31st Week: SJS 5/10 & 5/13

Message from Mr. Sherman
We were so fortunate this past week to get beautiful weather when SJS was in session.  This led to some quality time outside during both formal and informal learning sessions.  Creating associations of reciting Tefillah outdoors brings me back to my days as a camper and counselor at Camp Ramah.  I can truly say that to this day, my reciting Kabbalat Shabbat outdoors with my friends is one of the main reasons that I fell in love with Judaism.  May these memories that we create at Am Yisrael carry those kind of positive memories for our SJS students!
Such a core value in our Jewish beliefs is helping those in need.  As many members of the various Chicagoland communities go away for the summer, the pantries become bare very quickly.  The need is there 365 days a year and we can and WILL make a difference!  We ask that every student, teacher and madrich(a) either give at least one of the assigned items, or OTHER items on this list, as follows:
GAN & VAV: jam (Smucker: strawberry preferred)
ALEPH, GIMEL and HEH: cold cereal
BET & DALET: canned peas (Green Giant, Del Monte), canned peaches, pineapple and/or pears (Dole, Del Monte–please not in heavy syrup)
ZAYIN: canned salmon (Pillar Rock or Chicken of the Sea
PROZDOR: dry beans (lentil, garbanzo, navy or kidney)
ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and MADRICHIM: vegetarian baked beans- Heinz, Bush’s, Goya
Please be sure to check out the Class Updates this week, as they are your best ticket to seeing what is being covered in our classes and often include a parent prompt to encourage discussion at home.  Finally, Mazal Tov to Adina Grossman on becoming a Bat Mitzvah, as she will be called to the Torah this Shabbat.  Mazal Tov to Adina’s parents, Amy Schiffman and Joel Grossman and to her brother Joshua and their entire family!  Shabbat Shalom!
Several Vav students and their Madrichim got to meet with a Holocaust Survivor this past Sunday.  Everyone who attended was thoroughly inspired.  The program was moderated by Miss Statland.

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