The lovely smell of baking Challah!

So, I am finally starting to recover from Sunday. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole day Sunday and Monday. It was so fun to see our families together, learning, playing, having fun! What a great example of Kehilla! If anyone has some great pictures they are willing to share, please send them my way!

I want to thank everyone who came, everyone who donated ingredients and raffle items, supplies and time. I especially want to thank my team of helpers: Arlene Lurey, Jenifer Jacobs, Theresa Drum, Valerie DePeel, Veronica Carillo, Minerva Rosenberg and Rachel Wallace. Thank you to Stacey Price for the wonderful farm fresh eggs and to Shannon Hatfield for donating the mixing bowls! Thank you to everyone who helped to set up and for those who helped in the clean up afterwards. None of this would have been possible without all of you.

*****For those of you want to bake more and for those who were unable to attend, you can still get the recipe and a kit to bake your own Challah for only $10. Just contact me, or call the temple office for more information. We will continue to sell Challah kits through December.*****

Important Announcements

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We have an immediate need for small empty candy tins (like the kind that hold mints or Altoids). We are using them for a cool project at the TASTY Lock-in this Saturday. If you have any to spare, please drop them off at the temple before Saturday night. Thanks!

Potatoes! We need potatoes for the Hanukkah celebration! The men’s club will once again serve their awesome latkes during our celebration on December 13. We are asking for donations of potatoes for the latkes. If you can donate potatoes, please let me know. All donations need to be at the temple by Sunday, December 6th.


In honor of Veterans day, there is no Hebrew school tomorrow. We will see you again on Sunday!

The Book Fair will continue until this coming Sunday. If you haven’t already checked it out, come see the many bargains we have. Hanukkah comes early this year. Make sure you aren’t caught without presents! Click here for a description of the Essential Books for Every Jewish Home.

Saturday, November 14th – multiple events going on

  • 10am – Taste of Torah with Marcia Greene – a wonderful program for ages 6 and under, full of music, stories, crafts and an exploration of the Torah scroll.
  • 6pm – TASTY Lock-in – for grades 8-12, spend the night with your TASTY friends, watch movies, play games and have fun. $10 per person. RSVP to Madeline.
  • 7pm – Havdallah with author Gina Nahai – Gina will lead a discussion about her experiences as a Persian Jew and the misconceptions that many people have about Iran. Dessert will be provided.

Wednesday, November 18 – Teen OR with Rabbi Rabishaw, Madeline and Eden

Wednesday, November 18 – 7:30pm Meeting with 7th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah parents and students.

Friday, November 20th – Tot Shabbat – Join us at 6pm for a lovely Tot Shabbat service followed by an Oneg Shabbat in room 1.

Sunday, November 22 – Sunday, November 29 – No School

Friday, December 4th – Family Shabbat featuring the 1st grade class. Join us at 6:45 for Shabbat services, with a special presentation from our 1st grade classroom.

Sunday, December 6th – The first night of Hanukkah. Light the first candle!

Sunday, December 13 – Hanukkah Celebration during Religious School

School Update

Pre K/Kindergarten Class

This week, our youngest class learned all about Shabbat. They made candle sticks, a kiddush cup, and a lovely and colorful Challah tray. Ask them to tell you about the traditions of Shabbat. What kind of bread do we eat? What do we say blessings over?

First Grade Class

Our Madricha, Hannah, led the first grade class this week. They had a lovely day and created some very neat artwork. Ask your child about it!

Second and Third Grade Class

Erica’s class worked on the Barechu prayers for the call to worship in the prayer service. Then they explored the changes that have happened in the land of Israel over the past 4000 years. They looked at maps of Israel during the time of the 12 tribes, during King David’s reign, and again in the present day. Have your child tell you about the changes in the land. How much of the state of Israel is Palestinian land? What is the capital of Israel?

Fourth and Fifth Grade Class

Sara’s class is working on their Hebrew skills. Students are working in leveled groups. This will help those who need more basic Hebrew instruction to receive the help they need and those who have already mastered their letters to move ahead. The goal at the end of the year is for everyone to be able to name the letters and vowels, understand and say the sounds they make and fluently blend sounds together to read words. By working in smaller groups, the class will be able to move forward and every student should be able to experience some success.

Last Friday, this class showed their beautiful mosaics and explained the major elements of the weekly Parshat. It was wonderful to see so many students participating and they did a great job articulating the story.

Sixth Grade Class

In the sixth grade class, the students reviewed all of the Hebrew months and learned the names of the 5 books of Moses in Hebrew and English. They have been learning more each week about the Hebrew calendar and how the holidays and Torah portions fit in. They worked on the Lecha Adonai prayer in their Hebrew textbook and worked together to practice their reading of the prayer. They also began working on the Hanukkah candle blessings in anticipation of Hanukkah next month.

In the last portion of class, they read together the last half of chapter 3 Night by Elie Wiesel.

Each student is also benefiting from one on one instruction in Hebrew with the two Madrichim for their class. This is a good opportunity for them to practice their reading and get individualized feedback. Please make sure your student is practicing their Hebrew reading during the week as well.

To connect their learning throughout the week, ask your student the following:

  1. – Name the 5 books of Moses using the letters GELND. (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
  2. – In the upcoming Torah portion Toldot, what are the names of Issac and Rebecca’s children? (Jacob and Esau)
  3. In the true story Night, what did the Polish prisoner in charge tell the other prisoners that made them feel better? (That liberation is on the way and to survive, they must help each other.)

Seventh Grade Class

The seventh grade class continued their prayer reading practice, supporting each other with positive and constructive feedback.

In the second hour, they played a game of sorts where they were given cards with Jewish values, then were read scenarios. They had to decide which Jewish value was a good response to the scenario. This lead to some great discussions about Jewish values and how we prioritize what is important to us.

Please remember that your student should be practicing their Hebrew every night and logging their practice on their Weekly Log.

There will be a parent meeting for 7th grade students on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:30pm in the Sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and plan to be in attendance. We will discuss the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process and answer any questions you may have.

Hope you have a great week. See you next Sunday!