This Week in 2nd Grade
December 16, 2018
A SPECIAL MORNING!
Yesterday was our last Sunday together in 2018. I look forward to seeing all my 2nd grade friends when we return on SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019! Lots of learning still to come!
Safe travels to those of you vacationing! Happy New Year!
A VISIT WITH RABBI COHEN!
*What is your favorite hobby? Exercising! Rabbi likes to swim, run, and spin.
*What is your favorite Jewish holiday? Passover, both because Rabbi loves the story and because Rabbi's Hebrew name is Pesach (for his grandfather, Pesach). (Ask your child if s/he remembers why Rabbi Cohen's grandfather was named Pesach.)
*Do you teach Hebrew? Rabbi teaches Hebrew in ways other than a formal class. For instance, he teaches Hebrew words when he helps bar and bat mitzvah students with their D'var Torah and he taught us two words during our visit!
*What is your favorite food? Kreplach! (See Rabbi's winter break challenge above.)
*Do you do all the services at temple? Rabbi does a lot of them, but he's lucky to have a great team that includes Rabbi Heaps and Cantor Friedman.
*What is the hardest part of being a rabbi? Rabbi shared how hard it is to switch gears from being with someone who is really sad in the morning to helping someone celebrate something wonderful in the afternoon.
*What is your favorite part of being a rabbi? This! Being with and learning from our class! :)
*What is your favorite story in the Torah? Rabbi loves the story of Baby Moses because it tells the story of three wonderful, courageous women (Yocheved, Miriam, and Pharaoh's daughter) who saved Moses so we could become free.
*Where do you like to vacation? Hilton Head, South Carolina! Rabbi and his family have been going there for over 20 years.
*What is your favorite thing to teach? Torah and middot (one of our new Hebrew words)! Middot are values such as kindness, generosity and patience.
*How do you become a rabbi? Study a lot! Rabbi did 4 years of college followed by 5 years of rabbinical school and being a student rabbi. Now he's been a rabbi for 29 years, including 19 years at Temple Jeremiah.
*How many kids do you have? 4 - Hope (20), Jacob (25), Eli (26), and Anna (22)!
*Why are there so many Torahs in the ark? There are 2 reasons. First, one Torah is always kept in the right place for Shabbat as we go through the year and the other Torahs are ready for special occasions and holidays. Second, sometimes people donate Torahs to our temple.
*Why did you become a rabbi? Rabbi always loved being at temple when he was a kid. As he grew older, Rabbi realized he loved teaching and also helping people. Becoming a rabbi was the perfect combination of those two passions.
*What is your favorite color? Rabbi is actually a little bit color blind, but of the colors he can see, yellow is his favorite.
*What is your favorite Jewish song? I Am a Latke!
*What are your favorite books to read? Historical fiction!
*Why did you choose to be a rabbi at Temple Jeremiah? Rabbi chose TJ for 3 reasons. First, TJ is a great community! Secondly, Rabbi grew up in Chicago and his family was still here. He was ready to move home! Finally, the timing was perfect for Rabbi and his family to move since his children were so young.
TODAH RABAH, RABBI COHEN, for spending so much time with us!
FAMILY PROMISE IS COMING TO JEREMIAH!
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