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News from the Director of Education - Youth-Led Shabbats Draw Kids In - April 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

I just returned from an incredible four day URJ early childhood educator’s conference in Boulder, Colorado.  The Shabbat morning worship experience was one of great ruach (spirit) filled with music, special readings and a connection to each other.  As part of the educational component, we sang new music, engaged in Torah study and shared our thoughts on the attributes of God as well as creative interpretations of prayer and personal Jewish experiences.  It was a fulfilling way to spend Shabbat! However, I’m happy to be back and hope to utilize some of the things I learned here at TKC.

Speaking of Shabbat services, we have a few really special services coming up in April and the first weekend in May.  Our annual RAFTY Shabbat is Friday, April 13 and our 10th grade Confirmation group is on Friday, May 4th.  This year’s Confirmation class has created an incredible service based on the books of Dr. Seuss.  It will be interesting to hear how our students have interpreted prayers based on the themes presented in the books.

Then, on May 5th at 10:30am, we have one of our teaching Shabbat services.  Our 5th and 6th graders will be leading the service.  The Rabbi and Cantor take on teaching roles that morning – so this could very easily be called – “Everything you wanted to know about the Shabbat morning service…”.  I would like to invite parents and families with children (in particular 3rd and 4th grades) in our religious school to attend this service to become familiar with the flow of the Saturday morning service.  This is an opportunity to ask questions, hear explanations, become more familiar with the prayers and learn about the flow of Saturday morning services here at Temple Kehillat Chaim.  I hope to see many of you there.  (We also serve a light Kiddush lunch after the service – a bagel and a schmear!)


Wishing you and your family a hearty Chag Pesach!

Catherine Rosing