In conjunction with building the 2nd grade curriculum, I have been defining specific essential questions to guide our learning. One of the essential we are working to guide our learning of Holidays is the following: How can celebrating Jewish holidays strengthen my Jewish identity, while also helping me engage with the world today?
In order to measure if learning about Jewish Holidays truly strengthens our students’ Jewish Identities, we need to talk about it. What is a Jewish identity? What do we do that strengthens it?
Here is a summary of our discussion this morning (all ideas and words from the kids; I was super impressed):
Our Jewish Identity is what being Jewish means to us.
Ways that we strengthen our Jewish Identity :
Going to Temple/Synagogue
Celebrating Shabbat and other Jewish Holidays
Going to MJDS
Going to Israel, going to the Kotel
HW QUESTION: FAMILY DISCUSSION (please have your child answer these questions in the comment section)
What does your family already do to help strengthen your Jewish identities?
**CHALLENGE(optional): As a family, take on something new to help strengthen your Jewish identities. Share with us what it is (examples: Lighting Shabbat Candles, learning the Parsha together, Singing a Jewish song or prayer at night…)