Our Religious School Parents Association works with the Religious School teachers and staff and assists them in providing a high quality Jewish education for our young people, and also works to promote the Religious School and its activities to the greater community. Our members work with the Rabbi and teachers and assist with the planning and hosting of all Religious School holiday celebrations. Our monthly meetings are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. All Religious School family member are encouraged to attend. See below for the schedule of our meetings.
RSPA President’s Message – February 2018
After a relaxing Winter Break, our Religious School students resumed their studies during the month of January. On Sunday, January 21st, there was a meeting of all parents of students in our 6/7 and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes to inform them about the process leading up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah and what to expect from an academic, planning and financial perspective. Thanks to Rabbi Mark, Barbara Bolter, and our Office Manager, Victoria Gaffney for their participation – we hope to make this an annual event.
The following week, our students celebrated the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Our 2-3 and 4-5 students planted apple seedlings in observance of the holiday and each of our classes was presented with a basket of traditional holiday fruits by the members of the Religious School Parents Association.
Our more senior members of the congregation are invited to join us on the morning of Sunday, February 25th at 10:30 AM to bake hamantaschen for our first Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Religious School students have been encouraged to invite those grandparents, who are able to attend, to join with them in making a craft for the upcoming Purim holiday and this would be a great opportunity for other interested members of the congregation to form a bond with our kids. After the Grandparents and Special Friends Day event (baking, etc.), everyone is invited to stay and join the Temple Sisterhood at 12:30 PM in Blum Hall to hear Rebbitzin Mina Sobel discuss Purim and the Persian Jews’ experience in Iran. It promises to be both enlightening and enjoyable.
Our 2017/18 Adult Education Series, “What Does It Mean To Be Jewish” continues to be quite well attended. After an interesting discussion about the role of Jewish ethics at our January session, our next class will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 PM and we will be exploring the question of “Does It Take Kabbalah?” The series continues through the month of March and is open to all Temple members as well as any other interested members of the community; there is a requested donation of $5 per person for each class. Please join us for this lively and thought provoking series.