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Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Susan Choi

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016 - 5:30 pm

From the Desk of Susan Choi 

5th grade General Studies 

Overcoming Challenges

For the past few weeks, the 5th grade class worked on a collaborative unit that explored the major challenges (exiles) endured by the Jewish people and how the Jews have strengthened their identity by facing and overcoming these challenges. 

Then they wrote a personal narrative about a challenge they have faced that influenced them as a person and how they overcame their challenge.  

“Being the only boy in a household, living far from shul, academic struggles,” these are just a few of the challenges that our students are facing today. A couple students were brave enough to share their challenges and how they overcame it.  

“A couple of years ago my cousin was diagnosed with cancer. It was really hard on my family. We usually have Shabbos dinner with the entire family, but when my cousin got sick, our Shabbos dinner was not the same. It influenced me because it made me appreciate my family more. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my cousin. Thankfully she is cancer free and now our family is back to normal and we continue to have Shabbos dinner every week.”

- Bianca W.

“Can you imagine walking 3.8 miles to shul every week?!?! Well, that’s what my family and I do. It’s hard because I have to wake up extra early, even when I’m tired.   Sometimes I don’t feel like walking so I don’t want to go, but I know it’s the right thing to do so I go to shul anyways. This challenge influenced me to be grateful of what I have and to be a proud Jew. I’m proud that I am able to go to shul with my family, even if it means I have to walk a long distance. Some people have to walk even further than me so I’m thankful I don’t have to walk farther than 3.8 miles.“

- Shlomo M.

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