Dear Zayin 1(7th-grade) Parents,
Happy 2021! I hope you enjoyed the winter break with your families. It’s good to be back and I am so happy to be able to engage with your children once again.
The next mitzvah we will be learning about is “Bal Tashchit,” (Do Not Destroy). The timing for this is perfect since we will soon be celebrating Tu B’Shvat, the Birthday of the Trees. We will have an opportunity to discuss our role as caretakers of the world and to confront current issues and concerns for our environment.
In American Jewish History we will move on from the role of religion in the lives of the Jewish immigrants in the New World to the Revolutionary War. I think that my students will be surprised when they hear about the role of the Jews during this critical time in American history.
It continues to be a pleasure working with all of your children. I know that they join me in wishing a huge Mazal Tov to Sidney on becoming a Bat Mitzvah. You made us all very proud!
Shalom Kitah Zayin (7th-grade) Families:
Over the month of January we will be focusing our studies on the laws for observing Shabbat. I will be assigning a challenge to the class for the month to take on one of the new Shabbat laws we are learning. Please do what you can at home to support the law your student has chosen.
I like to share good things going on in our area and on the internet for us to learn from. A couple things I would like to share this month include:
Families with teenage Jewish girls -- Check out https://jgirlsmagazine.org
For families with High School students at home -- The Letters Project: Conversing Across Narratives with Rabbi Weininger, Rabbi Olitzky, and other Twin Cities Clergy • Sundays Jan 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 • 11:30 am-12:30 pm • Details & registration. This is a course for high school students based on Yossi Klein Halevi's book Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor. It is presented through the partnership of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the St. Paul Jewish Federation.
If you hear of an event that would be good for our class, please be sure to let me know. Stay warm and keep learning together!