Religious School Update – Oct. 19, 2023


Hello Everyone!

Now that the High Holidays are fully complete, we are entering our regular rhythm for the fall.  It is always so inspiring to see all the families come together every week to support our students.  And a huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered to serve on the Rabbi Search committee; we really appreciate it.  Also, this week our own Adam Bessie will be giving a presentation after Religious School on Sunday on his new book on teaching during Covid so we encourage everyone to attend and show their support for one of our parents!  

  And now for the recap.  We started our Tefillah Service with Cantor Marney leading us while Rabbi Dean is in Europe.  Afterwards, the younger kids went to start Torah learning.  They read The Song of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3 and then listened to the Shema by Anna Brooks and compared it to what we sing.  They also reviewed the Shema prayer in ASL!  To help the class understand the war in Israel, the class watched a video that explained the conflict in Israel.  The quote of the week for class was “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  Finally, all the kids painted wooden Shalom signs to promote peace.

  For the B’nai Mitzvah class, we spent the first hour reviewing the Before and After Torah prayers along with discussing the situation in Israel.  We reviewed the history of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians along with their neighbors in the Middle East and the various attempts to secure peace in the region.  The kids did not have too many questions but I encouraged them to bring up any thoughts they might have in the future.  For the second hour, we started our Family History project in earnest.  All the students got to do some research into their family’s backgrounds on  We found records on great grandparents and even great great grandparents, including census data, draft cards, yearbook photos, etc.  There is so much more to explore and I’m sure we will find even more incredible information as we continue. 

     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.