Religious School Update – January 26, 2023

Hello Everyone!

  And welcome back once again after a short break.  We will now be able to have a more regular schedule now that the major holidays are done.  We will have Religious School for the next three weeks until mid-February for the school break.  Just as importantly, a huge thank you to all the parents who assisted in putting in the new sand and wood chips for the playground last Sunday.  We could not have done it without you.  Our next Religious School will take place on Sunday, January 29, starting at 9:30 a.m.  And in two weeks on February 5, we will have our TuB’shvat celebration (more details to come).

     And now for the recap.  Rabbi Dean and Cantor Marney led our Tefillah service, with Cantor Marney teaching us new TuB’shvat songs to sing in the next few weeks.  While the younger grades were starting to learn about TuB’shvat, the B’nai Mitzvah class continued our multi-week project about what it means to live a Jewish life.  For the first hour, we continued our studies of the Hebrew language.  The kids can now ask basic questions, make simple statements, and engage in brief conversations all in Hebrew.  For the second hour, we discussed the value of having to do something you may not want to do but will benefit you in the future.  All the kids wrote down activities in their lives that they liked to do or had to do, why it was a good idea to still do things they may not like, and what that means for their future.  We ended by looking at two texts from the Midrash about observing Torah and doing the right thing as often as possible, even if it is for the wrong reason, in order to build habits of a good life.  We will continue this lesson next week before shifting to TuB’shvat.

     And that about covers it for now.  Please remember to sign up to bring snacks for the kids on the sign-in sheet in the main hallway of the classroom building.  Thanks everyone!