Sharon Fricano - Education Director
Join us the weekend of February 1st – 3rd as we observe Jewish Disabilities Month with a Scholar in Residence Weekend featuring author, paralympian, and motivational speaker Lloyd Bachrach. His inspiring message is appropriate for children, parents, and people of all ages. Lloyd’s message also reinforces how we are all created B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image and therefore must treat one another with love and respect.
Activities will include our Friday Night Shabbat Service with a Festive Oneg, a special Saturday Lunch and Learn Program for adults with a parallel program (sensory Shabbat) for Religious School students, a Tot Shabbat, and a special program during Hebrew School on Sunday. All are welcome. Please feel free to tell and invite your friends.
On February 8th our 4th Graders will lead us in prayer and service. There will be a Family Shabbat Dinner prior to the Service. The following students will participate: Emma Chirel, Brian Kahn, Logan Kahn, Khloe Taylor, and Jared Wolfson.
Congratulations to the Rakitovan Family on Melanie becoming a Bat Mitzvah on February 9th 2019!
On February 10th our 4th and 5th Graders and Families will visit Parker Institute at LIJ to visit with the residents and do a project as part of their Mitzvah Study.
We will be closed on February 5th for Lunar New Year and for Winter Recess from February 17th through February 24th. School will resume on February 26th.
Congratulations to the Levitan Family on Jake becoming a Bar Mitzvah on February 23rd 2019!
Upcoming Events in March
• March 2nd – Havdalah Paint Night • March 3rd – Grades 2-3, Family Program with parent participation • March 8th - Grades 2-3, Family Service • March 17th – Purim Carnival • March 22nd - 24th, Weekend Kollel at Eisner for upper grades and family
Nuccia Hernan - Early Childhood
Let’s Learn Together
February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month and Early Childhood will be presenting a Special Program called Family Sensory Shabbat. This program will be running along side Temple Tikvah’s Scholar in Residence Program with Lloyd Bachrach on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Your children will have an opportunity to have a sensory experience as they explore planting while parents can listen to our Scholar in Residence.
The PJ Library is a wonderful resource for our children that enables them to read fictional stories that are reality-based with strong characters with disabilities, as well as storylines about acceptance, inclusion, and learning from everyone. Among the books that they suggest are: Cakes & Miracles by Barbara Diamond Goldin (‘Hershel’s blindness doesn’t keep him from living life’); Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles by Tami Lehman-Wilzig (A story about 2 brothers – one with autism & the other one coping with his brother’s challenges.); and Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (Trisha learns to read, after being coached by a wonderful teacher!)
There will be no Friday Night Tot Shabbat during the month of February. Friday Night Tot Shabbat will resume in March.
Please note that all these programs are free of charge. However to ensure that we have enough materials for all our guests please registration is required for all our events. Register by emailing Shari Rotstein at ECP@templetikvah.org.
*Please note that all these programs are free of charge. However, to ensure that we have enough materials for all our guests, please registration is required for all our events. Register by emailing Shari Rotstein at ECP@templetikvah.org.
Cheryl Stern - Director of Youth & Family Engagement
January was a great month for families and all the activities we had. Our Havdalah Event was such a nice way to reconnect after our winter break. Everyone also had a wonderful time making ice cream sundaes and playing games. Last month our students learned about the Festival of Trees, as well and its importance. We made planters and held a Seder to remind us how important trees are important for us in our daily lives.
Our February theme is all about being your best self and making sure you try your hardest. We are all excited about our Scholar in Residence and hearing Lloyd Bachrach's motivational words. We are also looking forward to our Sensory Shabbat Program and our lunch event.
As we prepare for this exciting weekend, it is important that we communicate with our youth the following information: Underscore the importance of choosing one’s own Jewish journey; Urge Jews to welcome people with disabilities into their communities and personal lives; Include people with disabilities in all aspects of communal life; and Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Save the Dates: March 17th - Purim Carnival. If you are able to volunteer that day, we would love to have as many extra sets of hands as possible and from March 22nd – 24th our Kollel will be held at Camp Eisner. Please try to join us to so that your family and others from Temple can all reconnect.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Cheryl@templetikvah.org.