Boker Tov (Good morning)!
A note from Morah Alyssa:

“This week, we finished up our unit on the Yamim Noraim, just in time for Rosh Hashanah! On Monday, we focused on reviewing what we have already learned about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Shehechiyanu prayer, which we say on Rosh Hashanah when we eat a new fruit. We hope you enjoy our video! https://youtu.be/yCJr_rgzs0w

Then, we learned about the mitzvah of hearing the shofar and the blessing we say just before we hear it. We also practiced calling the notes and blowing our imaginary shofarot. The students sure are good at that! On Wednesday, we did some text study about blowing the shofar and discussed how it makes us feel. We also learned that the shofar is a reminder to do mitzvot in the coming year, which we practiced by making Rosh Hashanah cards for senior citizens. I delivered them to the Jewish Community Council to place in the food baskets they distribute to Jewish seniors in Washington Heights before Rosh Hashanah.

Next week, we will learn about Yom Kippur and touch on Sukkot as we prepare sukkah decorations for the Or Zarua community sukkah.

L’Shana Tova (Happy New Year) to all,
Alyssa”

This week in t’filah, our 3rd-5th graders ALL stepped up to lead us in prayer.  They did beautifully, encouraging spirited participation from their peers.  In this week’s parashah, Nitzavim, we explored the brit, the agreement God made with the people of Israel. We learned that the agreement God made–for the people to follow the commandments of the Torah, in exchange for which the Israelites would be God’s people–extended beyond just the people who were assembled there, but that it also included all of us today.  Each of us considered one thing we could do for God, and one thing we hoped God would do for us.

As we enter into the High Holy Days, continue this conversation with your kids.
  • How can we uphold our end of the agreement?
  • What are some commandments we can try extra hard to follow this year?
  • How can we be sure to treat all of God’s creations with care and respect?
Then, think together about what we hope God will do for us.
  • What do we want to pray for this High Holy Day season, and the year beyond?
  • What are some things in the world we want to ask God to change?
  • What do we hope for? For ourselves, our friends, our families, and even those we don’t know?

Shabbat Shalom, and Shana Tova u’Metukah.  A happy and sweet new year.

Sigal