Weekly Summary Page

6th & 7th Grade

September 19, 2021

We started out our first class of the year by introducing ourselves by saying our name, pronouns, favorite candy, and something we are excited to learn about/do in Sunday School this year. We played the get to know you game called “Where the Wind Blows” and created a Brit Kehilah to outline our class expectations. The most exciting part of the day was when we played the High Holidays jeopardy game together!

September 26, 2021

For our second day of Sunday School, we started off by reviewing the Hebrew alphabet and using it to spell out our names. The students used the alef bet to translate the sounds in their English names into Hebrew! Next, we started our Parsha Project. We started studying the book of Genesis, and depicted and summarized the story of Adam and Eve. Each time we study a parsha, we will add on a piece of paper to what will become our own Torah scroll!

October 3, 2021

Today, we practiced our Hebrew by crafting a conversation with a partner. We wrote down a short conversation then each pair read their Hebrew conversation aloud for the rest of the class. We continued our Parsha Project today by reading Genesis 6:9, the story of Noah. We drew pictures of the story, along with writing a summary, which we also shared with the class. Lastly, we took a look at the Values and Ethics readings for the story of Adam and Eve and for the story of Noah. The class split up to talk about the moral questions and implications of each story which they then shared with the entire class at the end.

October 24, 2021

This week, we learned about Tzedakah and how we can contribute to this charitable behavior in everyday life. We focused on the social justice theme of September, housing insecurity. We learned what housing insecurity looks like in our communities, and thought of ways our Jewish values intersect with helping with housing insecurity. We then split up into three groups and studied three different cities in Israel. Each group presented their findings to the class.

October 31, 2021

Class started today with a Hebrew exercise. The students practiced writing out each letter of the Alef Bet and sounding out the letters and vowels with a partner. Then, we played charades, using Hebrew words surrounding holidays and culture. We continued the Parsha project today with Genesis 12:1, the story of Abraham. The students worked in groups to come up with major takeaways, presented to the class, then depicted the story in images and a written summary on paper. We finished class with writing about a Tzedakah action each of us completed the past week.

November 7, 2021

We started class today with our Tzedakah writings. Everyone wrote about what good deed they did, how it affected someone/why it was important, and what they wanted to do in the future. We finished up the October social justice theme of immigration this week. Everyone went around and shared their origin story of their name, and then we spent some time making family trees. We learned about different religions today, Islam and Christianity, and compared and contrasted them to Judaism. Lastly, we ended with an ethics discussion about the story of Abraham (which we read last week) and related it to immigration.

November 14, 2021

November’s social justice theme is racial justice and voting rights. We studied this by reading Numbers 1:1-4:20 and talking about census taking, exlusion of groups of people from the ancient census, and how this applies to modern day democracy in the US. We watched a video that discussed voting rights and equality. We then read about how Judaism discusses voting and our obligations as Jews, and we compared our obligation as Jews to vote to our obligation as Americans to vote. Next, we started thinking about Hannukah by using clay to make menorahs and particiapting in a Hannukah jeopardy game!

November 21, 2021

Class started today with writing about and sharing our Tzedakah actions of the week. Next, we continued with our Parsha Project, with Genesis 18:1. We split up into groups to read and talk about the story and then came back together to disucss it and draw a part of the story (students either drew the story of Sodom and Gomorrah or Abraham’s near sacraface of his child). We ended classes by playing Hebrew hangman, in which the students had to use the hebrew letters to guess a word, and then practiced pronouncing the Hebrew word. Have an amazing Thanksgiving and start to Hannukah!

December 12, 2021

We started today’s class off with our Tzedakah project, except this time the students wrote about something kind someone else did for them. Then, we read a Parsha, the story of Sara. We created a character chart/list to better understand the plot, then depicted the story and summarized it on paper. We then read from our ethics book about the ethics of the story of Sara (i.e. concept of respecting elders/parents), and discussed their implications in our own lives. Finally, the students worked with clay to make a physical representation of their Judaism (i.e. heart with family, symbol of their sleepaway camp, a candle, etc.).

December 19, 2021

The social justice theme of December is religious freedom, so the students started by watching a video on the topic then reading an article about how Jews can be involved in relgiious freedom struggles in other countries. The students discussed Jews’ past in religious freedom, specifically related to the story of Hannukah. This week we played Jeopardy, which was a generalized one based on various aspects of Judaism and the holidays we have talked about in class. Class wrapped up by playing Hebrew hangman, in which the students got to practice writing their Hebrew letters while learning the Hebrew words for the months and days of the week. Have a great winter break!

January 23, 2022

Today we started class by making a Brit Kehilah, to outline class expectations for 2022. We then discussed Tu Bishvat, a Jewish holiday that took place January 16-17 that celebrates the new year for trees. Then, the students discussed with partners how Jews interact with the enivornment and what Jewish values drive Jews’ relationship with nature. For the second half of class, we discussed the Holocaust, and the class worked together to put events of the Holocaust in order on a timeline.

February 6, 2022

Today’s class started with a review of the alef bet. Each student tried recalling each letter’s shape from memory, then we reviewed as a class. We then learned Hebrew numbers 1-10. After, the class split up and competed in two teams to match the number 1-10 with their hebrew and english names! We read two chapters in our Holocaust textbook – one about the Nuremberg laws and one about “The Boy Who Fought Back.” The students discussed the difference of learning about the Holocaust through a textbook vs through personal stories/recounts.

Celia Rubien

Celia Rubien

Hi! My name is Celia Rubien, and I am the 6th/7th grade teacher at SSJS this year. I am a senior at Tufts University, where I study Biopsychology and Child Studies and Human Development. During my summers, I work at URJ Camp Harlam, a reform Jewish sleepaway camp in PA. I am excited for a great year!