Welcome to Sixth Grade Hebrew at Or Chadash Religious School!
Teacher – Rabbi Joe Forman
Welcome to Sixth Grade Jewish Studies at Or Chadash Religious School.
This year our class will focus on modern Jewish history, beginning with the great wave of immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States in the late 19th century, the evolution of Judaism in contemporary America, and the creation of modern Israel.
We are living in historic times and we will talk about some of the social and political changes that have occurred under the Trump administration and a geopolitical shift to the far right in many countries. We will talk about Charlottesville and what lessons we can take from it.
To help us along, we will be using the second volume of The History of the Jewish People: A Story of Tradition and Change, written by two leading scholars, professors Jonathan Sarna and Jonathan Krasner. It’s a fascinating curriculum. The students will have fun learning about their family’s heritage by doing a bit of genealogy and asking relatives about family stories. And, oy vey, I’ll do a shtick about the origins of Yiddish, they’ll learn a few Yiddish words and hopefully have a few laughs.
We will also deal with some heavy subjects, including the pogroms, the two world wars and the Holocaust. I hope to have a former student’s grandmother, who was a hidden child in Poland. visit my class again and talk about her experience. Many of my students have said it was the highlight of their year.
I look forward to this and to all that the year ahead will bring.