School Email 5778 — October 25, 2017

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

Rabbi Rachel's Message

Don't forget to RSVP for the November 3  First Friday potluck!!

We are looking forward to our second Jewish Family Education program of the year this Sunday with the 3rd graders at the Ratner Museum. Adults, don't forget to bring a piece of Jewish art from your home (or a picture of it if it's too large or fragile). See your class emails for more information.

6th-12th graders, we hope you can all attend TaSTY Jr. and TaSTY Sr. Havdalloween this Saturday night. RSVP at!

We are very excited for our first ever Tikkun Olam Day on November 5. This is a family day that will serve as religious school for all ages and grades from 9:30 am-noon. 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. Please feel free to invite friends and family to join us. Although the day is free we do ask that you RSVP so that we order enough food! For more information and to RSVP, click Here .

Feed Those in Need, Warm Your Heart!

Shepherd’s Table’s mission is to provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, clothing, medical support, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner.


Temple Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee sponsors our involvement in helping this wonderful organization by providing at least five (5) volunteers to participate in assisting with meal services on the first Monday of every month! Sessions are from 5:30-8:00 pm and are open to anyone 12 years and over.


SSL Hours are available for students in grades 6-12!


Duties include assisting the chef with meal preparations, setting the dining room up, greeting guests, serving the meal, washing dishes and helping to clean the kitchen and dining areas after the meal.


Sign up once or as many times as you like, bring your friends, your children 12 and older, but sign up!


Click here to pick a date!

Shepherd's Table

8106 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


If you have questions please contact Carol Kahn & Betsy Kingery, Temple Shalom Shepherd's Table Volunteer Coordinator’s at

                     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


Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

9:30 – 12pm

A special morning of programs at Temple Shalom for adults and children of all ages devoted to being a Jewish advocate, building bridges, repairing the world, and caring for ourselves

All ages welcome!

We have an incredible line-up of presenters and programs including:

Keynote and dialogue with Congressman Jamie Raskin (8th-adults)

Interactive theater program with District Community Playback on breaking down barriers (pre-k-2nd and 3rd-5th grade)

Story program on The Name Jar with Xani Pollakoff (pre-k-2nd)

Session with congregant Karen Miller on caring for children in challenging times (adults)

Music to Heal the World with Cantor Lisa (pre-k-2nd)

Session with congregant May Benatar on caring for ourselves in challenging times (8th grade-adults)

How to Write an Effective Op-Ed with congregant Todd Frankel

(6th-8th grade)

Exploration of unconscious biases with Avi Edelman

(6th-8th and 8th-12th grade)

Learning to write an effective Op-Ed with congregant Todd Frankel

(6th-8th grade)

Teen led learning by Operation Understanding DC

(3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade)

An opportunity to learn about synagogue social justice efforts

8th grade-adults)

Babysitting (infants and toddlers--must register!)

(Tikkun Olam Day replaces Sunday School

for all ages and grades on November 5)

The event is free, but please RSVP

so we have enough bagels for everyone!

Donations to cover the cost of the

day and to ensure more days like this in the future are welcome!

Go to 


Email ~Linda Aldoory

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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