The End of the Year…Already?!

Wow! It’s hard to believe that Torah Center and Jewish High School classes are done for the year! Mazal tov to our fabulous Faculty and awesome Madrichim for a terrific year… and to the students and parents – we couldn’t have done it without you! Here are some highlights of the last few weeks…

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The Pre-K students learned what it means to be created B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image, and decorated picture frames to help them remember how special they are:

Our Kindergarteners made flower necklaces as they talked about all that they learned:

First Grade students learned about Shavuot and played Jewpardy to review all the holidays discussd throughout the year:

The 2nd Grade made a game to help with their review of the Bible stories they learned:

The 5th Grade played ‘Prophet Lotto’ as part of their reveiw:

The 5th Graders also got to try their hand at Micrography, the scribal practice of employing minuscule script to create abstract shapes or figurative designs, an art form used by Jews for over a millennium. They looked at examples of microcraphy and then created their own pictures using symbols of peace or Israel, and writing Hebrew words from the prayers of peace learned in class.

During the 6th Grade Torah Day, students and parents got a close-up look at the Torah scroll:


Afterwards, the 6th Grade finished up their participation in the Eco-Connection with a Skype call to Carmiel-Misgav, Pittsburgh’s sister city and region in Israel. What awesome T-shirts!

Our 7th, 8th, & 9th Graders learned a lot from the personal story of Fritz Ottenheimer, a Holocaust survivor, who came to visit on the last night of class. He was joined by Moritz, a young German man who is working at the Holocaust Center this year as part of the Action Reconciliation Program for Peace. It made for a very interesting evening!

The 9th Grade finished up their study of the Israeli Minisry of Tourism’s different Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) posters by creating their own to commemorate Israel’s 64th birthday:

All in all, a great end to a great year!

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Coming Up:

Don’t miss Temple Emanuel’s annual Bagel Brunch Bash!  The event is FREE and will be Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day) from 10:00 to noon, rain or shine at the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center Outdoor Picnic Pavilion at Boyce Mayview Park.  Please RSVP to Temple at 412-279-7600 or [email protected] ASAP.

On Sunday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm, Temple Emanuel is hosting an enjoyable evening of food, friendship and conversation.  There is no cost for this Family Event. Look to the weekly Torah Center email for more inf