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Fourth Grade--Added 5/3

Dear Parents and Families,

This week the students learned to identify shalom bayit שָׁלוֹם בַּיִת as an important goal and will commit to working to achieve shalom bayit שָׁלוֹם בַּיִת in their own families. The lesson is summarized below:

● Students reviewed a Torah story of Moshe and Miriam that shows siblings working to help each other.

● Students applied lessons learned from these Torah stories to their own behaviors and family dynamics.

● Students created a visual reminder of their opportunities for bringing shalom שָׁלוֹם to themselves and others.

"Car" Talk: Create a list of “check-ins,” i.e. people in your family or community who are ill, elderly, or would appreciate companionship. Visit, call, email or send them a card. Plan a date on your family calendar for two follow-ups.

Next week the students will learn how to weave a life of meaning through mitzvot מִצְווֹת in a way that brings wholeness and peace.

Shalom Bayit Personality Quiz

I'll Be There For You Worksheet

Fourth Grade--Added 4/27

This week we concentrated on the idea that Shabbat helps us achieve peace and wholeness in our homes. The lesson is summarized below.


Students became more comfortable with performing Shabbat rituals through watching videos and performing simulations.

Students identified behaviors they can use in their own lives to lead to shalom bayit שָׁלוֹם בַּיִת.


Car Talk: How can you add to the “wholeness” and peace in your home? On a weekly/Shabbat schedule, what chores and responsibilities could each individual take on that would benefit everyone in the home? What mitzvot מִצְווֹת can you do that contribute to the ”wholeness” of another person?


Next week:

  1. week our students will identify shalom bayit שָׁלוֹם בַּיִת (peace in the home) as an important goal and will commit to working to achieve shalom bayit שָׁלוֹם בַּיִת in their own families.


Have a great week!


Shalom Bayit Assignment

Fourth Grade--Added 4/24

It was so great to see everyone on Sunday! Below, by popular demand, are three crossword puzzles based on the next three weeks of Torah readings!

Metzorah Puzzle

Kedoshim Puzzle

Emor Puzzle

Fourth Grade--Added 3/30

Hello Fourth Grade! We loved seeing so many of you on our first zoom call! Below are some ideas to add into your Haggadah to create more discussion around the table. Take a look and think about how you might use them, and be sure to tell your parents that you are going to take on a leadership role when the time comes!

Discussion Ideas for your Seder

Fourth Grade--Added 3/18

We're thinking about Pesach! Below are links to listen to the order of the seder in Hebrew, and you can follow along with the chart of each section. Pay attention to that order, because you'll need to know it to put together the online puzzle linked below. Want an even bigger challenge? Try the black and white version of the puzzle!

Order of the Seder Song

Order of the Seder Worksheet

Order of the Seder Puzzle--Color Version

Order of the Seder Puzzle--Black and White Version

Fourth Grade


In the last month the fourth grade has examine some of the more difficult stories found in the Book of Genesis. We had very robust discussions regarding Abraham’s welcoming of strangers and the Jewish concept of Hachmasat Orchim, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the fate of Lot's wife, and the sacrifice of Isaac. We also talked more about family life as part of our Jewish life cycle and examined more of the Amidah. 

In the coming month we plan to discuss the death of Sarah, the selection of Rebecca as Isaac’s bride, the conflict between Jacob and Esau, and Jacob’s relationship with his Uncle Laban. We will also examine the Hanukkah festival. Moreh D.C. has been promising the talmudim that he will tell them the “Story of Hanukkah that Your Parents Don’t Want You to Know” which is really nothing more than a historical account of the Maccabean revolt with emphasis on some of the facts often glossed over during our celebration.

October/November 2019

The holiday season has wrapped up. We spent a large part of the month discussing the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. As part of our overall discussion of the holiday season, we examined the choreography of how we pray. We discussed that when we pray we not only use words and melodies but often have movements (bowing, covering our eyes, swaying, etc.) and involve objects such as tefillin, kipot, tzitzit, lulav and etrog and other things.

On Sukkot the entire class was given the opportunity shake the etrog and lulav and to recite the blessings associated with the holiday. The students learned about Simchat Torah by studying different parts of the way the Torah portions look. For example, we found the part of the Torah where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.

September 2019

Hello 4th Grade Families!

The fourth grade class has been on a roll since our first Sunday where we got to know each other and started talking about the different ways Jewish holidays can be categorized. We also began their Bereshit journey by refreshing on the basics of what the Torah is composed of and where it originates, as well as the story of creation and what it means to be created in G-d’s image.  

We have started our examination of the Amidah by looking at the family units and identifying the matriarchs and patriarchs.  We connected this personally to the students by asking them to tell the class about their own family.

We have also been discussing the Jewish holidays with an emphasis on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  We hope to see many of you at Tashlich services.

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781