Winchevsky Shule In Your Living Room!

May 3, 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 

A few weeks ago, Kinder Kapers families shared Jewish objects of importance to our families, and we discussed the different ways that Jewish traditions are both inherited and invented in each of our families’ practices. This week, as we explore the theme of Jewish stories, we’ll be  learning about folk tales, and looking at how the stories that are passed down, invented and created shape our Jewish identities and communities. Join us for song, stories and interactive activities that bring stories to life in a variety of ways! 

Grade 1

In the last couple of weeks we have discussed what it means to have something passed down "l'dor v'dor" - from generation to generation. From objects and traditions, to the planet we live on, our ancestors have shaped the lives we lead today in many ways. This week, we will look at the importance of stories and folktales. What can we learn from storytelling that is unique form other ways of learning? What stories have been passed down in your family? How do we learn lessons from folktales? By looking at traditional Jewish fables, we will explore some of the answers to these questions! 

Grade 2-3

Last Sunday we looked at three revolutionaries: Itamar Ben Avi, Emma Goldman, and Greta Thunberg. Click here to access the presentation to learn more about each revolutionary. 


For this coming Sunday, I asked you to start thinking about the revolution you want to lead: What rules are you going to change? If you can, make a poster explaining your idea with words and drawings. When we get together this coming Sunday, we will organize the Great Worldwide Children's Movement! 

Please bring paper and markers!

Grades 4-6

This week we are going to be talking abut socialism and labour movements through history to modern times! We will start off the lesson by conceptualizing what socialism vs. capitalism is through and interactive activity where the kids will be put in positions where they will have to make choices around sharing basic needs or competing for them. We will use small objects like beads or dried beans, or candies or pebbles to represent our "basic needs" so If you can prepare your child to come to class with a bowl of many small objects that you find around your house, that would be super helpful for this experiential learning activity! 


After discussing concepts around socialism, we will read a graphic novel together about kids in Montreal in 1913 who have working class families and who are dealing with class discrimination and anti-semitism. 


This will lead in to our wrap up discussion about labour movements today and how they are still relevant in modern times. I will have a list available to talk to the kids about, but if you can get your child to research a little bit about 1 modern- day labour movement or issue, then we can bring in the kids' learning and knowledge into this part of our discussion. 


For this week be prepared with:

-A bowl of many mini objects- like many pebbles, dried beans, candies, rocks etc (one object is fine as long as they have a lot of them)

-A few points of research on a modern-day labour issue. 


Labour issues/ movements they might want to look into: 

-Occupy Wallstreet 

-Essential workers issues during COVID19 ex: Amazon workers' rights 

-LIFT- Low income families together 

-UJPO- United Jewish People's Order 

-CUPE and Teacher's Strike Unions 

-The 15 and Fairness movement 

B'nai Mitzvah


This week we explore the theme of Jews, Socialism and Labour and the socialist roots of secular Judaism.


The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge influence on the economy and workers around the globe. I've asked you to come to class prepared to share a news story of workers struggling to adapt to the crisis or defend their rights during this pandemic, either here in Canada or anywhere in the world. 


From these current events, we'll go back in time to learn about workers struggles in the early 20th century and encounter some of the Jewish intellectuals and activists who participated in workers movements and liberation struggles around the world.


Expect to meet a few special guests from Jewish history, sing some rousing Yiddish anthems, maybe bang a pot or two. Just another day at the office.