This week is brought to you by the letter DALET.
Some Dalet words
Dvash – Honey – דְ בש
Delet – Door – דֶלֶת
Degel – Flag – דֶגֶל
Dahg – Fish (also the Temple Sinai Rock Band!) – דָג
This Sunday our 7-8 Grade Chai Group is heading to the Living Tree Alliance Farm to learn about Sukkot. On October 17 our Torah Chanting class begins for the 6th Grade class, adults are welcome to join. And on the 20th, at 5:30, we have a fun Simchat Torah celebration where we Consecrate our newest students, dance with the Torah, and have a jolly good time!
Learn to Read Hebrew!
Have you always wanted to learn to read Hebrew but never had the chance? Or it’s been so long you can’t tell an Aleph from a Bet?
Starting October 17, from 7:-8:30 pm, this 8-10 week class will have you reading Hebrew after the first 10 minutes.
No fee. Call 802-862-5125 or email Judy Alexander to register.
Welcome to the first edition of Temple Sinai’s Religious School Weekly Update!
Religious School got off to a great start, with 11 new students this year in grades 1-6, and three new faculty members. In the coming weeks, we will be profiling our Morim/Teachers, so watch for it and make them welcome when you see them at services and other Temple gatherings.
The first week we asked families to send in some of their precious Judaica items, and we had a small ‘museum’ display in the lobby. We also sent home items for the children and their families to create their own beautiful Judaic items, as part of our Value of the Month curriculum, September’s value being Hiddur Mitzvah/Enhancing the Commandment. In other words, creating beautiful Judaic objects to make the mitzvah even sweeter. Over the next few weeks we plan to display these items in our own ‘museum.’ When you come for the High Holidays, particularly Yom Kippur, we should have all our items for the museum on display.
Each week we are highlighting a Hebrew letter of the Alef-Bet, which is displayed on the bulletin board in the school. Also, our Value of the Month poster is on same bulletin board. Feel free to visit and see how many words you can think of with our letters.
Do you have a special talent you would like to share with our schoolchildren? We’d love to have you. Are you able to read Hebrew, even a little bit? We’re looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with some of our students. Let Morah Judy know if you would like to help in any way.
Wishing everyone a Shanah Tovah u’Metookah,
a Happy & Sweet New Year /ֹ שָנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה
Adult B’nei Mitzvah Classes
September 18, 25; November 6, 20; December 18
These classes will consider the meaning of a bat or bar mitzvah, and explore the concept of “hiyuv” or duty to the Jewish people and the mitzvot in the context of Reform Judaism. We will also explore the Sabbath Service in more depth and discuss issues of Jewish theology.
Since a good part of the bat or bar mitzvah is reading Torah, Judy Alexander will be offering the following courses:
Hebrew for Beginners
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM: October 17 – December 19, January 9, 16
If you struggle to read Hebrew, or never learned, this class will kickstart your learning!
Torah Cantillation for Adults (with 6th gr. Religious School class)
Thursdays, 6:15-6:35 PM: October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19
As our young b’nei mitzvah learn to chant Torah, you can learn with them, a great opportunity for inter-generational learning.
Torah Cantillation Boot Camp
We will also be setting up a couple of longer workshops for those who want to learn Torah cantillation in a more concentrated way.
Introduction to Judaism – with Rabbi Edleson
Sundays, 4-6 PM: November 3, 2019 – February 9, 2020
From the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), this 15-session course is perfect for those interested in learning more about Judaism from a Reform perspective. Dating someone Jewish? Interfaith couple? Thinking of converting? Jewish, but not raised with much information? This is the class for you!
Support for Introduction to Judaism is provided by the National Center to Encourage Judaism.