Three main concepts of this time of the year in the Jewish calendar are Teshuvah, Tzedakah and Tefillah. It is important not only to learn concepts but to live them. The Hebrew month of Elul is a time to reflect on what we need to do better in the upcoming year. A true apology involves not making the same mistake again. There are many ways of giving. We need to give of our time, give items to those who don’t have them and give money to those less fortunate. Praying the words with our hearts, talking directly to G-d is so important this time of the year. We teach these concepts at Am Yisrael SJS and we hope to inspire our students to live the concepts. If you click on this link you will see how much Tzedakah each of our classes have brought in the first three sessions this year and how much they brought in last year: https://amyisrael.org/content/tzedakah-totals-5775-2014-15-note-previous-year-totals-directly-below. We are so proud of our students who are learning to make a real difference in our world!
What an outstanding way to start the SJS year. Some highlights included:
•A revamped Madrichim program that includes training, Torah Study and Current Events for our 9th-12th graders taught by our Rabbi and Cantor
•Nearly 100% attendance on the first day
•Increased enrollment to 153 students
•A new joint recess between Gan, Aleph and Bet that includes play time outside
•Taking the next technological steps in our curriculum
•Five new teachers who add a nice new dimension to SJS
•Going from 6 to 8 Chugim and having our 8th Grade Prozdor students serving as the Madrichim for that class
•Stay tuned for additional updates
6 Days Away!!! We are so excited to open the school year. Lots of tweaks to continue the process of becoming the kind of School of Jewish Studies that inspires great learning, positive associations to Judaism and skills that will last a lifetime.