During the first Unit of Omanut, students have been exploring themes of light and space, exploring the space around them through a Jewish lens. As part of this unit, our 4th and 5th graders have been creating stained glass flames that will be combined to form a stained glass menorah that will be hung by the entrance of TBE. It was exciting with this in mind to see such a unique, large-scale stained glass piece!
During our field trip, in addition the Mapparium, we also had an opportunity to visit the Hall of Ideas. The Hall of Ideas is a space designed to celebrate the “great ideas of history”-- inspiring quotes from various leaders throughout history. The quotes are projected on the walls and floors of the room, and even on a fountain in the center of the room. While in this space, families joined together to go on a quick scavenger hunt in the room-- finding quotes that inspired them. Then, families studied a text from the Talmud: “A little light can push away a lot of darkness”, and with that as inspiration wrote their own ideas down-- ideas that they would want to share to brighten up the world. A few of the quotes that families wrote and shared included:
“Be true to yourself, because then you will be happy and free.”
“You always find light in darkness if you close your eyes and think about others.”
“Take care of the world around us. Use the world materials smartly and don’t litter.”
“Be kind and generous to everyone.”
“No two people are the same, be accepting of others.”
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
“Step lively and think often.”
“Say thank you for life.”
Temple Beth Elohim is extremely grateful to Combined Jewish Philanthropies and our CJP consultant, Tova Speter, for their support in the creation of our Omanut Program.
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