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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Junior Kinder Grandparents’ Shabbat

Our Junior Kinder children were bursting with excitement today as grandparents and special friends joined them to celebrate Shabbat. They showcased their impressive knowledge of the rituals and songs they learn each week in preparation for Shabbat. As Marc Light commented, at King David, we “teach Jewish in an experiential way” so that students gain a rich appreciation of our culture and traditions.

Gan Te’ena were fortunate to have Rabbi Shneur Reti-Waks (Osher’s Dad) to lead some of the brachot.

Kol Hakavod ...

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The ritual of Tashlich

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection and introspection. During this time, we are required to engage in the act of “Taschlich,” meaning to “cast off,” a ritual that enables us to cast away our wrongs from the past year. This often involves throwing breadcrumbs into a body of flowing water. Traditionally, Taschlich focuses on introspection on the past year and encourages us to contemplate ways we can better ourselves in the coming ...

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Stop! Think! Change!

The sounds of the Shofar can be heard all across the Junior School as the Year 2 students take the role of ‘Ba’al Tokea’ (the person who sound the shofar). It is a mitzvah to listen to the sounds of the shofar not only on Rosh Ha’shana and Yom Kippur but also during the Jewish month of Elul. The month of Elul is used for reflection on our actions in the past year and for planning the changes in the ...

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Year 6 students examine their past

Ancestry is a big part of our community. We delve into banks of information and artefacts. On Thursday last week, the Year 6s visited the Jewish Museum of Australia to learn about their pasts. We each received a family tree and some got more information. This helped greatly with our Dorot projects. As exciting as it was to see our family trees, the best part of the day was towards the end when we split into three groups and went ...

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A guided tour of Melbourne’s Jewish community

To launch a new Project Based Learning unit on the Melbourne’s Jewish Community, the Year 9s enjoyed a walking tour through the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood. The tour was lead by engaging and innovative guides from ‘Localing Tours Melbourne’. Students learned about the history, development and less known contemporary stories of this grungier pocket of the inner city. This marks the beginning of a semester-long project where students will develop their own guided tour of Melbourne’s Jewish Community.

Jewish Life ...

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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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