December 10, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

Our history lesson today looked at Jewish life under the Ottoman Empire from the 13th that Jews generally fared better under Muslin rule than Christian rule. We also looked at the Jews arriving in Poland in the 15th century and found that they did...

December 10, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 We began class today with a written and oral review of the history we have learned so far this year. Our history lesson continued with a discussion of Jewish life in Western Europe during the Reformation and Enlightenment. We learned Jews were inc...

November 11, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 Our history lesson today concerned the expulsion of Jews in Western Europe between the 12th centuries. We touched on the Inquisition, forced conversion, and the rise of Jewish Mysticism.

We continued our Talmudic lesson about damages.

We are in...

November 3, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

Our history lesson today was titled Persecution and Expulsion, 1000 to 1450. The lesson focused on European Jewish life under the powerful Roman Catholic Church.

We learned about the many restrictions put on Jews during this period and the many ou...

October 26, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

Our history lesson today was titled After the Fall of Masada-73CE to 1000CE. We discussed how Judaism developed under Christianity (Ashkenazic) and Islam (Sephardic). We looked at how being The People of the Book gave Jews a common language and ena...

October 24, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 

Our history lesson this week covered 165 BCE to     73 CE. We looked at the building of the second

temple under corrupt King Herod, the four types of Jews in Judea during this period, the birth of Jesus and the final destruction of Jud...

October 2, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

We began school today listening to the blowing of the shofar. Essential Judaism in a Nutshell. We looked at sections about the Fall holidays, the construction of the Hebrew Bible, and a timelineof biblical history. The class had lots of comments ab...

September 23, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 

         I look forward to teaching the 7th and 8th grade class.  My two year course includes Jewish history, holidays, ethics and law.  We will use five different sources this year. 

 

1. I ha...

March 27, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 

Our class began by defining the terms maternal and paternal. Each student then wrote on their maternal and/or paternal connection to Judaism. My hope is to help my students define their Jewish identity and their plans to include Judaism in their fut...

March 12, 2014

Dear PASJE Parents,

 

Our class began today with a discussion of Purim. I read the beautifully written and illustrated book titled Esther’s Story by Diane Wolkstein. We learned that the story takes place in Persia in the 5th century BCE and is about Esther’s bravery in s...

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