Thank you for the great Sunday session yesterday - focused on Shabbat Shuvah, our TNS "Sorry" board, and practicing how to say the holiday blessings - from "Shanah Tovah U'metukah" to "Gmar Chatima Tovah."
Our students were attentive as we reviewed some basics during Torah Talk - the difference between the siddur, Chumash, and Machzor. We spoke about how we took in this past Shabbat Shuvah in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur thinking about forgiveness and return. Then almost everyone came up to write down what they are sorry for in this world - whether an action they did (ie, screaming), or sorry for some of the world's problems (ie, pollution). That's what we're doing on the bimah in the pictures above. The other bimah picture was from Kids Service - our students are participating, davening, and singing more and more!
Class time, Hebrew review, and Hebrew assessments followed. For Hebrew Plus families, stay tuned from Andy, Malca, and Michal for resuming weekday Zoom sessions. And a thank you to Binah has been doing an amazing job working with our Sunday students to practice their Hebrew reading. Naama and Rubi will be starting with small group Hebrew letter/vowel review.
Thank you to the families that helped with snacks this week - here's the Parent Sign Up form for future dates. Please know that next Sunday we will be at Congregation Ohr Tzafon in Atascadero for our Sukkot Community Session, 10am-12pm. There will be singing, class time, a parent talk, lulav and etrog shaking, and treats/decorating in the Sukkah. This is a great opportunity to meet other area Jewish families and congregants. Please let me know if you cannot attend, and please know we will host COT for Tu B'shvat in January.
Lastly, I'm looking forward to seeing many of you over this Yom Kippur - we have Kol Nidre starting at 6pm tomorrow evening, services starting at 830 on Wednesday with the kids service at 11am, and Neilah with Break-Fast starting at 5pm in the night. The break-fast is a potluck, so please bring a veggie dish to share together!
As we practiced at school yesterday, "Gmar Chatimah Tovah - may you be inscribed in the book of life!"
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.