on Friday, 24 October 2014.
Posted in school-news
The evening that I wrote this Shofar article was one of those evenings when the sky was still blue—darkness had not fallen, yet the moon was very visible in the east sky. It was just shy of being a full moon, and my first thought was, “we must be coming to a Jewish holiday.” I quickly realized that Sukkot was just two days away, and that, as always, when the holiday started, the moon would indeed be completely full, as it is on each harvest festival: Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot. It always amazes me that these holidays are assigned a particular date in the Torah based on the lunar calendar, and that they remain constant to this day. It is where science and theology come together into one neat package that totally makes sense. The Jewish holidays were originally based on an agrarian cycle and what better time to harvest and celebrate than by a full moon? On the other hand, the holiday of Hanukkah, is celebrated at a time of year when there is no moon, the sky is completely dark. Part of the reason for a festival of lights at the time of the winter solstice is because it is so dark, and the nights are so long. This year Hanukkah begins on December 16. Be sure to watch the sky and let me know if a moon is visible!
Just as our Jewish calendar and holiday cycle follows the lunar cycle, so too does our religious school calendar follow specific patterns. Each year, at the beginning of November, our 5th & 6th graders head up to OSRUI camp for a Shabbat retreat with students from Lakeside Congregation. We look forward to this great experience on November 7-9.
Our 2nd grade students will be leading songs during Shabbat worship on Friday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m.
All three of our 5th grade classes will be leading us in prayer and song on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
We invite everyone to come together for Hanukkah Shabbat on Friday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m., as the Junior Choir enhances our service with their voices.
Get ready for our Adult & Family Retreat on February 27 – March 1. We want to encourage everyone to participate in a retreat, and this year we are offering special pricing to first-time participants, thanks to a new scholarship fund.
Our synagogue calendar is full of classes, events and activities throughout the year. I hope that each full moon will bring an opportunity to think about how your family can become involved in synagogue life.
Marcia Cohen, Education Director
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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