ChaiLights – Yafit Josephson

Yafit Josephson, 4th-7th Hebrew Teacher

OCTOBER 2017

Shalom Parents,

Our Conversational Hebrew wall is filling up quickly with lots of Hebrew words and your children are doing an amazing job practicing conversations in Hebrew every week. It’s wonderful seeing them so excited talking Hebrew to one another J A few students already said that they look forward to speaking Hebrew in their next visit to Israel. How exciting!

In the last few weeks we also started reviewing prayers and blessings that we learned last year using fun games and experiential activities. I was very impressed to see all the kids reading beautifully and remembering the meaning of the prayers.

The 4th/5th class reviewed the “Shema”, “Ve’ahavta”, “Barchu”, “Mi Chamocha” and the blessings for wine, bread, Shabbat candles and the “She’hecheyanu”. The 6th/7th class also reviewed all these prayers and blessings, as well as the “Birkat Hamazon”, “Alenu” and “Hatikva”.

Instead of sitting and reading from the prayer packet, I like to have the students learn in a fun and engaging way. For example, as part of reviewing reading the prayers, the students received pre-cut words and short sentences of the prayers and blessings and they had to organize all the words, put them in the right order of the prayer and read to each other. They all loved this activity and did a remarkable job (see pictures). Overall, it is a great pleasure welcoming your children every week excited to learn Hebrew and ready to participate and be engaged. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Sincerely,

Yafit Josephson

4th/5th and 6th/7th Hebrew Teacher