Looking forward to seeing everyone at Shabbat Chai and celebrating TuBishvat, this Friday, February 7th at 4pm!
Dear 5th grade parents,
Our Shabbat Chai started with an interesting discussion. We challenged your kids to think and come up with an 11th commandment. Even though the Ten Commandments were given to the Jewish people, we wanted them to think of something that will relate to all humans. We also discussed wording and how things you say can be understood by others. The kids wrote their ideas on leaves and we created a tree for those leaves, which relates to the upcoming holiday of Tu B’shvat.
We also talked about Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the trees and learned the connection to our Jewish traditions and roots. We walked around the temple to see the tree of Simcha (Happiness) and the tree of Life. We also went out to enjoy the beautiful meditation garden (Yes, we have one at our temple) with its special fruit trees.
We all had an enjoyable time welcoming Shabbat.
5th and 6th Grade Retreat
Friday, February 21, 4-8pm & Sunday, February 23, 10am – 4pm.
This weekend is a great opportunity for you and your student to build community, to add deep meaning to the B’ani Mitzvah process, and to enjoy Shabbat together. Shabbat is a time for community, celebration, learning, relaxation connecting to God and connecting to what is most important in our lives. Friday afternoon is the grade level family Shabbat Experience. Cantor Young and Rabbi K’vod will be leading you through a fun and relevant Shabbat experience, Shabbat dinner, grade level service participation and a B’nai Mitzvah celebration informational session over dessert.
On Sunday, we will start our day with a family hike that includes activities and discussion. Together we will make our way back to the Temple for lunch. While students are doing some team building through an Escape Room bus where they have to solve puzzles, figure out clues and work together to get out of the bus. The adults will have a conversation with Rabbi K’vod and Cantor Young about living Jewish values as a family. Wendy Yesharimwill go over all of the details and expectations related to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah with all of you.
Please register HERE and RSVP by February 1, 2020.
Temple Beth El of South Orange County
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656