S’vivon Sov, Sov, Sov

For those of you who missed it, last Saturday’s Pasta and Paint event was a ton of fun! We painted some awesome pictures and enjoyed a filling meal of pasta, salad and bread. To top it off, our good friend Rob Berger stopped in with ice cream for everyone! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Religious School programming. Special thanks goes to Heather Rosenberg and Minerva Rosenberg for lending their artistic talents for the evening! Thank you also to Arlene Lurey, Susan & Larry Stieber, Seth Rosenthal & Joi Barrett, and Jim and & Judy Ganulin for their generous sponsorship of the event. We still have a ways to go in our fundraising efforts. If you couldn’t make it because of prior engagements, consider making a donation anyway.

Last week, I felt like a dreidel, spinning in so many directions trying to get things done. There was school and the fundraiser and the items for the hanukkah gift shop and upcoming bat mitzvah’s and my son going to camp and my husband going out of town… So that was me, S’vivon, sov, sov, sov!!! Fortunately, I’m someone who works well when there is a ton going on.This Sunday is the annual Hanukkah Happening! We will have games, crafts and latkes for all of the kiddos. This year there is a suggested donation of $5 per child, but don’t let the cost keep you away. We want all of the kids to enjoy our carnival atmosphere and fun prizes.hanukkah-happening

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

Today, Wednesday, December 14th @ 6:30pm – Hebrew School – Men’s club will NOT be mixing latke batter as previously planned.

Friday, December 16th

  • @ 10am – Gan K’tan
  • @ 6pm – Tot Shabbat
  • @ 6:45pm – Shabbat services, Molly Guerzon’s Bat Mitzvah

Saturday, December 17th @10am- Molly Guerzon’s Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, December 18th

  • @ 10am – Hanukkah Happening
  • @ 2 pm – TASTY Bites Hanukkah Party at TOR
  • @ 5 pm – TASTY Hanukkah Party at Rabbi Rabishaw’s house

No School from December 21st – January 7th. School resumes Sunday, January 8th.

Friday, December 30th @ 6:45pm – Hanukkah Shabbat. Bring your menorah and light the candles with your TOR family. Services followed by monthly Final Friday Shabbat Dinner. Please make sure to RSVP for dinner.

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


Yay! We had music with Carol again this week! Our youngest learners also read more wonderful stories about Hanukkah and made their own menorahs. Please make sure to stop by the classroom on Sunday and pick up your menorah!

First/Second Grade

Efrat’s class also learned more about Hanukkah and the miracle of the oil. They each painted their own wooden menorah as well. I still have the menorah’s my kids made from a few years ago. It’s so special to be able to use them each year! The class got to sing lots of fun songs with Carol this week as well.

Third Grade

Our third graders spent the morning learning about the power of God through the story of the Maccabees. They also got to sing songs with Carol this week and then made a really neat present for their families for Hanukkah. I hope you enjoy it!

Fourth/Fifth Grade

Mora Sara’s class was super busy on Sunday! They also learned about Hanukkah and the Hanukkah blessings. AND throughout the morning, they were also making Challah! It was so fun to see them mixing the dough, then coming back after it had risen to shape it into a round loaf. The temple smelled so good with all of the baking challah! I hope you enjoyed it! Our 4th/5th graders have also been working hard on the Shema and V’ahavta prayers. They also will be able to do the blessings this year for Hanukkah!

Sixth Grade

Our sixth grade class discussed the weekly Torah portion and what it says about sibling rivalry. They also discussed the Jacob’s name change and the significance it had on the Jewish people. This class spent their lab time learning a couple of new letters and vowels and reviewing everything they’ve learned so far. Below are some questions to help connect their learning for this week.

  1. In the Torah portion for Dec. 17th what did Jacob give to Esau in hope of reconciliation? (Hundreds of livestock)
  2. What was Jacob’s new name? (Israel)
  3. Who was the second leader of Israel? (King David)

Both the sixth and seventh grade classes had art this week and got to hand dip their own beeswax candles. They ended being very interestingly shaped, but everyone had a good time!

Seventh Grade

Our seventh grade class worked on prayers with Avi and had one on one tutorials with Michele. They also got to dip candles this week. For the last hour of class, they had a guest teacher, Jennifer DeLugach, who led them through a lesson on humility and being humble. This is connected to their Family Shabbat Torah portion, Tzav. Ask your student about the connection and what they learned this week about humility.