School Email 5778 – October 18, 2017

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


Rabbi Rachel's Message

We are gearing up for a great Shabbaton (overnight) with the 8th and 9th graders this weekend. For those who are new, all of our students in 4th-12th grades have at least one Shabbaton (overnight at the Temple) or retreat (two nights away at a local outdoor educational facility) each year. These programs are critical for community building and the experiential education programs throughout the weekend provide lasting memories for our students.

This weekend we also have a TaSTY Kids (2nd-5th grade) dance party and parent/guardian wine-and-cheese! See below for more information.

And, don't forget to RSVP for next Friday's first Friday potluck!!

I also want everyone to mark their calendars for a really wonderful upcoming event on November 5, Tikkun Olam Day. This day is replacing Mitzvah Day for this year and we are incredibly excited about this opportunity. Please note that this is a family day and occurs at a slightly different time than religious school (9:30 am-12 pm). The day is focused on how to be a Jewish advocate in troubling times. Adults and students 8th grade and older will have an opportunity to hear from Congressman Jamie Raskin as well as an opportunity to learn about synagogue social justice efforts, a program with Karen Miller on caring for children in challenging times, and a program with May Benatar on caring for ourselves in challenging times. The the rest of our youth will be doing programs with District Community Playback on breaking down barriers, a program with Avi Edelman on unconscious biases, learning to write an effective Op-Ed with  Todd Frankel, a program with Operation Understanding DC, a program with Xani Pollakoff on The Name Jar, and music to heal the world with Cantor Lisa. There will be specific programs for all grades pre-k-12th grade and babysitting will be available for our youngest kids. 

This program is a substitute for regular Sunday School classes. Please look out for a more specific calendar and a sign up so we can make sure to order enough bagels!

Please see below for information about Havdalloween Saturday, October 28 6:00 PM for TaSTY Jr.(6th-8th) 8:00 PM for TaSTY Sr. (8th-12th) RSVP!

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 your name and phone number to let her know you are interested.

OCTOBER 21 | 6-8 PM | Kids (Room 9/10)

Attention all 2nd-5th grade TaSTYKids! Join us for an evening of dancing, games and snacks to kick off the new school year at our Back to Shul Dance Party

Click here to download the Back to Shul Dance Party Flyer.

The cost for this event is $5 per child attending. Please send your child with cash or check made out to Temple Shalom to the event the day of. If you have a younger child you would like to attend we would love them to join us so long as an adult will be present at the Parent Wine and Cheese. If you have an older child who would like to come and help us run the event we would love that too! Contact Jessy Smith at for more information.


First Friday November 3

5:30pm Tot Shabbat
6:15pm Congregational Potluck
7:30pm Erev Shabbat Family Service

We are very excited for our next First Friday Shabbat Family Service.

The deadline to register for our congregational potluck is Wednesday, November 1. Click HERE to register.

Please register with the names of or number of people in your party and the (vegetarian, dairy, or fish) dish you are bringing. NO MEATS OR DESSERTS PLEASE! The dish should serve at least 8 people. Also, please remember to bring serving utensils! You do not need to post your phone number or email.

We encourage you to invite friends and family. This is an event that welcomes people outside of the Temple Shalom community.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office by emailing


Friday, December 15 - Sunday, December 17, 2017
Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA

  • Meet new people and see your friends from NFTY and Camp
  • Enjoy a fun, interactive Saturday night activity
  • Participate in leadership-themed programs, workshops and activities

Early Bird: $160 USD
Register by Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Regular: $210.00 USD
Register by Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Space Available: $210.00 USD
Register after Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
(must be approved by regional director)

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 6 to 8.

Register HERE

Tikkun Olam Day
When: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
9:30 – 12pm
What: A special morning of activities devoted to “repairing the world”
All ages welcome

Keynote Jamie Raskin, U.S. Congressman social justice workshops OUDC and others to dialogue with kids and teens Wash post writer Todd Frankel  will offer kids workshop on Op-Ed writing district community playback Interactive theater for kids on how to handle hate and bias from friends and others

WANT TO LEND A HAND? Email ~Linda Aldoory

Mikvah Guide Training
6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday October 18th (dinner will be served) or 12:30-2:30pm on Thursday October 19th (lunch will be served)

Mikvah Guides support people through profound moments of personal and spiritual transitions and facilitate a connection to the Holy through Jewish ritual. They offer themselves as witnesses to both quiet moments and joyous celebrations. Mikvah Guides can attest to the beauty of Jewish tradition in addressing the sanctity of the body.

This fall, the Adas Israel Community Mikvah is looking to train a fifth cadre of volunteers.  This opportunity is open to women and men of all ages, from all levels of Jewish observance. No experience is necessary. If you have a background in social work, therapy, or health care it may be useful, but anyone with the right amount of sensitivity to others can be a good guide. This is a great opportunity for learning, growth and connection!

Some occasions when your guidance might be called upon:

  • Life cycle Events
  • Infertility
  • Healing
  • Aging
  • Conversions
  • Monthly Cycles

Again, you don't have to be a mikvah user in order to become a mikvah guide and no minimum time commitment is required.  There will be an orientation at Adas on October 18th or 19th and ongoing informal training on your schedule.  For questions or more information, or to express interest even if you can’t attend a training, please contact Naomi Malka at 202.841.8776 and visit for more information about our Mikvah.

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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