Can we believe it is now November??! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! For the rest of the month, we will have a kind of back and forth schedule. We will meet as usual this Sunday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. (and remember to set your clocks back for DST!) The next Sunday, November 12, we will have off for Veterans Day. On November 19, we will all meet the Contemporary Jewish Museum for our tour. And on November 26 we will have the day off for Thanksgiving. Please mark your calendars. Lasty, please remember to bring nut butter jars for our Food for Thought drive along with donations for the class tzedakah projects.
And now for the recap. Cantor Marney helped lead us in our Tefillah service before the classes began (Rabbi Dean will be able to join us this upcoming Sunday as well when he gets back from his trip). The younger kids are continuing their projects in Torah study, learning the Hebrew alphabet, and various art projects. For the Bnai Mitzvah class, we were joined by Heather’s class for a special activity. All the kids received a blank map showing the rivers and coastline of ancient Israel, Egypt and Syria. Next, we looked at all the ancient 12 tribes of Israel, their characteristics, and their symbols. Then each student drew borders on the maps showing where they would decide to give each tribe different territories (best places for agriculture, government, defense, etc). Finally, each student showed their map and explained why they put the borders where they did. This activity got them to think about why borders are drawn the way they are and how ancient Israel might have decided to utilize its resources based on its geography. We can continue this activity for the modern borders of Israel at a later date. For the second half of class, we continued our research into our family histories and found more exciting sources, including some great-great-great grandparents from Romania, Russia, and Austria. We will pursue this research for the rest of 2023 and then start putting together our family tree projects beginning in 2024.
And that about covers it for now. We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!