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Eighth Grade Blog

Hello and welcome, Class of 2023! (Can you believe it?!)

Humanities I am so very excited to begin my fourth year at Hannah Senesh (and my 9th year in education) with this group of 8th graders! I look forward to engaging students in new and challenging content that will solidify the work they’ve already been doing in previous years. As students read books from contemporary and historic American authors in their ELA course, they will also learn about the rich American legacy in their Social Studies course. Students will explore the questions “What is the American legacy and how do I contribute to our future?” “What is the impact of...
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Goodbye, 8th Grade!

Science In the final weeks of science this year, we conducted our final project. We explored the morality of science. Students selected a science concept that could morally be argued against. For example, cloning, nuclear weapons, or self-driving cars. Students decided if they were pro or con and presented the class with their arguments.    We have explored so much science this year and I know these students will face high school with a strong sense of confidence. This has been an amazing year, and I am so proud of all their achievements this year.   Good Luck Class of...
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May in the 8th Grade

Humanities Between play rehearsals, the 8th Grade is hard at work drafting their Israel reflections and their graduation speeches. Heritage Hebrew להורים שלום, אני מקווה ששלומכם בטוב. לפני הנסיעה לישראל עבדנו על יחידת שורשים וזהות יהודית של תלמידי הכיתה שהייתה מאד מעניינת ומאתגרת. השבוע נעבוד על מבחני אוואנט שבודקת מיומנויות למידה, המאפשרת לנו להעריך ולעזור לתלמידים. שבת שלום, אילנה Judaic Studies We are beginning a new unit, themed to the play! 8th graders will be reflecting on the obligations between children and parents through Torah, Talmud, modern sources, and their own thoughts. What, if anything, do children owe to their...
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Day 15: Safed and Travels Home

Today was our last day in Israel! We started by going to the city of Safed. There we learned about the origins of Kabbalah, a part of Judaism that focuses on the metaphorical. We saw old and new houses, and a beautiful beeswax shop. Then we explored a street in the city that was filled with art and artisanal jewelry stores. Then we headed to the Sachne, a freshwater spring, which we swam in. Now we are getting tested to go on the airplane back. See you soon! From, Reuben and Matias

Day 14: Rafting, Chocolate Making, and a Party!

Today we woke up early and made our way to a biking program and took an hour-long ride with a view of Mount Hermon, before taking the bus towards a river rafting program, where we got to raft down a river that intersected with the Jordan river, and ended with a small waterfall. After that, we made our way to the Galita chocolate factory where we got to make our own chocolate bars! We ended the day with a party on a rental boat on the Kinneret, with lots of screaming and dancing. From, Clea and Alina

Day 11: Exploring the North

Today, we went to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. While we were there, we read about Israeli inventions and played a VR game. Then we drove to eat lunch and see Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi’s grave. Then, we went on a hike to look at the Kineret. It was very beautiful to see it from so high up on a mountain! We drove to our new hotel and prepared for our last Shabbat together in Israel. From Clara and Naomi  

Day 9: Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

This has been a very mixed emotional day for us because we had to quickly transition from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. In the beginning of the day we met up with our twinning school in Hod haSharon and we watched a tekes (assembly) with them for Yom HaZikaron and had lunch. It was amazing how quickly we bonded with the Israeli kids. Lots of us exchanged contact info and we hope we’ll stay in touch.  We had a very detailed demonstration on how to make our falafel from their principal! Then we went to ANU, Israel’s museum of the...
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Day 8: Onwards to Tel Aviv!

Today we woke up in Jerusalem at 6:45 and ate breakfast. We got on the bus and went to pray at Har Hadar, a mountain at the edge of Jerusalem with a monument on it.  Then we went to hear Jessica (not our teacher) speak about her experiences about being Muslim and how it compares to other religions. After that, we went to shuk hacarmel where we were given 50 shekel to get lunch and other things. After the shuk, we made our way to a playground across the shuk to bond and meet up. After being at the playground...
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Day 7: More Jerusalem Adventures

Yesterday we woke up and ate breakfast. Then we went to the egalitarian section of the Kotel to pray together. It was a powerful experience to pray in front of a wall that people thousands of years ago used as a wall. Then, we went inside the church of the holy sepulcher and saw the place where Jesus supposedly died. Then we went to a charity organization and helped pack food for families that need food. Then we ate dinner at shuk machane yehuda and stayed in the shuk for a bit. Then we went back to the hotel in...
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