Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Social Justice in Action

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On March 3, 2016
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5th grade enjoyed taking over the Temple Israel’s kitchen for an experiential Hebrew cooking day – all while making a difference. We made lasagna and collected fresh fruit for¬†On the Rise, a home that offers shelter, food, safety, and support for homeless women in the Cambridge community.  
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Spotlight on MLK Day of Service

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On January 25, 2016
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This year 5th grade students are responsible for completing two social justice encounters. Students have shared their meaningful experiences volunteering in the Boston community and have been involved with opportunities such as cooking food for those in need, fundraising for animal shelters, helping prisoners receive much-needed books, and helping to celebrate birthdays in a homeless […]
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Why do we come to Religious School?

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On January 19, 2016
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Something that a 5th grader is bound to ask every once in a while is, “why do I have to come to Religious School?” We, as teachers, work hard to create a welcoming classroom community and a fun and engaging classroom environment, but we understand it is normal for a 5th grader to sometimes wonder, […]
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Prophets as Social Justice Messengers

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On November 23, 2015
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This year we are focusing on some of the major Jewish prophets. So far, we have read stories about Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Isaiah, Jonah, Amos, and Nathan. From each of these prophets we can learn important social justice messages. For example, from Nathan we learned about speaking truth to power, even though that takes a […]
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Tzedakah and Activism

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On November 8, 2015
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What is Tzedakah? Why do we give it? Are there better ways to give Tzedakah than others? In class, we studied the root (shoresh) of the word “Tzedakah” and realized that the root of the word (Tzadi-Dalet-Qof) means justice, righteousness, and fairness. We discussed that giving Tzedakah is not only¬†something good to do, but it […]
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Different Perspectives

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On October 25, 2015
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In the last few classes, we have been exploring different perspectives and have been learning about people, places, and times that we are less familiar with. We have done this in a variety of ways such as watching a documentary, writing activities, engaging in discussions, reading from the Tanakh, and creating collages. We watched the […]
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What is Torah?

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On October 1, 2015
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What is Torah? What ethical values can we learn from the Torah? What does the Torah teach us about leadership and justice? 5th Grade has been learning to navigating the Tanakh. TaNaKh is an acronym for Torah (the 5 Books of Moses), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings). Students made their own “My Tanakh” booklets using […]
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5th Grade is learning about Social Justice

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On September 24, 2015
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What is social justice? What makes a hero? How do injustices (such as homelessness, racism, and gender inequality) relate to my life? 5th grade is discussing these thought-provoking questions and exploring how social justice applies to Judaism and the Torah. By closely analyzing the texts Isaiah 2:1-4 and Proverbs 31:1-9, we are beginning to think […]
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