Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Aleph Bet!

We are going to start singing the ultra fun Aleph Bet song from Debbie Friedman next week at Hebrew School. Below is the video. The lyrics are here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Class Rules

1st day of Sunday School

We had a wonderful first day! We learned about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and got to know each other! We looked at ways that we "missed the mark" this year and talked about things that we wanted to improve in the year ahead.
Favorite cartoon: Spongebob
Favorite things to do: Play with her dog Roxy and play with her friends.

Favorite cartoon: Spongebob
Favorite thing to do: Play with his dad's Ipad.

Favorite cartoon: AdventureTime
Favorite thing to do: Play with his dog, Moe.

Favorite cartoon: Spongebob
Favorite thing to do: Play on the computer
Has a fish named Coral.

We had Apples & Honey in hopes of having a sweet new year.

We also made Happy New Year cards!

I really enjoyed getting to know everyone and I can't wait to see you all at our next class!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Shalom First Grade Parents and Students,

I am super excited about this upcoming year of Religious School! I am a new member of the Temple. I previously taught Hebrew School in Montgomery, Alabama. I have 2 children, both are participating in Sunday school this year. My youngest daughter, Hannah, is 4 and my son, Oliver, is 12. It is my pleasure to be teaching your children this year. I am committed to providing the best religious school experience possible.

First grade is an important year for Sunday school. We will explore Jewish holidays, study important religious figures in Genesis and find out what it means to be a mensch. Your children will be proud to share all of the new things they learn and create. Our Tikkun Olam project this year will be adopting a Grandfriend. Your children will have the opportunity to friend a member of the senior community. They will write letters, make pictures and provide a child’s influence on a senior’s life.

I look forward to working and learning with all of you. I have created a web site that will store all of the exciting things we are learning, schedules of upcoming lessons, reference material and photographs. You can access it at http://toihebrewschool.blogspot.com/
Thank you for your participation and support in making this year a positive learning
experience for your children.

Melissa Jones

Sunday School Syllabus


August 29th Lesson 1:
Avodah- Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

September 12th Lesson 2:
Torah- What is Torah?

September 26th Lesson 3:
Avodah- Sukkot

October 3rd Lesson 4:
Avodah- Simchat Torah

October 10th Lesson 5:
Torah- Adam & Eve

October 24th Lesson 6:
G’milut Chasdim- Being a Jewish Hero

October 31st Lesson 7:
G’milut Chasdim- Being Kind with Derech Eretz

November 7th Lesson 8:
G’milut Chasdim- Do Not Do to Others...

November 14th Lesson 9:
Avodah- What is a Blessing?

November 21st Lesson 10:
Avodah- Havdalah

December 5th Lesson 11:
Avodah- Chanukah

December 12th Lesson 12:
G’milut Chasdim- Repentance


January 9th Lesson 13:
Torah- Noah

January 23rd Lesson 14:
Torah- Abraham & Sarah

January 30th Lesson 15:
Torah- Rebekah

February 6th Lesson 16:
G’milut Chasdim- Welcoming Guests

February 13th Lesson 17:
G’milut Chasdim- Helping our Synagogue Community

February 27th Lesson 18:
G’milut Chasdim- Taking Care of our Earth

March 6th Lesson 19:
Torah- Jacob & Esau

March 13th Lesson 20:
Torah- Joseph & Genesis Roadmap

March 20th Lesson 21:
Avodah- Purim

March 27th Lesson 22:
G’milut Chasadim- Tzedakah

April 3rd Lesson 23:
Avodah- Pesach

May 1st Lesson 24:
Avodah- Shecheyanu

May 8th Lesson 25:
G’milut Chasdim- Hero

May 22nd Lesson 26:

Shabbat Services- Candle Blessing

Candle Blessing

01-1Shabbat Candle blessings

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָ-י אֱ-להֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת קודֶש

Transliteration: Baruch a-ta A-do-nay Elo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam a-sher ki-dee-sha-nu bi-mitz-vo-tav vi-tzi-va-noo li-had-leek ner shel Sha-bbat ko-desh.

Translation: Blessed are you, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holy Shabbat.

Shabbat Services- L'cha Dodi

L'cha Dodi

36-33L'cha Dodi

Shabbat Services- Yigdal



Shabbat Services- Shalom Aleichem

Shalom Aleichem

34-31Shalom Aleichem

Shabbat Services- Hinei Mah Tov

Hinei Mah Tov

33-30Hinei Mah Tov

Shabbat Services- Ein Keloheinu

Ein Keloheinu

32-29Ein Keloheinu

Shabbat Services- Adon Olam

Adon Olam

31-28Adon Olam

Shabbat Services- Motzi



Shabbat Services- Kiddush



Shabbat Services- Mourner's Kaddish

Mourner's Kaddish

28-Mourner's Kaddish

Shabbat Services- Aleinu



Shabbat Services- Etz Chayim

Etz Chayim

26-23Etz Chayim

Shabbat Services- V'zot Hatorah

V'zot Hatorah

25-22v'zot hatorah

Shabbat Services- Al Shlosha

Al Shlosha

24-21Al Shlosha

Shabbat Services- After Haftarah Reading

After Haftarah Reading

23-After Haftarah reading

Shabbat Services- Before Haftarah Reading

Before Haftarah Reading

22-Before Haftarah reading

Shabbat Services- After Torah Reading

After Torah Reading

21-After Torah reading

Shabbat Services- Before Torah Reading

Before Torah Reading

20-Before Torah reading

Shabbat Services- Torah service-p. 142-143

Torah service-p. 142-143

19-16Torah service-p. 142-143

Shabbat Services- Oseh Shalom

Oseh Shalom

18-16Oseh Shalom

Shabbat Services- Shalom Rav

Shalom Rav

17-15Shalom Rav

Shabbat Services- Mi Shebeirach

Mi Shebeirach

16-14Mi Shebeirach

Shabbat Services- Yism'chu



Shabbat Services- Morning Kedushah

Morning Kedushah

14-12morning k'dushah

Shabbat Services- Evening Kedushah

Evening Kedushah

13-Evening Kedushah

Shabbat Services- G'vurot



Shabbat Services- Avot V'lmahot

Avot V'lmahot

11-Avot V'imahot

Shabbat Services- V'shamru



Shabbat Services- Saturday Mi Chamocha

Saturday Mi Chamocha

09-6morning Mi Chamocha

Shabbat Services- Friday Mi Chamocha

Friday Mi Chamocha

08-Mi Chamocha

Shabbat Services- V'ahavta



Shabbat Services- Shema



Shabbat Services- Barchu



Shabbat Services- Tallit Blessing

Tallit Blessing

04-2tzitzit blessing

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitvotav v'tzivanu l'hitatef batzitzit.

Blessed are you, Lord, our G_d, sovereign of the universe. Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the tzitzit.

Shabbat Services- Hatzi Kaddish

Hatzi Kaddish

02-2Hatzi Kaddish

Shabbat Services- Mah Tovu

Mah Tovu

03-2mah tovu

Ma tovu ohalekha Ya'akov, mishk'notekha Yisra'el.
Va'ani b'rov hasd'kha, avo veytekha,
Eshtahaveh el heikhal kodsh'kha b'yir'atekha.
Adonai ahavti m'on beitekha, um-kom mishkan k'vodekha.
Va'ani eshtahave v'ekhra'a.
Evr'kha lifnei Adonai osi.
Va'ani t'filati l'kha Adonai et ratzon.
Elohim b'rov hasdekha aneini b'emet yish'ekha.

How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
And I, with Your great loving-kindness, shall enter Your House; I shall prostrate myself toward Your Holy Temple in the fear of You.
O Lord, I love the dwelling of Your house and the place of the residence of Your glory.
Come, let us prostrate ourselves and bow; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
But, as for me, may my prayer to You, O Lord, be in an acceptable time. O God, with Your abundant kindness, answer me with the truth of Your salvation.