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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Tzedakah and Activism

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On November 10, 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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Celebrating Sukkot

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On September 27, 2015
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Today, 5th grade visited the sukkah and took turns shaking the lulav and etrog. We learned how sukkot customs reinforce social justice values. The sukkah is an open structure to ensure guests are always welcome. It is customary on sukkot to invite biblical heroes (ushpizin) into our sukkah to teach us the importance of hospitality. […]
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5th Grade is learning about Social Justice

  • Posted by Tali Puterman
  • On September 27, 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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