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Tuesday, 21 Tevet marked the birthday of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, father of the revival of the Hebrew language. This day has been designated Hebrew Language Day to celebrate the revival of the ancient language and promote its use in Israel and the Diaspora. Parparim class watched a short movie about Eliezer Ben-Yehuda taken from Sesame Street and created crowns with “Hebrew Language Day” written in Hebrew. Students held a Scavenger Hunt in which they searched for specific Hebrew letters in the classroom; they learned the word for “stamp” in Hebrew (“bool”)- and created their own boolim inspired by Israel symbols.
Meanwhile, 6th Grade Hebrew class discussed Eliezer Ben-Yehuda's contribution to the Hebrew language through an examination of certain Hebrew vocabulary words. They discussed a poll of Israelis conducted by the Hebrew Language Academy, in which they asked people to name:
The top 3 COVID-related Hebrew words: מטוש, מסכה, בידוד
swab, mask, quarantine
The 3 words they love the most: אמא, אהבה, משפחה
mom, love, family
Their favorite slang words: סבבה, יאללה, תאכלס
cool, let’s go, business
The word they consider to be the funniest word in Hebrew: פופיק
In Early Childhood, Dubonim made collages, worked on the alef-bet train and foam puzzles, read books, and sang songs in Hebrew.
As part of their practice of Growth Mindset and mindfulness, Gesher class (grades 4-5) will be regularly celebrating the positive things in their lives. They decorated cups with phrases that motivate and inspire them and will write notes to themselves about something positive that happened during the day. At the end of the year, they will look back over these special moments with gratitude and appreciation.
A Message from Rabbi Chatinover
Now that we’ve finished our extended post-Hanukkah winter break, I just know you’re asking yourself the question: “What can I do to support the 8th Grade Israel Experience trip for 2022, if giving money doesn’t work for me?” Fortunately for you, I can tell you about three different ways in which you can help at no cost to you.
1. If the thought of returning (5-cent deposit) cans and bottles gives you the willies, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Since April 2018, I’ve already raised over $500.00 in can and bottle returns.
2. If you have empty printer cartridges, I can return them to Staples, and credit the returned amount ($2.00/cartridge, any size) to the 8th Grade Israel Experience trip.
3. Lastly, if you buy Coca Cola products which have a 14-symbols code in the cap (or the cardboard case of a multi-pack), I can redeem them through the MyCokeRewards program.
Through this program, I’ve raised over $100.00 for the 2022 class trip.
If you feel that you can help in any of these ways, just let me know, and welcome back!