However you spell it, the Jewish Festival of Lights begins this weekend and we’ve got a lot happening in the coming weeks:
Saturday, 12/8 – Split Weekend, Grades 5-7 attend class at 9 am, morning Shabbat service at 10 am, then kiddush until pick-up by 12 pm. Mid-term Hebrew assessments in class (not a test, just a check-in!).
Saturday, 12/8 – First Night of Chanukkah! Students, you learned the blessings for Chanukkah in class last Sunday, so help recite them at home with your family! Need a reminder or forgot to bring home your prayers? Visit this page for the Chanukkah blessings with vocalization, all you need for Chanukkah is in Ramah 4 at the top of the page: Mitkadem Ramot Audio
Sunday, 12/9 – Classes for grades Pre-K – 4, and Confirmation, only. Mid-term assessments and Chanukkah lessons continue. B’nai mitzvah tutoring with Andrew is on. Confirmation students will help in the lower grades and then Rabbi Kanter will lead the discussion at 11 am! Plus, the new confirmation readers Morah Susanna has been waiting for are in – they look so intriguing, I want to read them with you! Grades 2-3 wish Morah Alana a safe and transformational trip to Israel with her sister Joelle as they embark on a two-week Birthright tour.
Sunday, 12/9 – Join Youth Group for the Chanukah Menorah lighting in Canyon Town Center in Boynton Beach (BBB just west of the turnpike and east of 441). Meet Ilene Bennett there at 1:30 in front of the Post Office on the side. Parents are welcome to stay and join us. Families of children below 4th grade are more then welcome to join us too, as long as parents of these children are willing to stay (only 4th grade and above can be dropped off). Parents can pick their children up at 4:15 at the Post Office in Canyon Town Center. Call Ilene Bennett at 561-284-0453 with any questions. Here’s a flyer with some more information.
Also on Sunday, 12/9 – for those of you who have already made plans to attend the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 20th Anniversary Tour at the Marriott in Boca Raton, you are also invited to a follow-up pot-luck dinner and discussion the following Wednesday at TS. Contact Cantorial Soloist Margaret Schmitt with any questions. This event is all-day 9 am to 7 pm, but you can go for just an hour to see an exhibit or sit in on a lecture, discussion, or interactive workshop. They even have programs for children as young as age 6. Click here to see the full schedule.
Coming up soon….
12/14 Chanukkah Family Service at 7:30 pm. Lots of singing, lighting of chanukkiot (Chanukkah menorahs), and dreidle games and prizes, latkes, and chocolate gelt at the oneg!
12/16 Maccabbee Games during school hours (10:30-12) after Hebrew lessons. Parent volunteers needed to man food and prize tables please! Please email Rivka at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Last day to donate new, unwrapped toys for the Youth Group Toy Drive (bin is in the TS lobby, can’t miss it!). This is also the last day of school until January 6, 2013.
And after the secular new year….
1/6/13 – Classes resume
1/13/13 – Blessings of Our Animals service (weather permitting) at 12:15 pm. Please start bringing in your pet food donations now, they are desperately needed at local shelters! A bin is in the TS lobby.
1/20/13 – Extended class day for a special musical event with Bob Weiner, a lyrical lunch and learn if you will, free to all of our students, parents suggested donation is $3/ea or $3/couple. Pizza, drinks, dessert, and dancing!