Can you believe the secular year is winding down so fast? Before we know it, it will be the holiday season and then another new year. Next week there will be no Religious School on November 13 in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will resume class on November 20 and then have another break on November 27 for Thanksgiving. Please also remember to bring jars of peanut butter for the Food for Thought Drive. Finally, mark your calendars for April 16, when our school will have a special time at Urban Adamah in Berkeley.
And now for the recap. Cantor Marney graciously joined us to help lead our Tefillah Service alongside Rabbi Dean. While the younger kids had fun with Jenny, the older kids joined the Bnai Mitzvah class to learn more about the Jewish LIfe Cycle. We discussed various examples of cycles in the world (seasons, phases of the moon, the sun rising and setting etc) and then learned the different parts of the Jewish Cycle, which include birth, Bnai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Marriage, Conversion and Death. The kids went on a treasure hunt around the classroom matching each Life Cycle with the traditional prayer that goes along with them. Finally, each student came up with their own significant events on their personal life cycle to give greater meaning to their own lives, since most have not had a Bnai Mitzvah yet. We will continue to explore this theme in the coming weeks.
And that about covers it for now. Everyone have a nice long weekend and we will see you the 20th. Take care!