Religious School Update – November 11, 2022
Can you believe the secular year is winding down so fast? Before we know it, it will be the holiday season and then another new year. Next week there will be no Religious School on November 13 in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will resume class on November 20 and then have another break on November 27 for Thanksgiving. Please also remember to bring jars of peanut butter for the Food for Thought Drive. Finally, mark your calendars for April 16, when our school will have a special time at Urban Adamah in Berkeley.
And now for the recap. Cantor Marney graciously joined us to help lead our Tefillah Service alongside Rabbi Dean. While the younger kids had fun with Jenny, the older kids joined the Bnai Mitzvah class to learn more about the Jewish LIfe Cycle. We discussed various examples of cycles in the world (seasons, phases of the moon, the sun rising and setting etc) and then learned the different parts of the Jewish Cycle, which include birth, Bnai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Marriage, Conversion and Death. The kids went on a treasure hunt around the classroom matching each Life Cycle with the traditional prayer that goes along with them. Finally, each student came up with their own significant events on their personal life cycle to give greater meaning to their own lives, since most have not had a Bnai Mitzvah yet. We will continue to explore this theme in the coming weeks.
And that about covers it for now. Everyone have a nice long weekend and we will see you the 20th. Take care!
Religious School Update–November 18, 2022
November 18, 2022 by tbhrich • Beit Midrash
We hope all the kids had a wonderful time on Halloween night this year. It really felt like a return to pre-pandemic times, with so many kids in great costumes and not needing to wear masks outside. As we enter November, I would like to remind you that we have our next Religious School class this Sunday, November 6, at 9:30 a.m. That day is also Daylight Saving Time so remember to switch your clocks before arriving. We will then have a week off on November 13 and return on November 20. Please also remember to bring jars of peanut butter for the Food for Thought Drive. Finally, mark your calendars for April 16, when our school will have a special time at Urban Adamah in Berkeley.
And now for the recap. Larry once again helped us out by leading the Tefillah service while Rabbi Dean was out of town. In the younger kids’ classes, Heather led a lesson on Anti-Bullying. First they learned what bullying means and then found out that once you say something, the words are out and you can’t take them back. Words have meaning and they can hurt. The kids then came up with Anti-Bullying Slogans, including:
“Say NO to BULLYING”
“Don’t be a BULLY”
“Don’t Laugh at Me”
and many more. It was a great lesson and all the kids were so creative with it.
In the B’nai Mitzvah class, we started our curriculum on the Jewish Life Cycle. For the next few weeks we will learn about the major events in a Jewish Life Time, what they symbolize, and how they still have value in the modern world.
And that about covers it for now. Everyone enjoy their extra hour on Saturday night before the early darkness reappears for us until the Spring. See y’all on Sunday!