We’ve updated the webpage on religious school. Please click on Learning->Religious School to see it. There are a lot of new programs for the children.
Madrichim are post B’nai Mitzvah teens who are interested in helping out with the Religious School program. Madrichim are our youth leaders who help keep things running smoothly and provide a great role model for the younger students. Your hours here can count towards volunteer hours if you need to log those for school.
Click on the title for more details.
We are asking that you commit to coming each of the Sundays listed below from 9:50-12:00noon.
9/29 Welcome and Kick Off
4/27 Celebration of the Madrichim Program (last meeting)
Some of the expectations we have for Madrichim are to be the Greeters/Good-bye-ers, to help with Discussion Questions, to assist in Setting up the Snacks, Storytelling, Listening as Students practice Hebrew, to assist with Arts and Crafts, and with General Classroom help.
Contact Renee Cohn Jones or Leah Schaer if you have any questions. We would love to have you join our Madrichim team! Please let us know if you are interested.
If you are a 4th -12th grader, you are invited to join us for a very special gathering for Jewish schmoozing and more!
Find out what Hineni means, take a field trip, do some Jewish cooking and a few community service projects along the way.
During our 13 sessions, we’ll cover things from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers and Mothers) to Tzedakah and Mitzvot. What we do, will depend on YOU!
Be there this coming Wednesday, October 2nd, to see what this new program is all about and provide your input as we decide what activities and projects we’d like to do throughout the year.
Your only assignment: please RSVP to Renee at Drjalapena@aol.com so that she knows how much pizza to order! Click on the announcement title for more information and details
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of most months
1st Wednesday: Pizza, lemonade and water will be provided
3rd Wednesday: Bring your own dinner (lemonade and water will be provided)
Total Cost for the whole program: $50/student
That’s 13 sessions, October 2nd through May 7th, and includes your pizza dinner on the 1st Wed of the month!
Please contact Renee at Drjalapena@aol.com to RSVP or if you have any questions.
All of the adult chat topics are now in one spot on the website. Go to Community->Adult Chats to find them. Thank you Robert for putting this together.
Sunday Chats give members and friends of our congregation the opportunity to learn and discuss a variety of topics related to Judaism, Jewish life, religion, ethics, culture, history, and philosophy. Guest speakers and members lead the lively discussions. We have learned from the director of the Anti-Defamation League, professors from Colorado State University, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Denver, local physicians, and of course our own Rabbi Hillel Katzir. Adrienne Zoble’s book reviews are always engaging and enlightening. Sunday Chats strengthen our relationships with each other, as we learn and laugh together. And of course there are bagels, cream cheese, and more.
Please provide Lenny Abels with your email address so that you will receive our calendars, which describe the Sunday Chat topics.
“People don’t change.“
Call me a Pollyanna, but my heart breaks whenever I hear it said.
Of course, people say it because very often, as a practical matter, it is true. Change comes hard. Old habits die only with a terrible fight. We don’t change unless we want to. And very often even if we want to change, change eludes us. We make resolutions and break them, turn a new leaf and then backslide.
Still, to give up on the possibility of change is such a despairing gesture. People can and do change. We all know stories of people who transform themselves physically, emotionally, spiritually, politically, turning their lives around to all sorts of dramatic effects. Formerly junk-food-addicted couch potatoes who have become fit, all-natural outdoors enthusiasts; skinheads turned peace-loving diversity trainers; former gang members traveling the school-assembly circuit to teach kids how to learn from their mistakes; the victim-turned-abuser who broke the cycle and now counsels and aids other survivors.
This time of year we focus on teshuvah, repentance, which also translates into English as “return.”
Remember who you are, the season exhorts us. You are created in the image of God.
For better or worse, over the course of a life, people do change. We lose the innocence of infancy, we learn from our experiences, for good or for evil. The important thing to remember, though, is that we all begin with a spark of holiness inside us. We may allow that spark to grow dim under the clutter and worry of everyday life, or worse, disappear beneath the bitterness and loathing that can come of loss and disappointment. But the spark is still there, waiting to re-emerge. Waiting to be remembered.
What will prompt us to remember?
Experience can lead to transformation. Sometimes, simply hearing a story can change our life. We cannot know in advance what it will be. So we try to open ourselves to new people and ideas, new stories and experiences. It is hard, especially as we grow older, more set in our ways, more suspicious of the unknown. Yet, if we wish to keep living, to keep growing, it is vital.
I was already meditating on these themes when I learned of this year’s Gift of Life High Holy Days bone marrow donor drive, jointly sponsored by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow donor drive, jointly sponsored by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Some of you have heard me speak occasionally over the last fourteen months of my friends and colleagues Rabbis Phyllis and Michael Sommer, whose seven-year-old son Sam has been battling leukemia. Sam received a bone marrow transplant in late August; thankfully, his family found a donor match. Not all children, not all families, are so lucky.
Here’s something that can help you recall your spark of holiness in a hurry: register for the chance to save a life.
Join us at Temple Or Hadash this Rosh Hashanah, not only to celebrate the world’s creation, not only for the sense of possibility a New Year brings, the resolve to make positive change in our lives. Rosh Hashanah always serves as gateway to this season of teshuvah (return), always offers up inspiration for a fresh start. This year let it also be the day you register with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Donor Registry. You, someone you know, any one of us might be the one in a hundred thousand who can offer the next person in line for a bone marrow transplant the ultimate fresh start, the assurance we all want for ourselves: a chance at life.
All it takes is a cheek swab. If you aren’t eligible to become a donor (donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60), find and bring someone who is. Or volunteer to help register others.
The drive will be held Thursday morning, September 5th, from 8:30 until just before the 10:00 Rosh Hashanah morning service. More information and consent forms will be available Rosh Hashanah evening. Questions? Contact Pam Levine or Patzi Goldberg (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com drive coordinators.
It is not a magic bullet, but its effects might prove magical—for more life than one.
gam zeh ya’avor,