Book Commercial Reflection

In Language Arts, throughout the whole year we made book commercials. A book commercial is a review of a book. We make a short, intriguing summary of the book and make a small poster to go along with it. Then, we present them to our class on Fridays. We rotated so everybody did one a week.

In the beginning of the year, my book commercials were not very good. My posters were messy, and I was making up a summary as a went. I was not a clear speaker. I shifted while I spoke and never made eye contact.

By today, my last book commercial, I have greatly improved. My posters are complete, and I have written out summaries to use. Although my speech is still occasionally jumbled, you can hear me much better. I can make clear eye contact and stay in one spot.

Although I have improved, I am still not the best public speaker. I can improve on three ideas. Firstly, I need to be louder and clearer. Secondly, I need to talk slower. And thirdly, I  need to have a relaxed position while speaking.

To see my last book commercial for the year go to :

Math Blog Post- Tessellations

Today, I learned about tessellations in math class. Our school’s art teacher came in and showed us some examples of tessellations in art, and then we made some. We first took a piece of paper and cut it in half, in any line we wanted. Then, we taped the two flat edges together and cut it again in a quirky way, and we taped it again. Then, we took a small poster and traced our shape numerous times until the whole poster was full of shapes. Then, we looked and saw a figure in our shape, and colored it in as we deemed appropriate.

Here’s me cutting and taping the shape:


And here’s me drawing the shapes:


And here’s the completed project, my horses:


Journal 23- You Shall be Holy, For I Am Holy

This week’s Torah portion is called Kedoshim, which in Hebrew means, “You shall be holy”. The full sentence reads, “You shall be holy because I, your G-d, am holy.” Everyday, I live up to this statement. I am holy from the moment I wake up and I say Modeh Ani, a short prayer thanking G-d for allowing me to live. I am also holy by cleaning my body physically and spiritually. Engaging in spiritual acts, such as praying or studying Torah also makes me holier.

Journal 22- In Memory of Scott

Scott Zimmerman, of blessed memory, was a bar/bas mitzvah teacher for many of my friends, and a mentor to all. He always offered a kind word and a smiling face. This Shavous, we honor him for all he did for the Jacksonville Jewish Center. When we remember the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, we will also remember Scott, who “gave” the Torah to hundreds of children through his teachings.


Scott may have only lived to be sixty, but he fulfilled more than just one favor. He often served as a substitute teacher for me, and every year, with the eighth graders, made an object to put in the middle school’s bees tefillah. Some years it was paintings; others it was an Aron. My class will be first in many years to note do a project with Scott.

This Shavous, Scott’s Shavous, let us remember this great man for all he has taught us.

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The City That Never Sleeps: My Trip to the Big Apple

New York City, with a population of 20 million people, is a great city with lots of activities and events going on. I recently went to New York City with my class, and I will explain what there is to do in the Big Apple.

One of the main things New York City is known for is its entertainment. I experienced this when I went to see Wicked, a hit Broadway play. I saw it at the Gershwin Theater and I throughly enjoyed it. I also saw the Blue Man Group, which was another unique experience  that I will never forget. New York City is home to the world’s greatest plays and theaters, and I am privileged to be able to have experienced it.

Another entertaining event I participated in was Escape the Room. In this activity, you are locked in a room and have an hour to escape. I did the setting in the theater. Although we did not escape in time, we still had an enjoyable experience. This is another fun activity that shows the wonders of New York City.

Another side of New York is the educational side. I saw this when I went to the 9/11 memorial. We took a guided tour, and saw the pools where the Twin Towers one stood. I heard the stories of survivors and witnesses. I was also able to pay my respects to my murdered uncle, which was a touching experience.

While in New York, I took a tour of the Lower East Side. I saw the oldest Jewish cemetery in North America. It is also the second oldest cemetery in North America overall. I also saw the Eldridge Street Synagogue. This is the first and one of the largest synagogues in New York City. This taught me some of the history of New York.

I experienced lots of Judaism while in New York. One such example was when I visited Brooklyn. We first did a mitzvah project at a gemach called Bobbi’s Place. We then took the way to Borough Park, a very religious area; 90% of the people there were Chasidic Jews. There, we went to Judaica shops and got kosher ice cream.

The most important Jewish influence I experienced was just being in the city. While there, we only ate at kosher restaurants. This led us to meet many different Jews. We went to two Conservative synagogues. We talked with Orthodox Jews. I saw every type of Jew in New York.

In conclusion, I had a truly eventful and exciting experience. New York City is a place where there is something to do for everybody. You can never get bored there. New York is the city that never sleeps.