What’s News at ADAT This Week: 10.4.17
We are in the midst of the busiest month of the Jewish calendar. A year ends and another begins, soul searching becomes intense and apologies are made and forgiveness is given, the Torah culminates and begins anew, and finally, Sukkot are built and dining al fresco becomes all the rage. For many of us, this is a beautiful and exhausting time. We are granted the gift of time – time to be together with family and friends who are our chosen family, time to sit in shul to pray and think, time to have meals with everyone we’ve ever met and extra time at home with our families if we get to disengage from school and work. This is a luxury and can be overwhelming at the same time. Once the holidays pass, we welcome the mundane and yet feel the let down of it, as well.
Are we making meaning during this celebratory time? Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf has said, “Jewish holidays are rendezvous that incorporate not only the dimensions of time and place, but spiritual dimensions that go to the heart of the Jewish understanding of history, the soul, God, and what it means to be a Jew.” Here at Adat Ari El Day School, we are trying to harness all of this. We are learning the special t’filot, the special readings like Yonah and the big fish, the themes like starting over, being better people, not making the same mistakes, bringing sweetness, freedom and temporary dwellings.
I hope you will get to either build a sukkah or at least enjoy a few meals in one. Perhaps this is the year for a Sukkot sleepover!
Speaking of time outside with your family celebrating, join our community at Camp Ramah for our 2nd Annual Day School Family Shabbaton on December 8-10. Registration is open now through October 27. We had an awesome weekend together last year with 32 families and look forward to even more this year.
Wishing you a special end to this holiday season.
Chag Sukkot Sameach,
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
News and Updates
Talking to Your Children About Tragedy
Children’s positive emotional growth necessitates a feeling of safety and a belief that daily life is predictable. Frequent tragedies (natural and man-made) are invading the lives of our children. Children’s comprehension of the world is very different than that of adults. This news can effect them deeply in ways we adults may not understand.
The latest horror in Las Vegas hits close to home for many of our students who have been to Las Vegas. Because of this, I am going to shout to you – TURN OFF THE TV, KEEP THE CELL PHONE ALERTS AWAY AND DO NOT TALK ABOUT THESE EVENTS IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN. and READ THIS ARTICLE AND VIEW THE VIDEO from Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids
Take Our Survey
One way that we can continue to learn more from you and ensure alignment with our community’s values is to gain your feedback on a variety of topics surrounding our school. To that end, we would appreciate you filling out a very brief survey – seeking your valuable input on Shabbat Under the Stars, as well as two ongoing conversations in the Day School – 6th Grade Israel trip and school uniforms. It will take just a couple minutes to complete, but will play an integral role in our planning for the future. Thank you in advance!
Inside the Classroom
The next weekly update will be available next week!
Outside the Classroom
ADAT Enrichment Classes
Mark your calendars for these important dates:
- October 11: Erev Shemini Atzeret – 12:30 p.m. dismissal – no day care
- October 12: Shemini Atzeret – no school
- October 13: Simchat Torah – no school
- October 18: Coffee, Kibbitz & Connect – 8:15 a.m.
- October 24: Parent Education with Lori Getz – 8: 00 a.m.
- October 27: 5th Grade Shabbat Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
- October 29: Buddy Playdate TK, K, 4th – 6th Grade – 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
- October 31: Picture Day
Click here for the full calendar. **If you would like to subscribe to the ADAT calendar click here. On the bottom right corner of the ADAT calendar, click “subscribe” and select your preferred calendar type.
From the Synagogue