Happiest of Mays, everyone!
I can't help myself - it's always been my favorite month, and it makes me happy hearing either The Temptations or Stevie Wonder croon about sunshine and love in the month of May. But, I'm biased....it's my birthday month, and Israel's too! Of course I'm focused on the latter here, but feel free to text a yom huledet sameach on cinco de mayo :).
So Rabbi Micah led a spirited session to start the kids off yesterday tying together Yom HaShoah just commemorated and Yom HaAtzamaut to celebrate on Thursday. He allowed space for questions, took the kids on an imaginary tour of Israel, and ended with Hatikva. Kids service and class time reinforced learning about Israel and singing its song of hope. Below are a smattering of Hatikvah videos to play at home. Below that - a picture of (my) Isaac as part of the Youth Symphony playing Hatikvah at Congregation Beth David for a Holocaust Remembrance Service led by Rabbi Micah. Please try to take a moment this Thursday with your family to sing, discuss, tell stories, and answer questions. As we all know, Israel is beautifully complicated - as are all things so authentically Jewish.
And, here are a few snapshots of our classes - the oldest focused on an in-depth talk on Israel, the middle on the idea of Kavod, or respect, and our youngest on the letter "samech" and more on Israel.
Please know we do have school this Sunday, May 8 on Mother's Day. PLEASE text me (805-295-0890) if you cannot attend, but know we will focus on family and Kavod (respect). There is MUCH more to come on learning about Israel at our Community Session on May 15. Please let me know if you can help out with that day or at least make sure to stay for the parent talk led by Rabbi Micah - it will be at Congregation Beth David.
I know that's a lot to read through and link to, but, here's a few reminders, since we have so much going on this month!
In the meantime, have a great week, yom huledet sameach Israel, and I hope to see many of you this Shabbat at our Family Service.
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.