Throughout the school year we will celebrate Shabbat. Shabbat is the day of rest, the ending of a week, and the hope of looking forward to another great week. We celebrate Shabbat three different ways with the children. Below is a description of each program. Additionally, every Friday we ask that each child bring in a piece of fruit for a class fruit salad and some loose change for Tzedakah (charity).
Monthly, we donate the Tzedakah to various causes, foundations, and institutions. We use this to teach the children about social justice, kindness to others, helping the sick and many more life lessons. We encourage our families to make us aware of any foundations or causes that are near and dear them so we can make a donation.
Our 3 types of Shabbat Celebrations:
Sanctuary Shabbat- Approximately twice each month our Rabbi will join us at 10:00 a.m. in the Molish Sanctuary for songs, prayers, torah parade and a short story. Each child in the school will have a particular Shabbat date when they and their family are invited to join us and participate in the activity. No prior Judaic experience is required.
Dates for the 2016-2017school year
- September 23
- September 30
- October 21
- November 4
- November 18
- December 2
- December 16
- January 6
- January 20
- February 3
- February 17
- March 3
- March 17
- March 31
- April 21
- May 5
- May 19 - Grandparent's Shabbat
- June 2
Sammy the Spider Sack- When it is your child’s Sanctuary Shabbat, they will be given the opportunity to bring home their class friend, “Sammy the Spider”. In the sack will be Sammy and a journal. Please feel free to celebrate Shabbat with Sammy in your own family way or just have a weekend of fun including Sammy with your family activities. Feel free to add pictures and stories about Sammy’s adventures at your house.
Classroom Shabbat- This Shabbat gives the teacher and students an opportunity to do special activities, ie. make Shabbat boxes, clean their room to get ready for the holiday, invite a parent or grandparent who wants to spend time with the class, invite the cantor, school director, rabbi to their class to have a private Shabbat, or visit the rabbi’s office just to name a few. The list is endless and you are welcome to make suggestions to your child’s teacher for a new way to celebrate classroom Shabbat.
- September 9
- October 7
- December 9
- January 13
- March 10
- April 7
- May 12
- June 9
“SOEL’s Got Talent” & Musical Shabbat with Cantor- On these Shabbats, classes will gather in the Molish Sanctuary with cantor Zarkh, sing songs, play instruments, learn the melodies for the Shabbat blessings and end the week in a very special way. We also invite the children to the microphone to sing their favorite songs. We certainly do have some “Beth Am Idols” in our school.
Dates for the 2016-2017 school year:
- September 16
Saturday Morning “Tots-N-Torah”
Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special Tot-Shabbat. We begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel for a short musical service, birthday celebrations, breakfast, and special art activity. Family and friends are welcome. Bring a neighbor, bring a friend, and celebrate Shabbat as a community. There is no charge for the program. We will join together on the playground at 9:30 a.m. weather permitting.
Dates for the 2016-2017 school year:
- September 24- Meet Sammy the Spider and make new friends
- October 22- Parade with Sammy the Spider as we celebrate Simchat Torah
- December 17- Spin the dreidel with Sammy the Spider for Hanukkah
- February 18- Let’s build a bigger community and a better world
- March 18- Learn about and plan special Mitzvot with Sammy the Spider
- April 15-Cook in the kitchen with Sammy the Spider on Passover