This past Sunday, HALB hosted its first ever Jewish History Fair.  Morah Saba, Ivrit teacher for the fifth-grade girls, spent the past year teaching the girls the various key periods of Jewish History.  Their study culminated with a dramatic presentation along with an interactive fair held at the HALB gym.

Morah Saba spent the past six months creating representative models of eleven periods in Jewish History beginning with Avraham and going all the way through the founding of Medinat Yisrael in 1948.  The fifth-grade girls served as docents at this pop-up museum dressed in the costumes of the various periods in history and explained each exhibit. The exhibits included the time of the Avot, Yetziat Mitzrayim, the Shoftim, Ruth HaMoaviah, the Beit Hamikdash, the Shtetl, the Golden Age of Spain, the Inquisition, the Holocaust and the forming of Medinat Yisrael. In addition, there was an exhibit featuring the various famous synagogues from around the world.  In addition, the students created a personal family history, which featured photos of their grandparents and great-grandparents.

As Morah Saba said, “our children learn various aspects of Jewish history in Chumash and Navi but are unclear how each period relates to the other.  They now have an understanding of the timeline of our Jewish people.”

The exhibits will be used throughout the year to give better context to the Jewish holidays we celebrate and to the full Jewish experience.  HALB is grateful for the efforts of Morah Saba in putting this program together for our fifth-grade girls.