Gearing Up!

We are gearing up for a busy November! I’ll be short and sweet with my weekly update this week, so you can have time to call the temple and sign up to participate in all of the great stuff we’ve got going on! I hope to see you soon!

A quick note to everyone. You may notice that there are two new pages on this website. One contains useful links to games for Hebrew practice. The other contains audio files of all of the prayers for Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation.  Click on the page tabs above to access the pages. Please use these! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


Book Fair – November 4-15 – Don’t miss this great chance to get some Hanukkah shopping done!

Family Challah Bake – November 8 – 3pm to 6pm – Make sure you call and reserve your spot for the Challah bake. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We still need a few things for this great event. Visit our VolunteerSpot page to see what you can bring: Also, if you are contributing items for the raffle baskets, please bring them by this Sunday, November 1.

Veterans Day – November 11th – there will be NO HEBREW SCHOOL on Veteran’s day this year.

Havdalah, dessert and discussion with author Gina Nahai – November 14 at 7pm. Topic: THE ENIGMA OF IRAN: Everything you think you know is probably wrong. You don’t want to miss this wonderful evening of discussion with Gina. Make it a nice evening out with dessert and friends!

TASTY Super Hero Lock-in – November 14 6pm to 8:30am. Holy Lock-in Batman! Come spend the night at TOR with your fabulous TASTY Friends! More info will be coming out in the next few days.

Keep watching your email for more details about these and other great events at TOR.

School Update

PreK/Kinder Class

This week, our students learned about Abraham and Sarah. They learned that the Jewish people started with the covenant with Abraham and that God promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars!

This week the students began taking home the class teddy bear, Matok. When it is your child’s turn, they will receive a bag with Matok, a little stuffed Torah, and 5 story books. Also included is a little journal with a letter from Matok and space to record your adventures. On the week your child takes Matok home, he or she will also color and fill out an “All about me” poster to share with the class the following Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie or me!

1st Grade Class

The first graders did a lot this week! They reviewed the letters Alef, Bet, Gimmel and Dalet. Then they learned the letter Hay. As an introduction to the letter Hay, the students also learned about this week’s Torah portion, Abraham and Sarah. They learned that when God made the covenant with Abram, he gave him the letter Hay, making his name Abraham. Additionally, Sara gained the letter Hay and her name is now spelled Sarah. The students made little Abraham and Sarah figurines and created a neat piece of artwork depicting Abraham under a blanket of stars, as God promised Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars.

Ask your child about the Hebrew letters they have learned. What sounds do they make? Also ask them if they can tell you the colors they have learned in class so far!

Remember to bring tzedakah each week!

2nd/3rd Grade Class

This week, the 2nd and 3rd grade class spent time learning about Moses and the Burning Bush. They discussed the idea of God being everywhere, even in the very smallest of places. They thought about and wrote down a time that they felt really strong and powerful.

In their Hebrew practice, students worked on learning the Shema. They examined the different letters that make up the words in the Shema and practiced creating the prayer with the different words. They also practiced writing and blending new letters and vowels.

As you spend time with your child this week, ask them the following:

  • What is the story of the Burning Bush?
  • What sounds do these letters make? Vav, ayin, chaf, hay, and reish
  • Can you recite all or part of the Shema?

Reminder: This coming Sunday is a Family Education Sunday. Parents of 2nd and 3rd graders, plan to stay for a wonderful session about Shabbat!

4th/5th Grade Class

In 4th and 5th grade, the class are working on a number of Hebrew elements. They translated the names of six colors from Hebrew into English and they learned the different Hebrew names for their family members. Then they played a translation game in teams.

See Sara’s email for more details.

Question for the week: Why is the second line of the Shema recited quietly?

6th Grade Class

The sixth grade class spent the morning engaging in a number of different activities. They discussed the Hebrew Calendar and where we are in the Torah this week. They practiced their Hebrew prayers and specifically discussed the importance of the Av HaRachamim prayer. The class had an engaging discussion about the 18 reasons that it is great to be Jewish! The students also reported which Jewish Musician or Singer they would be researching for their poster presentations later in the year. Wow! Busy day!

Please make sure that your student is practicing their Hebrew daily. There are some great links on the Useful Links Page above, as well as links to audio files on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prayers page above.

7th Grade Class

We are moving forward with our plan to make sure all of our seventh graders are ready for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the coming months. You all should be seeing the Weekly Practice Log that came home. Every student got a new one on Sunday. PLEASE make sure they are practicing their Hebrew. I am hoping to have flash cards to all students by tomorrow – Sunday at the latest.

With Art this week, the class discussed the topic of Holiness. What is holiness? How do we create lives that matter? How will your mitzvah project help others? The class also decided they wanted to raise some money to feed the poor this Thanksgiving.

As you have moments of time together, ask your child about the questions above. What have they done to help others? How can your family be an example to others in this area?

Have a great week!