Winchevsky Shule In Your Living Room!

April 26, 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 

"The sacred laws of this world are of respect and reciprocity. When we stop following them, we as a species are out of balance with the rest of the world." - Christi Belcourt 


This week at Kinder Kapers, we will be celebrating Earth Day by exploring our interconnectedness with the earth and its species. We will share stories and songs to express and confirm our commitment to caring for the land we live on, and recognizing our responsibility to do so. As well, we will be taking part in a digital community-engaged project created for families in isolation by Metis visual artist, Christi Belcourt, and her collaborator, graphic designer,  Mariah Meawasige, while learning a little bit about Belourt's art and environmental activism. 

Please bring the following to class: 

- Your favourite art supplies to colour with (markers, pencil crayons, crayons etc)
- If possible, a print out of this colouring sheet (Created by Christi Belcourt and Mariah Measwasige)

If you do not have access to a home printer - don't worry! You can bring blank paper with you and there will be an alternative way to take part in the activity! 

Grade 1

Happy Earth Day (week)! In celebration of Earth day, we will look at what it means to protect and connect with the environment. We will learn this through the lens of 3 Jewish values: לדור ודור l'dor v'dor (generation to generation), bal tashcit בל תשחית (do not destroy) and shomrei adama שומרי האדמה (guardians of the earth).


We will read stories about what it means to admire nature without destroying it, have a walk through of the plants that members of our class are growing, and create beautiful, sustainable art together while we delve deep into discussion. 

Grade 2-3


Last week we looked at two big ideas: how we know what we know, and God. This Sunday we will talk about putting big ideas into great action. We will be telling the stories of three amazing people leading revolutions at great personal price: Itamar Ben Avi (and his father, Eliezer Ben Yehuda), Emma Goldman, and Greta Thunberg. We will then organize the Great Worldwide Children's Movement to carry out our own ideas and change the world for the better. Join us! 


In solidarity,


Roxy and Naama  

Grades 4-6

This Sunday we are going to be looking into the experience of Jewish people in the late 19th and early 20th century during the age of revolution. As a class, we will reflect on the history of European colonization and the way that political leaders in Europe would target Jewish people and other groups as a scapegoat for the problems of the poor. The kids will then be brought into a fake "traditional school" where they will be tested on detailed information about Jewish history during this time.


The point of this test, will partially be a fun and theatrical way to learn, but it will also be a way to demonstrate the ways unfair systems that attempt to control people can and have been met with uprising and protest. The kids will be prompted to protest against the "government" (me in this case) and we will end the class with a reflection about revolutions and reasons to revolt today. 


Make sure your child is prepared with writing utensils and paper for our "test"! 


Best, and see you on Sunday! 



B'nai Mitzvah


Last week we looked at the Jewish Enlightenment, or Haskalah movement of the 1700-1800s, in which Jews broke out of the walled-in ghettos of Europe, to access secular education, professional opportunities and civil rights -- but at the expense of a more traditionally Jewish way of life. 


This week we’ll dive into Revolutionary Russia from 1878 – 1917. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, horrific, bloody waves of antisemitic violence tore through Jewish towns. This violence lead many to give up on seeking acceptance through assimilation and drove them, especially the jewish youth, to organize different, often radical alternatives for Jewish survival and liberation: socialism, Zionism, national autonomy, anarchism. We’ll look at a few notable Jewish figures of that period, such as Sholem Aleichem and Emma Goldman, and talk about how they participated in the transformation of Jewish identity during this charged and fascinating time. 



Come prepared to take on a character in a play, read a story aloud, or even dance: it’s gonna be revolutionary.