Camp Am Yisrael Class Updates 2017-2018 (5778)

Camp Am Yisrael Update May 6, 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

Camp Am Yisrael has been assigned to bring sugar free jelly or jam for the end of the year Am Yisrael SJS Food Drive to support the clients of the Ark.  Please note that you are welcome to bring any item, we have just found that assigning specific items helps with the variety of foods that we receive for these food drives.  Cantor Simon, Mr. Marc the Madrichot (teenage assistants) and I greatly enjoyed singing songs and prayers and making Art at Camp Am Yisrael this past Sun, May 6.  We also enjoyed a great story, learning by play and hanging out together as we do every Sunday.

As I noted in my weekly Limmud/Education update, there is an amazing new resource for Jewish music streaming online, which also has free apps.  PJ Library Radio: http://pjlibraryradio.com.  We hope that those with young children will enjoy it and spread the word!

We look forward to seeing you this coming Sun, May 13.  Please note that we will have our regular programming for the remaining Sundays of the school year and on the final Sunday, immediately after class, those who wish to go into the Sanctuary to see kids reading from the brand new Torah scroll are welcome.  There is also a complementary catered Shavuot kiddush lunch.  Please be sure to RSVP if you would like to join us: http://evite.me/6NP7Pm3eVY  Written Fri, May 11, 2018

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Camp Am Yisrael Update Apr 29, 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

Camp Am Yisrael has been assigned to bring sugar free jelly or jam for the end of the year Am Yisrael SJS Food Drive to support the clients of the Ark.  Please note that you are welcome to bring any item, we have just found that assigning specific items helps with the variety of foods that we receive for these food drives.  Cantor Simon, Ms. Preis, Mr. Marc and I greatly enjoyed singing songs and prayers and making Art at Camp Am Yisrael this past Sun, Apr 29.  We also enjoyed a great story, learning by play and hanging out together as we do every Sunday.  We look forward to seeing you this coming Sun, May 6.  Please note that we will have our regular programming all three of the final Sundays of the school year and on the final Sunday, immediately after class, those who wish to go into the Sanctuary to see kids reading from the brand new Torah scroll are welcome.  There is also a complementary catered Shavuot kiddush lunch.  Please be sure to RSVP if you would like to join us: http://evite.me/6NP7Pm3eVY  Written Fri, May 4, 2018

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Camp Am Yisrael Update Apr 22, 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

Cantor Simon, Ms. Preis, Mr. Marc and I greatly enjoyed singing songs and prayers and making Art at Camp Am Yisrael this past Sun, Apr 22.  We also enjoyed a great story, learning by play and hanging out together as we do every Sunday.  We look forward to seeing you this coming Sun, Apr 29.  Written Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Camp Am Yisrael Update Apr 15, 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

Rabbi Newman Kamin greatly enjoyed reading a story at Camp Am Yisrael this past Sun, Apr 15.  It was also great to have the Camp Am Yisrael group in the All SJS photo, as the kids sat adorably in the front row as their parents had them smiling.  We look forward to the regular schedule this week.  Written Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Camp Am Yisrael Update Apr 8, 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

Rabbi Newman Kamin looks forward to reading a story at Camp Am Yisrael this coming Sun, Apr 15 when the class meets.  We continue to enjoy new students joining the class on a regular basis.

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Camp Am Yisrael Update Mar 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

We wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy Passover holiday.  We look forward to seeing you again when we resume classes on Sunday, April 8.  Your children continue to melt our hearts with their curiosity and involvement in our activities!  We are happy that the adults get to spend this quality time together at Camp Am Yisrael as well!  Chag Sameach! 

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

csherman@amyisrael.org

Seventh Camp Am Yisrael Update Feb 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

We are not in session this coming Sun, Feb 18, but will be back on Sun, Feb 25 as usual.  We are excited to have new families visiting our class and checking out the fun and excitement of our weekly gatherings.  We encourage you to get in touch with me if you are interested in checking out our class.  Please note that Camp Am Yisrael meets each week that our School of Jewish Studies is in session.  The grid of how we spend our hour together can be found directly above.  The dates for our remaining sessions for this academic year can be found directly below.  Camp Am Yisrael is a grant recipient ofjBaby Chicago of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights that can often be heard at Camp Am Yisrael sessions.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Sixth Camp Am Yisrael Update Feb 2018

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

I’m excited to share that we have been chosen by jBaby Chicago of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago as a grant recipient for our Camp Am Yisrael.  This weekly gathering, which includes Music, Tefillah, Art, Storytime, Snack and Learn-By-Play continues to grow and bring a Jewish community experience to our families with children 3.5 years old and younger and their families/caretakers.

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please click here to access some of our musical highlights to listen to between now and then.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Fifth Camp Am Yisrael Update End of Dec 2017

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

We were so happy to have Rabbi Newman Kamin read a Chanukah story to our class on Sun, Dec 17.  In addition, we had spirited singing, puppets and Chanukah art projects at our weekly gatherings in the month of December.  While we will not be back in Room 2 until Sunday, Jan 14 as we go on Winter Break, please click here to access some of our musical highlights to listen to between now and then.  

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please know that it is not necessary be a member of the synagogue to come to Camp Am Yisrael, or to attend each session to be a part of our growing community that gives the children and their caregivers an opportunity to socialize and play in a joyous Jewish setting.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

csherman@amyisrael.org

Fourth Camp Am Yisrael Update Nov & Dec 2017

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

I’m thrilled to report that as we end our third month of our Camp Am Yisrael weekly gatherings that our class now has 17 students.  When you include the adults that accompany our newborns through toddlers, Room 2 is quite full from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  We will be taking off this Sun, Nov 26 for Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the holiday!  Camp Am Yisrael will be back in session on Sun, Dec 3.  We are grateful to the family members who have taken books off their personal bookshelves and read them to our class.

Even though we have a lot of kids in Camp Am Yisrael, we still have room for more kids in Room 2.  The classrooms are quite big and we have plenty of Madrichim (teenage classroom assistants) to play with the little children, along with numerous toys to play with and books to read.  We also have several puppets for Tefillah (prayer) time together.  Please tell your friends or family to get in touch with me if they want to check out the class.

Upcoming Sessions for the rest of the academic year are as follows: Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13, May 20.

Please know that it is not necessary be a member of the synagogue to come to Camp Am Yisrael, or to attend each session to be a part of our growing community that gives the children and their caregivers an opportunity to socialize and play in a joyous Jewish setting.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

csherman@amyisrael.org

847-446-7215 ext 12 (office)

847-708-1805 cell

Third Camp Am Yisrael Update Oct 2017

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

We are now near the end of our second month of weekly gatherings.  We are extremely grateful to our congregants and SJS parents Mara Silver-Schack and Elana Carmel-Levy for leading the Tot Family Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur programming respectively.  We are also grateful to Rabbi Newman Kamin for hosting this group at her sukkah in early October.  We have developed a fantastic routine (shown above), with the help of our Madrichim and caregivers and a few of our staff members.  Please spread the word about this class which is free of charge and synagogue membership is not required.

If you are interested please contact me; all of my contact information is directly below. Please feel free to forward this information to your friends and family who might be interested in participating in this program which takes place each Sunday that Am Yisrael SJS is in session.  It is not necessary to come to each session to be a part of our growing community.  Upcoming sessions: Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17.  Camp Am Yisrael will then resume in January, following our Winter Break.

B’Shalom,

Mr. Charlie Sherman

Head of School

csherman@amyisrael.org

847-446-7215 ext 12 (office)

847-708-1805 cell

Second Camp Am Yisrael Update Sep 2017

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

I’m very excited to report that we have gotten into an excellent routine in Camp Am Yisrael this school year and have fifteen children registered thus far.  Our Madrichim are doing a phenomenal job working with this group of children with their parents, grandparents and/or other caregivers.  Thus far we have had singing with Cantor Simon, Mr. Marc and myself, art projects with Ms. Preis and storytime with parents who have volunteered to read them.  Each week a different family brings in snack and families signed up for weeks that work for them.  Rabbi Newman Kamin will be hosting Camp Am Yisrael at her sukkah on Sunday, October 8 in lieu of regular class.  All details were emailed to Camp Am Yisrael families.  Please spread the word about this class which is free of charge and synagogue membership is not required.

If you are interested please contact me by calling the synagogue office at 847-446-7215 or by calling or texting my cell phone 847-708-1805 or by sending an email to csherman@amyisrael.org. Please feel free to forward this information to your friends and family who might be interested in participating in this program

G’mar Chatimah Tovah,

 

Charlie Sherman

Head of School

Written for this year’s program booklet

 

Camp Am Yisrael

Dear Am Yisrael Parents, Grandparents and Friends of Am Yisrael,

 

Last year several parents expressed interest in having a Sunday morning class for young

children (0-3) to introduce them to the concepts of Shabbat and the holidays. Am Yisrael in

Northfield is continuing its Camp Am Yisrael initiative this school year. The program is free of

charge and synagogue membership is not required. The class will begin on Sunday, September

10 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will meet each Sunday while school is in session. This is

not a structured class; the format will be learn-by- play. A sample of a typical Sunday is listed

below.

 

• 9:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m. Families arrive kids can play freely

• 9:40 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Story about Shabbat

• 9:50 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Shabbat dinner enactment using Shabbat playset for candles, grape juice and motzi blessings

• 10:00 a.m.-10:10 a.m. Songs with the Cantor

• 10:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Free play and snack

• 10:20 a.m.-10:30 am. Tefillah (song based)

 

The children will learn about Shabbat/Havdalah, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat

Torah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover and Yom Ha’atzmaut. Each topic will be covered for two

weeks. A special art project will be included for each topic. Just like last year special

Grandparents Days will be included in the schedule. However, we encourage grandparents and

other special guests to attend the program at any time during the school year.

Registration for this program is still open. If you are interested please contact me by calling the

synagogue office at 847-446-7215 or by calling or texting my cell phone 847-708-1805 or by

sending an email to csherman@amyisrael.org. Please feel free to forward this information to

your friends and family who might be interested in participating in this program

 

B’Shalom,

 

Charlie Sherman

Head of School

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