Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Are you looking for fun videos to teach your child about Shabbat, holidays, and Jewish values?  The same folks who brought you G-dcast now bring you Shaboom!, a brand new kids' series from Bimbam. Learn new Hebrew words, silly songs, and have fun with the whole family.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Passover begins at sundown April 22

Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition ofchametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

Enjoy this fun video and read more about the holiday, customs, celebrations, how to make matzah balls, charoset and other recipes; games and crafts for children, social justice causes to tie into the holiday and so much more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

School Vacation Coming Up

Please note, all classes are on break this coming week, that includes:
  • Religious School
  • Chai School
  • Adult Hebrew class
  • Torah Study on Saturday the 20th and 27th
  • Wednesday Jewish History Group
  • Thursday Prophet Study Group
Have a wonderful vacation.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Some November Updates

Please note: There is no Torah Chanting class on the 5th on account of my being at the URJ Biennial.


There was some discussion on ‘to snack or not to snack,’ with some children coming home so sated that they were not hungry for dinner. The solution, keep snack simple.  A bag of chips, or pretzels, or popcorn should suffice for one class. We do not need multiple snacks, such as cheese, crackers, fruit and chips for each snack time.  Also, you do not need to send in drinks, we have a water fountain. If you want to send in fruit, please wash it in advance, and also make that the ONLY snack for the day. If you have a picky eater whom you know won’t eat anything, send him/her in with her/his own snack.  The sign up is at: http://templesinaischoolsnack.wikispaces.com/home and you must save your entry by clicking the save button on the top menu.

Tzedakah: Please send your child in each with either money or food which we donate to worthy causes
End time.  Please note that school ends at 6:15, regardless if there is an assembly, unless otherwise noted.  The only difference is that the students are in their classrooms rather than the sanctuary. Noted: Chanukah Party on Dec. 10th will have a 6:00 dismissal

This Friday at 5:30 is our popular Rock Shabbat.  I know some students need services hours so this is a great opportunity. 

We do not have school on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26

Looking ahead:  Start brushing off your favorite brisket recipe for the Great Brisket Bake-off on December 11th, and bring your menorahs for a congregational menorah lighting.

This Saturday is Tali BenDor’s first time leading our Tot Shabbat at 9:30, so those with young children please come out and support Tali. 

On Sunday, November 15th we have two events going on: 

for the little ones, there is Story Hour at 10:00

Also at 10 for the adults is the Global Day of Jewish Learning, you can read more about this in the upcoming weekly updates.

One last thing:

At Orientation this year we outlined the new, fun family education program this year: Jewish Game Night.  For those not in attendance, here’s the gist of it.

3 Holidays: Tu Bishvat, Purim, Passover

The Goal: Create a game on each holiday theme with other parents to be presented at each of the following Youth/Folk services
Feb. 5th (Tu Bishvat)
March 4th (Purim)
April 1st (Passover)

Your assignment: Select one of the holidays, sign up for it, attend the preliminary meeting, (Date TBD), and work on your ideas with the others in your group.

If you have not yet signed up, please sign up next time you’re in the building or email me which holiday you’d like (Tu Bishvat is looking a little needy).  If we don’t hear from you in the next two weeks, you’ll be assigned a holiday.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The School Year

Shalom Everyone,

With the holidays about to be behind us, (we do have Simchat Torah / Consecration services this Sunday at 7:00 p.m.) I thought now would be a great time to go over some of our school and Temple practices which some of you may or may not know.


Each week when students come we ask that they bring either money or food for Tzedakah

Shabbat Services:

In order to best learn to prayers for services, service attendance is suggested.  It is also a wonderful time for your family to have some spiritual time together.
Students in grades K-3 have a service attendance requirement of four times per year.
Students in grades 4-6 have a service attendance requirement of eight times per year.
Students in grade 7 or the year preceding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah have a service attendance requirement of 16 times per year.

We have a loose-leaf notebook in the black desk in the lobby.  Your child may sign in each time s/he attends a SHABBAT service.

Youth Service

This year the Youth Service has been combined with the Folk Service.  We encourage our youths to attend these family-friendly services.  Starting in January, each of the school classes with lead one of the Folk Services, along with our Folk Service leaders, and the families and Temple committees will work together to plan an international congregational dinner for afterwards.

CHAI SCHOOL starts October 8th.  All students in grades 8-12 are eligible.  Lots of fun courses for everyone.

Parent Group/B'Yachad

Did you know there's a new parent group meeting at Temple every two weeks?  These groups are being led by the Education Advisory Board, Patty Greenfield, Jan Orlansky and Deb Laskarzewski, and discussing topics of parental interest, Jewish interest, child-rearing and all sorts of other current issues affecting Jewish families.  Please feel free to join any time.

The Religious School has also purchased a Keurig Coffee Maker in the lobby so next time you're here, stay a while, have a cup of coffee or tea, relax, schmooze with other parents or just hang out and chat with me, Michael or Rabbi.

Catch-up School

Beginning Sunday, October 18 I will be holding Sunday morning catch-up school for students needing help in Hebrew.

Adult Education Beginning Hebrew Reading 

If you've wanted to learn to read Hebrew but afraid it's too hard, think again.  You'll be reading before you leave the first session.  Thursday evenings from 7-8:30, beginning October 22nd.

That's enough for now.  Have a wonderful fall and enjoy the beauteous nature God has set out for us in this corner of the world.

Monday, August 17, 2015

New School Year 2015-2016 / 5776

Shalom Mishpachot/Dear Families:

Even if I didn’t have a calendar I would know approximately what day it is by the number of inquiries I’m getting about “when is Religious School starting?”.

I can tell you.  I hesitate to name the date because on September 10th we are having an Open House.  When I say Open House many folks think (especially if you’re returnees) you don’t need to show up.  But you do, and here’s why.

We have a number of new programs this year that require explaining and signing up.  Without your being here, you will not know and/or understand what it is that we’re doing and even if I tell you, you will not grasp the entire scope.  So we are having school that night, just not regular classes, but you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and hear about the new Temple programs.

Open House September 10th is from 5:00-6:00.

You asked, we listened.  Our four-year old parents had asked for more programming, on the same day as school, just not as long or as extensive.  So if you have, or know of, a four year old in the community, please let them know we are having a weekly one-hour group, on Thursday from 4:00-5:00.  For this group only membership is not required.

Some returning programs:  Sunday Morning Story Hour; Saturday Morning Tot Shabbat; Youth Services–but in a different format; Class Services–but in a different format.

Newish program that didn’t quite pan out last year: Own Your Own Holiday. So we’ve revived it and can’t wait to tell you all about it on September 10th, along with Folk/Youth Service/Committee partnerships.

Religious School Chair.  I think most of you know Patty Greenfield who has worn many hats here at Temple, most recently as Membership Chair.  We’re thrilled to say that after six years of serving in that capacity Patty is taking over as Religious School Chair and has been busily revitalizing the education programs along with me, Jan Orlansky, our VP of Education, Deb Laskarzewski, Board Member and… maybe you?  We are looking for parents to have input on the future direction of the Religious School. Talk to me or Patty to see how you can be a part of our success.

Another new date, particularly for parents of teens, is our Taste of Chai on September 24 from 6:15-7:00, where students will get a chance to meet with the Chai School teachers and see what the classes are being offered, thereby giving them an opportunity to sign up in advance of Chai School on October 8th.  

I’m looking forward to seeing returning and new faces at school this year.  B’Shalom,

Morah Judy