2nd Grade with Morah Adina

April 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a nice morning in 2nd grade yesterday. This was the 2nd week in a row with perfect class attendance!

Our day began with the CHAI Israel unit of our curriculum. We discussed the importance of understanding that no matter where you live in the world, you are a part of Israel because you are Jewish.

Then, the students enjoyed the DVASH lesson. They reviewed letter Zayin and learned about the letters Fey and Fey sofit. They reviewed the word זֶבּרָה/Zebra, studied שׁוֹפָר/shofar and “eleph”/1,000 (one thousand), which sounds very similar to the first letter of the alphabet, Aleph!

Next, we enjoyed t’fillah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry and Morah Molly. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what they were thankful for.

Our specialty of the day was Art in the Classroom with Morah Nina. The students painted Passover pictures with watercolors.

At the end of the day, we enjoyed a special birthday treat for Josh’s birthday!

Shalom,

Adina

April 3, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a nice morning in 2nd grade yesterday! We started the Israel unit of our curriculum and read a book called My Cousin Tamar Lives in Israel by Michelle Shapiro Abraham. In addition, we discussed the similarities and differences between living in the U.S.A. and Israel.

Next, the students enjoyed the DVASH lesson. They reviewed letters Tet and Resh and learned the new letter Zayin. They reviewed the words חָתוּל/khah-tool (cat) and מֶלֶך/melech (king). Also, the students loved learning the word זֶבּרָה/Zebra which sounds the same in English and Hebrew!

Then, we enjoyed t’fillah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry and Morah Molly. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for. The students also sang songs about Israel during music class with Morah Molly.

At the end of the day, we enjoyed an Israeli art activity in the classroom.

Enjoy your week!

Shalom,

Adina

March 20, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful day in 2nd grade yesterday! Our morning began with the DVASH Lesson. The students learned how to write the Hebrew letters Tet and Resh. They also reviewed the words חָתוּל/khah-tool (cat) and מֶלֶך/melech (king).

Then, we enjoyed t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

In class, we continued with our unit G’milut Chasadim (Acts of loving-kindness). More specifically, we focused Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). Then, we enjoyed Torah Bingo in the classroom!

At the end of the day, we joined Ms. Jennifer for Alef-Bet Yoga in the Chapel. The students really enjoyed this activity!

Please remember that we do not have school next week. Enjoy the break!

Shalom,

Adina

February 28, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a very busy day in 2nd grade yesterday! Our day began with the DVASH Lesson. The students learned the Hebrew words חָתוּל/khah-tool (cat) and מֶלֶך/melech (king). They also learned about the letters Nun, Nun sofit, Chaf and Chaf sofit.

Then, we met the new JJEP Librarian, Christine Taylor. She read the story, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead.

Next, we enjoyed t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Bisno, Rabbi Adelson, Morah Molly and Asher. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were learning in class.

In class, we talked about the importance of G’milut Chasadim (Acts of loving-kindness). More specifically, we focused on Bikur Cholim (Visiting the Sick). We made get well cards for patients at Children’s Hospital!

At the end of the day, we joined Ms. Jennifer for Alef-Bet Yoga in the Chapel. The students really enjoyed this activity!

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

February 21, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a small, yet mighty group yesterday in class! Our day began with making pottery bowls for the Empty Bowls dinner on March 20. You can read more about the community event here: http://www.justharvest.org/event/empty-bowls-2016

Next, we enjoyed t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Bisno, Morah Molly and Asher. The entire school prayed, sang songs and talked about what we were learning in class.

In class, we continued with the DVASH curriculum. The students reviewed the Hebrew words כֶּלֶב/kelev (dog) and מִיץ/mitz (juice). They learned how to write letters Lamed, Samech and Sin, and also reviewed letters Vet, Vav, Tzadi and Tzadi sofit.

At the end of the day, we continued learning about G’milut Chasadim (Acts of loving-kindness), which is the last unit of our Judaica curriculum. More specifically, we focused on Derech Eretz (“The Way of the Land”/how to behave properly). I have asked the students to come in with (at least!) one example of how they behaved using Derech Eretz. Then we can update our BadgeQuest notebooks as a class! You can learn more about the program here: https://jjep.org/badgequest

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

January 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a nice morning at JJEP! Our day began with Ten Minutes of Torah, as we read a story about Parshat Mishpatim.

Next, we enjoyed a very special t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry, Rabbi Adelson and Morah Molly. We learned about the World Wide Wrap, which is meant to bring men, women and children together in prayer. In addition, the students learned how to put on tefillin and the importance of doing so.

In class, we continued with the DVASH curriculum. The students studied the Hebrew word kelev כֶּלֶב (dog) and reviewed tzedakah (charity) and מִיץ/mitz (juice). They also learned how to write letters vet and vav, and reviewed letters tzadi and tzadi sofit.

At the end of the day, we started the last unit of our Judaica curriculum, which is G’milut Chasadim (Acts of loving-kindness). The students came up with a class list of examples of G’milut Chasadim and enjoyed a tzedakah word search to conclude the lesson.

Please remember that we do not have school next week, as we observe Presidents’ Day Weekend. I’ll see you on February 21.

Enjoy the break!

Shalom,

Adina

January 31, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a really nice morning at JJEP! Our day began with Ten Minutes of Torah. We learned about the Torah portion of the week and read a story about Parshat Yitro

Next, we enjoyed t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

In class, we continued with the DVASH curriculum. The students studied the Hebrew words tzedakah (charity) and מִיץ/mitz (juice). They also learned how to write letters tzadi and tzadi sofit. Next week, they will learn about the letters vet and vav.

At the end of the day, we had Art in the Classroom. They drew pictures regarding the Ten Commandments and the importance of following them.

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

January 24, 2016

Dear Parents,

We had a great morning at JJEP! Our day began with the DVASH lesson. The students learned the hebrew words for boy יֶלֶד/yeled and girl יַלדָה/yaldah. They also learned how to write letters: hey, kaf and koof. Next week, we will study the letters tzadee and tzadee sofit. I have attached a copy of the Aleph-Bet so that they can practice!

Next, we enjoyed t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry, Morah Molly and Asher. The entire school prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

We participated in several activities to honor the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. In cooking, we made a delicious fruit salad. In library, we read the book Hello, Tree! by Joanne Ryder.

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

December 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful morning at JJEP! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly and Rabbi Henry. We prayed together, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

During class, we continued with our weekly program “Ten Minutes of Torah”. This week, we studied Parsha Vayigash. It tells the second part of Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors: http://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/634426/jewish/Vayigash-Roundup.htm

For DVASH, the students enjoyed a review of all the Hebrew letters and vocabulary words we have learned so far this year. I am very pleased with their progress!

In art, the students drew their own “coats of many colors”, put them on posters and hung them in our classroom. They really enjoy art and I’m trying to incorporate it into every lesson.

At the end of the day, we started practicing our class play. Please note that the script is attached with assigned parts, which are somewhat different than this morning. Please practice with your children over the next few weeks. We plan on performing this play in January, with details coming in the near future.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful break. Happy and Healthy New Year! See you in 2016!!

Shalom,

Adina

November 22, 2015

Dear Parents,

What an awesome morning at JJEP! Our day began with a special t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly, Rabbi Henry and Rabbi Adelson. The entire school prayed, sang songs and learned about the new BadgeQuest program! Then we joined together for a delicious breakfast in Freehof Hall.

In class, we unlocked our first badge Derech Eretz (“The Way of the Land”/treating others with kindness and respect). We discussed what Derech Eretz means to us, why it is so important to the Jewish people and how we can each act as a #SuperMensch in daily life.

We read a good book, Estie the Mensch by Jane Kohuth. It tells the story of Estie who does not always like people. Her grandmother constantly reminds her to be a mensch, when she’d rather not. Soon she finds out what that really means.

Please complete the “Mensch Log” with your children. This is a good way for them to show Derech Eretz!

Also, we are off next week for Thanksgiving break. I’ll see you on 12/6 at Beth Shalom for Latkepalooza!!

Shalom,

Adina

November 15, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a really nice morning in 2nd grade! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly, Rabbi Henry and a very special guest, singer/songwriter Dan Nichols. We prayed, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

In Library, we read about this week’s Torah portion (parsha) “Toldot”. It tells the story of Isaac and Rebecca and the birth of their dueling twin sons, Jacob & Esau. Then we went to the Chanukah bazaar in Levy Hall.

In class, we continued with the DVASH Hebrew program. The students reviewed the letters Bet, Shin, Tav, Yud, Aleph and Ayin. They also learned how to write the word שַׁבָּת (Shabbat) in Hebrew!

Our day concluded with a meaningful discussion relating to Avodah (“work”/creating a relationship with God) and why it is so important for the Jewish people.

Please join us next Sunday for breakfast and a very exciting program – BadgeQuest!

Regards,

Adina

November 1, 2015

Dear Parents,

Version 2

Wow…I can’t believe how fast this year is going! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly and Rabbi Henry. We prayed, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

In class, we continued with the DVASH Hebrew program. The students reviewed the letters Bet, Shin, Tav and Yud; they learned how to write the letters Aleph and Ayin.

In Library, we read a really good book called, Thank You, God by J. Bradley Wigger.

Our day concluded with a meaningful discussion relating to Avodah (“work”/creating a relationship with God) and why it is so important for the Jewish people.

I won’t be in class next week as I’ll be out of town. I’ve attached a list of Hebrew vocabulary that we have been working on. Please review the words with your children. We’ll definitely go over them again on 11/15!

See you soon!

Regards,

Adina

October 25, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a really nice morning in 2nd grade! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly, Rabbi Henry and Rabbi Adelson. We prayed and sang songs.

Our 2nd grade breakfast was a success and I hope that you enjoyed it! It was nice to be together and to meet many of you. I look forward to meeting everyone this year.

In class, we continued with the DVASH Hebrew program. The students reviewed the letters Shin, Tav and Yud. They also reviewed the words:

שולחן (shulchan/table)

שלום (Shalom/hello, goodbye, peace)

כדור (kaddur/ball)

עַל (al/on)

In addition, they learned how to write the letter Bet and read the word בית (bayit/house).

Our day concluded with a meaningful discussion regarding דרך ארץ (Derech Eretz/respecting others). It is important for the students to show respect for their classmates, teachers and the synagogue. Next week, we will conclude the lesson on Derech Eretz by creating our Classroom Rules and using the Behavior Chart.

Shalom,

Adina

October 18, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a nice morning in 2nd grade! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly and Rabbi Henry. We prayed and talked about what we were thankful for.

During music, we sang the Aleph-Bet and a song about our family. We also learned a new song about Creation.

In class, we continued with the next lesson of the DVASH Hebrew program. The students reviewed the letters Tet and Shin, and practiced writing the letter Yud. They also reviewed the word שלום (Shalom/hello, goodbye, peace) and learned the word כדור (kaddur/ball).

We enjoyed a good discussion about Talmud Torah and discussed why studying the Torah is so important to the Jewish people.

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

October 11, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had an exciting morning in 2nd grade! Our day began with t’filah in Levy Hall with Morah Molly, Rabbi Henry and Rabbi Adelson. We prayed, sang songs and talked about what we were thankful for.

In our classroom, we continued with the DVASH Hebrew program. The students reviewed the letters Tav, Tet and Shin. Next week, they will learn how to write the letter Yud.

In library, we enjoyed a wonderful story about Simchat Torah, “When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street”.

Next week, we will continue the Torah unit and discuss the importance of studying Torah.

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

October 4, 2015

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful morning in 2nd grade! Our day started with a DVASH Hebrew lesson; the students really enjoy learning how to write Hebrew letters. In addition, we had a meaningful discussion regarding Torah study guidelines. They are as follows:

  • Be kind and helpful to new people you meet (welcome the stranger).
  • Treat people fairly.
  • Be honest; always tell the truth.
  • Don’t say bad things about other people.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Be kind to animals.

Also, we read a story about the holiday of Sukkot.

In art class, the students painted pictures of the story of Creation day #5 (Life in water and air).

Our day concluded with a beautiful ceremony for Consecration, as we welcomed the newest students to our congregation!

Next week, we will continue the Torah unit and read a story about the holiday of Simchat Torah.

Have a great week!

Shalom,

Adina

September 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

The students had a nice day in 2nd grade! Our morning started with t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry and Morah Molly. We prayed and sang songs.

In class, we learned the Hebrew letter Tav and discussed the importance of studying Torah.

Below are the vocabulary words that we reviewed this morning:

  • Mitzvah – A good deed
  • Torah – Holy text/scroll
  • Tzedakah – Charity

At the end of the day, we read a story about the holiday of Yom Kippur.

Please remember that we do not have class next week (9/27) because of the Great Race.

Enjoy Yom Kippur & Sukkot!

~Morah Adina

August 30, 2015

Dear Parents,

The students had a great day in 2nd grade! Our morning started with t’filah in Levy Hall with Rabbi Henry and Morah Molly. We prayed and sang songs.

In class, we talked about the holiday of Rosh Hashanah and introduced the Hebrew/D’Vash part of our curriculum.

Below are the vocabulary words that we learned this morning:

  • Mitzvah – A good deed
  • Tzedakah – Charity
  • Tashlich – To cast away (our sins)

At the end of the day, we listened to the different sounds of the shofar.

Please remember that we do not have class next week (9/6) for Labor Day. Also, we are off the following weekend (9/13) in honor of Rosh Hashanah.

Shalom!

August 19, 2015

Dear Parents of 2nd Grade Students,

I have been asked many times before, “Why do you teach Religious School?” This is my response…I do it to share my passion for all things Jewish. I am proud of my heritage and always have been. My name is Adina Cohen and I am one of the faculty members at JJEP.

Previously, I taught Religious School at Adat Shalom and was the Senior Youth Group Advisor at Rodef Shalom. In addition, I studied at the Hillel University Center, University of Pittsburgh and Agency for Jewish Learning.

This year, we will be studying the CHAI Curriculum and discussing topics that include Torah, Avodah (Prayer) & G’milut Chasadim (Acts of Loving-kindness). In addition, we will be learning Alef-Bet using the new DVASH program.

I have high expectations for my students; in turn, they will receive the same from me. I will do everything in my power to make our learning fun! Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity during the upcoming year. I look forward to meeting each of you soon.

L’Shalom,

Adina Cohen

adina.savage@gmail.com

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