This coming weekend we will be celebrating my retirement from the position of Senior Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim. The details of the program for the Saturday evening dinner have not been shared with me. I am looking forward to being surprised.
We finished up our study of teh Worship service and the consluding prayers. The class worked on our shabbaton Prayer books. They are coming together nicely. HOMEWORK: Write an interpretation for one of the following:
“That was fun!” “The time just few by!” These are not words typically heard as people leave a lecture/discussion about a prayer book. Less unusual, however, when the presenter is Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky.
Congregation Etz Chaim has prided itself on being on the forefront of inclusion. The Union for Reform Judaism has charged congregations to become more inclusive to those who have special needs - especially where the religious school is concerned.
Both classes had very small attendance today. The students in class had a chance to create bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowl event in the fall. In class we discussed the upcoming Shabbaton and the plans for the rest of the school year. No Homework for Sunday.
The class reviewed the main concepts of Aleinu and the Mourners Kaddish was introduced. Reading practice occured. HOMEWORK: Pages 138, 139 and 140 in the closing section of your Tefillot Guide. Practice reading the Aleinu on page 171. Parents s