The Jewish Home Magazine
Sharon Fricano - Education Director
Happy New Year!
December was a busy month. We found many ways to celebrate Hanukkah with our youth, from creating beaded mezuzot and a Hanukkah Drumming Program to an Iron Chef Latke Competition and a special Hanukkah Havdalah Service. We also joined together as a school to sing, light the menorah, and dine together. Thank you to the Brotherhood for providing latkes for our school and congratulations to the Fifth Grade on leading us in prayer and services!
In January we celebrate Tu B'Shevat: the Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, celebrated as an ecological awareness day in which trees are planted. Our students will participate in activities on January 13th about Tu B'Shevat while their parents meet with their teachers for Parent Teacher Conferences.
• January 13th - Tu B’Shevat Activities & Parent/Teacher Conferences
Congratulations to the Blechner Family on Hunter who will become a Bar Mitzvah on January 19th 2019!
• January 20 (Martin Luther King Weekend) – Religious School is Closed
Upcoming Events in February:
• February 3rd - Lloyd Bacharach Scholar in Residence Program coinciding with Jewish Disabilities Month • February 8th - Fourth Grade Service • February 9th - Melanie Rakitovan becomes a Bat Mitzvah • February 10th - Fourth/Fifth Grades visit to Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation (271-11 76th Avenue - New Hyde Park, NY 11040 at Long Island Jewish Hospital. 718-289-2100) • February 17th to 24th – Religious School is Closed for Winter Recess • February 23rd - Jake Levitan becomes a Bar Mitzvah
Nuccia Hernan - Early Childhood
A New Calendar Year Begins
January is the start of the new calendar year and the promise of snowy days as the winter season is now upon us.
We hope that you will join us for our first 2019 Early Childhood Event on January 12th at 10:15 a.m. The program will begin with our Tot Shabbat Service at 10:15 a.m. as the children join Cantor Bonné in song and help Rabbi Sheinberg name the characters in one of her great stories. This is followed by blessings and a Shabbat snack. The craft will be about Tu B'Shevat or the "New Year of the Trees", also known as Jewish Arbor Day. This holiday is observed on the 15th (Tu) of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Scholars believe that originally Tu B'Shevat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. This will followed by a PJ Library Story.
There will be no Friday Night Tot Shabbat Services during the months of January and February. We will resume the Friday Night Tot Shabbat Program on March 29th 2019.
As always, we are looking forward to seeing all of our Tot Shabbat families and friends as we begin the new calendar year.
*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
I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Hanukkah and all the wonderful events we had at Temple Tikvah during the month of December.
• January 12th - Family Havdalah Event • January 26th - Havdalah Teen Event
On Tu B’Shevat we will be reminding our students to reach and strive upward, the way our trees grow; that our trees give generously of their fruit, as we too should be generous; and that trees are sustained by their roots and we should feel connected to and draw from our 'roots' as well.
I hope you and your families will try to attend these exciting events.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Cheryl@templetikvah.org.