Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Atid Learning Center Update March 28, 2017

Shalom Atid Families,
* Important Details for Sunday, April 2 * 
  • This is a family program, we look forward to you joining your child/ren. Siblings are welcome!
  • 9:00am– Meet at Tikvat Israel for orientation.
  • 9:45am– Walk to the Baltimore Road park entrance for park cleanup.
  • 11:30am– Shalom, thank you for joining us.
  • Dress in layers and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  (Wear your Good Deeds Day t-shirt from last year if you still have it.)
  • Wear closed toed shoes

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Vayikra , the first word of Parashat Vayikra, can be translated as “called.” In Parashat Vayikra, God calls Moses to the Tent of Meeting to give him a running list of instructions concerning different types of sacrifice. Moses is to give these instructions to the Israelite people.

This is not the first time Moses is called by God to fulfill the important role of communicating God’s messages to the Israelites-he has already been established as a leader of the people. Still, this parashah gives us yet another glimpse into Moses’ character and the qualities that makehim a great leader. Upon close inspection of the Hebrew letters of the first word of our portion, one can’t help but notice that the last letter of the word, alef, appears smaller than the preceding four letters. In preparing for writing this Got Shabbat, we read numerous commentaries that speak to the small aleph representing Moses’ humility (the quality or state of being humble). (…continue reading here)

Your partner in Jewish learning,


Kitah Alef (K-2)
Teacher: Limor Dahan

Today we:
-talked about the food on the Seder plate and its symbolism.
-did an activity sheet to find the letters in Hebrew that spell “Seder plate” – keharat pessach 
-the letter of the week was lamed – for the first night of pesach .
-We got together with the other classes and chopped together apples, dates, raisins, cinnamon and grape juice and made charoset for our model Seder.
-The model Seder was a great success, the kids blessed the food on the Seder plate and sang the Mah nishtanah .

Have a great week and see you next week with a big smile for the Good Deeds Day.

Last week we (3/19):
-discussed the Passover story and the four questions.
-made our own four questions booklet.
-worked on activity sheets related to Passover and to the Hebrew Alef Beit.
-reviewed two letters today, the letter tav  and the letter ayin

Kitah Bet (3-4) 
Teacher: Meirav Shahar

Today we:
-we continued our unit on Passover.
-continued reading and writing practice in our Hebrew book
-reviewed and practiced our vowels. I know it was very challenging? for the class, but everyone did an amazing job!
-had snack and a short indoor recess.
joined the other classes in making Charoset together using apples,dates, raisins, cinnamon and grape juice. Yummy!
-had a mini Seder together, tasted the special foods – hard boiled egg, celery dipped in salt water, bitter herbs (lettuce), charoset and matzah and talked about their symbolic meaning.
-sang the four questions together and each class had to find the afikoman.
*I wish you and your families a happy Passover and a wonderful Spring break, as I leave for vacation with my family to celebrate Passover in Israel.

Our tzedakah total as of today: $291.31!….Lets keep that going!

Last week we (3/19):
-talked about the upcoming holiday of Pesach, Passover, and the meaning of the name of the holiday.
-read the story of how and why the Israelites even came to Egypt to begin with (the story of Joseph), since most of the children did not know this story. Then we continued reading about Moses, the burning bush, the ten plagues and the Exodus from Egypt. From slavery to freedom.
-discussed the symbolic foods we eat on the Seder night and their special meaning. We will discuss it more next week.
-recited and practiced the four questions and we will recite it again next week, so everyone should know it well by the Seder.
-worked on our Hebrew books on the letters of Pesach – Peh, Samech and Chet. We also introduced a new vowel- Segol (which makes the sound -Eh like Pe in Pesach)

Kitah Gimel (5-6)
Teacher: Yosef Landy

Today we:
– discussed the idea of Justice, and when to fight for it
– analyzed the story of Moses and Aaron confronting Pharaoh
– brainstormed real life examples of injustice
– reviewed Jewish figures who fought for social justice in the textbook
– discussed additional figures who fought for social justice – Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, 
– helped set up for the model Passover seder
– learned some of the customs of the seder plate and what each food symbolized


  1. What Jewish historical figures do you know that were/are fighters for social justice? What are they fighting for? Why? Are they good role models?
  2. What customs does your family do for the Passover seder? What is something that you can add to this year’s seder? What is something you can change?

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Saturday, April 1, 10:30 am: Junior Congregation
  • Saturday April 1, 11:00 am: Minyan Yeledim 
  • Sunday, April 2, 9:00 am Good Deeds Day  Meet at TI, then 9:45 am  Rock Creek Park Cleanup – -This is a mitzvah day, parents are invited to join their children. Dress for the weather!
  • Sunday April 9-16: No School Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 19: 5/6th Grade Class Resumes