Grade 7 Class News

Teachers: Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Becky Roberts, and Dolores Arar

grade 7

November 2012 is all about you! There are three programs which will each contribute to your child’s experience preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, understanding American Jewish history, and developing a more mature concept of God. Normally, we don’t schedule them all in the same month, but the calendar for the High Holydays and Rabbi Matt’s sabbatical which begins in December 2012 made this year a bit unusual. I hope you will be able to attend all three events, but if you are prevented from doing so by other commitments we will have a take-home packet for independent work or a make-up day. One parent is sufficient to participate with your child for each event. Here is more information about each event:

11/3/2012 Saturday, 10:30am-1:30pm, the Torah Study Shabbaton.   Your child will teach Torah during their Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony. The purpose of this program is for the student and a parent to study their Torah portion, read it carefully, determine the main ideas in the context of the time and how they apply to our own times today. Snacks will be served all morning, and we will have plenty of coffee and hot chocolate! We will learn how to study a Torah portion together, then each family will study their own Torah and Haftarah portions. The students will create a T-shirt with their Torah portion and a picture of the main idea.   This must be completed by December 1, 2012. There will be a take-home packet for those unable to attend.

11/11/12 Sunday, 6:00am-8:00pm, the New York City Trip. This day is a lot of fun and learning! We leave the parking lot at 6:15am, coffee in hand, to ride down to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side in NYC.   Immediately upon arriving, dash off for bagels, bialys, and pickles to put on the bus to take home. Reassemble and participate in two guided tours, one with an interpreter, of two family apartments in the early 1900s. Guaranteed to bring a new appreciation for the challenges faced by our collective ancestors and for the comforts we take for granted. Lunch at Katz’ deli, trip to the candy store, then back on the bus to a museum for the afternoon. We leave for home around 4:00pm, rest stop for dinner, pull into the parking lot about 8:00pm. Total walking us about 6 blocks, time for schmoozing on the bus and at lunch. Michael Schulman, Lee Brice, Becky Roberts and Dolores Arar will be on the trip and look forward to spending the day with you.   Niskayuna schools and all those that follow the BOCES calendar are closed the next day. Registration will take place this week for this trip!

11/18/12 Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm, Family Education, “Godfocals”. So, if God isn’t an old man with a beard living on a cloud watching over each of us – how do we relate to God? How do we understand the role of God in our lives? Why do good things happen to bad people? Rabbi Matt will introduce you to the range of Jewish thought on God, and give you the opportunity to choose the statements about God that are meaningful for you. Then you will decide how your God concept addressed the questions with which we began. The best thing about this program is having Rabbi Matt help you open a conversation with your child – or perhaps even for yourself – that often gets lost in the daily round of activities. This will have a take-home packet to be completed by January 1, 2013.