Shalom and Bruchim HaBaim! Hello and welcome!
A Letter From the Director
Dear Religious School Families,
I am thrilled to welcome you to what promises to be a beautiful and exciting new school year.
I’ve been doing some light summer reading and came across the following text: “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” No, it doesn’t come from our Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, or some other obscure Rabbinic text. It comes from the sagacious writings of J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Professor Dumbledore says this to Harry to help boost his confidence as embarks on a daring journey. In addition to the confidence boost, he explains to Harry that youth has incredible talent and power, and those who have aged out should not forget that. Well, I can’t promise that we’ll have a lot of daring journeys this year during religious school, but I can stress the importance of inspiring youth and helping them understand how much they have to offer this world.
Our children are capable of so much, and it is our job as educators, parents, and clergy to help them see that. It is our job to let them use their voices, which are capable of powerful messages. We must let them be silly with their bodies, which may be standing in front of crowds one day. We need to let them explore and show them how Jewish values can guide their explorations.
I can’t do this alone. I ask you as parents and family members to be involved in your child's Jewish education. Come to Family Learning Days, worship with us at Family Shabbat services and the High Holy Days, eat with us on Sukkot, laugh with us at Purim, and above all: stay informed. Read our monthly newsletter and updates from your child's teachers. Like us on Facebook for more photos and announcements. Read the Torch, our synagogue bulletin for information about what is happening in our community.
We'll see you on Sunday, September 23 to kick off another amazing year.
Jessica Shamout, M.Ed., Director of Jewish Education
For information about religious school programs, contact:
Jessica Shamout, M.Ed.
Director of Jewish Education
(310) 472-1255, ext. 122