OUR MISSION: We now know that we can do anything we prioritize. Jewish learning, connection, and literacy are our central missions and we must reach children and families where they are and illustrate that Judaism adds rich and valuable dimensions to our lives, We want to cultivate Jewish identity and pride and take every opportunity to connect to Israel.
We have made it through the most challenging few years and have come out stronger and more determined. In this coming year, we can finally get back to some of our very favorite activities like cooking, mitzvah making and being together.
OUR PLAN: If there is anything we have learned loud and clear is that we can grow and change and go with the flow. We had many different activities in the past few years that allowed us to celebrate together – in new and different ways – at the Zoo, in front of the Temple, on the beach, in costume, online, and in kindness for others. Fun, learning, and determination can make magic! We will continue that this year.
Bereshit Beginnings. The youngest group is K-2nd grade. They meet once a month on Sundays 9:30-11. These sessions focus on learning about Shabbat, holidays and introducing the Aleph Bet -Hebrew alphabet. Beginning October 10.
Katan. 3 and 4 graders meeting Sunday 9:30-12. Gadol. 5, 6 and 7th graders meeting Sundays 9:30-12 and Wednesdays 5-6.
FAMILY PROGRAMMING: We hope you know that you and your family are always welcome to come to our events whether or not you choose membership at this time. We will have Shabbat
dinners, Havdallah parties (the end of shabbat) on Saturday evenings, holiday programming in and out of our temple and fun activities to add to our connection as a community throughout the year. These events will be in monthly newsletters and on our website. We hope you feel comfortable to also invite your friends to join us.
January was tree-mendous! Our love and appreciation of trees and all of nature was evident as we made trees of all sorts and tasted fruits with peels, with pits, with seeds or those that could be eaten entirely. We highlighted the seasons, drank a LOT of juice and all felt blessed to be enjoying it together at our seder. Morah Reut came and elevated our Tu B’Shvat celebration with dance and games. We have also delved deeper into havdalah by learning the brachot and making our own spice bags at our PJ havdalah event. It was so fun to be together. Gabriel said, “This feel just like Hebrew School, but funner!”
In the month ahead we are highlighting SHABBAT! We are reviewing and solidifying the brachot, of course. We are making challah covers and baking our own challah! Some of the students adore crafting, so we will be creating our own shabbat candlesticks, too. We’ve been talking about what it means to make shabbat different from the rest of the week. Is there something you do in your family? I brought my candlesticks which were my mom’s and my dad’s kiddish cup. I explained to the children how I keep my grandparents, my parents and my own kids with me to make shabbat a link from the past to the future. Do you have special things that keep your family traditions with you? TELL YOUR KIDS! Or remind them again. The next Family Friday Shabbat Experience with dinner is February 9th at 6pm. It will be a MAKE YOUR OWN TACO BAR! And we will be serving the challah we bake as well. We hope you can join us to deepen our understanding of the beauty of shabbat!
This month’s calendar:
Sunday 2/4 – BB, Alef and Dalet (CHALLAH BAKE. Feel free to stay and learn with us!)
Wednesday 2/7 – Dalet
Fri 2/9 – Family Shabbat Experience @6:00
Sun 2/11 – Alef and Dalet
Wed 2/14 -Dalet
Sunday 2/18 – NO SCHOOL (Presidents weekend)
Wed 2/21 – Dalet
Sunday 2/25 – Alef and Dalet
Wednesday 2/28 – Dalet
Remember that we go by the Rockaway School District. If they call a snow day or early dismissal, we are canceled. Please text in our chain since neither Johanna nor I work in Rockaway. The back steps can be tricky, but the snow removal company always clears them.
All are welcome, “see” you there!