Hanukkah Happiness

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

With Hanukkah right around the corner I am sharing some of my holiday home decor, which creates a festive ambiance for the Festival of Lights. A fun tablecloth or silver table runner with themed centerpiece can get you started. Create a centerpiece by  fill a vase or hurricane glass with candy gelt or dreidles &…

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“Not a man of words”: YouTube with the Rabbi

Categories: Inclusion, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

Kids who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs typically schedule weekly meetings with the rabbi. During these half-hour sessions, the rabbi helps each student compose a D’var Torah (or sermon)—this may be a young person’s first experience closely interpreting a biblical text and discussing it with a teacher. As the child’s Bar or…

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B-Shul Tikkun Olam

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Don’t let the size of our Room 6 kitchen fool you. Big things are happening each week as Beth El Religious School students explore Jewish Holidays through food and preparation. I am incredibly excited to teach “B-Shul,” which is Hebrew for cooking. Today I am including my family mundlebrot recipe for your enjoyment. The Zayin…

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Pareve Pinapple Kugel

Categories: B-shul, Beth El Cookbook, Religious School
 

Throughout October, all grades of Beth El Religious School made individual Pareve Pinapple Kugel in B-shul. Kugel is a baked casserole, most commonly made from egg noodles (Lokshen Kugel) or potato. It is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish, often served on Shabbat and Yom Tov. I discovered in Wikipedia that the first Kugels were made…

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A-Shul, B-shul, Your-Shul, My Shul

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

“B-Shul” is Hebrew for Cooking, which is a great part of Beth El Religious School’s Hands On Judaism program. Among my many volunteer jobs over the years, my favorites have been working in our shul’s kitchen and teaching at Beth El Religious School. I am a second-generation member of Beth El and, with my husband…

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“Not a man of words”: Our First Martin Shabbat

Categories: Inclusion, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

As part of our Bar Mitzvah preparation plan, we have scheduled Martin to attend a number of Shabbat morning services over the coming months and to participate in some small way during the service. We haven’t planned out exactly what he will do each time, although an official name for these Saturday morning practice sessions…

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Steam Team Update!

Categories: Inclusion, Religious School
 

The Zayin class “Steam Team” had a great first session this week! Our 7th graders are making a real difference as they support their classmate Martin and help him prepare for his Bar Mitzvah.  The Steam Team helps Martin learn parts of the Shabbat service, but they also have fun together hanging out, playing with…

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