School Email 5778 – October 11, 2017

One does not keep children from school even to build the Temple. ~~ Talmud, Tractate Shabbat

Rabbi Rachel's Message

I hope you enjoyed Sukkot and have gotten to spend some of this summer-like weather in a sukkah! Now the High Holidays are wrapping up with Simchat Torah. We hope to see many of you tonight. As a reminder today's Hebrew School students will go to class, a pizza dinner, and Simchat Torah services together from 5-8 pm. We hope that everyone will join us for the Simchat Torah service where we will unravel the entire Torah at 7 pm.

Several years ago we developed a Good-to-Great Taskforce that reimagined what youth and family education could look like at Temple Shalom and with congregational input developed an educational mission as well as programs that fit that mission. One program that grew out of that process was Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning. Parents/guardians expressed that they were excited to learn with other parents/guardians, but that sometimes when it was only based on their children's class time it was too disjointed. We are in our third year of Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning, which offers monthly options for adults learners of all backgrounds to dig into Jewish issues, this year on the topic of life-cycle. We hope that you will be able to make this learning a priority during the monthly sessions so that you can build relationships with other adults in the community, do some torah lishmah (study for the sake of study), and model Jewish learning for your children. (Plus, it's fun and interesting!) OUR FIRST KEHILLAT SHALOM ADULT LEARNING OF THE YEAR WILL BE HELD DURING RELIGIOUS SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 ON THE TOPIC OF BIRTH. THERE WILL BE SESSIONS WITH A CONGREGANT WHO IS A MOHEL, LEARNING WITH RABBI FRANKEN, AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT AND CHOOSE HEBREW NAMES FOR YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DONE SO.Click HERE for all the details.

Also, our first Jewish Family Education program of the year is this Sunday for 1st graders! FIRST GRADE FAMILIES, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS SUNDAY WE ARE MEETING AT THE ZOO AT 9:30 AM IN LIEU OF REGULAR HEBREW CLASSES! 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate reaching out.

Chag Sameach (Happy Simchat Torah!),

Rabbi Rachel

One of our congregants, Laura Gehl, is looking to organize a Red Cross blood drive at Temple Shalom (tentatively for January 7). We need at least 50 volunteers to hold the drive. If you would be willing to donate, please email Laura at laurameressa@gmail.com your name and phone number to let her know you are interested.

Taste of Camp

October 21-22
Camp Harlam | Kunkletown, PA
Cost: $180

Taste of Camp is a chance for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (as of September 2017) to experience the fun of camp during a weekend filled with camp activities, new friends, awesome counselors and more! They’ll celebrate Shabbat and explore what it’s like to be a Camp Harlam camper. New for 2017, the program will begin on Saturday and end on Sunday:

Saturday, October 21
10:00-10:30 AM: Drop Off at Camp

Sunday, October 22
10:30 AM: Optional Camp Tour
11:45 AM: Closing Slideshow/Video & Snack (kids and parents together)
12:00 PM: Departure

Registration for Taste of Camp is now open!  Visit our registration page and click “Begin Your Application.”

Spend quality time with your family this December.

3rd Annual Mother-Daughter Weekend at Capital Camps!

The escape begins on Friday, December 8th around 4:00 pm and concludes on Sunday, December 10th around 11:00am. Our programming is most appropriate for mothers and their daughters between the ages of 6 and 13.

Housing will be in our beautiful Nesiya Lodge. All rooms include individually controlled heat, two hotel quality queen size beds, linen and towel service, desk, phone, wireless internet, and in-room safe. Adjoining rooms are available.
Click HERE for more information.

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