Weekly Chai School Email

Dear Chai School Families,

It was really wonderful to spend last Shabbat with your teens. They were incredibly engaged in the programming and seemed to build really positive relationships throughout the weekend. We hope that this energy continues throughout the year!

This Sunday the Chai School students will be working on completing their service parts (cooking, dvar Torah, skit, and kavannot/reflections) as well as practicing the blessings they will be leading.

AS A REMINDER, the Chai School students are leading services on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd. We hope you will all join us for the potluck at 6:15 pm. If you cannot be there at 6:15 pm, we do need your student on the bimah with all of their parts and materials no later than 7 pm for the 7:30 pm service. Please sign up to participate in the potluck here.

Also, in lieu of our regular evening class on November 5, Chai School (and we hope parents and guardians as well) will participate in Tikkun Olam Day. We will be meeting from 9:30-noon and will have an opportunity to engage with Congressman Jamie Raskin as well as attend a number of other really interesting sessions. The program is free, but please RSVP ASAP so that we have enough materials and bagels! You can RSVP here: https://tikkkunolamday2017.eventbrite.com

The schedule for the upcoming weeks is as follows:

  • Sunday, October 29, 6-8 pm: Finish service parts
  • Friday, November 3, 6:15 pm: Potluck; 7 pm: Service practice
  • Sunday, November 5, 9:30 am-noon: Tikkun Olam Day
  • Sunday, November 12, 6-8 pm
  • Sunday, November 19, 6- 8pm
  • Sunday, November 26, NO CLASS (Thanksgiving weekend)

Additionally, we have a few spots available for students to attend the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar. I have pasted the information below and we’d love for our 9th grade students to attend!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!


Rabbi Rachel

L’Taken Social Justice Seminar:

There are 9 spots available for students to attend the L'Taken Seminar occurring Friday, January 26-Monday, January 29, 2018 (leaving after school on Friday and missing school that Monday).

What is the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar? The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism runs teen seminars every year in DC. High school students from around the country gather together to celebrate Shabbat, explore issues of social justice and the Reform Jewish responses to them, find an issue they are passionate about, and then weekend culminates on Monday with a day on Capitol Hill lobbying to the student’s representatives.

We have attended four seminars over the past six years with about two dozen participants, including many who have participated twice. They have been phenomenal weekends and the students had a great time. They have lobbied on LGBT rights, women’s rights, disability rights, about torture, about gun control, about Israel, about nuclear weapons, and more. One of our students won an award from the RAC for the video she made about the weekend. You can watch it HERE<https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HcVw3VnXDr8>: You can also find more information HERE<http://rac.org/confprog/ltaken>.

The cost of the seminar varies depending on how many students we have attending. The total cost per student will probably be around $500 plus several meals on their own, a metro card (since we are local, we take the metro there Friday afternoon), and spending money if desired. With early registration, I expect that the students and I will be able to organize a number of fundraisers to significantly defray the cost. This year students were able to attend for about $350.

There is a special track, for students who attended in the past, in case your child is interested in going again.

Please also know that I will work with families who are concerned about the finances.

In order to secure a spot for your child, you need to email me at rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net<mailto:rabbiackerman@templeshalom.net> and make a $150 non-refundable deposit made out to Temple Shalom with “L’Taken” in the memo no later than Friday, June 30. (The only exceptions to it being non-refundable are if you are not one of the first eight people to submit a deposit and we can’t get additional spaces or we have someone else who wants to take your space.)

In late summer or early fall, I would also like to meet with all those who have submitted the deposit to plan fundraisers to defray the total cost. If finances are a concern but you are sure that your child would like to attend, please be in touch with me directly.


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