Religious School Update – January 12, 2023

Welcome Back Everyone!

        It was so wonderful to see all the families back after the long hiatus.  All the kids were ready and eager to get  back to class.  Just a reminder that we will not have religious school on January 15 because of the MLK holiday but we will resume the following Sunday on January 22 at 9:30 a.m.  Also, unfortunately, the weather report still calls for more rain this weekend, so I decided to postpone the playground project one more time.  We will now hold it on January 22 at 12:30 p.m.  We would love for all the parents to help put in the new sand and wood chips (and bring a shovel if you have one) 

          And now for the recap.  Rabbi Dean led us in our Tefillah service and introduced us to the opening of the Book of Exodus.  Appropriately, the younger grades all learned the story about Moses and his confrontations with Pharoah.  They read stories about Moses as a baby and being drawn from the Nile River and worked on illustration booklets. 

       In the Bnai Mitzvah class, we started a multi-week project about what it means to live a Jewish life.  For the first hour, we started learning the basics of the Hebrew language, including how to say hello, introduce ourselves, and basic vocabulary.  We also learned that each Hebrew word and name has an inherent value and connection through Gematriyah.  For the second hour, I had the kids think about what living a Jewish life means in terms of thoughts and actions.  They gave their opinions about what is most important for living a Jewish life and then we analyzed the key actions that Reform Rabbis highlighted, including deeds of compassion, honoring parents, prayer, and studying Torah.  Starting next time we will begin work on their personal projects to reflect their own definition of living a Jewish life in their everyday lives. 

      And that about covers it for now.  Everyone have a nice extended weekend and I will see y’all on January 22. 


      Best, David