2nd Grade (Bet) Class Welcome



Hello Kitah Bet (2nd grade) Parents,


Our Bet class is getting off to a great start! We want to thank you for your support. Parents are an important part of our team and our students benefit from all of us working together. Parents can help by ensuring students have basic materials:


  • Textbook and booklets provided at the start of the school year

  • Notebook or lined paper

  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

  • Colored paper

  • Blank drawing paper

  • Bread/grape juice is helpful to have available on Wednesdays


We use these items frequently.


In Hebrew, taught by Etta Bernstein, there are three primary areas of study:

  • The students are spending most of their time learning the letters and vowels and learning to read. Right now, The students are working on Lesson 1 and the letters in lesson 2 have been introduced.

  • Each week, students learn to use 2-3 new words in conversation. They hear and respond to even more words.

  • Students are also learning blessings and prayers:

  • The students are learning and practicing Shabbat blessings on Wednesdays. It helps if the student has bread or challah, grape juice or another juice that they can use in the place of grape juice. If they don’t have bread or juice, they can pretend. I do not expect students to be lighting candles. I will light candles and the group will use the candles visible on the screen to practice the candle lighting blessings.

  • Sunday mornings, the students will learn and practice morning blessings, starting with Modeh Ani.

In Judaics, Michelle Parks teaches a wide range of topics - holidays, Israel, Mitzvot, life cycle, etc.

  • We’ve started our first couple of lessons learning about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We’ve gone over the ritual objects and learned how each of us can have a sweet new year. We’ve also talked about how to apologize for any mistakes we’ve made, and forgive others for their mistakes. Your children have given fabulous insight, and thoughtful answers.

  • We’re also reading Sliding into the New Year by local author Dori Weinstein. It’s a fantastic book that will teach your children valuable Jewish lessons.

We have been working to make the most of virtual education, learning and implementing technology to enhance the educational experience of the students. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We’re always available to chat.

L’Shalom,

Etta Bernstein and Michelle Parks





BET/GIMEL (Tues/Thurs)

Kitah Bet/Gimel (2nd/3rd-grade) is getting off to a great start!


First, we want to thank you for your support. Parents are an important part of our team and our students benefit from all of us working together. Parents can help by making sure the student has basic materials:


  • Textbook and booklets provided at the start of the school year

  • Notebook or lined paper

  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

  • Colored paper

  • Blank drawing paper

  • Bread/grape juice is helpful to have available on Thursdays


We use these items frequently.


In Bet Hebrew, taught by Etta Bernstein, there are three primary areas of study:

  • The students spend most of their time learning the letters and vowels and learning to read. The students are currently working on Lessons 1 and 2 in Z’man Likro. They have learned 5 letters and the two “ah” vowels.

  • Each week, students learn to use 2-3 new words in conversation. They hear and respond to even more words.

  • Students are also learning blessings and prayers:

  • The students are learning and practicing Shabbat blessings on Thursdays. It helps if the student has bread or challah, grape juice or another juice that they can use in the place of grape juice. If they don’t have bread or juice, they can pretend. I do not expect students to be lighting candles. I will light candles and the group will use the candles visible on the screen to practice the candle lighting blessings.

  • On Tuesdays, the students will learn and practice morning blessings, starting with Modeh Ani.


In Bet (2nd-grade) Judaics, Bet students are learning a wide range of topics - holidays, Israel, Mitzvot, life cycle, etc. So far, we have learned about traditions and symbols of the High Holidays. Students have made cards for Rosh Hashanah, learned about the Shofar and the reasons it is important to us, and studied the story of Jonah.


Gimel (3rd-grade) Hebrew. Bonny (HaMorah Buna) uses my lesson materials and her knowledge and experience to help the Gimel students make steady progress in Hebrew. The students review the letters by going through selected pages of I Can Read Hebrew. They are making good progress reviewing the Alef-Bet.


Gimel (3rd-grade) Judaics curriculum is taught by Polly Lehman. In Polly’s class, students started to explore some of the many Jewish rituals and traditions we will cover this year, starting off with learning about Rosh Hashanah! We talked about the tradition of tasting apples and honey, listened to the sound of the shofar, and recited the Shehecheyanu blessing. We loved practicing the sounds of the shofar and seeing who could hold the longest t’kiyah gedolah!


The Bet/Gimel (2nd/3rd-grade) team has been working to make the most of virtual education, learning and implementing technology to enhance the educational experience of the students.


L’Shalom,

The Kitah Bet/Gimel Team

Etta Bernstein, Bonny Wexler and Polly Lehman


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