Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Atid Learning Center Update March 1, 2017

Shalom Atid Families, 
Reminder:  Mishloach Manot  orders are due 3/2/17 

**Important Details for Sunday, March 12** 
  • Class 9 am, wear your costume!
  • Purim Puppet Show at 11am 
  • Students will go to the Social Hall at 11 am, parents and siblings are invited to join us at that time.
  • The puppet show will end at 11:45 am.


This week we read Parshat T’rumah. After the Israelites receive the Torah, they are set to work building the Tabernacle (Mishkan), where the Israelites worshipped God (Google images has some amazing interpretations of how the Tabernacle looked). The offerings were very generous, gold jewelry, blue, purple and scarlet yarns, fine linen, goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and even sealskins. 
In Hebrew, N’tinah means “giving.”
Discuss with your family how each person contributes to the family.  Encourage each person to think of one new way that he or she would like to give to the family.
Your partner in Jewish learning,

Kitah Alef (K-2)
Teacher: Limor Dahan
Today we:
-started to talk about Purim.
-went over the characters in the Purim story and the kids made finger puppets
-next week the kids will use their puppets to act out the story
-learned four new words in Hebrew , Crown- Keter, Hamantashen- Ozen Haman, mask- masecha and a gragger- ra’ashan 
-learned the Hebrew letter pay ? for Purim, on the back of the page the kids had to write four words that start with the same sound as the letter pay and on the letter pay the kids glued puzzle pieces

Kitah Bet (3-4) 
Teacher: Meirav Shahar
Today we:
-learned about Purim.
-read the Megilah story and talked about the different things we do on Purim.
-finished our Shema project to take home
-worked on the letters Peh and Peh sofit.
-had an indoor recess and snack of Challah and juice.
-worked on our class Purim play, gave everyone roles and started writing our script.

*If you have any small props at home that could add to our play, please send them in (crowns, capes, septor, tri-corner hat for Haman, etc)

Our tzedakah total as of today: $251.52!….Lets keep that going!

Kitah Gimel (5-6)
Teacher: Yosef Landy
Today we:
-recalled facts about Purim
-reviewed the 4 mitzvot of Purim
-created our own Matanot L’evyonim project (Purim mitzvah of helping the poor)
– chose to donate to Manna Food Center and created a flyer for donations.
– brainstormed a bunch of questions to ask the Rabbi when he visits next week
–  took turns reading through the Purim story. The students picked roles to read as when going through the text.
– played a game of Purim trivia.
– played a Purim word scramble game.Questions for the home:
  1. Today in class we talked about the differences between Mishloach Manot and Matanot L’evyonim. What is the difference between the two? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each one? Do you prefer one over the other? Why?
  2. We learned that the reason we read the Megillah each year is to remember the story of Purim. As kids get older, the story stays the same but their understanding of it changes. Have you ever noticed something in the Megillah that seemed different than it did before? What was it? How did your understanding change?

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