Weekly Summary Page

7th Grade Classroom

March 21, 2021

We had another wonderful class. During Hebrew class, we discussed the importance of learning of Torah and were Jewish laws come from. During class, we made a covid sedar plate and had a guest speaker speak about Buddhism. Next time we have class we will be preparing for graduation.

 

March 14, 2021

Today we continued the world religion class and the Saturday morning prayer service (Hebrew class). Today’s guest speaker was Anish. Anish is originally from India and he was talking about Hindiusm. In Hebrew class, we talked about the Amidah.

 

March 7, 2021

Today was a really exciting day! We had our first guest speaker of the world religion series. My friend Muhammad joined the class to talk about the basics of Islam. Next week my friend Anish will be speaking about Hinduism. For the Hebrew portion of the class, we have been studying the prayers of the Saturday morning service.

 

February 28, 2021

We started world religion this week. We talked about Jewish culture around the world, such as life in a  Jewish community in Ethiopia. We also explored other religions with interactive maps and ted talks. As we enter the last trimester I want to share a few important dates. 
3/7- Guest speaker talking about Islam 
3/14 Guest speaker talking about Hinduism 
3/28 Guest Speaker talking about Buddism 
4/11 Preparation for Graduation 
5/2 Graduation 
Graduation will be held during the last thirty minutes of class. Each student will be sharing a short speech about their experiences at the SSJS. 

February 7, 2021

Today was the last day of Holocaust History and my favorite lesson of the year. We talked about “what did the world know”- the perceptions of the Holocaust in the 1940s in Germany and the United States. We watched youtube videos of German propaganda films and read united states news paper articles from America during the 1930s and 1940s. After the break, we will be starting our world religion unit. 

January 31, 2021

Today was a tough day in Holocaust history class as we discussed life in the concentration camps. The students were mature and respectful. Next week we are wrapping up the holocaust unit class before we move on discussing world religions.  

January 24, 2021

We had a great day today. I purchased a classic children’s book in Hebrew. In Hebrew class one we used it to practice writing script and class two used it to practice their readings skills. For Holocaust history class today we talked about life in the Ghetto during World War II. I want to thank this group of 7th graders for not only being incredibly mature but participating throughout the class. I am always blown away by their amazing answers.

January 10, 2021

This week’s class was very successful. In Hebrew class, we did a review session that showed the students are both making progress and retaining information. During this week’s Holocaust history class, we discussed the issues Jews faced while trying to emigrate from Germany around 1935 and the struggles of being a refugee. To encourage class participation, I used two methods where students could type in answers. First, I used the website polls everywhere to answer the discussion questions. Second, I had students read a short article and answer questions on a google doc. I think this was a successful way to promote discussion without adding too much zoom stress, and I was really happy with the responses. I am grateful for all the hard work and the high participation these students have been giving each Sunday.

    December 20, 2020

    Today was a good class. We played Kahoot again to review our Hebrew and learned some new phrases. Today in Holocaust History, we talked about false science and the media’s power in promoting anti-Semitism and tolerance for Nazi violence in Germany. We used PollsEverywhere to make the class more interactive. I wish everyone a great and relaxing break! 

    Thanks 
    Isabella

      December 13, 2020

      To make Hebrew more fun and act as a refresher from the previous class I tried out the web quiz site called Kahoot!. It was very successful and the students had asked for it every week! Today was also the first day of Holocaust history. Today we talked about where anti sematic stereotypes came from, the power of words, and the rise of anti-Semitism. I want to thank the class for being very mature and their great conversations!

      Best
      Isabella

        November 22, 2020

        Hello,

        Today was the last day of Judaism and environmental ethics. We talked about Bal tashchit (do not waste) and our carbon fit print. The following class is on the 6th, where we will have a Hanukkah party, and then in the following class, we will start holocaust history. Have a great thanksgiving!

          November 15, 2020

          Today was a really cool class. We learned about the history of Jewish naming tradition, the power of names, and how it shapes a person. We took some time for everyone to research what their name means and shared it with the class.

            November 8, 2020

            Hello everyone!

            This past Sunday we talked about the origins of Shabbat, some of its practices, and one of the most important aspects of Shabbat -rest and self-care. We also had a short quiz to see where everyone’s Hebrew is at. I am happy to announce that they were all right where I had hoped they would be!

              October 16, 2020

              Hello everyone! I hope you all is well! Just sending out some reminders: 1. Everyone seemed a little rusty on their Hebrew, so please have the student’s review this resource guide/ have the sheet ready for Hebrew lessons 2. We do not have class until the 18th 3. This is what is required for the next class From the supply kit:
              • dirt
              • seeds
              • string
              Please bring:
              • plastic water bottle or soda bottle
              • scissors
              • something to put a hole through the bottle cap or duct tape (I usually just take a nail and hammer to create a hole)

              October 4, 2020

              Hello everyone!

              I hope you all had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and a meaningful fast during Yom Kippur. We had a great class today. We learned about the meaning and history of Sukkot and the rules of building a sukkah. We were even lucky enough to virtually visit a sukkah created by Michelle, so all the students completed a mitzvah. Some quick notes:

              1. Everyone seemed a little rusty on their Hebrew, so please have the student’s review this resource guide/ have the sheet ready for Hebrew lessons
              2. We do not have class until the 18th
              3. This is what is required for the next class
              From the supply kit:

              • dirt
              • seeds
              • string

              Please bring:

              • plastic water bottle or soda bottle
              • scissors
              • something to put a hole through the bottle cap or duct tape

              September 13, 2020

              Hello!I would like to say that we had a successful first day of class! The majority of today’s class was spent introducing each other and the course, talking about Tikkun Olam ( to repair the world), and trying out new zoom activities such as virtual live-action word clouds and break out-groups. I have created this folder. In this folder, it has info such such as: students which Hebrew group they are in, what to bring for class, as well as other resources. Please let me know if you have any questions or critiques on the first lesson. Thanks! Isabella 

              Isabella Kaplan

              Isabella Kaplan

              Isabella joined SSJS as a teacher in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry. Following graduation, she worked in Kenya as a sustainability consultant at a safari camp and worked as a Financial Literacy Educator for AmeriCorps. Isabella is currently studying at Brandeis University and working on her Social Impact MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development.