September was filled with each new student receiving their own authentic shofar from Israel. They were given an opportunity to learn how to blow the shofar with our resident shofar player Marty List.
|1st and 2nd grade learning to blow the shofar.|
|Traditional Service at Temple Israel with the shofar orchestra.|
|Waiting to blow the shofar again.|
|Innovative Service shofar orchestra.|
|Family Rosh Hashanah Expereince|
|Family Rosh Hashanah Expereince.|
Video of our Family Rosh Hashanah service singing "Shofar Blast"
During Sukkot we celebrated in the Sukkah for our Annual Pizza in the Hut. This was a fun celebration for the entire family, from baby to Bubbe. Don't worry if you missed it because we will certainly have it again next year.
|It was a gorgeous night out on the Waterview Courtyard.|
|Rabbi Olshein hanging up some fall foliage in our Sukkah.|
|Karen and Lori helping to create the paper chains and Ushpizin (guests) for our Sukkah.|
|All of the ushpizin (guests) who were invited to our Sukkah. Among them were Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, as well as family members of those who attended Pizza in the Hut.|
Dancing with the Torah!!
More Dancing with the Torah!!
Our 2 months of fun and holiday celebration ended this past Sunday at Religious School. We had a fantastic time, filled with singing, learning, and laughing. We began the morning in the Sanctuary singing some of the songs that we learning in music class the past few Sundays. These songs included Am Yisrael Chai, the Sh'ma, and Children of the Lord (a song about Noah and the Flood). Not only did the children have the opportunity to sing together and learn music with the Rabbi in the Sanctuary, but then the Rabbi went to each class and spent between 20 and 30 minutes signing and teaching the classes prayers that are recited each week during Shabbat services. It is our goal that these children be able to follow along during services as well as participate each time they attend.
The prayers that we are teaching our children are Barchu, Sh'ma, and V'shamru. We are inviting ALL of our students and families to attend and participate in The Night of 100 Menorahs during Chanukah. During this service we call all of our new and old students up to the bimah to help lead the congregation in prayer. We are building their prayer basis so that in December, they will be able to lead the congregation in quite a few prayers. Night of 100 Menorahs is on December 19. It is a fabulous time to come together as a Temple Family and celebrate the holidays together. More information will be provided as the date gets closer.