Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School September 2019 Update

Norma James normajames@tbeknox.org

Hands on, Hearts on, Minds on Learning!

Fall Break is Sunday, October 6th through Sunday, October 13th.  No RS or Midweek

Fall Holidays need special attention this month!   We ended September with Rosh Hashanah.  Thus, we begin our wonderful fall holidays season that includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah. Unfortunately Fall Holidays and Fall Break occur simultaneously this year.  Do you realize that our students will have apples and honey at RS on Sunday, September 29th and will then be out of school until Midweek on Wednesday, October 16th ?  If you only come on Sundays, you could miss Yom Kippur AND Sukkot completely! Plan your fall holiday celebrations purposefully!  Jewish holidays provide endless opportunities for family experiences in the home, with our out of town families, with our school families, and with our entire congregation.

Fall Break can work in your favor! 

  • Older students can attend Kol Nidre service without worrying about school the next day.
  • Students do not have to take a day out of school to attend Yom Kippur services!
  • All families are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 16th for a family Sukkot celebration. (info below)
  • Perform Tikkun Olam by walking with your family October 13th @ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. (info below)
  • Some families will have the opportunity to travel and celebrate High Holy Days with grandparents and other family. Safe travels to you all.

But Wait! There’s more for your family calendar:

  • Join us for Sukkot Shabbat w/ guitar on the Patio Friday, October 18th.
  • Families will LOVE Shabbat/Simchat Torah on Friday, October 25th. We will even feed you pizza before the service. (info below)

And now back to our bulletin information…

Confirmation Class will attend the services at the Old and New Cemeteries Sunday, October 6th.  The students will meet at Temple Beth El and carpool to the cemetery. 

Yom Kippur is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 8th and 9th.  The Children’s Service is at 9:30 on Wednesday.  Childcare is offered with reservations required. There are several services throughout the day for our older students.  Please make attending these services a priority for your children and teens.

Tot Shabbat w/ Rabbi Erin is Saturday October 12th.  If you haven’t attended one of Rabbi’s Tot Shabbat Saturdays, you are missing out on some great fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet other families with young children.  Tot Shabbat usually meets in private homes where children can play together while parents socialize.  Then everyone gets together for Shabbat stories, songs, and prayers with Rabbi Erin.  If you would like to join Rabbi and his tots, contact Rabbi Boxt for more information. rabbiboxt@tbeknox.org

Join us for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer October 13th.  We will meet at the World’s Fair Park.  Registration begins at 2:00 and the walk is at 3:00.  There are some great events in between, so plan to come and have a great time for a great cause.  Members of our CHAI class will be there helping as volunteers.

Attention All Families: Join our Midweek students for Pizza in the Hut (Sukkah) on Wednesday, October 16th 4:30-6:00.  Our Sukkah will be decorated, but we will add our own decorations.  We will have some special activities.  Rabbi Erin will lead a short Sukkot service that will include the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and smelling the etrog. After our festivities we will enjoy a pizza dinner in the Sukkah. Everyone is invited!

They’re back! Tennessee Schmaltz joins TBE for Shabbat/Simchat Torah on Friday, October 25th  at 7:00PM.  Families will not want to miss this fabulous Shabbat. We will begin with an informal pizza dinner at 6:15. Then our favorite klezmer band will provide the music for this joyful celebration.  We will parade our four Torahs and completely unroll one Torah as we read the last verse of Deuteronomy and the first verse of Genesis. Of course, we will have an oneg after the service!  Babysitting is available if your younger ones get tired before the fun is over.

Daylight Savings Ends November 3rd. Don’t forget to set your clocks back to be on time for religious school.

Sixth & Seventh grades will conduct Shabbat service Friday, November 8th at 7:00.

Time Capsule opening November 10th!

Global Day of Jewish Learning @ TBE Novemver 17th.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 27th through Sunday, December 1st.

Attention Teams Gimmel, Hay, Nun, and Shin!  Maccabiah is Sunday, December 8th.