Norma’s HaKol Article

Temple Beth El Religious School March 2019 Update

Norma James normajames@tbeknox.org

Mazel Tov to Gabby Goodfriend March 2nd! Gabby Goodfriend will be called to the Torah on Saturday, March 2nd.  Gabby is the daughter of Jeff and Kaye Goodfriend and follows her sister Riley in becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Gabby’s Bat Mitzvah preparation has been done by Norma James and Rabbi Erin Boxt, who will officiate the service.  She has been working very hard and is looking forward to leading the Shabbat morning service, chanting Torah, and presenting a D’var. Please join the Goodfriend family for Shabbat at 6:00 Friday evening, March 1st, and on Saturday as Gabby leads the Shabbat morning service at 10:30.  Remember that our entire congregation is invited to all B’nai Mitzvah services at Temple Beth El.

It’s a Double Mitzvah Month!  Jake Javors will be called to the Torah March 9th.

We are very proud of all of our B’nai Mitzvah class this year, and it is a special treat to hear two students read Torah in the same month.  Please join Jake and his family for his Bar Mitzvah at 10:30 Saturday morning, March 9th.  Jake is the son of Lauren and Jesse Javors and brother to Luke.  Jake has studied with Norma James and Rabbi Erin Boxt for his Bar Mitzvah.  After months of preparation, Jake is excited about reading Torah and sharing his D’var with the congregation. Jake will participate in the Friday evening service on March 8th at 6:00.  We hope that all of you will support Jake as he conducts the Shabbat morning service at 10:30.  Come and share this simcha with the entire Javors family.

It’s Purim Carnival Time Again March 10th! Tara Bain and a committee of parents have been at work adding some new great activities to our Purim Carnival. This year we have invited the students from HA, JCOR, KJDS, and AJCC Preschool.  We will still 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 10th 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 17, Wednesday, March 20, and Sunday, March 24.

Coming up in April:

April 7th B’yachad @ TBE 10:00-11:30
April 13th Evie Braude becomes a Bat Mitzvah
April 14th RS Passover Seder
April 21st Passover Break NO RS