ChaiLights – Hila Robas

Hila Robas, 2nd/3rd and 6th/7th Judaica


On our first day, we spent time getting to know the energetic, curious and friendly students in our classroom by doing ice breakers and using a Tic-Tac-Toe game as a way to create classroom guidelines (Brit).  Students expressed the meaning and customs of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah using various pictures, and explained how they celebrate/observe it in Israel.

Our second class was another fun day full of Jewish traditions activities, and so much learning. We had a classroom “tashlich” ceremony. We drew on a piece of paper what the children were sorry for and talked about the four steps of Teshuva. Then students threw a ball into the “water” (our ocean basket) aiming to let go of what they would like to change/fix. Students talked about one value goal they would like to focus on during the coming year, and aimed to achieve their value playing bowling. In addition, students wrote notes full of beautiful wishes for themselves and family members, and put it in our classroom Kotel. It was so delightful to see everyone so friendly to each other, cooperative and sharing everything kindly.

On our third class we played a Zip Zap Zop Game using Jewish words, values and symbols relating to the holidays. We also pretended to go on a trip to Israel as reporters and wrote a report in the newspaper on how Yom Kippur is celebrated in Israel. We made a sweet round Challah filled with apple slices. The students loved it and it came out delicious!

Taking It Home:

Here are two questions you can ask your child if you want to hear more about what we learned in class:

  1. What is a Tashlich ceremony?
  2. What is the Kotel, and where is it located?
  3. What are the names of the different Shofar blasts? What sounds do they make?
  4. What is your favorite thing about Rosh HaShanah?