Religious School News
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS FOR APRIL
Thank you for your donations for March Mitzvah Madness and for signing up for MMM activites.– Kol Hakovod to all.
A big Thank You to Lisa Reff and the Community Social Action Committee, the Brotherhood, Women of Reform Judaism, and the Youth Committee for sponsoring activities for March Mitzvah Madness.
Religious School Art Show in HaMakom during the Month of April
We will be showcasing the Judaic art talents of our students in Grades K-7 using the theme “Inside/Out”. Please stop by to view these lovely art pieces in the HaMakom. Art show is presented by Arts Consultant, Cantor Karen Webber.
Kindergarten will show "The animals in Noah's Ark". Grade 1 will show 'Coverings'. We came up with Kippot, Torah and challah coverings. Grade 2 will show 'Scrolls’. We will put our many hand colored scrolls of roofing paper into a very large mezuzah. The viewer will see the inside and outside of this mezuzah. Grade 3 will show 'A coat of dreams' based on their recent study of Joseph and his colored coat in their classrooms. Our dreams remain inside of us until someone coaxes them out into the open. Grade 4 will show 'Self Portraits'. Their task was to sketch themselves on one side and a friend at the table on the other side using mirrors and selfies. Does it reflect what is on the inside of you? Grade 5 will show 'A few lights in Israel'. The students did research projects on some of the shapers of Israeli politics, art and culture. Grade 6 will show 'Tiny Journeys.' On very small canvases, a book of maps and a book of Jews around the world, students created small collages. This group is studying general immigration and migration and particularly Jews coming to America! Grade 7 will show 'Stamp Out'. The group has collected thousands of stamps with the goal of 6 million. Holocaust is the theme of this class. Artwork from stamps include a swastika of tears, a dove of peace, peace sign, a broken heart, and a necklace abandoned in a pile of necklaces representing a woman's passage from her old life, the life she knew to the present horror she finds herself in. We added the simple phrase-STAMP OUT HATE.
No Religious School, Sunday, April 9-16, Spring Break
First Day back from Spring Break is Tuesday April 18, and Thursday Midweek Hebrew begins April 19
Kindergarten Family Ed. Program, Sunday, April 23, at 9:00 am in the Social Hall
Please join us on Sunday, April 23, for the Kindergarten Family Education Program. This program is focused on the Ten Commandments. In addition, it is an opportunity to continue building relationships with the other parents in Kindergarten.
Grade 5, Field Trip to National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, April 23, 9:00 am
The fifth grade teachers, students, and parents will leave Temple Emanuel at 9:00 a.m. by motor coach to the National Museum of American Jewish History. Building on the dynamic interaction between the Museum’s location on Independence Mall, the history and traditions of the Jewish people, and the broader national experience, the museum highlights the diverse backgrounds, expectations, and experiences of Jews who came to and made their homes in the United States. Visitors to the museum explore how and when Jews immigrated to America, the choices they faced, the challenges they confronted, and the ways in which they shaped, and were shaped by, their American home. You will arrive back at the Temple around 6:00 p.m. Cost for the students is free. The cost for each adult is $36 and it includes the bus fare and museum fee. Please RSVP to Kathy Magenheim, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-942-2000.
Grade 7 Shabbat Dinner and Service, Friday, April 28, beginning at 6:30 pm
Please join us for the Seventh Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service on Friday, April 28. Shabbat Dinner is at 6:30 pm and the Shabbat Service is at 7:30 pm. No charge for dinner for the immediate family. Grandparents and guests are welcome for a cost of $15 each. Please RSVP to Kathy Magenheim at email@example.com.
Grade 6 Family Education Program, Sunday, April 30, 9:00 am
Please join us on Sunday, April 30, for the Sixth Grade Family Education Program. This program is focused on What Is a Mensch (a person with character, who lives a life of caring, compassion and doing the right thing) and how being a Mensch is connected to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Grade 7 Collecting Cancelled Stamps, Collection Bin in Main Lobby, near Manna Food Bin
"STAMP IT!" -- BRING IN YOUR CANCELLED STAMPS! RELIGIOUS SCHOOL COLLECTING SIX MILLION CANCELLED STAMPS AS PART OF HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Our Temple Religious School has started an ambitious project to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Dubbed "STAMP IT!", we have begun an effort to collect at least 6 million cancelled stamps -- as we attempt to grasp the enormity of the devastating destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis.
As President Jimmy Carter observed: "Out of our memory ... of the Holocaust, we must forge an unshakable oath with all civilized people that never again will the world stand silent, never again will the world ... fail to act in time to prevent this terrible crime of genocide. We must harness the outrage of our own memories to stamp out oppression wherever it exists. We must understand that human rights and human dignity are indivisible."
Echoing -- and building on -- President Carter's words, we -- as a community, and as citizens of the world -- must ever see the need to "stamp out" (hence, the cancelled stamps) the horrible forces that allowed the Holocaust to take place in the first place -- Anti-semitism; baseless hatred; bigotry; racism; xenophobia; scapegoating; slavery; apathy; ignorance.
Simultaneously, we're striving to "stamp" in our minds -- and in the collective minds of the world -- the memory of those who perished, and recall the tragic events of the Holocaust with the hope that they never return. We're also trying to "stamp on" ideas and values that are lacking in the world -- compassion, hope, healing, tolerance, kindness, education.
This is a most ambitious project that likely will take years to complete. Six million is a largely incomprehensible number. We need your help. Together, can can help spread a message of peace, hope, and tolerance.