Director’s Message


Religious School Home

March 2017

Generations of Jews have greeted Passover with strenuous housecleaning to remove all traces of chametz or leaven – the substance that makes dough rise. According to our tradition, when the Hebrew slaves heard that Pharaoh would permit them to leave Egypt, they hurriedly packed lest he change his mind. Carrying dough for bread on their backs, they allowed it to bake in the desert sun. Later God commanded the people to remember their deliverance from Egypt each year by eating matzah and avoiding all chametz. Our Kitah Aleph students had the opportunity to bake their own matzah and learn the beautiful rituals and traditions.

Our Gan, Zeraim and Shorashim families enjoyed a show that brought the Pesach story to life.  Each family made their own frog and was given The Family and Frog Haggadah to take home. Many thanks to Ray Feldman who brought this wonderful program to our attention!

Yasher Koach to our Kitah Bet students; they did an outstanding job in helping lead the Kabbalat Shabbat / Ma’ariv services. These children have mastered the beautiful prayers welcoming in the Sabbath. Blessings are recited over food, wine, Shabbat and holiday candles, and every important occasion and lifecycle event. With this in mind, our Bet families created a Shalom Bayit piece for their home, to commemorate their special Shabbat. Let this blessing fill every home in our community.

Blessing for the home:
Let no sadness come through this gate.
Let no trouble come to this dwelling.
Let no fear come through this door.
Let no conflict be in this place.
Let this home be filled with the blessing of joy and peace.

Our B’Yachad students (8th through 12th grade) will be taking an exciting trip to Washington this month. Wonderful activities are being planned to explore our nation’s Capital.

This academic year has been an enjoyable and rewarding journey so far, filled with adventure and experiences that helped 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.

Registration is open for the 2017-2018 school year. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions; as always, my door is open and my candy bowl is full.


Mary Sheydwasser




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