Religious School Director
Last month we held a school-wide celebration of Hanukkah with songs, crafts, games and storytelling, thanks to the efforts and leadership of our teachers. The fifth grade led our family Hanukkah service with much enthusiasm, and the sanctuary was filled with appreciative attendees–Adas Emuno is becoming The Place to Be on Family Service Friday Nights! Meanwhile, Emery Jacobowitz celebrated becoming bar mitzvah in November–mazal tov to Emery and his family!
In our efforts to provide our students with a Jewish education, of course we place a high value on learning. But equal to the importance of learning Hebrew, Jewish traditions, history, etc. is the importance of gemilut chassadim–acts of kindness. Our curriculum includes the study of Jewish ethics (this is the theme of this year’s Confirmation class as well); we collect tzedakah in order to donate to needy causes; we have participated in social action projects. And we try to create a school-wide atmosphere of mutual respect. I have listened to how our madrichim (high school classroom helpers) model kind and respectful speech to our students; I have overheard students encouraging and helping each other as they struggle to learn Hebrew prayers together. I’ve seen teachers maintain classrooms where the expectation is that every student is to be treated with respect.
At this darkest time of the year, may our school continue to shine its twofold light of learning, and of caring for one another. –Cantor Horowitz
Dates to remember for January and February:
Friday, January 22
7:30 PM Shabbat Service with Tu B’Shevat Dessert Seder. Join us as we celebrate the New Year for Trees (Israel Arbor Day) with a delicious and informative seder following services.
Friday, January 29
7:30 PM Family Service featuring the Fourth Grade
Sunday, January 31
10 am – 2 pm. Blood Drive in the Social Hall.
Coordinated by Emma Schuller.
Thursday, February 11
7:30 PM School Committee Meeting
Sunday, February 14
No School–Presidents' Day Vacation
Saturday, February 27
10 AM–Bar Mitzvah of Grey Lawrence
Saturday, December 12
Confirmation Class: January 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21
On Sunday, January 10 at 10 AM in the Social Hall, the Congregation will screen the documentary film, Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day. Please see the Rabbi’s column for full details (to be posted here tomorrow).