3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 Weekday Services: M-Fri: 7:00am/Sun: 9am; Sun - Thu: 7:30 pm

Our Aleph Class

Meet your Aleph teacher, Sheryl Adelman Kimmel!
SherylFirst grade is an exciting time for learning about Judaism and becoming familiar with Hebrew. I value my role as a teacher and will do my best to make the class as enriching and positive as possible.

A little about myself: I am from Winnetka originally- my family moved there from Skokie the summer before I started 1st grade at Hubbard Woods School.  I recently returned to Winnetka with my children, William and Sophia (twins), in time for them to start 1st grade also at Hubbard Woods! We moved to Winnetka from Lawrence, Kansas where I completed a doctorate in American Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching at the university, I taught Hebrew and Sunday school at a Kansas City congregation and the Holocaust and Jewish Identities to junior high and high school students at the JCC.  I am looking forward to getting to know your child and feel very fortunate to have that opportunity.

Hebrew Curriculum
In Kitah Aleph we will be studying Hebrew from the primer in our new Hebrew series, Ready, Set, Aleph Bet. We will be reviewing the Hebrew letters and continuing with our language studies, beginning to read Hebrew words and utilize Hebrew phrases. We will also be receiving flashcards and a computer app to aid us in our studies each week.
In addition to using our Hebrew primer, we will reinforce Hebrew through immersion and movement.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Fluently recognize all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and develop some skills working with vowels
  • Count to 20 in Hebrew
  • Demonstrate a basic Hebrew vocabulary of greetings, classroom objects, and ritual foods/objects (~ 50 words)
  • Say the appropriate blessings to say over Challah, grape juice, pretzels, fruit, and vegetables
  • Fluently recite the Shema, Modeh Ani, and Barchu prayers
  • Respond to instructions in Hebrew including “to stand,” “to sit,” “to run,” “to jump,” “to stop,” to “speed up,” “to point,” and “to walk.”

Jewish Life Curriculum
Overview:  As each holiday approaches, we’ll learn about its customs and meaning in advance, preparing our students to enjoy the holiday and participate along with their families. Aleph focuses on using art projects and stories to help explore the meaning of upcoming holiday and Torah stories.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Identify ritual objects such as the shofar, the lulav, the Etrog, the Sukkah, the Torah, the Hanukkiyah, Shabbat candlesticks, Challah, the Megillah, the seder plate, gragger, tallit, mezuzah, and speak to their significance and use on Shabbat or Jewish holidays
  • Identify the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu B’shvat,  Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, Yom Ha’atzmeut, and Shavuot and understand what we celebrate on those holidays
  • Recognize the Israeli flag, learn the shape of the state of Israel and its general place on a world map

The Regular Schedule: Every Sunday begins at 9:00 am together in the sanctuary for school-wide tefillot. Parents sit with their children in a row set aside for their child’s grade. We provide a snack of challah and grape juice every Sunday. Class ends at 11:30 am. For those families who have students in older grades that let out at 12:00 pm, there is a free baby-sitting option in room 102. Please let us know in advance if you would like to take advantage of this service.