On a totally separate note, in addition to the Intergenerational Torah readers, Mrs. Lynn Washer will be joining us at Am Yisrael this Shabbat, August 22nd. Anyone who does not know Mrs. Washer and is considering the Mechina Class (REMINDER: Mechina is the only class in SJS where a family does not need to be a member) will have the opportunity to meet her. Services on Aug. 22nd begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by kiddush lunch and a pool party at the Rabbi and her husband Dan’s home.
Back to SJS Night is taking place on Wednesday, September 2nd from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. We have more exciting changes in store this year than ever before at Am Yisrael SJS. We received a grant to teach Hebrew Through Movement in the Primary Grades. We are instituting a new form of blended learning (classroom combined with online) following best practices in secular educational technology. We are instituting a new Hebrew curriculum that has far superior assessment tools to what we have had in the past. We already announced that we are introducing a Mechina Class for Early Childhood. So, even though the SJS Calendar has the event on Wed. Sept. 2nd listed as Parent Orientation, I am hereby renaming the event “Back to SJS Night”. Whether you are just starting at our School of Jewish Studies or have been with us for 10 years, each student will be in a new class, there are lots of enthusiastic teachers and madrichim ready to share their excitement and expectations with you and I cannot wait to see you either. Please RSVP to me so that we have a better sense for what our numbers will be, as we will have a very brief introduction in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. and you will have the opportunity to meet with our teachers in the classrooms.
Warm regards and Shabbat Shalom,