August 24, 2017

Dear Family School Families,

Thank you for sending back your completed registration packets. If you have not sent yours back yet, please do so as soon as possible. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns.

I would like to plant a seed for thought before we start the new year.
We love your children and want to provide a foundation for and love of Jewish living and learning. We want to support you and your families in continuing Jewish living at home and in our community. You make a wonderful start by coming to First Friday Shabbat Pot Luck Dinners, holiday celebrations and observances, and Family School. Regularly attending services is also a great way to immerse yourselves into the community and become familiar with the service. There is a lot of joy and learning in each service. Rabbi Jonathan is always eager to hear from our young ones, Children are always welcome to attend and participate. There are also many opportunities for everyone to volunteer in our congregation: helping with holidays, mailings, pot luck dinners and luncheons, the Yard Sale, the Chanukah Bazaar, and countless other smaller tasks. Your involvement is an expression of what we teach: kavanah, gemilut chassidim, and mitzvot.

We are very blessed to have a congregation that loves children! Any experience shared here is an opportunity to grow intergenerational relationships and foster a strong connection to the teachings that are our foundation.

So my question to you is, what do you want from us?
What can we do to become a part of your family's life?
What imprint do you want your children's experience here to have?
How do you see us growing together as a community, joining Family School families with our entire congregation?
After your child's bar or bat mitzvah, what is your vision of your and your family's connection to Judaism?
By building a foundation for and love of Judaism we want to inspire a continuing passion for learning and being Jewish. We do not see a bar or bat mitzvah as a graduation of sorts, but as the beginning of a life-long yearning for learning and growing. Please let me know your thoughts and let's keep this conversation going.

Mark your calendar for the next Tot Shabbat and First Friday Potluck on September 1. Please join us and bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. Bring a friend, too—all are welcome!

I hope there is studying happening for all. It is very easy to get rusty. We are looking forward to a great year!

Important Dates to Remember
Please mark your calendars and plan on attending!
Back to Family School: First Days
Grades 1–6: September 12 (4–6:30 pm)
B'nai Mitzvah Class: September 12 (6–8 pm)
Pre K–Kindergarten: September 16 (10 am)
Teen Class: September 19 (6 pm)

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or thoughts. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.

(845) 684-4242
[email protected]

Wishing all a warm, loving, end of summer

Good Shabbos,