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emple Israel's IMAGINE Young Adult Group gathered for a challah-baking
workshop at Dakota Bread in West Bloomfield recently. Young adults learned
the basics of challah baking, while kneading, rolling out and braiding the
Lori Semel and Cheryl Spektor, both of West Bloomfield
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny led a study session on the history of challah baking and its
significance on the Shabbat table.
Each participant was able to pick up a challah they made personally on Friday
morning – just in time to celebrate Shabbat with their families.
Laura Markle of Royal Oak, Jessica Migliore of West Beth Fienman of Farmington Hills and Binay Manche( of
Bloomfield and Can Fayne of Birmingham in Dakota
New Year At Hillel
School-wide efforts help
students prepare to celebrate
the High Holidays.
encils, notebooks, Smart Boards, apples
and — shofars! That's what's been happen-
ing at Hillel Day School recently as students
get back into their routines and prepare for Rosh
Hind's youngest learners in the Early Childhood
Center have been enjoying the symbols and fruits of
the New Year by creating beautiful plates for apples
and honey (representing a fresh new beginning and
sweetness for the cycle of their Jewish lives), shofars
and counting and cooking with apples.
For elementary students, authentic learning came
alive with challah baking and a visit from Rabbi
Shneur Silberberg of the Bais Chabad Torah Center,
who showed first-graders how shofars are actu-
ally created — thankfully using a fake ram. The
sound of the shofar could be heard throughout the
hallways surrounding the music classrooms as chil-
dren attempted to blow the shofar themselves with
encouragement from their classmates.
Heartwarming messages for "health','"peace,'"a
cure for diabetes" and "wanting to read better" are
just a few wishes to be found in apple baskets hang-
ing outside of a second-grade classroom. Students at
the Frankel School in Jerusalem, Hillel's sister school,
will be enjoying Rosh Hashanah cards from their
third-grade counterparts. Rosh Hashanah lessons are
integrated into the fourth-grade language arts unit
"Challenges',' as children discuss and write about the
challenge of asking others for forgiveness, embodying
what Jews customarily do during the 10-day period
between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The children are able to apply the values and les-
sons learned to their own lives as they contemplate
their wishes for a new beginning and how their
actions impact the world around them.
October 6 • 2011
Hillel Day School first-graders learned
how shofars come from a ram's horns.
Rebecca Rabin of Royal Oak and Talia Rotberg of Bloomfield Hills check
ECC student Jonah Zekman of Franklin
out their Rosh Hashanah books.
dips his apple into honey.