What a beautiful Shabbat and Sunday school we enjoyed last weekend! Our Family Shabbat Service led by Rabbi Micah was vibrant and full of beautiful energy. The entire evening overlapped with a Hillel Pride Shabbat at TNS, and the Klein Room was full of Cal Poly students and celebration. As that happened, Micah led our littlest ones in a Tot Shabbat that included the upcoming Purim tune "La Cova Sheli, Shalosh Pinot...." practice it here!
The tots then went to have their own kid-dish with the cutest "shabbat candles" I've ever seen - thought of by our newest member and her family, Ariella Leva! Tanner then sang the entire HaMotzi on his own for us :)
Meanwhile, our older kids helped Rabbi Micah lead in many of the blessings - from Barcu to Aleinu to Adon Olam.
On Sunday, our children were super engaged in the Torah Talk. Please do talk to them about it too. We reviewed the 10 commandments, the architectural renderings of the Tabernacle, and made tin foil golden calves that we then acted out and casted away! (thanks to Alex Barrett as Moses). Below is the slideshow to discuss any of these topics in more detail at home, as well as the Adon Olam song I played for the month of Adar (to the tune of "Happy").
In Shalhavot class, the students reviewed and discussed the Purim story. In Nitzotzot, they talked about "Shalom Ha'Bayit" and in the Gan class, the children upcycled plastic water bottles learning about "Bal Taschit" (not wasting) and reviewed the letter "tet."
Lastly, thank you to all who sponsor onegs, bring school snacks, refill our supplies, and take care of our grounds. It truly takes a village!!!
Stay tuned for more coming up, now that we are in Adar. There will be lots of exciting build up to erev Purim, so save the date to be at TNS on the night of March 16th!
All my best
PS - on a community note, PLEASE check out and register for this amazing program we've put together (including yours truly) - https://www.jewishfestivaloflearningslo.com/
You can read in the New Times Op-Ed from Rabbi Micah more on the conference, as well as watch this promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjzajKTdHZY&feature=emb_imp_woyt
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Religious School Director, Lauren Bandari
Mom, educator, Jewish community advocate, Lauren Bandari, has the privilege of running the TNS religious school. She is passionate about teaching and connecting our kids, solidifying a strong sense of Jewish identity, and finding joy in our beautiful traditions.