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From Strength to Strength

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 12:27pm -- Religious School

Clavers and Davidsons 2013At Shabbat services on Friday, we recognized our Religious School graduates, Josh B., Amanda T., and Stav D. Our 10th graders, William C., Oren D., and Dalia D. were also confirmed. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was especially moved.


Tue, 01/01/2019 - 12:45pm -- Religious School

LucilleLast year around this time, William and I were chatting on our way home from Lehrhaus as we are wont to do. In Lehrhaus we learn from the texts of our tradition, the sage rabbis and scholars who came before us, our engaging teacher, Mr. Rosenberg, and from each other. It was 9 January 2018 and we were talking about the year ahead and what makes us happy. I had one of those special parenting moments that are precious and too rare.

Our Future is Bright

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:02pm -- Religious School

TallitThe future of Judaism is secure! We started off the new year strong with William Gorstein being called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on 6 October. All of us who know William know he is Mr. Personality—thoughtful, funny, generous, kind and always so stylish. It was wonderful to see him lead the service where all of these traits were evident as he led us in davening and shared an impressive d’var on B’reishit.

We Return

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 4:14pm -- Religious School

EHNTJC Religious SchoolIt’s the return that’s the hardest. A friend of mine recently came back from a trip to Europe. After being back for four days, he told me he was finally able to sleep through the night and feels more acclimated to the Central time zone again. I have been back and forth to Europe several times and can transition to wherever I go really well. But it’s the return that is hard for me.

Back to School

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 8:55pm -- Religious School

It's August, and you know what that means. School is right around the corner! Squeeze in the picnics, the swimming pools, the fishing, camp, camping, and camp outs. 

9 August, Israeli dancing at 7:30pm at our synagogue

17 August, Shabbat in the park with us at Devonshire Park next to our synagogue at 4422 Greenwood St, in Skokie at 7pm. 

22 September, Back to school! Register now.

Pesach Parsley

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:37pm -- Religious School

We have sprouts! So many that I have transplanted our parsley to a new pot. The lovely planting project during religious school on Tu B’shevat has resulted in parsley sprouts growing for Pesach. They grow a little more every day. I can’t help thinking as I watch them grow, that they are a metaphor for us, who also take weeks to get ready for Pesach.


Tue, 02/20/2018 - 1:05pm -- Religious School

Purim is upon us, so that means things are a bit mixed up and not everything is what it seems. So what else is new? I’ve noticed that it’s not just me who has been lamenting these topsy-turvy times in which we live. Are our times really unique or, now that we are the adults, is this just our turn? Both are true. 

The days are long, the years are short.

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 9:16pm -- Religious School

Ah, the famous saying of parents. Time really does fly. Religious school starts in a month. Public school for my children begins in 10 days. It’s hard to believe that we are already in mid-August. We were talking about this today at the beach with our friends. What, pray tell, do you like about religious school, I asked. Darling Dalia chimed in immediately, I like studying big questions with good friends.

Hey Class Reap for March 8 2016

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:07am -- Religious School

We started by having those present continue work on their Elijah’s posters while others were strolling in.


Hebrew Conversation

We learned some popular  Hebrew slang words and phrases used in daily conversations. Students also used these to composed sentences.  


Students read about the prophet Elisha who succeeded Elijah and his exploits as a miracle worker and healer.  I posed review questions about the material.

Hey Class Recap for March 5, 2016

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:28pm -- Religious School

Class Notes 3/5/16

Rabbi Weill joined us and introduced the Parsha “Vayakhel”.  We followed with a Shabbat service led by Ariana and Verlin.  Dalia, Oren, Verlin, Alyssa and 4 students from Josh’s class had Aliot.


In class we did the following: 


Weekly Parsha Vayakhel

Students spent a few minutes reading the Parsha. We reviewed the material by posing questions about the main elements in this Parsha which deals with the actual construction of the Mishcan and all its implements.

Hey Class Recap for March 1, 2016

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 8:47pm -- Religious School

Hebrew Conversation

Students did Hebrew exercises in handout 3 & 4 of the Ulpan Bet packet.  Our new T.A. Adam provided assistance to those who needed it.



We started reading Kings II covering the post Ahab period and the events at the end of Elijah’s minister.
I posed review questions about the material. Going forward we will cover just the major events described in this book such as the Assyrian exile, the Babylonian exile and the destruction of the first Temple.

Bet, Gimmel, and Daled Class Recap for February 27, 2016

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 3:07pm -- Religious School

Saturday was a meaningful Shabbat session as the students had the honor of watching Hey student
Julia Aptekar become a Bat Mitzvah. Ashley, Ruthie, and Sammy performed
an abbreviated service in the chapel and then joined the main
congregation for the Torah Service in the sanctuary. The students
listened patiently to Julia’s impeccable Haftorah!

Hey Class Recap for February 23, 2016

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 9:46am -- Religious School

Mr. Wallach was absent, so Dr. Batman-Levin taught the class.


Hebrew Conversation

Students were given two Hebrew exercises:

Exercise A: 
They had two different conversations which they were to read and then
answer two questions concerning each conversation.  The students then wrote their answers in Hebrew.

Exercise B: 

Bet, Gimmel, Dalet Class Recap for February 23 2016

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 9:39am -- Religious School

In class today we switched things up. Rabbi Weill, our guide in teaching Maariv was unable to make it to our class today so we reviewed the service on
our own. We made a bit of a game out of it by allowing the kids to use
instruments and even trying to get them to harmonize some of the
different t’filot. We tried to give the service a bit of a different flavor today and the kids responded positively.

Bet, Gimmel and Dalet Class Recap for February 13, 2016

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 9:56pm -- Religious School

We had a great day today in class. We began with Havdalah and the students showed that they are mastering this ritual. We did the Brachot for the wine, candle and the spices. Afterwards, we briefly recapped the significance of everything we do during this ritual. After this, we retired to our classroom for snack and we did the Brachot for oranges, wheat and dessert foods.


Bet, Gimmel, Dalet Class Recap for February 9, 2016

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 9:35pm -- Religious School

We had a great day today in class and it was a day where many of
our students participated and showed how much knowledge they’ve acquired
throughout the year. We began doing our Havdallah ritual and Rabbi Weill joined us. It was nice and I believe the students showed a little more ruach this time. After, we stayed in the social hall and practiced Maariv with Rabbi Weill. We did Shalom Alechem and
in addition, studied what the prayer meant in English in order to

Hey Class Recap for February 2, 2016

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 9:39pm -- Religious School

In class we did the following:

Tanach: King I (Chapter 20)

Student read the chapter regarding  King Ahab's war with Aram and we followed with a q/a session  to reinforce the material in the chapter. 

Hebrew Conversation

We reviewed the conversational sheet from our last Hebrew session  and students translated the Hebrew sentences into English.They also did written exercises pgs 7-8 in their Hebrew handout.



Bet, Gimmel and Dalet Class Recap for February 2, 2016

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 9:35pm -- Religious School

We had a lot of fun today in class and continued to embolden the
knowledge we already knew with different activities and exercises. We
started with Havdalah today and it appeared that kids took a more
active role in this ritual than in weeks past. Perhaps they are gaining
confidence in the prayer and ritual. In addition, we also reviewed some
of the things we knew about Havdalah and the meaning of the different T’filot.

Hey Class Recap for January 30 2016

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 10:39am -- Religious School

Weekly Parsha Yitro

Today we read about and posed questions regarding the main elements in this Parsha regarding the journey into Sinai, the visit by Yitro and the grand event at Mount Sinai culminating with receiving the Ten Commandments.

Hebrew Conversation

We did an exercise where students practiced in pairs a conversation from a prepared text and then presented to the class.

All students practiced and presented.

Bet, Gimmel and Daled class recap for January 26, 2016

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 8:59am -- Religious School

Written by guest blogger, Dr. Judith-Rae Ross

Hello Parents,

I am Dr. Judith-Rae Ross and I had the honor of substituting for Mr. Morell on January 26th. Your children are delightful. You have every reason to be proud of them.

We started class with our T’zedakah collection, and I’m happy to report the ambulance fund is now $8.64 heavier.


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