Winchevsky Shule In Your Living Room!
May 10, 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
This week at Kinder Kapers, we will learn about Jewish foods, particularly those made in response to times of hardship and struggle. Join in for a special food talk with Sue at 1pm, and then take part in a special Kinder Kapers Kitchen Edition, where we'll meet in our kitchens to explore and make recipes together, thinking about how the food we eat and make intersects with own Jewish identities.
A list of suggested ingredients for the cooking activities will be sent by Email on Saturday to Kinder Kapers families.
In continuing our overarching theme of the last few weeks - "l'dor vdor" (לדור ודור) from generation to generation - this week we will look at how that applies to what's on our plates! We all have traditional foods that we know and love, some are parts of holiday rituals, others are unique to our family trees, and many recipes have been loving passed down from our ancestors.
Many Jewish foods have a unique history - borne from necessity during times of hardship. What did these food mean in the past, and what do they mean to us now? We will discuss this concept through story, games, and interactive activities, looking at our history and future through the lens of the foods that we share.
This week, as we learn to get to know one another better through play and group work, we will be talking about how we look at ourselves and others: Are we more similar to or different from other people? Can we choose whether to focus on differences or similarities? And why does this matter?
This week the grade 4-6 class will be taking a look at the holocaust, struggle, dignity and freedom. We will be remembering this tragedy through a series of artworks and historical events in a choose your own "adventure" activity where they will be prompted to make decisions for themselves. The decisions they make will lead us to different poems, events and quotes from the holocaust and allow us to consider unique perspectives and themes that remembering tragic events like the holocaust might help us navigate. The theme that will bind these conversations that we will revisit near the end of the class is spiritual freedom and dignity. We will talk together at the end about why its so important for people to continue to be able to be who they are and being given the opportunity to remember who you are is one of the most powerful ways we can help each other survive.
This class will be covering quite intense themes so I encourage families to talk openly to their kids beforehand about what the Holocaust was and why it is so important to remember.
The theme of this week’s class is Holocaust and Resilience. This period in Jewish history is so massive, deep and painful, it’s difficult to know how to approach it. I propose to enter it with you through the testimonies of survivors. Agnes Klein was born in 1937 in Romania, just before the war broke out. She now lives in Ottawa and describes her testimony as “only a minor story in a huge complex of stories. And each story, even from the same place, can have different points of view. And in order to get to what can be historical fact, you need to have various stories.”
Using short, oral testimonies (2 – 5 minutes) I’ll ask each of you to pick one person to introduce to the class. We’ll listen to their story together, and I’ll ask you tell us why you chose this person, and what you learned from their experience of the Holocaust. While the stories will be difficult, we’ll have an opportunity to share our feelings and impressions together. There are many sources for you to explore, including:
- The Ottawa-based Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship, which includes excerpts of oral testimonies along with links to longer interviews.
- The USC Shoah Foundation
- Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum.
- The British Library Collection.
- The USHMM (above) also includes an online exhibit of Identification Cards, which include photographs and biographical information you can share with the class.
We’ll then put these survivors’ stories into context and talk about how what happened to them was not inevitable or accidental. We’ll look at the choices made by individuals, organizations and governments to legalize discrimination, to enable prejudice, hatred and ultimately mass murder. Together, we’ll try to think about how democratic values, liberties and tolerance have to be continually nurtured and sustained.