Religious School Parents Association

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.

The Religious School Parents Association President’s Message.

October 2020

 

Hello Temple Family:

Religious School has been continuing over Zoom, though we had a break to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. I hope families have been tuning into our Temple’s excellent service broadcast over YouTube. While we miss being together in the sanctuary and breaking bread during kiddush, YouTube does provide one small advantage: you are never late to services. The service can “start” when you’re ready to tune in. Our family discovered one drawback to that advantage, however: if you decide to tune in very late and you’re at home on your sofa, well….. Our advice: start early, and sing along!

During the Rabbi’s drash, he made references to two pop songs from the sixties, so my family and I had an opportunity to look up those songs and play them. I was unfamiliar with one,  Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction. We talked about the similarities between then and now. The song makes reference to strained race relations, marches, inactive legislators and violence in the Middle East. The other song, What a Wonderful World, we all knew. My father-in-law even remembered that Louis Armstrong sang with a trumpet in his hand, that he didn’t play, and we could see that detail in the video that Joey and I found. In discussing these two songs and the Rabbi’s drash, one of the kids felt there was a simple point: preserving our community is important. This is, of course, not only preserving our sense of community as Jews during a devastating pandemic, but also our community as Americans, and human beings.

Religious School over Zoom has given the kids important opportunities to commune with their teachers, learn more Hebrew, Jewish history and culture, and sing together. They have also had a chance to connect with friends and show off their pets. We are off to a great start, and enjoy being together.

Cherie