Religious School News
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS FOR FEBRUARY
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.
Grade 4 Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service, Friday, February 3, 6:30 pm
Please join us for the Fourth Grade Family Shabbat Dinner and Shabbat Service on Friday, February 3. 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 $10. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Grade 4 Family Education Program on Sunday, February 5, 9:30 am in Social Hall
Please join us on Sunday, February 5, for the Grade 4 Family Education Program. The program is focused on Mishpachology- Family Matters. In addition, it is an opportunity to get to know the other parents in Grade 4.
NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL, Sunday, February 19, Presidents’ Weekend
Grades 3-4 Family Retreat, February 25-26, at Capital Camps, Waynesboro, PA
Mark your calendars! The Grade 3-4 family retreat is coming up on February 25-26. All students in third or fourth grade and a parent are invited to bond as a family, as a class, and as a community with 24 hours of fun, engaging, and one-of-a-kind programming. Don't miss out! More details coming soon. Question, please email Lillian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade 1 Family Education Program on Sunday, February 26, 9:00 am in Social Hall
Please join us on Sunday, February 26, for the First Grade Family Education Program. This program is focused on “The Fifth Commandment”. In addition, it is an opportunity to get to know the other parents in First Grade.