Shana Tova!

Shalom Omanut class and parents!

Wow…I don’t even know where to start.  It has been the most incredible past two weeks, and gratitude is the only word to describe how I feel about beginning this Jewish New Year with such an amazing Omanut class!  New friendships are being fostered, creative minds are blooming, and the energy of the classroom is vibrant.    We have started the school year with some pretty cool lessons and projects, covering a range of media in only a few classes, and discussing many ideas about Judaism and art.

On our first day of class, everone created their own picture frame which we mounted onto our bullentin board outside of the classroom.  The color of our classroom now extends to our religious school hallway, and showcases our growing community of Temple Isaiah’s most talented, up and coming artists 🙂   (I need to take more photos, but if you are interested in seeing our bullentin board, I encourage you to come in and say hey!)

For our next project, we learned the importance of both Jewish tools and artist tools.  Books are one of our greatest learning tools, so each artist received their own blank sketch book to decorate.  We have been using our sketch books in every class, and each blank page is filled with a new idea that comes to the imagination.  The artists seem to take well to the blank page, and are very open to sharing ideas with one another and learning from eachother.   


Our third class lesson was about Jewish symbols, and the artists jogged their memories for Jewish symbols they have  seen before.  We listed them on the board, and each class member had a chance to create their own artist trading cards (ATCs).  Using pastels, they drew Jewish symbols on one side of the card, and on the other side they wrote the name of the symbol.  The artists were designing beautiful images of shofars, Hebrew letters,  colorful stars of David, and some decided that horses were a Jewish symbol because they were a creation of God… I let it slide. 

Today was my favorite project, where we talked about Rosh Hashana and how it takes place during Fall:  a time of great change in nature that can be reflected in our lives.  Each artist colored a half sheet of paper with colored crayons, covering the entire sheet of paper.  Then, they were tasked with covering all of the color over with a dark layer of black crayon.  Everyone carved out a symbol of peace  into the layer of black, letting the under layer of color shine through.  This was meant to represent how we carve out space to make the new year more peaceful, building over the layers of the past year. The project was a blast, and the students also articulated one thing they would do to make the world a more peaceful place for the New Year!  I promise to show you pictures in my next post, but with all that goes on during class, I always forget to take photos.

That’s it for our first unit…we are off to a great start!  I can’t wait to begin teaching Genesis in the year of 5772!  I wish you all a very healthy, happy, and sweet New Year!  Shana Tova!

Peace & Love,