on Friday, 04 November 2016.
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NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL
Rabbi Ari and our high school students became farmers for a few hours at Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva, Illinois, on the last day of Sukkot. Students harvested turnips, beets and radishes and planted garlic. Following a text study, they participated in “beating the willows on the ground,” an ancient tradition described in the Torah and performed on the last day of Sukkot (Hoshanah Rabbah). Working together and connecting with the agrarian Jews of the Torah, our students had a wonderful experience.
Our vibrant Torah mural was dedicated during our recent Simchat Torah services. Dancing and singing with the Torah took on extra special meaning as our celebration incorporated visual arts and our permanent illustration of Torah stories. Our entire congregation is encouraged to take a “Torah journey” up the stairwell from the school entrance on the first floor. Your journey begins with the creation of the world and depicts Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob wrestling with an angel, Joseph and his coat of many colors, the Ten Plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea, the Israelites wandering through the desert, receiving the Ten Commandments and eventually, reaching the Promised Land at the second floor landing. As our students climb the stairs for religious school, they will be surrounded by images from the Torah that will become permanent memories.
A huge thank you to our congregant and resident artist, Lee Loebman, for taking a concept and creating a Torah mural masterpiece for our congregation to enjoy now and into the future. Judaism is all about community, and Lee had a wonderful team of fellow artists and painters who spent the past five months bringing our mural to life. Todah rabah to Tracy Goldberg, Lauren Woodrow, Madeline Woodrow, Betty Levenfeld, Terry Saipe, Beverley Seaver, Rachel Trachtman, Orly Trachtman, Aidan Trachtman, Sharon Norris, Annie Halpin, Emma Halpin, Cheryl Sachnoff, Sue Masaracchia-Roberts, Essie Landsman, Sarah Gold, Wendy Cohn, Ally Cohn, Emma Cohn and Max Loebman.
With the chagim (holidays) behind us, the next two months will provide time for our students to focus on their religious and Hebrew curricula. A few special events add to our classroom learning: Our 5th & 6th graders will experience a Shabbat retreat at OSRUI the first weekend in November and our 2nd grade students will lead songs and prayers at Shabbat worship on November 18. Our Preschool class families will come together for a Shabbat pizza dinner on December 16, followed by their participation in our 6 p.m. young children’s service.
In December, we will enjoy incorporating Hanukkah into our learning and will celebrate Hanukkah Shabbat as a congregation at 6 p.m. on December 30. The junior choir will sing at this service—if your child would like to be part of the choir, please contact me—rehearsals start at the beginning of December.
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