School Email 5778 – March 14

School Email 5778
One does not keep children from school even to build the Temple. ~Talmud, Tractate Shabbat
Rabbi Rachel's Message
TODAY is The Temple Shalom Night at the Parkway Deli. 10% of dine-in proceeds from 4 pm-9:30 pm will go to the religious school. You must be seated by 9 pm! Looking forward to seeing you there!
For centuries, parents have made the choice to pass Judaism on from one generation to the next. Every parent (Jewish and not) of our religious school students has committed to raising Jewish children. Our children often ask us "Why do I need to go to religious school?" or "Why do I need to be Jewish?" We feel compelled to pass Judaism on and yet we can't always verbalize the answers to these questions (particularly in developmentally appropriate ways). This Sunday, March 18, during Sunday School in the morning, Rabbi Rachel and Carri Wasserberg invite you to join them as we exploring texts concerning Ethical Wills (the expression of values one wants to pass on to the next generation) as well as what about to Judaism is important to you and how to articulate that to your children. Click Herefor More Information.
In addition, please check out all the camp opportunities and scholarship (camp, Israel, and college) possibilities listed below. Camp and Israel scholarship requests are due March 31.
Lastly, I am leaving next week for a sabbatical. My last day in the office will be Wednesday, March 21 and I will return to the office on Thursday, April 19. Emails sent to me during that time will not be monitored. Please contact Katherine in the school office with any questions. More details and contacts will be included in next week's school email.
If you have any questions or thoughts, please don't hesitate getting in touch.
L'hitraot (See You Soon),
Rabbi Rachel
Wednesday, March 14
Temple Shalom Night at Parkway Deli, 4:00 -9:30 PM
Friday - Saturday, March 16-17
6th Grade Shabbaton at Temple Shalom, Fri. 6:00 PM- Sat. 6:00 PM
Friday - Sunday, March 16-18
NFTY-MAR TheVent, 8th-12th Grade
Sunday, March 18
Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning: Adulthood, Wise Aging, Ethical Wills, L’Dor Va’Dor, 9 AM
Sunday, March 25
NO Religious School
Tuesday, March 27
NO Tuesday Hebrew School
Wednesday, March 28
NO Wednesday Hebrew School
Saturday, March 31
Clergy Matza Brei Cook-off, 9:15 AM
Passover Festival Service, 10:00 AM
Second Day Seder 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 1
NO Religious School
Sunday, April 8
7th Grade JFE Holocaust Museum 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
4th Grade Wedding, 9:45 AM
Wednesday, April 11
INCLUDING Dinner and Erev Yom HaShoah Services Led by, 7th and 10th Grade
Friday, April 13
"First" Friday with Tot Shabbat, Congregational Potluck, and Family Erev Shabbat Service—4th Grade Leads
Sunday, April 15
Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning: Death, Dying, and Burial, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
4th Grade JFE at Gan HaZikaron, Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sunday, April 22
6th Grade JFE: Tzedek/Social Justice, 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 29
6th Grade All Day Field Trip, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM
Friday, May 5
First Friday with Tot Shabbat, Congregational Potluck, and Family Erev Shabbat Service—Pre-K/K/1st Grade Lead
Tuesday, May 8
LAST DAY Tuesday Hebrew School
Wednesday, May 9
LAST DAY Wednesday Hebrew School
Friday, May 11
Erev Shabbat Service with Post-Confirmation Graduation, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 13
LAST DAY Religious School followed by Brotherhood BBQ for Whole Community, All Morning Classes, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning: Afterlife, 9:00-11:30 AM
3rd-5th Grade Chug Presentations,
10:45 AM-11:30 AM
LAST DAY Religious School, All Evening Classes, 6PM-8PM
Sunday, March 18
Join us at 9 AM for coffee and schmoozing with an introduction to the morning at 9:20 AM.
Israeli Dance Festival DC 2018
Sunday, March 18
Bullis School 10601 Falls Rd.
Temple Shalom is excited to have its first ever performing group in the DC Israeli Dance Festival! The dancers in Zohar will light up the stage with their love of dancing and their smiles and are excited to share their dance with everyone!
               Storming the Halls of Power
Advancing Women in Political & Public Spheres in the U.S. & Israel
A round table discussion on the importance, challenges, and benefits of increasing the number of women running for political office in the U.S. & Israel
Tuesday, March 20 7:30 pm
Adas Israel Congregation
Temple Shalom is a
Co-Sponsor of this event.
Like Abraham Joshua Heschel, “our feet will be praying” as we join March for Our Lives at noon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in DC. Let’s stand together as a Temple Shalom community in solidarity and raise our voices to demand action, not talk on gun control.
We will be updating information as we get closer but will be meeting near the start under the Temple Shalom banner.
Whether you will be marching with us or on your own, please join us on
Wednesday, March 21 at the Temple for a sign making party. 6:30 – 8pm
We will have some supplies but please feel free to bring your own markers, sign boards and your ideas.
Contact Betsy Kingery or Mindy Schuster for more information or to get involved.
The Temple Shalom Sisterhood is hosting a 2nd Night Community Seder on Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM.
Please join us as Rabbi Franken and Rabbi Cantor Levine bring the community together as they lead us in song and prayer in the telling of the Passover story.
The event will be BYOW (bring your own wine) but we encourage you to purchase wine through the Brotherhood Passover Wine Sale.
Please register by March 21, 2018 to help us plan for the event!
For questions about the event or would like to help volunteer for the event please contact
The Fein Foundation seeks to ensure access to higher education for high-achieving Jewish students who may lack the financial resources necessary to secure the highest quality education available. The Fein Fellows Award has served 470+ Jewish students nationally.
Do I know someone who could benefit from attending? Register here.
Do I have an interest in being a volunteer counselor? Apply here
Do I have an interest in creating and delivering a presentation? Learn more about workshops or submit a proposal.
JSSA has 16 $6,000 scholarships available to all Montgomery County high school seniors and several others available to the Jewish community.
The application found here may be used to apply for multiple awards; however, students will receive funding from only one source.
All scholarships and loans are based on financial need, rather than academic merit.
Please note that the Morton A. Gibson Memorial Scholarship award requires significant volunteerism in the Jewish community.
Questions can be directed to Lynn Ponton at or 301-881-3700 ext. 2616.
For more information about JSSA's scholarships and interest-free educational loans, CLICK HERE
The American Technion Society offers scholarships to students who attend Technion’s summer program at their campus in Israel. It is a chance to perform scientific and technical research at one of the finest universities in the world, along with students from many countries. And it offers a great opportunity to travel in Israel.
Students who are currently in 11th and 12 grade can apply.
Don’t miss out on summer fun for children and/or the whole family at Capital Camps! Experience our challenge course, lake and aquatics center, sports fields, arts offerings, and more with traditional 2-, 3- and 4-week sessions and during Family Camp (August 17-19).
New-camper grants are available! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22. Visit for more information or to RSVP for a tour.
At the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, rising high school juniors and seniors read selections from important works of modern Jewish literature and consider how they speak to the opportunities and challenges we face today. Under the guidance of college professors, they consider how the rich legacy of modern Jewish literature can inform us in the twenty-first century.
Session 1: July 22–27, 2018
Session 2: July 29–August 3, 2018
Applications for 2018 are due March 5.
Acceptance decisions will be announced by the end of April.


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