Religious School Update – Aug. 31, 2023

Religious School Update:

Shalom Everyone!

We have now entered the crazy part of our schedule.  Thank you to everyone who made the first two weeks of Religious School an excellent start for the year.  There will be no Religious School next week on September 4 because of Labor Day.  In two weeks, on September 10, we will all be meeting at the Solano Stroll to assist at the TBH booth.  A huge thanks to everyone who has signed up and there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer if you wish.  The following week, September 17, we will have no school because it is the second day of Rosh Hashana.  We will return to Religious School on September 24 and resume our regular schedule.  However, I am pleased to announce that midweek Hebrew School will begin this Tuesday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m.  I look forward to see all the kids who have signed up!

  And now for the recap.  As always, Rabbi Dean and Cantor Marney led us in the Tefillah Service before we adjourned to our classes.  All the classes were concentrating on the theme of the High Holidays.  The younger kids continued their art projects and the middle grades built plaques with their Hebrew names.

  In the Bnai Mitzvah class, for the first hour we learned the critical prayers for Rosh Hashana, including the Candle Blessings, Shechechianu, and the Blessing for Apples and Honey.  We also dived into the deeper meaning of these blessings and how they relate to the past, present and future (all themes of the High Holidays).  For the second hour, we conducted a Tashlich ritual,; pondered the dilemma of what to do if we found money on the street;, and considered what we want to do with the rest of our lives.  All the kids were happily engaged and came up with creative ideas for life-long projects, including skydiving and traveling the world.  Next time we will be covering the other major holiday of Yom Kippur.

  And that about covers it for now.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Solano Stroll.  Thanks everyone!