names and spelling them with Hebrew letters. We made new hebrew name tags!

Class #18 March 6, 2016

Today we learned all about Shabbat. We did shabbat words in Hebrew like kiddish, challah, and havdallah and added them to our hebrew dictionaries. We made challah covers and read a book called The Shabbat Box. We did music and dance also and had lots of fun.

Class #17 February 28, 2016

Today we learned about the Israelites beginning to build the Temple. We learned the colors in Hebrew and then did a building challenge game in Judaics to learn about the challenges/rewards of building structures when you are given lots of rules and few materials. We used pipe cleaners, popsicles sticks, uncooked pasta, and marshmallows to build tall and strong towers. It was so fun!

Class #16 February 7, 2016

Today was all about Israel. We played an Israeli game, ate Israeli food (chickpeas and olives), drew a map of Israel and learned about the surrounding countries and some Israeli cities, and watched some of Disney’s Frozen in hebrew. We also learned some fun Israeli slang like Yofi, Magniv, Yala, and Chabibi. You can ask your kids about Israeli food and slang words and the countries surrounding Israel.

Class#15 January 31, 2016

Today we learned about the commandments and the story of Moses bringing them down from God. We made our own tablets and wrote down ways we follow the commandments, what they mean to us, and why they are important. In hebrew, we expanded our dictionaries with Jewish words like torah, bar/bat mitzvah, tzedaka, shabbat, shalom, and mitzvot. You can ask your kids about the commandments, their order, and what they mean in their lives.

Class #14, January 24th, 2016

Tu Bishvat was a lot of fun. We learned about trees by doing an art project making our own trees, eating apples, and reading The Giving Tree and Netta and Her Plant. We also worked on reviewing hebrew letters and vowels to see where the kids are so that we can begin to expand our hebrew knowledge this semester!

Class # 13, January 17th, 2016

Tikkun Olam day was a big success. Today we watched a play about Sojourner Truth and learned about the abolitionist movement and what it means to heal the world today. Some buzzwords we talked about are slavery, freedom, Sojourner Truth, and Tikkun Olam.

I am super excited to work with your kids this semester. If you have any questions about or for me, please feel free to send me an email.


Class # 12, December 13th, 2015

Happy Channukah! It was so nice to see everyone before winter break. Today in class we learned the story of Channukah and played with driedles. We also added a few more cards to our Hebrew dictionaries so that your child can practice the words they learned over the break.

It has been an honor to teach your children this semester and both Jaclyn and I will miss them dearly. We had a chance to meet Stephanie today as she will be taking over 2nd grade in the spring.

Enjoy winter break!



Class #11, December 6, 2015

Welcome back! It was nice to see all of the  children after Thanksgiving and we hope you all had a restful break.

Today in Hebrew school we made Channukiah in omanut, but we didn’t have time to paint them so please feel free to decorate them at home! We also learned the story of the Tower of Babel and added a page to our Torah stories book.

In Hebrew we learned the vowels (ah, oo, oh, ee) and began to put words together! We added more words to our Hebrew dictionaries.


Class #10, November 22, 2015

Today in class we learned the story of Noah and added a page to our Torah stories book! We also learned some new songs in music and a new dance in dance class.

Today we learned  rock, paper, scissors in Hebrew (Even, niyar, misparayim) and made the first cards in our Hebrew dictionaries. We’ll keep the dictionaries so that they don’t get lost and your child will have them at the end of the semester.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the break and we’ll see everyone again on December 6th!  


Class #9, November 15, 2015

Today in class we learned the story of Cain and Abel and made another page in our Torah stories book. After snack we reviewed the aleph-bet and went to dance where we learned some cool israeli circle dances!

Last, but most certainly not least, today we had our aleph-bet party to celebrate our learning of the entire aleph bet! Ask your child to show you their prize!


Class #8, November 8, 2015

Today in class we learned the story of how Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. Then we made new pages for our Torah stories book. We also created a list of class rules to follow and then signed the list of rules to ensure that we will all be respectful of one another during Hebrew school.  

Another exciting development…..we learned the entire aleph-bet today!!! We finished up with the letters tsadee, kuf, rash, shin, sin, and taf. Do you know what that means?? Aleph-bet party next week! We also found that the class really likes math, so at the end of the day we learned the numbers 1-10 in Hebrew and did some adding and subtracting in Hebrew, practice some Hebrew math!

0-efes, 1-echad, 2-shtayim, 3-shalosh, 4-arbah, 5-chamesh, 6-shesh, 7-sheva, 8-shmoeh, 9-teisha, 10-eser, minus-chaser, plus-v’od, and equals-shaveh


Class #7, November 1, 2015

Today in class we learned colors in Hebrew! Ask your child what their favorite color is! We learned tsahov (yellow), kachol (blue), yarok (green), adom (red), sagol (purple),and  katom (orange). We also reviewed the aleph bet and learned the letters mem, nun, samech, ayin, pey, and fey.

We also learned the story of how Adam named the animals. We created a page about him to add to our Torah stories book.  


Class #6, October 25, 2015

It was so nice to see everyone today! Today in class we looked at ritual Shabbat objects like kiddush cup and grape juice, candle sticks/holders, and challah with a challah cover and voted on which one was our favorite. The class decided that the challah was the favorite! Once we had some time to vote on our favorite objects, we learned about the significance of each object and how they contribute to Shabbat.  

Today there was a shorter period of time for Hebrew so we reviewed the letters aleph to lamed with a game of tic tac toe. After Hebrew we went to the 2nd grade family program and it was so nice to see all the parents (and grandparents) who came!


Class #5, October 18, 2015

Welcome back after the zoo trip! Today kicks off the next several weeks of regular classes and we’re excited to see everyone. Today was a really fun day. Everyone was very energized and ready to start the day. In class we reviewed the aleph bet that we already knew (aleph to zayin) and learned some new letters. (chet, tet, yud, kaf, chaf and lamed).

In art we made our very own Shabbat candle holders! We painted them and glued on stones to make them extra beautiful. Please use your child’s candle holders this Shabbat! We also read a story about creation and talked about the basics of Shabbat and what makes it so special.

We also played some fun Hebrew games: lalechet, lashevet (walk, sit) a variety of musical chairs and raglayim, eynayim (legs, eyes). 


Class #4, October 11, 2015

Zoo trip!


Class #3, October 4, 2015

It was so nice to see everyone today after the farm trip! We had a lot of fun learning about Sukkot and some new Hebrew letters. We talked about how different Jews around the world celebrate Sukkot and how they build their sukkahs. To better illustrate this idea, we looked at some funky looking sukkahs and tried to guess where they were from. Ask your child to tell you about the Lego sukkah and the pedi-sukkah! For more cool sukkah pictures, see here.

After learning a bit about the various sukkahs, we went outside and built our own fairy sukkahs from natural materials! Some students made cozy sukkahs for little fairies, while others made large sukkahs for big fairies. Which sukkah did your child make? Pictures coming soon!    


Class #2, September 27, 2015

Sukkot on the farm!


Class #1, September 20, 2015

Welcome to the first day of Hebrew school! We had so much fun getting to know every one of our students today. We learned some Hebrew words today - ask your child how to say “good morning,” “art” and “walk to the door” in Hebrew (the answers are on the coloring sheets in their folders). In art, we made challah covers that you can use at your Friday night table!

Today we also learned about our first Torah hero, so ask your child to tell you the story of Jonah! We made the first page of our Torah heroes book. We’ll hold onto the pages and at the end of the year, we’ll assemble all the pages into one book.

For homework, please have your child practice writing the Hebrew letters on the worksheet we gave them (they only need to do the first three) and color in their coloring sheets. Please bring it back next class along with their BJEP folders.  


My name is Katherine Vargas and I’ll be teaching second grade for the second year in a row at BJEP! It’s an honor to be working with such an amazing group of people and I look forward to meeting you all. I’m a junior at Brandeis and I’m majoring in Psychology and minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. In the spring semester I’ll be abroad in Morocco and I’m very excited about the trip. I love chocolate (a little too much) and teaching people how to dance bachata, a dance from the Dominican Republic.

My name is Jaclyn Kellner and I’ll also be teaching second grade for the second year in a row at BJEP! BJEP was often a highlight of my weekend next year and I can’t wait to meet all of the new 2nd graders and see what kind of classroom community we build! I am a senior at Brandeis majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Linguistics. I love languages and am in the process of learning my fourth. I also love gardening, farming and cooking and spent this past summer running the educational farm at Camp Young Judea Sprout Lake.