We are close to bursting at the seams with children as our congregation expands. We now have the biggest Hebrew School in recent memory. The energy and environment is full of excitement, energy and warmth. We work hard at ensuring that our synagogue feels like a second home to our children, full of care and nurturing.
Under Leah Levi’s wise and loving leadership, our faculty provides a creative and meaningful Jewish experience for all of our children. Our seasoned faculty craft child-centred experiential learning for our children. This year, some of our core teachers are now teaching the children of former students. We are truly living out the Jewish ideal of intergenerational community bonding—midor-l’dor, from generation to generation.
Our Membership Committee has hired a new care provider for Shabbat mornings—Leah Greschner. Leah comes back to us (she had her bat mitzvah here at Emanu-El) with great experience and skills as an educator. Leah is also teaching in our Ganon—the youngest class in the Hebrew school. Leah brings an ease and comfort to childcare.
Our B’nei Mitzvah program is also one of our largest in recent memory. We have a great crop of kids eager to learn about adult responsibilities, Jewish ethics and values while working diligently on Hebrew, prayer and Torah leadership skills. There is also a strong emphasis on learning how to give and receive support as part and parcel of community building. (Click here to see more pictures from our recent B’nei Mitzvah opening hike and trust activities on Mt. Wells.)
Shalom Daycare, in cooperation with our congregation, offers an incredible early childhood education program that has an Israeli “Gan Yeladim” (kindergarten) feel to it and has some remarkable enrichment opportunities for young children, including music/movement and storytelling. On Friday mornings
Rabbi Harry joins Shalom Daycare for “Shabbat Club"—a sweet and energetic celebration of the coming Shabbat full of stories, songs and a kiddie Shabbat oneg/Kiddush. Parents with children who are not at Shalom Daycare are strongly invited to join us Friday mornings at 11:00am. Our opening family and community Kabbalat Shabbat and pot luck dinner was an incredible joyful experience full of dancing, song and laughter. It also proved that we need a few more tables to fit us all in.
There will be childcare for the High Holy Days as well as opportunities for learning and youth dialogue. See the High Holy Day calendar for times and dates. Looking forward to all of us being together over the holidays.
Shana Tovah u’mtukah
– Rabbi Harry