October 2015 – Zahav & Pre-Mitzvah 4/5

Zahav (Emily) & Pre-Mitzvah (Marnie – 4/5) 
Hello Zahav Class Families!

     We had another fun day at Sunday School! Although today was a small group (just Ariel and Zoey) we made the most of our time together by reviewing the High Holidays and wrapping this series up with the upcoming holiday, Simchat Torah. We not only learned about how this holiday is celebrated, but we also dove into what the Torah is and what makes it so important.
      Then, as a Halloween inspired Simchat Torah exercise, we created our very own Torah’s out of pretzels and candy! We used pretzel sticks as the “Atzei Chayim” or “trees of life”/ wooden rollers to support the Torah scrolls, fruit roll ups wrapped around the pretzel sticks as the parchment, sour candy strips as the Torah Mantle, or cloth covering, string as the Wimple, or fabric that binds the parchment scrolls together, and mini reeces cups as the Torah crowns!
      We also had a Hebrew lesson by Ms. Snow, a music session, and made get-well cards and origami during our Shalom session.
      Please let me know if you would like more information about Simchat Torah, etc. for those students who weren’t able to make class today. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next class!
October 25: We spent our Sunday School morning discussing what it means to be Jewish, and in particular, what it means to be a Humanistic Jew. The class shared what they think makes them Jewish such as having Jewish parents, celebrating Jewish holidays, and sharing in the Jewish culture and history. We also discussed issues such as respect for ourselves, each other, especially our differences, and for the earth. The students then each colored in a humanorah, the symbol of Humanistic Judaism, and wrote about what makes each of them a Humanistic Jew!
      We also learned some Hebrew words with Ms. Snow during our language portion and sang lots of wonderful Hebrew, Yiddish, and English songs with Rayhan during music.
Emily Markley 
Today we discussed the mystery of the 10 lost tribes of Israel.  We focused the discussion on three possibilities; the Lemba of Africa, the Benai Menache of India, and the Falash Mura of  Ethiopia.  I began by asking two questions: What does a Jewish person look like? and what makes someone Jewish?  They realized that the answer isn’t simple and that all Jews look different. However, the traditions passed are similar. There is also genetic, DNA markers that are shared.
      We then watched 3 videos that tell the story of the the three tribes above.  In each video the people looked different but had similar beliefs and traditions.  We further explored the modern history of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel today.  The boys broke into two groups and each group read an article discussing the challenges Ethiopian Jews are facing in Israel today. The two groups shared what they learned.
On October 25, we continued to explore theories regarding the 10 lost tribes of Israel. One story of how Jews ended up in Ethiopia is the story of King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba. We started to read King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. The story is told of two rulers – King Solomon of Israel and Queen Makeda of Sheba. Both rulers were wise and kind.

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