Here is the link to the video created with images of our students and families creating bracelets for Heal the Children in Guatemala. Added to our images are images from Dr. Jordan Gitlin’s recent trip to Guatemala where he handed out over 1,100 bracelets! Post your thoughts here!
There are no words to describe how proud I am of our RSNS community and our neighbors who have reached out to help! With everyone’s dedication, Dr. Jordan Gitlin will be able to share smiles with rainbow bracelets, not just for his patients, but for the extended family members as well!
Dr. Gitlin works with Heal the Children and they have graciously agreed to keep accepting bracelets that are being created with smiles to share smiles! Additionally there is a school, that Dr. Gitlin has visited with his family, that we will be reaching out to and building connections with. They have 250 students and each student will receive a bracelet as well!
Watch your weekly emails for the next looming day – everyone is invited to help!
Our afternoon of looming was filled with learning new stitches, sharing stories of you tube videos, helping friends create their FIRST bracelets and most of all working together! Be sure to join us at the next looming day on Sunday, November 3rd from 10 am to 12 pm in the blue room!!
Special visit from Emily and Maddy!!
“We are so grateful that we have this opportunity to bring smiles to all these people!” Ella W.
“We love this breira not only because we loom, but also because we help those in need of a smile!” Rebecca C.
668 bracelets and counting! We are only 332 braclets away from our new goal of 1,000 braclets by November 14th!! Even when we reach our goal, the looming will continue!!
Join us on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to loom as a group … share stitches, stories and thoughts as we loom for a cause!
Our 2nd week of synagogue school was awesome! We were delighted to have Shayna and her family at school to share her special Kiddush cup!
During shira this week with Cantor Eric, we learned more colors of the keshet (rainbow). We learned adom (red), catom (orange), tzaov (yellow), yarok (green), cahol (blue), varod (pink) and sagol (purple).
At t’filah with Rabbi Jodie, we continued to share our blessings during the Baruch Sheamar. The blessings shared by the children were priceless!
The Kindergarten class created a tree of mitzvot and added their hands to the tree!
The Alef class heard the story of the Ziv and the hardest word. They also created their own tzedekah box to collect the money that they are bringing in each week!
What mitzvah would you like to add to our tree of mitzvot? What is your hardest word?
Morah Lauren, Morah Tracy, Morah Beth, Morah Heather & Alyssa
After t’filot, we began looking at our value of spiritual peoplehood. Using our lens of Tikkun Olam, we illustrated our responses to Pirke Avot 2:16“…it is not up to you to finish the work, yet you are not free to avoid it…” While we did not share our illustrations as of yet I am looking forward to the exchange of ideas that the drawings will spark.
We continued to figure out what the Tanach is all about and what can be found where. Where is Joshua? Where is the Book of Ruth? What comes first the Torah or the Prophets? Do the sections of the Tanach “flow” into each other like a story would? Feel free to share your answers to these inquiries!
We had a race of sorts throughout the Tanach … each of us picked a specific spot and using the notation like Ezekiel 16.20, we all searched for the right spot. As a class we averaged about 1 minute to find a specific spot, although the first search was about 4 minutes!
This week’s Tanach search ended with listing the order of the prophets as they appear in the Tanach. We were familiar with the names of the prophets as we had completed a word search with the names last weekend!
Our class had a great first day! While we have been to synagogue school already this year, today was the first time that Hay Shabbat School was together! Over the course of the year we will be studying about the נבאים (Prophets), גמילות חסדים (G’milut Hasidim) and the value of תיקון עולם (Tikkun Olam).
When posed with the question, “What is תיקון עולם?”our class shared a variety of answers: world peace, friendship, helping others, repairing the world, Israel, saying sorry when needed. These words and phrases will the be jumping off point for our discussions regarding this important value. Quite literally, תיקון עולם means repairing the world … yet what does that mean to each of us? Please share your thoughts in our comments :)!
With just a few moments before attending שירה (music) with Cantor Eric, we set forth to learn about what texts comprise the Hebrew Bible. The three elements are: .תורה נבאים כתובים – ת.נ.ך
Our students were puzzled using the word, Bible, as they relate that word to describing the Christian Bible. Over the course of the year, we will continue to note which texts come from what part of the ת.נ.ך.
After שירה we had our first ביחד (b’yachad) service with our families. My favorite moment in our ביחד service is when families reach out to each other at the end of the עמידה (amidah) when we recite ברכת השלום (blessing for peace). Our community becomes literally connected to each other and for those moments, we stand as one!
Wishing everyone שנה טובה ומתוקה A happy and sweet new year!