Have you ever played dominos, when you try to match the number of dots to the number of dots and then connect them all? This week we played Human Dominos with values! Instead of imprinting your children with dots, each child came up with 2 values that were essential to them. They then connected to as many other people in our community who had the same value. There was kindness, trust, respect, responsibility, love, friendship and so many more. What are the 2 values most essential to you?
On Tuesdays your children explore different ways to experience prayerful moments. This year the options are Art in the Garden, Bible Raps, Biblical Psychodrama, Hebrew through Pictures, Jewish Games, Jewish Jewels, Meditation, Photo Art, Physical Movement, Prayer Pop, Tikkum O’Loom, Yoga and Hebrew Zumba. Each child will experience four of these options over the year. Come join us in any of them on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:30 pm.
Do you have suggestions for Breirot? We would love to hear your thoughts.
I wake up, run around all day, talking, listening, aware of most things that come my way, BUT, my breath is one aspect of my tilde that I take for granted. This morning our rabbinic intern Elana Friedman, led us in a service that reminded us of the importance of breath. When are you most aware off your breath?
I absolutely love when I see the white flowers out my bedroom window because I know that it is time to start counting the omer. No, I do not bring sheafs of wheat to the temple daily, but I do love to count down in anticipation of something. So this counting is one from Pesah to Shavuot. Each day we count. For me this reminds me of my count down to sleep away camp. I used to have a calendar that I would rip off each day, now there is the countdown on every camp website, up to the second! What have you counted down in anticipation for?
What an amazing day back with our students, teachers, madrichim and parent volunteers! As each of those faces entered the building my spirit soared. Their stories, laughter, and compassion for their community, family and friends was amazing to experience. We will continue to work together to explore avenues of support in the aftermath of “Sandy”.
Do you remember lighting the Shabbat candles when you were a kid, or bringing home the challah cover you made from a handkerchief. Our student body continued to build their Shabbat kit this year. The ultimate goal is for each student to have Shabbat ritual objects that will enhance their ability to celebrate Shabbat with their family. Look at the pictures and see the Bet students decorating challah boards, Gimmel students painting candlestick holders, Daled students constructing havdallah spice boxes, Hay students designing challah covers, and Vav students etching glass kiddush cups.
Share with us your most favorite Shabbat keepsake from your childhood. Mine was and still is the candlesticks from my grandmother. I remember her lighting them, saying the brachot and her feeling connected to her mother. I feel that strong connecting to her when I light the candles each week.
What is it like to be a part of a team? How does it feel to be in control of your own body? How much time do you need to rest when you are running? What is a resting heartbeat and an active heartbeat? How do we take care of our bodies? Where does our own endurance lie?
Our Tefillah (prayer) breirah has begun to ask and answer these questions as we engage our body, mind and soul in running breirah.
What sport do you play and how does it make you feel?
What is your favorite way to take a break and rest? A nice dinner (from Wild Ginger), Shabbat candles, a homemade challah, my family, that is all I need and then I like to sleep in late, take a run and go to an exercise class. Next I would go for some frozen yogurt and read a good book! That is what Shabbat is all about, taking some time to do what you like to do, that you aren’t able to do during the week. On Tuesday, October 30th we will come together by class to help enhance our Shabbat ritual practice by creating Shabbat ritual objects. Come join us and please share your story about your favorite way to take a break and relax.
When I was a young girl starting out in Hebrew School, the teacher asked me what my Hebrew name was. Well, I promptly went home and asked my parents and they told me that I was not named after anyone and did not have a Hebrew name. This set off a chain of events, that I think might have something to do with my studying Judaism as my profession, but I digress…Well, during this time of year that we welcomed up our new Bet class by their Hebrew names, I remember back to the day I got my Hebrew name. Shmuela Yehudit bat Shmuel v’ Zirila. I chose to be named after a great great uncle who survived the Holocaust and I kept the Yehudit that my Hebrew teacher game while my parents were trying to figure it all out. What is your Hebrew name and who are you named after?
This week we were wrapped in the Torah as we celebrated Simhat Torah!
As we looked at the scroll unrolled, I searched for the part I read when I became bat-mitzva. I found it! I became bat-mitzva in the spring, March 17th, 1984 and I read from the book of Leviticus. Parasha Tzav. I too wrestled with sacrifice :).
Which Torah portion did you or your parents read from when they became b’nei-mitzva???? Any other Tzav readers out there????
What an amazing experience! We rapped about the Torah portion, we built community through games and laughter, we climbed and ate and played gaga and ultimate frisbee, we teamed up with all different people, we made yads (Torah pointers) and we hung out and got to know each other even better.
We can not wait to continue learning and laughing with you this year! What do you think the Finklestein twins are doing?
I look forward to your answers…