Below, you'll find the most recent posts for this class. This class blog allows our teachers to post a recap of the lesson notes for each week. Additionally, they can post notices about upcoming events.

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Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:14pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:14pm

Shalom 5th grade parents and Shana Tova

 

Bruchim Haba'im or Welcome, to the 5th grade Folkshul blog. Along with an update of what has been going on in class in the past month, I have a few important reminders for the coming weeks. 

 

Next Sunday, October 30th, we'll be having our 5th grade potluck. We are currently looking for a family to host our class potluck from 3-5 pm. If your family would be interested, shoot me an email. 

 

I'd also like to thank Cari and Hillary for stepping up to be our co-class parents for the year! Toda raba to Cari and Hillary! 

 

As for the classroom...

 

5th grade is off to a great start this year! We've got a great group of 15 students (the biggest in the Folkshul!)

 

After getting to know each other on the 1st week of school, the 2nd week took us on an adventure into the woods around Springside. On a forest hike simulation of the Jewish expulsion from Israel in the middle ages, we chose which Jewish values to bring with us and created our new society with pasta and marshmallows. 

 

Picking up from the Rosh Hashanah break, we joined more Jews on the run in 2nd century Spain. Attempting to put ourselves in their shoes we discussed and debated our options as a new anti-semitic King had just risen to power. We also tasted an old Sephardic tradition of spicy hot chocolate on Yom Kippur. (Ask your kids for the story!)

 

As for this past weekend, we had a lovely Sukkot celebration in Ft. Washington State Park. The weather was ideal! 

 

Looking forward, this blog will be sent out each week with updates and important information. 

 

Shana Tova

Nina


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:53pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:53pm

September, 2016

 

Hello to All 5th Graders and Families!

 

My name is Nina Lindenbaum-Grosbard, and I am thrilled to be joining both the 

Folkshul community and the 5th grade class this year! As I’ve been preparing to 

begin the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes Folkshul special. To me, 

as a humble outsider, it seems that Folkshul emphasizes Jewish peoplehood and culture. In our classroom, I want to celebrate who we were and who we are now. I grew up in camp and in community – I’ve spent 11 summers learning and educating others at Camp Galil. Through discussion and debate, confusion and (endless) conversation, we were encouraged to investigate, to question, to never settle. I hope to bring this similar approach to our classroom. 

 

This year, we’ll be diving head first into Jewish History, “from the Middle Ages to Democratic Revolutions.” Beneath this intimidating title, we’ll be looking at the wide dispersal of Jews throughout the world and what that Jewish life looked like in different Diasporas. As Jewish people growing up in America, I think we’ll find we can relate, more than we realize, to the emergence of Yiddish in the middle ages, or Jewish life in the Shtetls. Other topics to expect: the Ashkenazi Diaspora, Jewish life in Spain, Kaballah, and the Jewish role in the development of European commerce. 

 

And a bit more about me: I am returning home from a year living in Israel. I spent part of the year learning about Jewish History and Israeli Politics on Kibbutz Revivim in the Negev, and for the remainder of the year I lived in Rishon LeZion. I worked in a poor neighborhood of Tel Aviv, using ‘teaching English’ as a guise to bring coexistence and cooperation activities to mixed classes of Ethiopian immigrants, Ukrainian refuges, Christian Arabs, Muslim Arabs, and Israelis. I’m so excited to bring what I’ve learned in Israel back to the Folkshul community. For now, I am attending Temple University, with a major in Neuroscience. In my free time, I can be found gardening, singing loudly, running the Camp Galil Eizor for Habonim Dror, and hanging with friends and family.

 

I’m super excited to start at Folkshul, because I feel like it aligns with who I am. And I can’t wait to meet all of you! 

 

Toda!

Nina


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:32pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:32pm

5/2/16

We had a great day at Folkshul despite the rain yesterday.  We covered a lot of ground including going over our Word of the Week: Yom Hashoah.  We viewed -[a video of how this day of remembering the 6 million Jews killed during WW2 is observed in Israel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uK5uz7d-Oo

 

In our class discussion we went over the Enlightenment Period and the birth of Rationalism in Europe.  We talked about the many challenges that Baruch Spinoza must have faced when he offered alternate beliefs to his fellow Jews.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Spinoza  I discussed how this lesson actually inspired my son Jacob to have his Bar Mitzvah on the topic of things in the bible that can be explained scientifically.  As a class, we went through a rational explanation for each of the 10 plaguees and David and Goliath.  In the bible, we learn that in  this miraculous battle a man of small stature defeated a giant.  The rational explanation is actually that David was a trained sling artist and that hurlingrocks at a big target 10 feet away honestly wouldn't have been all that mraculous, what would have been miraculous would have been if a giant encased in armour was able to avoid the barrage of rocks that David would have hurled at him.  We divided into groups and took sides debating whether or not you can be Jewish without believing everything that is in the bible.  If that wasn't enough, we had a discussion about krav maga (the Jewish self defense system developed during WWII that is taught to all soldiers entering the Israeli army.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga

 

We will continue our discussion of the Enlightenment period next week, until then have a great week. 

 

 

Jeff

 

4/12/16

We had a great time at Folkshul on Sunday.  We discussed our trip to the Mitzvah Food Pantry on 4/3 and how we not only helped provide food for people who have food insecurity, but helped the pantry to become more "green" by providing reusable bags that they can use for food deliveries.Shout out to Julie Rosen for reaching out to the pantry to help get a better understanding of how we could help them to be more "green".  Like Kermit the Frog says..."It's not easy being green."

 

After discussing our trip, we segued into our sustainabiity topic of the 3 R's and went over what it means to "reduce" "reuse" and "recycle".  We listened to a song called "The 3 R's by Jack Johnson and brainstormed ways in which we can incorporate the 3 R's into our own lives.  Here is a link youtube.com if you want to check out the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USo_vH1Jz7E

 

We also had a nice nosh, played outside for a bit and enjoyed music with Dotan.

 

Next week is our Passover Seder, I hope to see you all there.  

 

On the 24th, I have a family seder that I need to attend so I will not be able to teach the class, please let me know ASAP if you are available to sub.

 

Thanks,

 

Jeff

 

 

 

 

4/1/16

I hope that everyone enjoyed the carnival last weekend and the week off from Folkshul on Sunday.  Next Sunday we are off to the Mitzvah Food Pantry, all relevant information is listed below.  When we get to the supermarket we will divide up and go grocery shopping.  For your reference, a shopping list and directions can be found below.  See you at the supermarket!

 

Jeff

 

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5th Grade Folkshul Supermarket and Food Pantry Visit - Sunday, April 3, 2016

 

As a follow-up to our Souper Sunday fundraiser in February, you and your children will have the opportunity to visit the Mitzvah Food Project on Sunday, April 3rd. Fifth grade will not have class at Folkshul; you are welcome to assemble at Folkshul to carpool.

 

Schedule:

10:35 - Meet at Super Fresh, Wynnewood.

Small groups of mixed ages will work from a shopping list of Kosher items (attached) using cash raised from Souper Sunday for purchases. If you have a Super Fresh frequent shopper card please bring it. Important: Please give your shopping receipts to the teacher as soon as you check out. In keeping with our sustainability theme, please bring reusable supermarket tote bags to carry the groceries.

11:20 – Depart from Super Fresh to Mitzvah Food Project.

11:35 – Arrive at Mitzvah Food Project. Children help stock shelves.

12:05 – Depart from Mitzvah Food Project.

 

You will be going directly from one activity to another. Consider bringing a snack or lunch for your family to eat in the car.

This activity has been a Folkshul favorite for many years. The experience has been very meaningful for our children as an extension of our community’s commitment to Tikkun Olam


Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:27pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:27pm

We had a great week at Folkshul.  We discussed the Shulkhan Arukh and how it served to merge Ashkenazic and Sephardic Judaism.  More info on this holy scripture can be found here:  https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/shulkhan_arukh.html

 

This led us to a discussion on the differences between Sephardic and Askenazic Judaism and how most of the differences in modern Judaism aren't necessarily along geographic lines, but along religious ones (Secular, Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox etc.).

 

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me.

 

Thanks,

 

Jeff


Posted by glusmanpennock on Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:11am
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:11am

We have had an exciting couple of weeks at Folkshul.  On 2/7 we split our time between Souper Sunday and learning about the Yiddish language.  We came up with over 40 words and then phoned a friend (my 81 year old mother) who helped us add a few words to the list. shabbos, yuntif, pupik, shayna, punim, mamela, tatela, bubbe, zaydie, boychik, vaklempt, meshuggah, oy, vey, gevault, bas, challie, kugel, kreplach, bagel, bialy, keppie, tuchus, baruchus, pesach, sukkus, glitch, gezunt, bissel, bubkes, alter cocker, chazerai, chutzpah, shluffie, gelt, kibitz, klutz, maven, mensch, shmeer, smooze, schnoz, shvitz, shtetl and of course the two words appropriate for Souper Sunday: shlameil (one who spills soup) and shlamazel (one who gets soup spilled on him/herself.  If anyone is unsure of what some of these words mean, feel free to email me.

 

On 2/14, our lesson focused on shtetl/ghetto life.   We talked about the origins of Jewish ghettos, how some ghettos were voluntary and others were imposed.  Discussed how modern ghettos exist and did a bit of role play where we imagined how our life would be different if we lived in a Jewish ghetto.  Questions that students pondered included, but were not limited to:  Would I have contact with non-Jews? Would I go to school? Would I have to have ID identifying me as Jewish at all times?  After our discussion, we played a game of zonk and then had rikud (Israeli folkdancing).  

 

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions.  

 

Jeff


Posted by glusmanpennock on Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:29pm
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:29pm

We had a great day at Folkshul on Sunday.  Our discussion focused on Kabbalah and the differences between Kabbalah and traditional Judaism.  We broke into groups and debated the merits of following a more mystical approach to Judaism vs. following more of a traditional path.  We learned that there are several modern examples of Kabbalists and that you don't necessarily need to identify as Jewish to be a Kabbalist.  

 

This Sunday is Souper Sunday, unfortunately my team the Jets will not be in the Superbowl, but if you are like me, nothing alleviates the pain of a football season being over like a cup of matzoh ball soup.  See you on Sunday.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Jeff


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, January 1, 2016 - 4:48pm
Friday, January 1, 2016 - 4:48pm

I want to wish you all a happy and healthy new year.  I also want to remind you that this Sunday we are back at Folkshul, I look forward to seeing you then.

Also, if anyone has volunteered to sub and is available for January 10, please let me know.

Thanks,

Jeff


Posted by glusmanpennock on Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:09pm
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:09pm

We had a great week at Folkshul, we went over our Word of the Week, Hanukkiyah: a candelabrum with eight candleholders in a row and a ninth candleholder set a little above the others. 

 

 

On Sunday, Dec. 6, we will light Folkshul’s GIANT Hanukkiyah at our celebration. In addition to our “Sustainability Wish for the World” candlelighting by our children, we will also honor and give memory to significant people or events in our lives through dedicating a candle, with a donation of $10.00 per candle.  Don’t miss the lights!

 

Next week, we will have our Folkshul Hanukkah celebration/bazaar so remember to send your child to Folkshul with gelt if you want them to buy gifts.

 

In class we put together our Thanksgiving basket and talked about things that we are thankful for as well as food insecurity and how it impacts millions of people around the world.  We made a genuine difference today and taught our kids a great lesson.  A lot of what we do @ Folkshul deals with "tikkun olam" (healing and repairing the world in Ivrit/Hebrew), and today we definitely played a part in tikkun olam.  

 

As we discussed in class, the number of people impacted by food insecurity is staggering, the Department of Agriculture estimates that almost 50 million people living in the US (including 17 million children) are “food insecure,” meaning their access to food is limited or uncertain. Please take a few minutes and watch this 3 minute clip from the Sesame Street special called "Growing Hope Against Hunger", where we meet the newest member on Sesame Street "Lilly" (a food insecure muppet created to teach kids about food insecurity). I know that our 10 and 11 year olds probably haven't watched Sesame Street in a few years, but trust me... there's some very useful info in this clip.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhJ6hfbn4x8

 

 

I hope that you had  a Happy Thanksgiving, Jeff 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:54pm
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:54pm

We had a great week at Folkshul, we went over our Word of the Week, Hanukkiyah: a candelabrum with eight candleholders in a row and a ninth candleholder set a little above the others. 

 

 

On Sunday, Dec. 6, we will light Folkshul’s GIANT Hanukkiyah at our celebration. In addition to our “Sustainability Wish for the World” candlelighting by our children, we will also honor and give memory to significant people or events in our lives through dedicating a candle, with a donation of $10.00 per candle.  Don’t miss the lights!

 

Next week, we will have our Folkshul Hanukkah celebration/bazaar so remember to send your child to Folkshul with gelt if you want them to buy gifts.

 

In class we put together our Thanksgiving basket and talked about things that we are thankful for as well as food insecurity and how it impacts millions of people around the world.  We made a genuine difference today and taught our kids a great lesson.  A lot of what we do @ Folkshul deals with "tikkun olam" (healing and repairing the world in Ivrit/Hebrew), and today we definitely played a part in tikkun olam.  

 

As we discussed in class, the number of people impacted by food insecurity is staggering, the Department of Agriculture estimates that almost 50 million people living in the US (including 17 million children) are “food insecure,” meaning their access to food is limited or uncertain. Please take a few minutes and watch this 3 minute clip from the Sesame Street special called "Growing Hope Against Hunger", where we meet the newest member on Sesame Street "Lilly" (a food insecure muppet created to teach kids about food insecurity). I know that our 10 and 11 year olds probably haven't watched Sesame Street in a few years, but trust me... there's some very useful info in this clip.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhJ6hfbn4x8

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Jeff