Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School March 2020 Update

Norma James normajames@tbeknox.org

Let’s all Roll! Sunday afternoon roller skating on March 1st.  Our Temple Beth El families are invited to join our Jewish friends in the Knoxville area at Skate Town. The Youth Ed Team from Share the Dream has planned another event for our Jewish youth.  This one is a purely social event for our children and their parents.  Families are invited to join us at Skate Town for a super fun afternoon. Parents are responsible for paying for entry and skate rental.  We will have a group discount. Parents of younger children must stay to supervise your children.  We will have some staff that will be on hand to watch the older children, but I suggest you make it a family affair. This is a great time for adults to hang out together.  RSVP is required.  Contact Norma James for more details. 

Families will NOT want to miss Joe Buchanan Friday, March 6th! We have a real change of pace for our TBE Purim Shabbat service.  We are very lucky to have guest musician Joe Buchanan.  Joe is a singer and songwriter of Americana music which includes folk and country styles.  Norma and Rabbi Erin saw him perform and lead a musical minyan at the ISJL Conference four years ago.  He is an exciting performer with a great story to tell.  He and Rabbi are crafting a musical Purim service with a country theme, so get your costume ready!  As a special treat, Joe will have a mini concert of his own after the service.  PLEASE COME!

It’s Purim Festival Time Again March 8th  I cannot wait to see what Tara Bain and her team has cooked up for our Purim Festival this year. Once again we have invited the students from HA, JCOR, KJDS, and AJCC Preschool.  We will have an interactive Megillah Reading, the Brotherhood Hotdog Café, and the Sisterhood Hamentashen Sale. We encourage everyone to wear costumes.  Shekels will be on sale in the lobby 3/$1 or 16/$5.  There will be a special café serving lunch, which includes a hotdog (veggie dogs & Kosher buns available), chips, and a drink for $3. (Cash is preferred for lunch but shekels are accepted.) Parents, PLEASE send you children to school with money for shekels or purchase them yourself when you drop off your children.

Here is the schedule for the Purim Carnival:

9:30: All students arrive at Temple and go to classrooms for Purim activities. 

10:00-10:45: Anna Iroff will lead B’yachad in the Preschool room.

9:30-10:45: 7th-10th graders and parent volunteers set up Carnival.

10:15: Magillah reading and songs in Sanctuary with Rabbi Boxt and Norma.

10:45: Purim Carnival in social hall and front lobby.

12:00: Dismissal and clean up. Help is wanted for clean up!

B’yachad at TBE March 8th for Purim. We are so excited to again include B’yachad for our Purim celebration.  Part of the fun will be with Anna in our preschool room.  At 10:45 everyone will go to the Purim Carnival in the social hall. 

Spring Break: There will be NO Religious School Sunday, March 15, Wednesday, March 18, and Sunday, March 22.

RS Model Passover Seder March 29th.  Our students always look forward to our Passover Seder. Our Seder will be led by Rabbi Boxt and the Chai Class.  We will have school as usual at 9:30 with the model Seder beginning at 11:00.  Parents will sign up to bring items for the Seder and will help with set up, serving, and clean up.  Parents and grandparents may attend with your children if you like.  Just let Norma know, so that we can have places set for you.  We usually have full attendance at our Seder, so put it on your calendar now!

Coming up in April:

April 3rd PreK-2nd conduct a 5:45 Service AND 3rd-5th conduct the regular 7:00 Service

April 12th Passover Break NO RS

April 17-19 ISJL Fellow Rena Lupin visits

April 24th Shaughn May becomes a Bar Mitzvah.