Kabbalat Tanach – a coming of age

On Wednesday this week, Year 4 students received their very own Tanach in a moving and memorable Kabbalat Tanach ceremony. Each student shared their favourite story from the bible and what life lesson it had taught them. They then received their Tanach which had been especially dedicated and decorated by their parents. The parents then blessed their children with a blessing for peace and prosperity.

We hope that the Tanach that our students received will be used to help them extend ...

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Prep – Year 2 Grandparents’ Shabbat

Prep – Year 2 invited their grandparents and special friends to join them today to celebrate Shabbat. Our students impressed with their knowledge of Shabbat rituals and song and their joy was infectious.

The educators have provided wonderful learning experiences for the students who demonstrated genuine connection to this sacred Jewish custom. For those grandparents and special friends who would have been to this special event in the last two years, they would have witnessed the significant progress in the students’ ...

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Chag Shavuot Sameach

Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the end of the 7 week counting period from Pesach to Shavuot (erev Shavuot is tomorrow night). On Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah. It is also a pilgrimage festival. In biblical times the Israelites brought offerings to the Temple, including the first fruits of the harvest.

At the Pre-School, children were thrilled to welcome Crystal the cow and a farmer who explained how the milk is taken from cows and how to turn milk into butter.

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Sombre Commemorations

This year the Senior School gathered to mark Yom HaShoah with a Tekes on the theme “Just like me”. The assembly, which was run by our Year 12 Jewish Life Captains, focused on personal stories of young people during the time of the Shoah. Zac Graeve, Rylee Sack, Georgia Burstin and Amelie Vorcheimer read extracts from Anne Frank’s diary, Ariella Opat and Camilla Burrows sang a song by Chana Szenes and we heard from Bep Gomperts, a survivor, about her ...

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Years 3-5 Engage in a Meaningful Model Seder

On Tuesday this week, Years 3-5 students had an incredible model Seder. A special atmosphere permeated the Slome Hall at TBI as the students actively participated, asked insightful questions and sung in unison together.

All the students were engaged and eager to share what they had learned in class. The students all sat at tables with students from different year levels, which offered new learning experiences and contributed to the special feeling of unity that we all felt on the day.

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Pre-School Prepares for Pesach

At Pre-School many of the children are experiencing Pesach for the very first or second times in their lives. To build awareness and knowledge of this significant Chag, children have engaged in a wide range of enriching activities over the last few weeks in the lead up to Pesach.

Children in Gan Dubi, (our youngest room) have begun learning about baby Moses. Today they were involved in an activity using paint and marbling to decorate leaves that will hang over the ...

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Kabbalat Torah – Expressing Jewish Identity

Tuesday evening was a wonderfully creative celebration of our Year 7 students and their challenge to become part of a community.

Over the last 14 weeks, each Year 7 students worked as part of a group to create a project that expressed the collective Jewish identity of their cohort. Students elected to work in one modality of personal interest: drama, dance, photography, public speaking, cooking, sport, music, technology, art, tzeddakah and more. Meeting every two weeks, with the guidance of a ...

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Yom Rabin Seminars

Last Saturday marked 22 years since the tragic assassination of Israeli PM Yitzchak Rabin. Rabin’s life was ended barely a year after signing a peace agreement with Jordan, and during the peak of his government’s Oslo peace process with the Palestinians.

Rabin’s assassination was a key moment in the narrative of the Jewish people both in the diaspora and in Israel. It is important that our students understand who Rabin was, what he achieved and the effects of his assassination on ...

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Kabbalat Dorot – Celebrating Family Heritage

If students are to feel safe living in a world made up of so many varieties of people and cultures, they need to feel comfortable and safe with their own Jewish identity.

Kabbalat Dorot is a celebration of each person’s family heritage and one critical step along the pathway of students being able to articulate how being Jewish matters to them. Year 6 students spent months interviewing family members, researching artefacts, exploring family migration stories, discovering branches and details of ...

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Kabbalat Siddur – Connecting to Something Bigger

Kabbalat Siddur was a personal celebration of our Year 2s growing older and achieving new Jewish heights.

Each major Jewish milestone at KDS is marked by a Kabbalah ceremony. The theme of Kabbalat Siddur is “Connecting to Something Bigger”. Each week, the Prep to Year 2 students are immersed in the music and words of Jewish prayer. As they move towards Year 3, they receive their first professionally published Siddur. This Siddur connects them to other KDS students, to Jews in ...

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