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Debbie Chessin
Director of Education

December, 2017

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an important milestone in the life of a young Jewish person. It is a liminal moment that marks the beginning of a boy or girl's acceptance of responsibilities that are expected for full participation in the adult Jewish community.


Preparation for our students Bar or Bat Mitzvah focusses on the ideas presented in the teaching of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers), which instructs us that the world stands on three things: Torah (learning) , Avodah (worship or prayer), and G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). At our Bar and Bat Mitzvah retreat in November, the students in Grades 5 & 6, along with their families, the Rabbi and teachers, had the opportunity to think about the meaning of these concepts.


During the course of the day, we engaged in the study of Torah and discussed interpretations of the text; learned about the Shabbat morning prayer service, and contemplated the meaning of the individual prayers in our lives. We thought about how prayer can nourish our soul and spiritual growth and talked about how the idea of G'milut Chasadim can be translated into how we treat others.

Kol Ha Kavod to the Rabbi, our teachers and mentors, David Neumann, Shosh Ault, Scott Machol, Josh Levy and Sarah Bedrossian, who made this day an enriching and meaningful learning experience.

Enjoy the pictures from the retreat!

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December Schedule

Sunday, 3rd - Religious School - 9:45am

Monday, 4th - Hebrew School - 6:30pm

Saturday, 9th - Grades 1 & 2 Shabbaton - 9:30am-12:30 “Chalutzim: Pioneers of Israel”.

Sunday, 10th - Religious school - 9:45am
Yad B’Yad - 10-11am
All School Chanukah Assembly - 11:30am

Monday, 11th - Hebrew School - 6:30pm

Friday, 15th - Family Chanukah Service and Latke dinner - 6:30pm It doesn’t get much better than latkes, applesauce and sour cream. Another great opportunity to get together with our temple community for fun, games, great food and music. Bring your Menorahs!

Sunday, 17th - NO Religious School

Monday, 18th - NO Hebrew School

Sunday, 24th - NO Religious School

Monday, 25th - NO Hebrew School


Monday, January 1st – NO Hebrew School

November Highlights

This year our High School class visited the Hillel Jewish University Center at the University of Pittsburgh. We celebrated Shabbat and enjoyed a delicious dinner, and then had the opportunity to learn about ways to remain engaged in Jewish life while at college. Enjoy the pictures!


Debbie Chessin, Director Of Education*

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*This position is partially funded through the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.