5th Grade

Mar 5

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:04 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Shalom Parents,

Our weekly Shir Chadash prayers with Rabbi Dollin will be celebrated as your children will participate and lead some of the prayers in the Shir Chadash Service on Shabbat April 8th. I hope you all be able to attend  the service!

In Hebrew we continue with our book, learning few new words and the root of the Hebrew words Kadosh and Shalom. We also practiced the Hebrew


Homework for next week:

  1. 10 min on the online learning center.
  2. In class we discussed the prayer “Ki Mitzion”:  “For out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of God from Jerusalem”. Please write a short paragraph explaining what this prayer means.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sherry Grinsteiner

Feb 24

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:53 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Shalom Parents,

Our combined class had our regular session with Rabbi Dollin, learning and practicing the Shir Chadash prayers.

We then reviewed Hebrew words, prefixes and suffixes, and created Hebrew sentences. We also reviewed prayer words from our book and each student has his “own word” they need to memorize. We ended the class with brief practice of the Torah Blessings.

Homework for next week:

  1. 10 min on the online learning center.
  2. Write 4 Hebrew sentences using the words we went over in class. Memorize your word.
  3. Practice the blessing before the Torah reading. If you child doesn’t have his book, it can be found on line rather easily.

Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom,

Sherry Grinsteiner

Feb 3

posted Feb 1, 2017, 9:14 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

1. What are we celebrating on TU Bishevat?

2. What can we eat on Tu Bishevat to celebrate?

3. What are some of the things the JNF (Jewish National Fund) does to help Israel?  

Jan 27

posted Jan 26, 2017, 11:52 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

Yesterday we had a combine class, We practiced conversational Hebrew as we took attendance, and in the absence of R. Dollin practiced the Shir Chadash Melodies. We practice reading and proficiency of the prayers and reinforced words memory with games.

No home work for next week.


Dear All,

During the class held on Wednesday the 25 the class worked on two main subjects.

First, the class reviewed and wrapped up the prayer אבות ואמהות (A-vot Ve-ee-ma-hot). The class reviewed important roots words that appear in the prayer and practiced translation of different variations of the roots. Additionally, the class learned about the story of Sara's tent.

Additionally, the class have started to learn the prayer גבורות (Ge-vo-rot). The class have learned about the main gist of the prayer and each of the students practiced reading the prayer.

 Questions for students

1) How would the story regarding Sarah's tent shed light on the A-vot Ve-ee-ma-hot Prayer?

2) What are two important roots you have learned this week and what is their meaning?

3) What is the meaning of Ge-vo-rot and how that related to our relationship with G-d?



Jan 13

posted Jan 13, 2017, 10:12 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Why do we say kaddish for Holocaust victims? 


Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 10:22 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

On Wednesday we had a combined class again. We had our Shir Chadash prayer session with Rabbi Dollin, learning and practicing the Modeh Ani prayer in Hebrew. We also had Barak, the Israeli Shinshin leading an activity, speaking and sharing with the kids life in Israel and the difference of winter in Israel than here (This week was the first time in his life that he saw snow!) In the short time we had left we practiced writing Hebrew sentences with some of the vocabulary we learned.

One of the questions that came up in class was “Why girls don’t wear a kippa?” to which I answered with “Why would anyone wear a kippa?” We did NOT discussed the issue, and this is their homework assignment (which perhaps you can be a part of): research and find out what is the origin and reasons of the Jewish custom of wearing a Kippa.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sherry Grinsteiner

Dec 2

posted Dec 2, 2016, 10:18 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Last Wednesday we had a combined class. We also had our first session with Rabbi Dollin. He will continue and teach  our class every Wednesday 4:40-5:10, the melodies of the prayers of the Shir Chadash service. After learning these songs/prayers the students will lead a Shabbat service at Shir Chadash next April or May (Will let you know of the date when I know it). 

The class also review the Hebrew shoresh letters, prefixes and suffixes, and worked on reading skills in pairs.


Shabbat Shalom,

Sherry Grinsteiner

Nov 18

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:13 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Shalom Parents,

We are continuing to work on our reading skills, and I can definitely see much improvement with the childrens’ reading accuracy and speed. We also continue to practice our conversational Hebrew in the beginning of every class as I take attendance. Yesterday we worked in our Kol Israel book, on the Av Harachamim prayer and the Isreali National Anthem. We discussed the difference between the Land of Israel and the State of Israel.

Home work for next week: 

  1. 10 min on the online center.
  2. What do we refer to when we talk about “the hope of 2000 years”? Why 2000?  (this is a line from Hatikva, the Israeli National anthem)
  3. Memorize the Hebrew words for: Zion, Land of Israel, State of Israel and Jerusalem.

Thank you,

Sherry Grinsteiner

Oct 21

posted Oct 21, 2016, 8:44 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Our class continues with lesson 1 in our Kol Israel text book. We learned about the Shoresh , root, of the hebrew words, and specifically the shoresh  Mem Lamed and Chaf which means King or sovereign. We also learned the suffix “Cha” which means yours. We continued practicing our reading skills and Hebrew words (as I take attendance). We also shared the homework assignment offering few facts about the Israeli National Anthem, which we will discuss in length next class.

Homework: 10 min on our online study site. Also: please write 5-10 facts about the State of Israel.

Wishing you all Chag Succot Sameach!

Sherry Grinsteiner

Oct 7

posted Oct 7, 2016, 10:59 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 11:02 AM ]

Yesterday in class we reviewed and practiced the Hebrew words we learned so far, as well as the T’filah words and information we covered. 

We discussed the purpose to the Torah and “categorized” its content to three parts. Please ask your child to share this with you.

A large portion of the class was devoted to Hebrew reading, with emphasis on accuracy and speed.

Homework for next class (October 19th!): 20 min on the online study, and to write 5 factual points / sentences about the Israeli National Anthem.


Wishing you Chatimah Tovah,

Sherry Grinsteiner

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