Director’s Message


Religious School Home

Merriam Webster includes in its definition of the verb reflect: ‘to bend back: to turn into or away from a course.’ It’s my hope that to reflect characterizes the depth and breadth of the Judaic and Hebrew skills, thoughts and impressions our first-rate team of teaching professionals have passed along to the students at the Pine Brook Religious School during the past nine months.

We had the opportunity to reflect this past Yom Hashoah. Our students participated with songs and readings and paid homage to their Jewish heritage. Words cannot possibly express the gratitude to Jennifer Abfier who helped make this commemoration so special and meaningful.


Our Religious School students have completed another exciting journey learning about our rich traditions and culture. The Kitah Hey class of 5776 has now graduated with the anticipation of returning as B’Yachad students in the fall, as our other Kitot move up and forward to another rung on our educational ladder. This academic year was an enjoyable and rewarding trip, filled with adventure and experiences that will help navigate our students’ religious and spiritual development for the rest of their lives. Every step that we have taken has been a blessing, and I look forward to watching your children grow into fine young adults.

Lag Ba’Omer is the name of the Jewish observance that refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer. An ‘omer’ refers to a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the book of Leviticus, it is written that God commanded people to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. In the past, the number of the day was announced after the evening service, and, in time, this ceremony came to be known as the ‘counting of the Omer’. The Religious School students had a wonderful day commemorating this holiday with games and prizes. Todah Rabah to Steve Gothelf and his ‘merry’ Men’s Club for the delicious Bar-B-Que.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for supporting our Religious School with carpools, tuitions, fundraisers, and most importantly, participating in our programs and services. I also want to express my gratitude to the many lay leaders who have devoted their time and energy to make our synagogue and the Religious School the wonderful, vibrant place it is.

We will be working over the summer to develop new curriculum and exciting programs that are meaningful to the students. As always, my door is open to your comments and suggestions to make this school the very best it can be.

See you all in September; have a wonderful summer!


Mary Sheydwasser

Religious School Director


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