Learning Together

Learning together. I hope that is what we are doing here at TOR. I think it is. Each time we are here, in this place, together, we have the opportunity to learn something. Whether we are learning from a teacher or Rabbi, or we are learning from each other, our knowledge expands when we spend time together. And learning makes us grow. We grow as a community, we grow as a people, we grow as individuals. I hope you will come and grow with us in our kehilla. There is always room for you!

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Tomorrow is Hebrew School, Confirmation Class and Madrichim Training

This Friday, February 5th is Family Shabbat. Come support our 6th grade class and stay for a fun Oneg treat! Services start at 6:45pm.

Pancake Breakfast! Aliyah Carrillo will be making pancakes for you this coming Sunday (2/7) at the second annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Religious School. Breakfast is only $5 and includes pancakes, fruit, toppings and juice. Aliyah’s Pancake Cafe will be open from 8:30am to 9:30am, so come early and come hungry! YUMMY!!

2nd and 3rd Grade Family Education is this week. Join Rabbi Rabishaw for an engaging discussion and then have fun with your student in the classroom.

February 13th – Taste of Torah at 10am. Join Marcia Greene for a fun morning of songs, stories, crafts and Torah. Suitable for ages 6 and under.

February 20th – Hava Havana Temple Gala Fundraiser. Get your tickets today! Contact Verde in the temple office for tickets and more information.

I need more players for our Purim Spiel!! Contact me if you would like to join us for a very silly telling of the story of Esther. (Both adults and children are welcome – now is your chance to be a STAR!)

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Our youngest learners had fun learning about David and Goliath this week. They talked about how David might have been smaller than Goliath but he had a big heart for G-d and was able to defeat the giant Goliath.

1st Grade

Efrat’s class learned about Jonah and the Whale and created a really neat project showing Jonah and the big fish. They also made some beautiful coasters, some of which will be used for an item being auctioned at the Hava Havana fundraiser.

The class had music with Carol this week and also completed a review of all of the alef bet letters they have learned so far. They’ve worked from Alef to Nun. Ask them to show you yoga poses for the letters!

2nd and 3rd Grade

This week’s Torah portion was Yitro, where Moses receives the 10 commandments from G-d on Mt. Sinai. Erica’s class talked about each of the 10 commandments and drew pictures of what they mean to them. They also discussed how even though Moses was a great man and a great leader, he still needed help from others and from G-d.

Erica’s class also created a set of coasters for the Hava Havana fundraiser. Wait until you see what everyone has made. They’re really cool!

4th and 5th Grade

Elana has been working hard to get our 4th and 5th grade class up to speed in their Hebrew letter recognition and sound blending. Last Wednesday, they played a couple of games, making Hebrew letters and words with their bodies and writing out English words with Hebrew letters.

On Sunday, the class worked again on their Hebrew and then discussed the weekly Torah portion, Yitro. They then came up with Golden Values they felt that would make you a better person. Ask your student what their Golden Value was.

6th Grade

The 6th graders were able to have a “Bimah Experience” with the Rabbi this week. They learned about the different items on the Bimah and were able to ask lots of questions. They then went to the temple library and each chose a book to read for the week. Please remember that the books should be returned this coming Sunday.

7th Grade

After working on prayers with Avi, the seventh grade had a discussion with Art about concerns they have about their upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. They then continued to discuss Parshah Yitro, Riley’s Torah portion, and Art was able to explain what some of the Chassidic mystics believed about Torah.


Hope everyone has a great week! See you soon!