on Friday, 22 January 2016.
Posted in school-news
NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL...
Both our Or Shalom mission statement and the religious school are committed to teaching and performing mitzvot. We are excited to share some of our current mitzvah activities with you: A semester of our 7th grade curriculum is active mitzvot, and 7th grade teachers Sandi Epstein and Al Katz-Mariani really kept our teens busy this fall learning about how they can help others. Their classes led BINGO for the senior residents of Winchester House in Libertyville, shopped and then stocked the food pantry at The ARK and toured their facility, collected food items for the COOL Food Pantry in Libertyville and listened to a talk by the pantry director who visited the classes as a guest speaker. They also volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. As the semester comes to a close, our teens realize that they have been given the tools to make a difference to so many people, and we encourage them to participate in these acts of lovingkindness throughout their adult lives.
Our December Club Or Shalom (4th-5th grade) pizza parties featured a holiday mitzvah activity. Students were asked to decorate and fill gift bags to be donated to children at the COOL Food Pantry. Fifth-grader Jacob Stein came home so excited about his participation in the mitzvah project and shared the following with his family: "I loved the mitzvah project. I feel so good that I did something kind for someone else."
Rabbi Ari wants to share the weekend of his installation through involvement in social action projects in the religious school, so Sunday morning, January 17, will be devoted to mitzvah projects in preschool through 6th grades. If you don’t normally attend class on Sundays, we have mitzvah activities for you to do as well (children and adults); so please join us from 9:00 –10:30 a.m., or from 11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. After completing a mitzvah project, we will join together in the sanctuary as our religious school students participate in their own installation of Rabbi Ari, and bestow blessings upon him. Keeping with our theme of mitzvah activities, our teens will share the projects they worked on for their b’nai mitzvah at our first ever “B’nai Mitzvah Project Fair,” on Sunday, January 31, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Teens have the opportunity to share pictures and show examples of what they did, made or collected, with our students in grades four through six, who will be visiting the fair with their classes. We urge parents to come to the fair as well in order to help their children in the process of deciding on a mitzvah project to pursue.
Upcoming Class Services & Programs:
Please register for the Adult or Family Retreat by February 1! After February 1, fees increase by $25 per family! Looking forward to singing, praying and sledding with your family at the retreat!
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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