Religious School Newsletter (April 2014)

We are all looking forward to warmer weather in the month of April. We also begin to prepare ourselves spiritually for the wonderful and meaningful holiday of Passover, which is also called Z’man Cherutenu (Time of our Freedom) and Chag Ha’Aviv (Holiday of Spring). As we celebrate Passover we cannot help but to give thanks for all we have and the freedoms we celebrate. It is also a time for us to be mindful of our mission of Tikun Olam (Repairing the World), making our world a better place for all.

Religious School is flying by so fast and we have been busy! Purim was celebrated with a festive Purim Service on Sunday morning, March 16, followed by the Purim Carnival. A special todah rabah (thank you) to the hard work of our Youth Director, Mitzi Young, and the teens in the youth group who organized and ran this fun-filled carnival for the children and adults alike!

On Friday evening, April 4th, the 3rd graders will participate in the Shabbat Family Service at 6:00 p.m. followed by a dairy pot luck dinner for the 3rd grade families. On Sunday, April 6, there will be a Model Seder for students in grades K-2. This will be held in the Social Hall, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Parents are invited to attend and are asked to volunteer for setting the tables at 9:00 a.m. and cleaning up at the end. Traditional food and paper goods for the Seder are needed and parents will receive additional information from the classroom teachers with specific items requested.

Grades 3 and 4 are also having a Seder in their classrooms on the same day.

All the students have been practicing the Four Questions and are ready to recite them at their family Seders! On Friday evening, May 2nd, the 4th graders will participate in the Shabbat service at 6:00 p.m., followed by a dairy pot-luck dinner for the 4th grade families.

On Sunday, May 4, our students will be participating in Mitzvah Day.

Reminder: Religious School will be closed from Sunday, April 13 – Sunday, April 20 for Passover and Spring Break. Classes resume on Wed, April 23 for grades 5–7 and on Sunday, April 27, for all grades.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any concerns.

Wishing everyone a meaningful Passover Holiday!

Rena Citron, Director of Education new-message24