- Posted by Jamie Lichtenstein
- On September 20, 2015
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Welcome to 6th Grade at Temple Israel. I will be using this space to communicate what we are doing in class this year.
For our first day, the sixth graders looked at some of the questions we will be studying together this year.
- How have Jews and Judaism changed over time while still remaining true to our past and tradition?
- What is the history of the Reform Movement?
- How did Judaism change in response to the destruction of the second Temple?
- Was the destruction of the Temple good or bad for the Jews? Why?
- What happens when we disagree about how to be Jewish?
- What is the Talmud and how does it apply to my life?
- What does your parashah teach us about ourselves, the world and Judaism?
- What issues are Jews in Israel dealing with today?
- How does becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah change my role in the Jewish community? At Temple Israel?
- What would your life be like if there were just 1 Temple today? And it was in Jerusalem…
Each student picked the question he or she is most excited to learn about. Parents should ask their child which question they picked and why.
Jumping off of the last question (What would your life be like if there were just 1 Temple today? And it was in Jerusalem…), we began to talk about the 1st and 2nd Temple periods when there was just 1 Temple and it was in Jerusalem. We looked at a timeline of the first and second Temple periods. We ended with a slide show with models of the second Temple.
We will continue our study of the architecture of the 2nd Temple by building models of the 2nd Temple out of recycled materials. Please send your 6th grader with boxes (big shipping boxes and small food, shoe, and tissue boxes) and other recycled materials (toilet paper or paper towel rolls, yogurt containers, etc.).
The powerpoint with images and a walk-though of the 2nd Temple is visible here.