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Empowering our Teens: A Key to a Positive Future 

Shalom, Adath families! At the end of April, we had a fantastic family program for our fifth graders – this was the first time we had a family day for this class and it could not have been better!

Part of the fifth grade Judaica curriculum is Jewish Immigration to America – how did our families come to this country and how does our personal story fit into the greater saga of American history? In the past, we’ve done small family genealogy projects, but this year Morah Michele Genzer brought this experience to a whole new level!

After researching and learning about general trends in Jewish American history, our fifth graders set out to discover their own immigrant roots and family stories. The unit culminated in a fantastic morning of sharing our family histories, food (yum!), personal stories, and finally, remembering those who helped us become the Jewish people we are today.

The class created a cookbook based on their shared histories, which is available in the synagogue office. They decided to ask for donations for each copy and to give the proceeds to the Samost JFCS Food Bank in Cherry Hill. In addition to delicious recipes, you can learn about our fifth graders, read their stories and contributions, and even learn a little Yiddish at the same time!

Our day ended with Yiddish bingo and Kahoot (an online quiz game), and we all walked away with a greater Yiddish vocabulary! Thank you to Morah Michele and Evan Snider (the class’ awesome madrich) for a fantastic year and an amazing way to showcase our learners’ great work!

Rabbi Monica Kleinman