Chag Shavuot Sameach

Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the end of the seven week counting period from Pesach to Shavuot. On Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah. It is also a harvest festival, one of the pilgrimage festivals, on which people brought their spring offerings (known as ‘bikkurim’) to the Temple in Jerusalem. The eating of dairy foods is also favoured.

Students were invited to come to school dressed in white and with flowers in their hair or on their clothes. This is an Israeli ...

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Bonfire and learning for Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer (33rd day of the counting of Omer) is a lesser-known but vibrant day in the Jewish calendar. It marks the one day out of the 49 days (seven weeks) between Pesach and Shavuot when the atmosphere of semi-mourning is lifted in order to celebrate the end of a severe plague that was raging through the community of Rabbi Akiva and his disciples in the 2nd century CE.

The Senior School celebrated Lag B’Omer with a special event for students ...

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What a celebration!

The School was transformed into a sea of blue and white as students and staff celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut yesterday.

In the Junior School, students started the day with a tekes (ceremony) hosted by the Year 5 leaders followed by the traditional flag parade led by Year 4 students. As the Kindergarten children moved back to their rooms to get ready for their activities, the rest of the Junior School broke out into a joyous Israeli dancing party on the front play ...

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Remembering the fallen

Yom Hazikaron (remembrance day) was commemorated at the Senior School with a very solemn assembly which included meaningful presentations.

This annual commemoration honours fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror and is always on the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut. It symbolically remembers those who gave up their lives so that Yom Ha’atzmaut can be celebrated peacefully.

Our Hanhaga (student leadership) led the assembly which featured candle lighting, readings and poems, appropriate music and dance interpretations. A very moving presentation was also given ...

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To each person there is a name

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Commemoration Day) was marked with great solemnity in the Senior School. The day began with students focusing on a number of victims of the Shoah, reading accounts of their often brief lives, and trying to reduce the impossibly vast number of six million into individual lives, each one unique. ‘To each person there is a name,’ writes the Hebrew poet Zelda.

The commemorative assembly focused on the particular fate of children and young people in the Shoah, their ...

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Chag Pesach Sameach!

Our students have been engaged across the School, learning the Pesach story and rituals in the lead up to Pesach. Model sedarim were held from Kinder through to Year 5 while the Senior School students engaged in interactive Pesach activities. Gan Keshet children at the Pre-School will host families next week for their model seder.

Please visit Media/Photo Gallery on the Parent Portal for galleries of all the photos from the model sedarim.

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Soulful experience at Back to School Service

Our student leadership body, the Hanhaga, planned and led yesterday’s Back to School Service at TBI with meaningful prayer, reflection, song and dance. Years 6 to 12 students heard inspirational messages from Marc Light and Sidra Moshinsky (our Director of Jewish Life and Learning) as well as profound reflections from two VCE students (Maddie Meltzer and Ella Benary-Belfer). KDS staff were recognised for their contribution to school life and Rabbi Gersh Lazarow shared a beautiful blessing with the Year 12 ...

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Meaningful Jewish experiences in Kinder

During our Hebrew lessons in the Junior Kindergarten, we have been learning about our Jewish identity and what it means to be Jewish. This has been done by creating meaningful and relevant experiential Jewish experiences.

Each child proudly presented on their family (mishpacha) using a family photo. They learned the Hebrew word of each family member: ‘Abba’, ‘Ima’, ‘Ach’, Achot’, ‘Safta’ and ‘Saba’. They then drew their own family in a house, ‘Bayit’ which was then made into a display on ...

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Exploring family history – Kabbalat Dorot

A significant project Year 6 students are involved in is Kabbalat Dorot. This semester long project where students explore their family history, places investigative skills at the centre of their learning. Students were encouraged to construct as much as possible about their family’s Jewish choices and experiences over the generations. Each Jewish story is part of a broader historical context and students are encouraged to consider what broader factors may give insights into their family’s story.

A special ceremony was held ...

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Year 7 Kabbalat Torah

The Kabbalat Torah experience is an exciting milestone for our Year 7 students as part of their journey into Jewish adulthood. The Jewish custom of Bnei Mitzvah, recognises that as a child turns twelve or thirteen, they move from being a child, wholly dependent upon their parents, to a young adult, gaining independence with every new experience.

Each student participated in creative group presentations, producing original songs, artworks, technological displays, dance performances, dramatic adaptations, thoughtful written work and more. Students learnt ...

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