The Aleph class
started the day with Mrs. Neuman reviewing what they had learned in the first book of the Torah, Genesis. They also discussed a story about why it is sometimes better to follow when you have the opportunity to be lead by a strong leader. Aleph continued their day with guest teacher Penina Feurstein, learning to recognize at least half of the Hebrew alphabet. They ended the day with Mrs. Neuman where they discussed the significance of blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah. They also discussed the many customs that are done on Rosh Hashanah, including repentance and ‘tashlich’. The Bet class
started the day in their Hebrew session where they are off to a great start learning to read Hebrew. They continued their day with Rabbi Burg reviewing the Hebrew calendar, talking about the meaning of Rosh Hashanah and learning about the seven days of creation. They concluded the lesson with a game reviewing the material they covered. In
Malkie’s class they learned about the special closeness that the Jewish people have with G-d before and during Rosh Hashanah through a story about a very important king who disguises himself to go out and hear what his people need and want. The Bet class also learned about special foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah and they discussed the special custom of Tashlich. In Mrs. Neuman’s class, they discussed the significance of the Shofar as well as other customs practiced on Rosh Hashanah.The Gimmel and Daled classes
both learned about Rabbi Amnon (Maintz, Germany ca.
1000 years ago), his story and the famous Rosh Hashanah prayer that he wrote "Unesaneh Tokef". They also learned about the various special foods that we eat on Rosh Hashana including apples in honey, pomegranate and the head of a fish!The Gimmel class
also worked hard one on one with their Hebrew tutors as well as with Limore. The Gimmel class reviewed the seven days of creation, Noah and the flood, and the ten generations from Adam to Abraham in Rabbi Burg’s class.The Daled class
started the day with Rabbi Burg reviewing the Holiday of Rosh Hashanah. They also reviewed the story of creation inside the Bible. They also worked hard with Limore and their tutors in their Hebrew session.The Bar and Bat Mitzvah class
had a fantastic morning with Mr. Mathias. The discussed the idea of judging others fairly, based on the Torah portion in Deutoronomy that they are studying. Later on they enjoyed hearing more details of the Rosh Hashanah customs as well as what it means to repent ("Teshuvah") on Rosh Hashanah. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is also advancing nicely in their Hebrew studies.Once again it was an exciting day at JEPY, but what touched me the most was hearing one of the Gimmel boys thank Rabbi Burg for a great class and wished Rabbi Burg a Happy New Year. I have a hunch he thanked the other teachers as well when I wasn’t in earshot. Well Done!Have a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year!
Shira Mathias, JEPY Principal