* In this update, you will find a brief overview of what we are learning in Hebrew.
All groups follow the same vocabulary topic every two weeks, with variations and differentiation of how much and how fluently each group learns. We have included the vocabulary list for the next two weeks below for your curiosity. We do not expect students to practice this vocabulary at home, this is simply to keep you in the loop and share the learning.
Below, you can find a short summary of what each group may be focusing on during this two week learning block.
Did you know?
The Advanced group gets to practice conversational Hebrew fluency and circumlocution
with our native-Hebrew-speaking Shinshin (Israeli Scout), Itay, on Thursdays.
Check out the latest episode of JKG TV below!
Learning a lot in ivrit
We love learning Hebrew with our Morah/Morehs at JKG! The youngest students have been doing a great job learning and reviewing the first 10 letters of the aleph-bet through visual and hands on learning. All students are busy learning new vocabulary units every two weeks.
In the most advanced group, the students are using sentence stems to describe clothing articles and "buy" them using them Hebrew numbers. They even use adjectives to talk about their clothes. Next week, we have Hebrew games to review cumulatively!
new at jkg morningside: Leadership academy for 4th and 5th is in full swing
Our amazing Morah Rachel has taken the lead in creating an innovative leadership academy for our 4th and 5th grade community members!
So far, our 4th and 5th grade leaders are working towards being role models for our JKG community. They have learned about developing good character traits and identifying good character traits in others, as well as modeling for the younger kids. Right now, we are working on being self-aware and using our words in a positive way. They lead our Z'Man Kehilah, and are going to write peulot (activities) for our "Being a Mensch" unit and lead it! They are constantly finding new ways to create an amazing place for JKG.
Peulot innovation at work: Introducing more stem projects for a more creative community
Stem challenges rule more at JKG Morningside! The team decided to create personal mailboxes AND a community mailbox so the kids can show appreciation for each other with hand written notes and pictures. As a peula (activity), the kids were given recycled materials to construct a community mailbox. They did an absolutely amazing job and we use it everyday! Great job team!
All Smiles from school pick up to dismissal
No need to explain: Look at these ridiculously cool smiles!
Cooking in the mitbach: Getting to know israeli foods
Israeli cuisine (המטבח הישראלי ha-mitbaḥ ha-yisra’eli) comprises both local dishes and dishes brought back to Isreal by Jews from the Diaspora. Our most recent peulot block has focused on Israeli food and music! Moreh Jake led some students in making our own pita chips with fresh ingredients! Though pita shows up in many middle eastern cultures, its origin can be traced back to the classical Hebrew word patt = פת ("a morsel of bread"). From the bread to the spices, all aspects showed us insight to Israeli culture.... and they tasted so great as well!
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JKG Afterschool has always been a close knit community, but this week we kicked it up a notch and experienced JKG kibbutz style!
Kibbutzim are collective communities in Israel where members live and work together, splitting responsibilities. Traditionally they shared work in farming their land, but these days you can find kibbutzim that focus on manufacturing, diamond cutting, tourism, and more!
JKG kids took turns preparing snack for the group, planting new flowers and herbs, and decorating the outside space. Check out some of their projects below!
Greening up the space! Kids plant herbs and flowers throughout the playground.
Udder madness! To get a feel for farm life, JKG kids took part in cow milking races. Think they could cut it on a kibbutz?
Team work makes the dream work! Kibbutzim depend on communities working together and communicating. JKG kids practiced communicating with the human knot and other team building games.
Thank you so much to Congregation Anshi S'Fard for hosting such an amazing Purim carnival! We had an incredible time riding ponies, noshing on cotton candy, and more!
Check out some highlights below!
JKG Afterschool students go so crazy for ponies, they even made up a song while they waited for them to arrive! So cute!
Nice big waves on the ponies! Happy Purim!
FAce painting was a huge hit!
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Thank you to everyone for coming to the hanukkah party. it was a huge success!
Hanukkah Party Highlight Video!
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Shalom, We hope everyone is having a great hanukkah!
Another great episode of JKG TV!
We learned a lot about Jewish Diaspora, the spreading and migration of our religion and people over the centuries, made edible torahs and more!
Andrea's Last Day + Baby Shower!
We started off the week with a surprise baby shower for Teacher Andrea! It was also her last day before her new baby is delivered! The JKG team is so happy for Andrea and her growing family!
We had so much fun playing with balloons, cupcakes, goldfish and the kids gave Andrea lovely advice for becoming a new mom. The JKG kids are really the sweetest.. and the cutest!
LET IT SNOW!
We are happy that everyone had a safe and fun time in the snow. The JKG playground still had some snow to play with. Strike a pose!
JKG Annual Hanukkah Party
Enjoy this sneak peak of pictures from the Hanukkah party! It was a huge success and we thank everyone who came!
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This week at JKG we focused on Tikkun Olam, a jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. We talked about ways we can help respect the environment in our own community like:
Throwing away trash
Helping at a soup kitchen
Donating clothes to a charity
We love Ivrit (Hebrew) lessons! Do you know your Hebrew letters? We do!
There are many ways we learned how to help out the world this week. One way was venturing into the world of planting! The JKG community has been working on decorative plant holders! They got super creative while using colored paper, gems, and more! Soon, they will use these holders to grow their own plants!
Rebecca's Tent CARE PACKAGES
Rebecca’s Tent is a Jewish-run women’s shelter. Their goal is to help women who may be homeless or struggling in some other way, so we decided to lend a helping hand! The JKG community made care packages for the homeless as a way to understand how even small things can make a big impact in others lives.
Each care package includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, a card made by the kids, and tucked into a plastic bag. Great work, kids!
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Shalom, JKG Community!
Welcome back to the JKG Afterschool Community blog! We are finishing up Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming Guests) with the students. The community learns and has the most fun by performing skits!
How do you welcome your guests? How do you create a warm and inviting space?
The students finished our Shalom sign this week! Everyone had a lot of fun creating the collage of Hebrew letters as a community. Long-term projects that continue over the days show how dedicated the students are to making our JKG space a true home away from home!
At JKG, we always want to create a positive space for all in many creative ways.
Hachnasat Orchim is always something to use in our everyday lives!
Playing outside and hanging out with a special JKG guest. Bob the puppet even came to say hi!
Is that..... rainbow challah? YUM! Can I have some?
Thanks for coming by TREES ATLANTA!
It's always a great time when our JKG friend Sabrina from Trees Atlanta stops by. She's really great at readings stories and creating a fun learning environment for all! There is always something to learn about our urban forest neighborhood. Our JKG community mixed dirt + paint to create epic drawings of trees, mountains, puppies and more!
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Welcome back! It’s been another great week with our JKG community! Students learned about the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming Guests) by discussing ways to make others feel welcome and comfortable. We also asked our JKG community to think about why it’s important to think of the feelings of others, and our responsibilities as hosts. They did great, of course!
Students also took a closer look at the bigger picture. We discussed ways to be welcoming to all different kinds of people, in different settings and situations: What is a real-life issue today that we can apply the concepts of Hachnasat Orchim to?
In honor of creating a welcoming space, we had a 4 team competition to clean up the JKG space! Kids were timed and given tasks in exchanged for one ticket at each station. They did a great job and had a lot of fun!
Hachnasat Orchim Welcome Collage - As a group, we will make a large “Welcome” collage that says Shalom! Each letter was given a specific color. We tore up old magazines to find colors for the collage. It’s going to be a great addition to our JKG space!
It was another great week with our Shinshiniot! They bring us great activities every Monday! We wish they could come everyday!
See you next week! From your friends at JKG!
JKG Afterschool Community
Welcome to the JKG Afterschool Community blog. This is your window into our amazing Afterschool Community. Each week you will find updates on what your kids are learning about at JKG, as well as some suggestions of ways to bring the lessons into your bayit (home).