Irma Penn Religious School is bustling these days with all sorts of activities during Sunday school and Wednesday Hebrew school. An exciting new development is our post-bnai mitzvah classes. Rabbi Karen Soria has started meeting with students to discuss issues important to teens: human rights, Jewish values, ethics, ideas about suffering, Israel, God, and food. The first meeting got off to a lovely start with some pizza and good conversation. As Rabbi Karen says, "These are the years--adolescence--when our minds really grapple with deeper issues. What a shame if a Jewish perspective isn’t part of that. We could also take the ‘discussion’ to the practical level with a social action component and activity." Our post bnai-students are also planning a service sometime in February. If you are a family with a post-bnai teenager, please feel free to join us! Our next meeting is Sunday, November 8 at 12:30.
Sunday religious school is off to an enjoyable start. Morah Jen reports that students have learned about the High Holidays, and have had the opportunity to create together a sukkah and edible sukkot treats. Cantor Len has enhanced the students learning of the welcoming of Shabbat. We have begun exploring the first book of the Torah and will be creating arks using a variety of artistic mediums. Hebrew school on Wednesdays with Morah Eileen is also off to a busy start with new language activities. She says, “Hebrew classes are well under way with a current enrollment of 6-7students. Our program consists of learning to read, write and speak Hebrew and is theme based. We have been focusing on learning our colours and numbers in Hebrew and will soon begin to learn the names of body parts. We spend time partner reading in Hebrew and are learning to read and chant prayers from the siddur. We are having lots of fun together.”
PS: Save the date! April 15, 2016 the staff and students of Irma Penn School of Jewish Learning will be helping to lead the Shabbat Service in concert with our Rabbi Karen Soria & Cantor Len Udow. This evening service will be kicked off with a PJ Library Family Shabbat for the first time at Temple Shalom. See you there!