Hello from the Religious School!
October was a fabulous month! We decorated our temple sukkah, we ate (of course), shook the lulav and smelled the delicious etrog. It was raining, so we couldn’t have our official hop, but we certainly hopped to different rooms in our school and did many fun activities! We unrolled the the beginning of the Torah and overflowed with questions and things we noticed!
We welcomed two new students to the school! Dylan and Max Wolf have joined the ranks and we are thrilled to have them and their parents Hilary and Ian in our school and temple community!
We also are studying Pirkei Avot this year. There is much to learn not only about Judaism, but about kindness and respect from our own tradition. We have begun with a meaty mishna: "Look not at the jug, but at what is in it." 4:27 We chosen rom an array of "jugs" not knowing what might be inside. Some chose because the container was fancy, or antique, or shiny. But the most valuable item($20 Bill) was in the ragged match box. We likened this teaching to "don’t judge a book by its cover" but including this ancient Jewish spin is an essential element of showing these children that Judaism has so much for us if we look closely. We talked about our best characteristics and those we hope to have. We put those fondest ideas inside a bottle and we are creating beautiful bottle people! The paper mache is tons of fun for some and a tad too icky for others.
In November we are very excited to welcome our Rishona from Israel, Gaya, who will come to us 6 times over the course of the year to teach us about Israel and help create a lasting connection. This is a fabulous program sponsored in part by the Metrowest NJ Federation. We are so lucky to be able to use this incredible resource for our school. If you would like to help sponsor this opportunity, we would welcome your support.
Special Thanksgiving Interfaith program at First Presbyterian Church, Rockaway Sunday Nov 19 - 6:00 - 7:00 - refreshments will be served. Join us!
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