on Wednesday, 28 October 2015.
Posted in school-news
Our school year (5776) opened with amazing new hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. “Sukkahpalooza” brought 150 people to the JCC Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich to build 11 sukkot, make our own real lulavim with branches of palm, myrtle and willow, and run through the giant inflatable obstacle course! Families worked together to build their sukkah, put “schach” (branches) on the top and then decorate them. Many families were first-time sukkah builders! From five-year-olds to 70+ year-old grandparents, a great time was had by all.Our Sukkot celebration continued back at our synagogue building where our kindergarten through 2nd grade families made decorations for our Or Shalom sukkah just prior to the Sukkot service.At the conclusion of Sukkot, we celebrated the holiday of Simchat Torah with over 250 people witnessing the unrolling of the whole Torah – another “first” for Or Shalom! All the generations enjoyed seeing the Torah from end to end (Genesis to Deuteronomy). Singing, dancing, glow sticks, flags and yummy treats made for a festive and energetic celebration. Our youngest students were consecrated into their religious studies and received small Torahs of their own. Several parents have shared with me that their children took these little Torahs home and unrolled them from end to end – emulating what they had experienced at the synagogue that evening! Our 3rd grade and new Hebrew students were also called to the bimah and given their siddur (prayer book), which they will use throughout their Hebrew school years to learn our prayers and lead class services.
The fall holidays brought us wonderful opportunities to celebrate together l’dor v’dor (generation to generation). Students, parents and grandparents enjoyed creating, learning and celebrating together as a community. Judaism is alive and exciting at Or Shalom! We look forward to many more celebrations throughout the year.
UPCOMING EVENTS:5TH and 6TH GRADE RETREATOur 5th and 6th graders have a fabulous weekend retreat coming up at OSRUI camp on November 6-7, with students from Lakeside Congregation and Temple Jeremiah. Fifty pre-teens from the three congregations will share Shabbat worship, play gaga, make crafts, play games, have a scavenger hunt and eat s’mores while making new friendships.7TH GRADE FIELD TRIPSOur 7th grade students have three mitzvah field trips planned in November – volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on November 3, shopping for The ARK’s food pantry on November 10, and visiting The ARK on November 15.5TH GRADE SHABBAT SERVICEOur 5th grade classes will be leading us in Shabbat worship on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m.HANUKKAH SHABBATWe invite everyone to come together for Hanukkah Shabbat on December 11, at 6:30 p.m., as the Junior Choir enhances our service with their voices.ADULT & FAMILY RETREATSGet ready for our Family and Adult Retreats on February 26-28. Over 100 people participated in last year’s retreat, and we can’t wait to get back up to camp. We want to encourage everyone to participate in a retreat. Scholarships are available through the Zena Singer Memorial Retreat Fund.YOM SPACE (Space Day)Saturday, February 20, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., (grades 3-5) at Or Shalom.Learn about space travel through a Jewish and Israeli perspective! Includes a “Moonwalk” and egg-drop parachute contest.MACCABIAH (Israeli Olympics)Sunday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (All-school event.)We will end our school year with an all-school Maccabiah at the JCC in Lake Zurich! Event competitions from basketball and gaga to three-legged races will be included. B.Y.O. picnic lunch.
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