Shul School 2020: Week 5 Wrap-Up
November 15, 2020
Shalom Shul School parents,

Please see below for overviews of what your kids did in Shul School today. Homework assignments are bolded.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

Meryl Zimmerman
Education Director

Each week, we will use this space to introduce you to a different Shul School teacher. This week's featured teacher is Emily Kutler, who teaches Shafririyot:

"Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I'm teaching Shafriyot this year! I'm a sophomore at Tulane, studying International Relations and Sociology. Last year, I worked with the 3rd and 4th graders at Shir Chadash, and I'm super looking forward to this year. At school I'm involved with Undergraduate Student Government and I'm in Sigma Delta Tau. I'm originally from Omaha, Nebraska and work as a camp counselor up in Wisconsin. I can't wait for a great year!"
Gan Nitzan

This week in the Torah, it was a love story! We’ve followed along as Abraham grew up, married Sarah and went on the big journey. Now Sarah and Abraham’s baby, Isaac, is all grown up and falls in love with Rebecca. We talked about the different kinds of love and how love makes you feel. Ahavah is the Hebrew word for “love” and we learned that right before the Shema in Shabbat services, we say a prayer that starts “Ahavah rabah” (abundant love). We talked about how giving tzedakah and gemilut hasadim makes you feel good inside, like love. Meital collected a bunch of shoes for tzedakah. Reeva has her box all ready for collecting shoes and clothes. Lina helped her mom with gardening, and Jacob is a regular member of our class now, calling out “Hinani” (Here I am!) for attendance! Tomorrow is Eleanor’s birthday, so Ms. Meryl popped in during overtime to sing “Yom Huledet Sameach” (Happy Birthday) along with Ezra who already knew it ☺

Homework: try and find a pine cone for next week!!!!

We had a super fun day of learning about the mitzvah of celebrating joyous occasions! We played a celebrations acting game, danced to the Hava Nagila, and colored a coloring sheet for our good friend Sharla the Shark.

Today, we talked about the Jewish life cycle and mitzvot. We also made a torn paper collage of the Old City! Here’s a picture of us with our artwork.

Ask your child: Why do you think it is important to learn about Judaism in Shul School?


We learned about Joshua the prophet and how he and the Israelites took over the city of Jericho. We spoke about freedom and responsibilities we have in our lives, and differentiated between personal and communal responsibilities.

We learned the rest of the Hatzi Kaddish and began learning Kaddish Shalem. The words are a bit tricky, so be sure to review them this week using our powerpoint.