Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School January – February 2024 Update

Norma James

Looking Back on 2023:

Our first semester of Religious School was a great one.  We welcomed our New Rabbi, Rabbi Raina Siroty, to our school.  Rabbi Siroty has been an integral part of our school in every way.  She loves to share her musical skills with our students as well as new music. Our younger classes loved “The Potato Song at Chanukah.” T’filah is a time for learning, prayer, discussion, and music. The children and staff love Rabbi’s wonderful stories. She is a total joy to have as a partner in our school!

We have enjoyed Family Shabbats and dinners.  Maccabiah was spectacular. Thank yo, Tara Bain! We have enjoyed our partnership with KJA & KJDS in planning joint programs for PJ and PJ Our Way. Thank you, Anna Iroff-Baily and Anna McDonald!

Family Shabbat February 23rd

Come in from the cold to worship as a family with our congregational family service and Shabbat dinner. Of course, our children will participate with new songs to share with the everyone.  Mark this date on your calendar.

Schedule for Family Shabbat: (Note earlier times)

6:00 Shabbat service with student participation.

6:45 Shabbat dinner with activities for children

Calling all Parents: March 3rd from 10 to 12 come make Hamentashen with our TBE Connect adults. No experience necessary, and we love having veteran bakers. The hamentashen you bake will be sold to the congregation and at our RS Purim Festival.  This is a great opportunity to make new connections and learn a new Jewish tradition. Coffee and snack provided.   

Spring Break is Sunday, March 10, Wednesday, March 13, and Sunday, March 17

Have a wonderful and safe spring break.  We return with Midweek on Wednesday, March 20th.

Purim Festival March 24th will be quite an event!

Join us on the on the TBE campus for our Purim Festival. We will be in the sanctuary, the patio and parking lots.  We will have even more booths this year and the bounce house will return.  The festival will start off with a special Megillah experience with a play by the students. Our RS Parents will set up their kosher hotdog cafe on the patio.  The Sisterhood will sell Hamantaschen.  The community is invited to join the fun. Parents, if you want to volunteer to help plan this event, contact Norma James.

There will be NO Religious School Sunday, March 31st.

Religious School Family Seder Sunday, April 21st.  Parents are invited to join us for our Seder to make it a Family event. Look for our Seder food and volunteer sign up. 

Save these B’nai Mitzvah Dates:

Jack Shagan: June 15th