This week we are beginning our unit on Yom Kippur (יום כיפור) in preparation for the High Holidays. Yom Kippur is considered the most important Jewish holiday of the year and occurs ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It is a day of fasting (for grownups!) and atonement. We took the themes of Yom Kippur--reflection, thankfulness, and forgiveness and incorporated them into our activities this week. There was lots of mindful meditation (with an extra sweet treat), reflecting on our silhouettes, mirroring games, and more!
During Yom Kippur, we read from the Book of Jonah because the story reminds us that G-d can always see our actions--good and bad. Our students had a great time creating their own versions as comics.
We had a delicious mindful meditation with a super sweet treat at the end! Both JKG students and teachers listened with their eyes closed as teacher Nick talked about the journey our chocolate goes through to get to us. After patiently listening, we all got a small piece to savor for ourselves!
In a lesson on thankfulness, we talked about how traditionally on Yom Kippur we are not supposed to wear fancy things. In our lesson, we connected it to the value placed on basketball shoes and wrapped up with a game of one handed basketball--reminding us how thankful we are for our able bodies.
In עִברִית (Ivrit, Hebrew) we are continuing our vocabulary unit on food. Here is an amazing video combining the words with movements for some of our younger students AND a great deck building game that reinforces our vocabulary with some older students!
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