Israel – Making that Connection

US - Israel PuzzleI think most of you will agree that it is important for our children, here in America, to develop an understanding and love for Am Yisrael, the nation of Israel. We want our kids to know that, as Jews, Israel is their country too, just as America is. This can be a hard concept to explain to our kids. For some people, it is hard to understand the idea of belonging to more than one culture. For others, with multi-ethnic backgrounds, it is easier to explain and conceptualize the idea of belonging. At TOR, we want to instill that love for Israel through experiences. Some of it comes from our beloved teachers who bring us their love for Israel through stories, songs and language. Some of the love comes from our families who express their love through support and action. But we want to do more to make it real for our kids.

This year, we are embarking on a new project we are calling, Israel: a 4D Experience. The idea is to connect our students (likely our 6th and 7th grade students to start) with a school in Israel. We want to establish a relationship through pictures, video messages, cultural care packages and eventually, travel exchange programs. We want our kids to share what it is like to be a young person in America and, in turn, learn what it is like to be young in Israel. We are hoping that our kids will develop relationships with Israeli kids that last into High School, College, and beyond. We want them to make friends so they can create a more meaningful connection to Israel and the richness that it brings to our world.

NEWCAJE hi-res Logo.jpgToday, you may have received a few emails about #GivingTuesday. We have our project featured on the NewCAJE GivingTuesday fund site. We are hoping to raise $2500 to begin the implementation of our Israel project. If you haven’t already, please consider giving a donation. No amount is too small. Every penny helps. Click on the picture to the left to access our donation site. Please share. Ask your friends to help. Together we can create an amazing program for our kids!

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

Wednesday, November 30th @6:30pm – Hebrew School

Friday, December 2nd @ 6:45pm – Family Shabbat – this month we are featuring the 1st and 2nd grade class. Come join us for Shabbat!

Sunday, December 4th

  • @ 9am – Religious School
  • @10am – Hanukkah Happening Planning Meeting – join us to help plan our school-wide Hanukkah Celebration
  • @11am – School Fundraiser Planning Meeting – The Fundraiser is in 10 days! There is still time to volunteer to help!

+++Note+++ The Tie-Dye event has been moved to December 11th.

Raffle Basket items needed! Each class is responsible for the items to fill their raffle baskets. Click here for the flier explaining what your class needs to bring. All items are needed by December 4th. Thank you!!!


We need all reservations by next Monday. Tickets for participation in the paint project will NOT be available at the door. Last minute tickets will only be available for dinner.

We need POTATOES! Every year, the Men’s Club makes delicious potato latkes for our Hanukkah Happening. But they can’t make latkes without potatoes! We are looking for donations of 10lb bags of potatoes by November 11th.

TOR Youth Engagement Stock Sales – A number of our youth group kids are raising money to go to the NFTY Convention in February. They need your support! They are selling stock certificates for their trip. Each share of stock is $20. All stock holders will be invited to a special where the teens will share about their experiences after they return. See Eden or a TASTY Teen for more details.

++++++++++ Religious School Update +++++++++++

I would love to hear feedback from parents and kids about Sunday School and Hebrew School. The teachers work hard each week to plan engaging lessons and feedback helps us to grow and adjust to meet your needs.

Laurie’s PreK/Kinder kids have fun each week learning new stories from the Torah, exploring the holidays and discovering new Hebrew letters.

Efrat’s 1st and 2nd graders are learning new words in Hebrew and discovering how the Hebrew letters fit together. They learn stories of our matriarchs and patriarchs and find new exciting things about our traditions and holidays.

Erica’s 3rd graders have been learning a lot about Hebrew letters and the sounds they make when paired with different vowels. They’ve also been going through a unit about how we are all made in the image of God.

Sara’s 4th and 5th graders are increasing their Hebrew proficiency pretty rapidly! Each class, they learn more conversational Hebrew and get to practice on each other! The 5th graders are working the lab learning more about how the printed Hebrew language works as well. The class has also been learning about B’tzelem Elohim, how we are made in the image of God.

Barry’s 6th graders have great discussions about Jewish values and ethics while also exploring the meaning of each week’s Torah portion. They are also working hard on their Hebrew mastery as well as learning about the children of the Holocaust.

And finally, our 7th grade is a great class with minds that like to debate and discuss many different Jewish topics. Avi and Paul have them moving along in their Hebrew practice and we are nearing our first Bat Mitzvah of the year!

I’m proud of all of our students and the neat things that are happening here at Temple Or Rishon. I hope you find value in our programs and that you consider supporting the many projects that we have going on.