Weekly Chai School Email

Dear Chai School Families,

We are getting excited for the Shabbaton, which will run from Friday evening through Saturday until 6pm, so there will not be school on Sunday evening.

Here is a general outline of the schedule:


  • 6:00pm - The students will make some treats.
  • 6:30pm - Services
  • 7:45pm - Dinner
  • 8:30pm - Program #1 Van and the Envelope
  • 9:30pm - Social Program


  • 7:30am - wake up and optional breakfast
  • 8:30am - walk to Tifereth Israel for services

**Please remember to bring appropriate clothing for a conservative synagogue (no jeans, shoulders and knees should be covered), comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket and tallitot.

  • 1:00pm - make and eat lunch after walking back from services
  • 2:00pm - break
  • 2:30pm - Program #2 Tikkun Olam and Prioritizing
  • 3:45pm - break
  • 4:30pm - Program #3 Righteous Anger
  • 5:30pm - Siyum & Havdalah
  • 6:00pm - dismissal

On November 3, the students will be leading family services. Please sign up to participate in the potluck here. Students should report to the bimah at 7pm for the 7:30 service.

Last Sunday:

The 8th graders explored their talents and interests in preparation for their philanthropy activity to raise money.

The 9th graders spent the first hour learning about what the Torah, Mishnah and Talmud have to say about the death penalty. The students split into groups and began to prepare their presentations to advocate for or against the death penalty as if they were Jewish advisers on The West Wing.

Garrett and Rachel's Dvar Torah Group: The students continued writing their Dvar Torah on Sodom and Gomorrah and skit script on the Akeidah.

Xani’s Art Group: This week in the art elective the teens thoughtfully explored the blessing they are representing and started designing poems and pictures. The teens shared their ideas with their peers and teachers listening to feedback and by asking questions. Each teen chose the specific media and materials. Next class we will continue our work.

Roberta's Cooking Group: The students broke into small groups and whipped up some pies.


Rabbi Rachel, Roberta, Xani, and Garrett

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