Family Hebrew

Family Hebrew Aleph: Moreh Manny

Dear Parents of the Family Hebrew Aleph class:

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to a great new year at J-JEP. Parents and children will learn together in our Family Hebrew Aleph class every Sunday at 8:25, as we discover a new alphabet, a new language and the vocabulary of our heritage and liturgy while progressing through the calendar. We can’t wait to get started!

Please keep in touch with me if there are any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting all of our bright new students and their dedicated parents, and to a wonderful upcoming year. See you on September 11!


-Manny Theiner

Family Hebrew Bet: Morah Karen

Shalom Family Hebrew Bet,

I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you this year and watching you get to know Hebrew as a holy and a modern language. We’ll be building on the foundation of last year’s work to learn the aleph bet. We’ll spend some time in the next month brushing up on the aleph bet, so don’t stress if you feel a little rusty after your summer off. We’ll make it a little less painful with some rounds of aleph bet bingo! And, by the way, I won’t be available for class on the 18th (oh no; our very second class!), so I’ll be scheduling some individual family make-up times and that will give you more help to get back in the swing of things.

This is an exciting year as you put the letters together to read and understand our prayers and to read a short book in modern Hebrew about a llama who comes to school!

So, I’ve got everything you need waiting for you. I just need your hopefully-not-too-sleepy minds.

Looking forward to seeing you bright and early on Sunday.



Family Hebrew Gimel: Morah Molly

Dear Families,

I am excited to be working with you this year! We have a lot of fun in Family Hebrew Gimel. We use timers and buzzers frequently, and Bingo is one of my favorite ways to review vocabulary. As my experience is in music, I draw many parallels between language learning and music study.

If you’re an adept SmartPhone user, please download the DropBox app, if you haven’t already, because I will send you practice tracks using this program.

See you soon!

Family Hebrew Dalet: Morah Yael

Welcome to Family Hebrew Dalet!

I’m so excited to start a new year here at JJEP and especially Family Hebrew Dalet. This year, we will be focusing on the Torah Service including prayers such as those sung as the Torah is removed from the ark and carried around the synagogue as well as the blessings for chanting Torah and Haftarah. Sure to be an exciting and fun year.

When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me in a number of places around Rodef Shalom including hosting youth group events each month for kids of all ages in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. My favorite thing to do outside of the building is to spend time with my husband and 2 daughters, as well as my four legged family members; Rocki my dog and Epcot my cat. We all share a mutual love of swimming, shoe shopping, and all things Disney. *See name of pets for proof* (Bonus points for anyone who can figure out where Rocki comes from)

While we will only be meeting once a week, I’m always available by email, so please never hesitate to contact me. Take care and I look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Family Hebrew Hey: Morah Kathy

Dear future students,

I hope that the summer was relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. I am looking forward to seeing everyone next Sunday for our first class of the year. This year will be a little different then your previous years of study. Our emphasis this year is on modern Hebrew conversation. Learning to use this ancient language in a modern world can be a challenge but also a lot of fun. We will still review prayers when necessary and if there is a certain prayer you want to learn or feel you need to work on more, please let me know.

See you Sunday,

Kathy Lobelsohn

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