Winchevsky Shule In Your Living Room!

April 19, 2020


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B'nai Mitzvah      10:00am - 11:00am
Grades 4-6         11:00am - 12:00pm
Grades 2-3          12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grade 1                12:30pm - 1:00pm
Sue's Corner               1:00pm - 1:10pm
Kinder Kapers      1:10pm - 1:45pm

Kinder Kapers 

This week at Kinder Kapers, we will explore the different ways that our families express and practice being Jewish, sharing stories, practices, songs and objects that are part of our own family's unique and interconnected Jewish practice, and learning a little bit about other families and their practices. We will also take time to consider the ways to be contributing members of each of our own family and  broader community, and collect Mitzvah's we have done for our families. I also can't wait to celebrate our completed Passover Art and 4 Questions Video with you all! 


As part of our class this week, we'll be sharing objects of importance to our family's Jewish identities. Please bring with you to class:

An object that represents something Jewish that is important in your family (for example, something you perhaps use or eat in a celebration or ritual, or something that signifies a family story or practice). Everyone will get a chance to share their object and what it tells us about your Jewish Family. 

Grade 1

 In this week's lesson we will be exploring the topic of "The Jewish Family." What does it mean to practice Judaism as a family? Ranging from secular to orthodox, and across countries and cultures, there are an infinite number of ways to be Jewish, and our differences are what make us special. We will discuss different Jewish traditions that take place in our own homes by showing one another ritual objects that we have. We will look at Jewish folktales about sibling love. We will read about how, doing mitzvot as a family is in fact a way to be Jewish. We will play games, watch videos, tell stories, and have fun while exploring the unique parts of our Jewish identities!

Grade 2-3

This week, after playing the GREAT SILLY JEWISH GAME, we will wrap our heads around BIG ideas coming to us from the Enlightenment (Haskala) movement and that are still important in our lives today: How do we know what we know? Who, or what, is God, and what relationship should we have with it? What do all people deserve? We will explore these through games and art. Bring paper and markers and please join us!

Grades 4-B'nai Mitzvah

In our class this week, we are excited to announce that the grades 4-6 and B'nei Mitzvah classes will be merging to learn about enlightenment and Haskalah and to come together for an epic debate. For our special class, we are going to be having the class at 10:30 am to 12:00pm (running for an extra 1/2 hour to give us the time we need). 


Haskala is a Jewish Enlightenment movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Jewish philosophers, artists and scientists from Central to Eastern Europe who embraced the ideas of reason, access to secular education, political equality and individual rights and freedoms.  It was also a movement to preserve the Jewish people as a separate, unique collective and some Haskala thinkers strove for cultural and moral renewal of the Jewish way of life. This new intellectual Jewish movement brought with it radical ideas that threatened traditional ways of life. While Haskala ideas brought hope for many Jewish people who were starting to question their faith and who aspired to be equal citizens within their nation, many were resistant to change; after all, assimilating into the broader society could result in a loss of culture and identity which Jewish people had struggled to maintain despite a long history of anti-semitism and oppression.


In our debate this week, we will be asking the grades 4-6s and Bnei-Mitzvah class whether they think it is more important to identify as being Canadian or Jewish? We will delve into what assimilation means for a community, and why it may be important to protect Jewish culture and identity. Students will be split up into groups for each side of the argument, so come prepared to potentially argue either side! The debate will be in good spirits with guidance from the team "debate coaches", Lainie and Iris who will follow up with a discussion about how we manage to balance these and other identities in our daily lives.


Please be prepared with some paper, something to jot down debate points, and an open mind! We encourage you to read these two sections of Stan Mack's graphic novel "The Story of the Jews"  which provides some history and context around Haskala. These graphics are a very fun and accessible way of learning a bit of Jewish history! 


All the best, and we will see you on Sunday!


- Iris and Lainie