Ms. Elman’s Tenth Grade Jewish Studies – Inviting Memories Under the Sukkah
After spending a few weeks learning about the art of the Jewish Seudah, the Jewish meal, students delved deeply into the symbolic meaning behind various different Jewish celebratory meals and created their own seudah as a class. Using the tradition of Ushpizot/Ushpizin, inviting holy guests who have passed on to the sukkah meal. Each student brought a guest that gave meaning to their lives who has since passed; we welcomed Betty Friedan, many grandmas, uncles, RBG, Coby Bryant, and many more to our sukkah! The students also brought their favorite family dishes and so we got to enjoy a cultural smorgasbord of our class’s family traditions, from Samosas with chutney, semitas de dulce, Israeli salad, falafel, and a new Covid-era family tradition of peach cobbler! We closed our seudah by signing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah together. It was a magical way to end the unit!