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Our Vav Class

SamMeet your Vav Jewish Studies teacher, Samantha Zadikoff!

Committed to sharing her passion for meaningful and fun Jewish education, Sam aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for each and every one of her students. The proud mother of two, she received her Master’s in Jewish Education in 2006 and has been teaching Jewish Studies for over 15 years. Sam loves connecting and creating a learning community within her classroom.  When she’s not teaching, Sam enjoys hot yoga, reading and hanging out with her two kiddos.  She is looking forward to an awesome year at BHCBE!

Meet your Vav Hebrew teacher, Rabbi Andy Bossov!
AndyShalom, parents and students!  I can’t wait to meet you all and to get started enhancing our knowledge and understanding of Judaism’s very special and unique language.  As an alumnus of this religious school – pictured on the wall of past graduates and everything! —  I received a strong foundation in Hebrew (and many other subjects) which I extended by studying Hebrew at New Trier.  After ordination at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1992, I served Reform congregations in Baltimore, Sarasota (FL), and southern New Jersey, followed by directing a Jewish seniors program in Westchester County, New York, until moving back to Chicago this past winter to pursue a dual career in music performance and rabbinics.  A lifelong pianist and musician, I graduated from Northwestern’s School of Music before working in arts management and a variety of freelance activities until becoming a congregational rabbi.

Hebrew Curriculum

In Kitah Vav we move beyond the Shalom Ivrit series into Yesodot Ha’Lashon: Part 2. The class will start with a review of basics (colors, numbers, common objects and pronouns) and move into order (first, second, third, etc…), telling time, possessives (I have / I don’t have), and agreement of gender and number and between nouns and adjectives.  Student will conclude the year by working on conjugating verbs in the present tense. Students will also reinforce verbs and vocabulary through a variety of games and Hebrew through Movement, an action-based method for learning Hebrew.
By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to

  • Tell time in Hebrew
  • Describe the location and possession of an object
  • Conjugate verbs in the present tense
  • Demonstrate a Hebrew vocabulary of at least 400 words
  • Match gender and number between nouns and adjectives
  • Hold a basic dialogue with a partner

Jewish Life Curriculum- K’lal Yisrael (The People of Israel)

Overview This year Kitah Vav will focus on the past, present and future of Judaism.  Students will begin the year answering the question, “How did we get here?”  Touching upon modern Jewish History and turning to our responsibility as Jewish people.  We will study Jewish values and explore how they relate and link to the issues, causes and ideas going on in the modern day world.  Sample topics that will be covered include: homelessness, hunger, food security, Israel, the Holocaust, modern day Jewish denominations, the election, health care, Jewish people around the world, and what our responsibility as Jews are to these (and many other) causes.

By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Answer the question, “What is our responsibility as modern day Jewish Americans to issues locally and in the world?”