JKG Sunday: March 24th, 2019

2nd Year B’Nei Mitzvah Class

To learn about public speaking and the pursuit of justice, we are...

  • Writing the first draft of the PIP speech for the B’nei Mitzvah Ceremony.

  • Using constructive feedback from peers to improve speeches.

  • Learning tips for dealing with anxiety about public speaking.

  • Looking at real text from the Torah and identifying key words in it. 

  • Playing a justice themed game of taboo to help us define justice and peace in our own words.

  • Thinking critically about conflict resolution based on the words of the Torah, and helping our peers think of solutions to their conflicts. 

  • Playing an “agree/disagree” game with laws from the Torah, and comparing these laws to laws that we have in our society today.

Ask your student... 

  • When you’re giving a speech, what kind of body language can you use to make a connection with the audience?

  • How did it feel to get constructive feedback from your classmates about your speech?

  • What do you think the difference is between peace and justice?

  • What are the famous words in the Torah that you learned about today?

Hebrew Groups

At JKG, we place 4th-7th graders in Hebrew groups based on level, so everyone learns a little something different every Sunday! If you want specific information about what your child learned during Hebrew today, please contact Neshama at sunday@jewishkidsgroups.com.


1st Year B’Nei Mitzvah Class

To learn about the holidays of Shavuot and Lag B'Omer, we are...

  • Talking about traditional Shavuot customs, and making a crazy dairy dessert recipe “Mad Libs” style. 

  • Learning about the history of Shavuot, hearing the story of Humble Har Sinai, and folding origami flowers (after learning that flowers are a customary decoration on Shavuot).

  • Talking about the 10 Commandments and how they relate to our relationships with spirituality and with other people, and creating our own meaningful sets of 10 personal rules.    

  • Creating a yarn “chesed web” as a group, and learning that Lag B’Omer focuses on showing kindness and respect to others. 

  • Making s’mores in a challenging way that required us to help our friends, furthering our discussion on showing kindness to others--and tying into the theme of bonfires on Lag B’Omer. 

  • Crafting miniature Lag B’Omer “bonfires", learning about who Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) was, and discussing the parts of Judaism we are “on fire” for. 

Ask your student... 

  • What is humility and what does it have to do with Har Sinai (Mount Sinai)?

  • Why do we celebrate Shavuot?

  • Why is showing others kindness and respect a big theme of Lag B’Omer?

  • Why do people light bonfires on Lag B’Omer?

Hebrew Groups

At JKG, we place 4th-7th graders in Hebrew groups based on level, so everyone learns a little something different every Sunday! If you want specific information about what your child learned during Hebrew today, please contact Neshama at sunday@jewishkidsgroups.com.


5th Grade: The Holiday of Lag B’Omer

To learn about the holiday of Lag B'Omer, we are...

  • Hearing the story of Lag B’Omer and learning about the customs of Lag B’Omer.

  • Re-enacting the Lag B’Omer story with a shadow puppet theater

  • Creating campfire songs about Lag B’Omer, to sing around the bonfire on Lag B’Omer night.

Ask your student... 

  • What are the two things that happened on Lag B’Omer?

  • Who was Rabbi Bar Yochai?

Hebrew Groups

At JKG, we place 4th-7th graders in Hebrew groups based on level, so everyone learns a little something different every Sunday! If you want specific information about what your child learned during Hebrew today, please contact Neshama at sunday@jewishkidsgroups.com.


4th Grade: Lashon Hara (Avoiding Gossip)

To learn about the Jewish value of avoiding gossip (Lashon Hara), we are...

  • Playing a game of telephone to see how rumors can spread and morph.

  • Playing an “agree/disagree” game to express our opinions on gossip and to discuss what to do if we hear gossip. Creating an anti-gossiping poster to hang in our classrooms.

Ask your student... 

  • What are ways to stop a friend from hurting someone through speech, by spreading rumors, or gossiping? 

  • What do you think you should do if a person is hurting you by Lashon Hara? 

Hebrew Groups

At JKG, we place 4th-7th graders in Hebrew groups based on level, so everyone learns a little something different every Sunday! If you want specific information about what your child learned during Hebrew today, please contact Neshama at sunday@jewishkidsgroups.com.


3rd Grade: Being a Mensch

To learn about being a mensch, we are...

  • Playing games like “Red Light, Green Light” with a twist, by incorporating examples of good deeds and bad deeds.

  • Reading “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” and discussing what it means to be a Mensch (a good person).

  • Brainstorming ways we can go out of our way to make new and old friends feel welcomed.

  • Playing games (Torah Slides & Ladders, similar to Chutes and Ladders; and Mighty Mensch, similar to Old Maid) -- that each focus on reminding us what “menshchy” qualities we should possess in our everyday lives.

Ask your student... 

  • How did you act as a Mensch today?

  • Why is it important to be a Mensch?

  • Is there anyone you know who you consider a real mensch?

Hebrew Vocabulary

  • Mouth - peh - פֶּה

  • Nose - af - אַף

  • Hand/Hands - yad/yadayim - יָד/ידיים


2nd Grade: Discovering the Story of Passover

To learn about the holiday of Passover, we are...

  • Acting out the story of Moses in the Bulrushes and building foil baskets and boats to see how to make them float in water.

  • Brainstorming and Moses word-web to help review what we know about Moses and creating our own hand print illustrations of baby Moses.

  • Discussing why Moses was chosen to lead the Jewish people and making our own Burning Bush luminaries.

Ask your student... 

  • What happened in the story of Moses in the bulrushes? 

  • Can you think of a time when you, or someone you know, helped someone in need or stood up for what is right? Was it easy? Hard?

Hebrew Vocabulary

  • Mouth - peh - פֶּה

  • Nose - af - אַף

  • Hand/Hands - yad/yadayim - יָד/ידיים


1st Grade: Showing Kindness to Animals

To learn about the Jewish value of being kind to animals, we are...

  • Playing animal-themed Simon Says and discussing five rules from the Torah about how to treat animals.

  • Reading the book Stork’s Landing, about a daughter and a father’s work to save an injured Stork, and connecting it to the five rules.

  • Making bird houses so that birds can rest on Shabbat.

  • Playing “Yes, Let’s!” to act out ways that we can be kind to animals.

Ask your student... 

  • What does the Torah say about being kind to animals?

  • How do we show kindness to animals in our everyday lives?

Hebrew Vocabulary

  • Mouth - peh - פֶּה

  • Nose - af - אַף

  • Hand/Hands - yad/yadayim - יָד/ידיים


Kindergarten: The Story of Joseph

To learn about Joseph, we are...

  • Reading the story Joseph’s Colorful Coat, and discussing the idea of jealousy and how we can deal with jealousy when we feel it.

  • Making our very own colorful vests using construction paper, just like Josephs coat!

  • Playing bingo, a color game, and four corners to practice our Hebrew color words.

Ask your student... 

  • What did Joseph’s brother do to him?

  • Why did they treat him that way?

  • How can we manage jealousy in our own lives?


Preschool/Pre-K: The Colorful Coat of Joseph

To learn about Joseph, we are...

  • Reading the story of Joseph and playing I-Spy and Simon says to practice using hebrew colors words.

  • Discussing how Joseph’s brothers treated him and making our own Joseph paper bag puppets with colorful coats.

  • Playing “Gratitude tag” to remind ourselves and share with the class the things we are grateful for in our lives.

Ask your student... 

  • Who is Joseph?

  • What happened to Joseph?

  • What is something that you are thankful for?    


JKG Jr.: Jonah & the Whale

To learn about Jonah & the Whale, we are...

  • Doing a puppet show about the story of Jonah and the whale.

  • Creating different whale crafts.

  • Playing pin Jonah in the whale!

Keep exploring the story of Jonah & the Whale with your kids by... 

  • Reviewing the story using puppet characters!