Disability Awareness at TOR

Sometimes we take a day at religious school to learn together. In celebration of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month, this week the whole school learned about different types of abilities and disabilities through experiential activities. Because different age groups will interact with the material in different ways, our PreK – 3rd graders did a different set of activities than our 4th – 7th graders. A few highlights included:

Hearing impairments – Hearing impairments can range from slight hearing loss to complete deafness. In order to experience what it might be like to  not be able to hear, students partnered up and tried to communicate with each other through lip reading and gestures.

Vision impairments – Vision impairments can also run a wide range from problems that can be rectified with prescription glasses, to total blindness. Student participated in a number of activities that dealt with vision impairment. They were blindfolded and had to identify items in a paper bag, using only touch. They put on glasses that blurred their vision and then tried to read an eye chart. They also used their hands like binoculars and then tried to walk along a straight line.

Physical Disabilities – In the activity that explored physical disabilities, students learned that physical disabilities can come in may forms, from loss of limbs to muscular disabilities that affect fine motor coordination and walking. The younger students placed garden gloves on their hands and then tried to make a bracelet out of beads and pipe cleaners. They also placed thick socks on their hands and tried to open tightly wrapped candy. The older kids participated in a group project but did not have the use of their dominant hand or thumbs.

Intellectual Disabilities – Some disabilities are not so readily recognizable. The students experienced what it feels like to have a learning disability and dyslexia. One activity required them to read a book through a mirror. In another activity, they had to place a 3×5 card on their forehead and then write their name on it with a marker.

Take a minute to ask your child to describe the activities they did and what they learned from them.

+++++++++ Announcements +++++++++

Wednesday, March 2nd – Hebrew School, Madrichim Training and Confirmation Class at 6:30.

Friday, March 4th  at 6:45pm – Family Shabbat featuring 2nd and 3rd grade class. Ice Cream Oneg to follow!

Saturday, March 5th – Bat Mitzvah of Lucy Rothbardt. Mazel Tov Lucy!

Sunday, March 6th  at 10am- Annual Congregational Meeting – your presence is needed! Please plan to attend.

Sunday, March 6th – Purim Spiel Practice – 12:15 to 1:30 (There is still room for more players! Come join us!)

Passover Chocolate Sales –All students have received their chocolate sales packets. All packets and money are due this Sunday. Our school code to register for online sales is 704661. If you have questions, please let me know.

Mitzvah Project Help Needed – For her mitzvah project, Eliana Chaiken has been volunteering with a large cat rescue center in El Dorado Hills. She is looking for donations of canned wet cat food for a portion of her project. If you are able to provide a donation, she will be collecting from March 6th to the 13th. Thank you!

We have 3 Challah Kits left! Make fresh challah this week! Pick up an easy to make challah kit for only $10!

Spring Camp – April 1-3 at Camp Newman for grades 2-6. We have a couple of TOR kids going, lets add your name to that list! There is a bus from B’nai Israel that will take the kids to and from camp.  http://campnewman.org/event/spring-camp/ This will be a great weekend of fun! Register today!

Purim is coming to TOR!

During the holiday of Purim, there are four mitzvot that are observed: the reading of the megillah (Esther story), a festival meal, the giving of gifts to friends (shalach manot), and the giving of gifts to the poor (matanot l’evyonim). We are making it easy and fun for you to fulfill the mitzvot with your friends at TOR!

Sunday, March 13 – Purim Carnival from 9:30 to 12. Carnival games, bounce houses, hamantaschen, concessions, and prizes. $12 per child.

Shalach Manot Baskets – available for pick up from Friday, March 18 to March 23 –This year, every member family (unit) will receive a Purim basket. Fulfill the mitzvah of shalach manot by sponsoring the entire congregation for only $36. As a sponsor, your family name will go on every basket. Individual baskets are also available for $18, should you wish to give a basket to someone outside of our congregation. And don’t forget to pick up your basket!

Wednesday, March 23 – Annual Purim Dinner and Spiel – 5:45pm. Get your megillah and festival dinner in one wonderful evening! Dinner is $5 per person, $20 per family. Don’t miss this evening of fun and silliness, Dr. Seuss style!

Now until March 23rd – Canned Food Drive to fill our TOR food closet. Fulfill the final mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim (gifts for the poor) by providing food for our congregants in need. We are especially in need of soup, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, and canned fruit.

We need bakers to help make hamantaschen! If you are able to bake a couple dozen hamantaschen, please email me. You are free to use your own recipe and choose your favorite filling. Or, if a recipe is needed, we can send one to you! All cookies are needed at the temple by March 15th.

Hope to see everyone soon!