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

Our Gimmel Class

Meet your Gimmel teacher, Ruthie Halpern!
Rutie HMy name is Ruthie Halpern and I teach third grade (Gimmel).  I’m very happy to be  teaching at this synagogue!  The students will be learning Hebrew, Bible, Jewish Studies and Israel.

I’d love to tell you a little about myself so you know my background.  I have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. I was born in Israel in a Village named Ktsal Tavor.  This Village is in a lower Galilee.  My grandparents came to Israel in 1880 and created 3 villages.  My parents worked in the land of Israel as farmers.  I studied to be a teacher in Haifa and moved to Jerusalem after I got married.  I came to the US in 1977.  I started teaching at BHCBE in 1978.  In addition, I also have been teaching at Solomon Schechter for 34 years.

When I’m teaching, the students learn about my village and childhood through stories.  The synagogue was the center of our life. My goal is that the students have a strong Jewish identity.  I want them to be proud and to be able to continue the Jewish chain; from generation to generation.

Hebrew Curriculum
In Kitah Gimmel we make large strides in our studying of Hebrew. Using the Hebrew & Heritage New Siddur Primer, Script Writing Workbook, Shalom Ivrit I, and Siddur Shema Yisrael , students will learn to write in read with greater fluency, write Hebrew in cursive script,  significantly build their vocabulary, and begin learning prayers from their very first prayer book. The first half of the year culminates in Kabbalat Siddurim, where students demonstrate all they have learned in a performance in front of the whole congregation and they receive their very first siddur.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Comfortably read complete short sentences in Hebrew.
  • Write in cursive Hebrew
  • Demonstrate a Hebrew vocabulary of at least 100 words
  • Say the appropriate blessings to say over foods and mitzvot such as lighting candles and shaking the lulav
  • Fluently recite the Shema (and V’ahavta), Mah Tovu, Ki Me’tzion, Oseh Shalom, Hatikvah, Adon Olam and Ein Kelohenu
  • Ask simple questions such as “Can I go to the bathroom,” and “Can I get a drink of water?”

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:

  • Share 3 -5 stories that come from the history of the Jewish people
  • Identify themes behind major Jewish holidays and learn a song associated with each one
  • Sing Hatikvah, describe institutions such as a moshav and a kibbutz, and identify three Israeli major cities
  • Identify the key biblical characters such as Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Leah, Rachel and Joseph
  • Explain the concept of parshat hashavua