Religious School Update – Sept. 29, 2023

Shana Tova Everyone!

  It is so wonderful to see everyone return after our long hiatus.  We hope everyone had an easy fast this past Yom Kippur.  Continuing with our Holiday Rush, we will be celebrating Sukkot this coming Sunday, October 1, both during and after Religious School.  Rabbi Dean will be hosting a gathering along with a lecture from a representative from Urban Tith at 2:00 p.m., which is a great organization promoting agriculture and land management.  We encourage everyone to attend.  Also, if you have not already done so, please sign up to bring snacks sometime this month so our kiddos will have renewed energy for the second part of the day.

  And now for the recap.  We restarted our Tefillah Service with Rabbi Dean leading us in prayer.  The rest of the day was largely spent getting ready for Sukkot.  Thank you to all the parents who stayed to help put up the Sukkah.  And a special shoutout to Sam for her skills in putting the pieces together.  The younger grades created lanterns and decorations and then helped put them up in the Sukkah.  They also learned about the rituals of Sukkot.

  For the B’nai Mitzvah class, we spent the first hour helping to put up the Sukkah.  The second hour was spent kicking off our main project for the year: Building Our Family Trees.  Each student brought in information on their immediate families (thank you to all the parents who helped them find the information) and we then put that information into their personalized family tree on the ancestry website.  Over the course of the year we will use this website to build out their family trees and then tell the story of their families stretching as far back as we can.  There are already plenty of hints to explore!

     And that about covers it for now.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!  And please mark your calendars for November 19, when we will have our first field trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum.