The Heschel Blog
November 03, 2017
JK and Grade 8 Meet and Mingle

The JK and Grade 8 students had an opportunity to meet and mingle today. Looks like new friendships are forming and we look forward to meeting again when we march together into the concert hall in December for our Festival of Lights.

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November 03, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

This week’s parshah is Parshat Vayeira.  In this week’s parsha, Avraham and Sarah welcome three guests into their home.  Avraham runs out to greet them, and Avraham  and Sarah work together to prepare a meal for them.    The mitzvah of  הכנסת אורחים (hakhnasat orkhim) – “welcoming guests” is a mitzvah we take very seriously. …

November 03, 2017
שלום ש”ש

Today in Grade 2, we learned about the sense of smell and the blessing בורא מיני בשמים (Boreh Minei Besamim). We also learned about the blessing that we recite in Israel, בורא עשבי בשמים (Boreh Isbei Besamim), and the difference between the two. The students smelled different fragrances and described what they were smelling. Shabbat Shalom, Uri …

October 31, 2017
Jeff Weissberger’s Inspiring Dvar Torah

Thank you to Jeff Weissberger for delivering an inspiring Dvar Torah at our last Board Meeting, which we would like to share with the Heschel Community.  The Parsha Lech Lecha is rich with narratives that are the cornerstone of Judaism: Abraham leaving his homeland to the land promised to him by God, Abraham and Lot splitting the …

October 27, 2017
Learning about Day 1 of Creation in JK

Over the past two weeks the JK students have been immersed in learning about Day 1 of Creation. Our generative topic for Day 1 of Creation is: “The difference between dark and light helps us notice details.” וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים, בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ. וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם, וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה The Torah teaches us that tohu va’vohu …

October 27, 2017
שלום ש”ש

Today in Grade Two Besamim and Bikkurim we continued learning about our senses and focused on taste. We learned how to say taste and the verb tasting in Hebrew. We made delicious sweets made of dates stuffed with chocolate, tahini and coconut and enjoyed tasting them while using our new vocabulary to describe what we were doing. Shabbat Shalom, …

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October 27, 2017
Message from Moreh Greg

Parshat Lekh Lekha recounts the journey of Avram, Sarai, and their family from Ur in Mesopotamia to the unknown land to which God led them. Lekh Lekha means “go for yourself.”   Avram and Sarai were destined to become the forefather and foremother of new nations, but their first prerogative was to take a spiritual journey …

October 24, 2017
Learning to Read and Write Ivrit in Grade 1

Our Grade 1 students are learning to read and write in Ivrit! With the help of Morah Rachely and her animal puppets, the children are learning to associate specific Hebrew letters with the parts of the mouth that make their sounds. The giraffe, for instance, has a very long neck, and reminds the students to …

October 20, 2017
שלום ש”ש

We continued to host “Ushpizin” in class this week in grade 7. We learned about the cost of living in Israel and about the tent protests that took place in 2011-2013. We “hosted” Stav Shafir who was a journalist, a Knesset member and one of the activists of the protest. Shabbat Shalom, Uri and Maya

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