School Chair’s Blog Jan/Feb 2017

Dear Friends of Temple Shalom,


Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning had an event-filled December as students prepared for Chanukah.

Sunday school students took home gorgeous Torah keepsakes they made containing a heartfelt message to their future selves and made their own menorahs with air dried clay.

I still get a thrill when I see the beautiful parade of young people and their teachers climbing the spiral staircase to Cantor Len’s room for Jewish music and prayer.

Morah Eileen Curtis has been teaching Hebrew classes on Wednesday, integrating the use of our four iPads into the classes. We give a special thanks to Ruthie, Steven Goetze and Temple Shalom for making our locked storage cabinet operational.

Last but not least, what a lovely Chanukah Party we had! Special thanks to our staff, families and students as well as our friends, who came together to celebrate the coming of Chanukah. A big thank you also goes out to our featured guests. Ruth Livingston filled the kitchen with the sights, sounds and tastes of latke making. Jane Enkin entertained us with her engaging storytelling and beautiful singing voice. Mandy Yakubovich brought her artistic talents and a boatload of art supplies to make lovely menorahs. And of course, thank you to Cantor Len Udow for his musical and spiritual leadership with songs both practiced and impromptu.

Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning is looking forward to more fun in 2017 after a well deserved Winter Break!

Chang Sameach!


Marc Schaeffer

Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning Co-Chair