4th Grade with Moreh Chaim

December 4, 2016

Good morning 4th grade families,

The last few weeks have been packed and I wanted to touch base quickly and give you and update. The 4th graders have been doing a great job looking at the 12 tribes of Judah and the origins of Jewish identity. We have looked at the different symbols of the 12 brothers as they are depicted in the Rodef sanctuary and tried to make up some songs that let us remember the brothers and what they stood for. We also spent some time talking about how everyone in our own families have certain roles and made our own, individual symbols, much like the tribes.

As an extension of a discussion we had last week, this coming week we’ll spend some time talking about the different forms of Judaism.

Also, don’t forget Latkepalooza on December 18th. Everything starts at 9:30 at Beth Shalom.

See you Sunday,


October 9, 2016

Wow! What an incredible group of kids. We had such an amazing class and conversation yesterday. The kids started off going back over the comic strips of creation that they had made in the previous class. I had assigned different kids different aspects of the creation story, and weren’t they surprised to find out that there was actually two different stories about the way that Adam and Eve were created. That led to an incredible series of thoughts and questions such as “Why is G-d always referred to as a he?” and “Why does the Torah tell the same story twice but differently?” Everybody pushed and supported their classmates forward to a more complex understanding of the Torah. It was super cool!

See you next week,


September 6, 2016

Hi JJEP families,

I’m Moreh Chaim and I’ll be teaching the 4th and 7th grade students this year. Some of you I already know and I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of you. In my spare time I like to read comic books and teach Social Studies at CDS. I have two sons (9 and 6) both of whom also go to JJEP, so you’ll probably see us eating bagels and playing with Legos when you come in Sunday mornings.

This year the 4th graders will report to their electives right away at 9:30 and then to their Jewish Learning Lab at 11. The 7th graders will go to their classroom first and then their electives at 11.

We have all-school T’fillah from 10:30-11:00 and would love to welcome all family and parents to join us if your available.

Looking forward to a great year,

Chaim Steinberg

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