Each week, we will post a few class update highlights and upcoming programs, as well as some pictures from Religious School here. To see even more pictures, please visit our Facebook page.
Also please bring lunches for Feed the Hungry on May 6th. Information about the lunches can be found by scrolling down.
First Graders read the story One Good Deed. In the book there is a child on a street that does “one good deed” for a neighbor, then the neighbor to another and so one. The “one good deed” turns the neighborhood into a an amazing place to live where everyone is kind and helpful. After reading the story, the children were eager to create their own good deeds. Many of them may have come home with a box that they want to use to collect items for others. Your children have amazing hearts that are filled with kindness, I am humbled by their desire to help others! Some collected scarves/mittens, books, games, socks etc. Feel free to fill their boxes and bring them back to religious school, I will be happy to find homes for their collections.
First Graders have also had a chance to “interview” different people around Temple Jeremiah. So far they have met and asked questions of Rabbi Rachel, Naomi Segal, Dr. Anne Lidsky, Juan Carlos (he is the building supervisor), and Dina Bauwens. You should ask them what they have learned from their “interviews,” they have come up with some great questions!
Mrs. Bruns is so excited for you to see the sanctuaries your 2nd Graders have been working so diligently and creatively to build the past few weeks! They truly are a representation of much of what your child learned this year in Religious School. Look for the 10 Commandments, the Torah and all of the accouterments to dress the Torah, the bimah, the ner tamid, and more. Next Sunday we will put our finishing touches on the sanctuaries and the kids will be bringing them home at the end of the day. If your child had to miss class one of the weeks we’ve been working on the sanctuaries and didn’t have time to catch up during class, I will send home supplies to finish at home.
Many important end of year announcements, so I’ll bullet them here:
- Next Sunday, APRIL 29th, will be our LAST DAY in the classroom together. Please plan to MEET YOUR CHILD IN OUR CLASSROOM at the end of the morning as we will be sending home our sanctuaries, Hebrew books, and miscellaneous projects from the school year. They will definitely need an extra pair of hands.
- The following Sunday, MAY 6th, is a FAMILY PROGRAM celebrating ISRAEL’S 70th BIRTHDAY. The kids have all helped make decorations for the program. Please plan to attend school WITH YOUR CHILD that morning. There will not be time in the classroom or with classroom teachers that morning. We will all be participating in the birthday festivities.
It’s hard to believe my time with this group of second graders is coming to a close so rapidly! I have LOVED spending my Sunday mornings with each of them and hope they’re walking away from this year with a better understanding of our religious beliefs, holidays, and traditions, an awareness of the good they bring to the world through mitzvot and random acts of kindness, an appreciation for the Torah, and most especially a love of Judaism. Thank you so much for sharing your children with them this year!
Mrs. Sonin’s class has been busy! Here is a note from her: Last week the students finished up their beautiful Torah Projects. Hurray! It was all exciting hustle and bustle in the classroom as everyone was buzzing around taping, rolling, scrolling (ha ha) and finishing up their year long projects. They were completed and sent home. I’m so proud of everyone and what they accomplished this year with that project!
This coming Sunday the students will be learning about Shavuot! It’s sure to be another fantastic class!
In the last couple of months students have worked on their Torah Projects, enjoyed another fabulous music class, and made STUNNING Yads for their Torahs out of clay, plus learning all about Passover and making Afikomen holders!
Fourth Graders went on a Scavenger Hunt and learned about the concept of kavanah and prayer. They are also getting time with Rabbi Rachel Heaps who will answer a long list of questions they’re prepared.
The 4th Graders held a beautiful creative service on April 22nd!
Fifth and Seventh Graders continue to build on their relationships with our Israeli partners through terrific video conferencing.
The Fifth Grade year teaches children about Lifecycle events: birth and naming ceremonies, Brit Milah/circumcision, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, marriage, family life, aging/death/mourning. One of the most special programs of the year is the Wedding portion of the 5th Grade Lifecycles program. On March 11th we celebrated when Rabbis Sid and Debbie Helbraun renewed their vows. Students created invitations, the Ketubah, the Chuppah and organized the reception. It was a beautiful event! Please enjoy the photos here.
In February we had a highly informative and exceedingly inspiration session focused on disabilities, led by Carly Krawetz, a social worker with Keshet, the only nonprofit agency in the U.S. providing schooling and recreational programs for children with disabilities. The students were engaged in a myriad of very special activities that were simultaneously fun and educational as they learned about the importance of “inclusion” of disabled youth, how to effectively communicate with them, and how to separate myths from facts about what they may have come to hear about children with disabilities.
The 6th Grade class made their very own yads in January! Students were even able to try them out by reading from our Torah scroll, which was completely unrolled across the length of the Slotnick Social Hall.
We hope you enjoyed the session with Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW, “Teens and Parenting: a Conversation.”
Eight Graders enjoyed a tour of The ARK, learning more about what this great organization does and what services they offer, as well as helping in their food pantry.
April 29th: Join us for an Or Tzedek Presentation! It is also the last day of class.
May 18th: Confirmation Dinner and Service! More information and invitations will follow as the date gets closer. But mark your calendars for a lovely Friday evening.
Feed the Hungry
Here is some helpful information when your class helps out with Feed the Hungry. In an effort to incorporate Tikkun Olam into your children’s lives, we will occasionally be making lunches with them in the Social Hall during the first Sunday school session (9:00-10:45 a.m.), to be delivered to the church later in the day. They will be given a short, age appropriate explanation of Feed the Hungry before making a small assembly line to make sandwiches and pack lunches.
We are asking for your help in this great effort. Please send your child with enough food for 5 lunches. This includes:
- 1 loaf of bread (for 2 sandwiches per lunch)
- 2 slices of lunch meat for each sandwich (any kind of meat is fine)
- 5 bags of chips
- 5 pieces of fruit (any kind is fine)
- 5 baggies with 2 cookies in each.
Due to common allergies, we request that the cookies be brought already in small baggies. Temple Jeremiah will supply the bags for the sandwiches and the brown bags for the lunches.
Children will be making the sandwiches and bagging the lunches themselves so please send the materials above and do not make the lunches yourself.