Director’s Message


Religious School Home

December, 2017

Judaism in the 21st century is a time for dynamic, authentic and meaningful  choices, and we strive to fulfil this goal as we make our educational  decisions. Hebrew reading, Jewish values and ethical decisions through our texts prepare our students for a lifelong Jewish journey. We are very fortunate to have committed and dedicated families who want to promote our Jewish identity and give essence to our souls. With that in mind, money was raised for an Israeli program that is entitled “Rishonim”. Gaya, an Israeli teen will be spending time with our Kitah Dalet students, teaching them about life in Israel and the similarities and differences between our pre-teens.

Kitah Dalet parents and students came together to discuss the meaning of becoming a Bar / Bat Mitzvah.  How would one explain this important life cycle event to a non-Jewish friend? Has the family come together and discuss why their child goes through the trials and tribulations of studying for 6-8 months for a 21/2 hour service?

The prayer, V’Ahavata, commands us to teach the mitzvoth to our children and to teach our children diligently. Parents were asked the following …. “What is really important to you? If you had to give only one piece of advice to your children, what would it be? Students were asked “What is one piece of Jewish advice or wisdom you received from your parents?”  During our discussion, Jewish values were addressed and a feeling of community was established. Our sages have always said that there is so much to learn from each other! We ended our workshop by creating yads,” a ritual object that they will be able to use at their own Bar / Bat Mitzvah celebration. The students are also working tirelessly on their Kabbalat Shabbat prayers as they will be leading services on December 8th  I am so proud of the accomplishments and skills of our students; may they continue to go from strength to strength. Kol Hakavod to Diane Mendelsohn and Harvey Jaffe for their commitment and dedication!

We had an extraordinary event to commemorate Kristallnacht. Naomi Miller, an accomplished singer, actress and well known artist, led a phenomenal program to honor our past and promote the fact that our children are the future.

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events and programs:

Saturday, December 2                                   Junior Congregation

Tuesday, December 5                                    Kitah Bet Olive Oil Press Workshop

Friday, December 8                                         Kitah Dalet Kabbabalt Shabbat Class Service and Dinner

Saturday, December 9                                   Kitah Dalet Shabbaton

Sunday, December 10                                    Chanukah program for primary and aleph families

Sunday, December 10                                    No School for Kitah Dalet

Saturday, December 16                                Junior Congregation

 December 24 to January 1, 2018 – No Religious School – Winter Break

School resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

 As we approach Chanukah, I want to wish all the members of Pine Brook Jewish Center, including our students, their parents and our staff, a joyous festival of lights, and pray that the warmth of the menorah lights glow strongly for us in the months ahead.


Mary Sheydwasser

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